Friday, November 26, 2010

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Title: Infinite Days
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release: January 1, 2010
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 310
Series: Vampire Queen #1
Synopsis:
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?


Review:
Infinite Days was a book that caught my eye some time ago, but like many other books of mine it took me a while to find it in stores. So I got it eventually, and then I was so behind in reviews and reading that it just sat in my TBR pile for a while. Then I got to it and read and read and read and read. I couldn't put it down!

The cover is, as usual the reason I got this book. It's right up there with my all time favorite book covers. It's so intriguing with the bright blue eyes with the brown flecks and the way that the face takes the whole page with no background whatsoever is just so different! I mean it's an eye catching, traffic stopping cover. And the paperback also slightly sparkles (if you have the soft cover of Hush, Hush, it's the same material).  The tear is cool looking too. The font is also the really cool component to this cover. I just love how script-y it looks and how the tail of the 'f' drips down as if it's dripping blood. I thought it came together very well.

The characters in this book are fantastic. And by fantastic I mean that they are made in a way that when necessary, they can yank on your heart strings and have you bawling in seconds. And I do mean it. I did end up crying while reading this book. Back to the characters, the characters in this book really did evolve throughout the course of this book. For example, Justin started out the typical, popular jock with a preppy girlfriend. But as the book went on he changed and realised he didn't have to be that jock and became more gentlemanly in the process. And then there was Lenah, I really came around with her as I started out hating her. The way she acted as a vampire just bugged me. I guess I've read too many vampire gone good books though. But she really did change herself in the end. I really did love how her character progressed throughout the story line. The coven was also wonderfully written. They made feel for them and hate them at the same time for all they did and how they were trying to tear Lenah and Justin apart.

The story in this book was great. And the author also made you grow these connections to the story that she later used to make you feel for the characters and feel their pain. As I also said above is that she could also yank on your heart strings so hard that you had no choice to either feel immensely bad for whom ever she chose or, in my case, cry. Yep, the book had so many twists and turns that by the time I got to the end, I cried. The writing combined with the story make this book a force to be reckoned with.

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