Thursday, December 16, 2010

INFINITE DAYS by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1)Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(from Goodreads)

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

I really, really liked this book. I would have given it a full 5* but there were a few things that I didn't care for. Either way though, it still gets 4.5*!

This story is about a girl named Lenah who is a vampire but wishes to become human. She wants so badly to become human that she gets her wish for a short period of time. This was able to happen through a ritual performed by another vampire. A ritual that was never successful before. But, this was performed behind the backs of the others in Lenah's coven and when they find out about it they find her and turn her back into a vampire. The only problem is is that she has retained some human abilities, if you will, and this seen through the eyes of Lenah's coven labels her weak and weak vampires must be killed. And so you have the coven after Lenah and Lenah trying to defend herself.

During Lenah's time as a human she meets a boy named Justin and they end up dating for that brief time that she is human. She also meets a boy named Tony who she starts off being really good friends with but who stops talking to her because he becomes jealous of her relationship with Justin. There are other characters in the book but they are more secondary characters and you don't really learn a whole lot about them (except for the 4 men in Lenahs' vampire coven).

You do learn things about Lenah's coven. The men in it and how they came to be vampires. You also learn a great deal about the vampire who turned Lenah, Rhode. I really liked Rhode and was sad to see what became of him. I wish he was in the story longer.

This book reminded me of "Interview with the Vampire" when it talked about the vampire coven and such. I really liked how the story kept taking you back to the past (1700, 1800 and 1900's), and then back to the present again.

I also really liked Lenah's voice too. How she talked, the words she used, the way she said things. It was like I could hear her in my head. And that is another thing that reminded me of the "Interview with the Vampire"-the whole narration thing.

The story itself was very good and the execution of it was well done. I liked most of the characters except for the "three piece"...a clique of girls...there was nothing to them. They were just some shallow girls that are in mostly the beginning of the book, but who you don't get to really know and then they aren't there anymore.

I didn't care for how when Justin falls for Lenah and breaks up with Tracy, Tracy just disappears from the story. I guess I was waiting for some retaliation on her part. It was like it was building up to some sort of confrontation, but then nothing happened.

I also didn't care for the battle at the end. It happened to quick for me. And I am not sure why Justin was there because he didn't do anything.

All in all, I recommend this book to everyone. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel due out in early 2011!

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