Thursday, July 15, 2010
Review : Infinite Days
Title: Infinite Days
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Published: August 3rd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
Details: Paperback, 310 pages
Source: Arc courtesey of Rebecca. Thanks for the lavender! :)
Synopsis: When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series.
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?
Thoughts: With it's entrancing writing, Infinite Days answers the ultimate vampire question: What would you do if you were human once again?
The synopsis gives away lot about the book. Every so often, the story will transition from present day human Lenah to past vampire Lenah. I've read several books where transition from one era to the next came off confusing (is this happening in the past or present?), but have no fear. Infinite Days is not one of those books. In fact, I rather enjoyed Lenah's past life. I think I actually enjoyed it more than her present day one. It's gruesome, it's cruel, it's awesome.
Don't get me wrong, present day Lenah's life is quite amusing. Imagine being a 300 year old Vampire Queen, who has missed the last 100 years, and trying to transition into modern day America. Something as simple as working a stereo system is confusing and daunting to her. Add all that, plus the added bonus of attending prep school, and you'll have a taste of what she's going through.
Now, on to my favorite subject, guys. Most books have 2 guys to choose from. This one has 4. Lets start with the vampires. There's Rhode, her soul-mate and the one who turned Lenah into a vampire then back again. There's Vicken, part of her coven and, to be quite honest, a bit scary. Now, the humans. There's Tony, the first person to befriend Lenah at Wickham and an artist. Then there's Justin, Lenah's crush at her new prep school and school badass. Out of all the guys, I have to say my favorite is Rhode. While you can tell all the them care for Lenah, I think Rhode's love was more heart-wrenching and yes, the most beautiful. His scenes tore my heart out. If anyone says a vampire can't feel compassion, they need to be introduced to Rhode.
This is quite easily one of the saddest books I have read in a long time. At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, but the writing was so elegant, I hardly felt it. The best way I can think of describing Infinite Days is to compare it to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It's not about action, though much like Shiver (replacing werewolves with vampires), everything leads to an inevitable event. It's more about emotions, love and sacrifice.
I cannot tell you how many times I was on the brink of tears. And they came. Oh, did they come. Definitely keeping my eye on this trilogy and looking forward for the release of book 2. Isn't that sad? When you want to read the 2nd book and the 1st hasn't even released yet? I guess it shows how great Infinite Days really is.