Written by Rebecca Maizel
Published August, 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
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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.
I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now and I’m so glad I’ve finally finished it! Infinite Days is a refreshing tale of a vampire-turned-human, a great twist from the norm. I really recommend it to fans of the YA vampire genre who are looking to stay ‘within’ the vamp reading box while still gaining something a little different!
It took me a few chapters to get into this one, I’ll admit. Soon, though, I found myself thinking ‘one more chapter, just one more…‘ and soon realized I was enjoying it immensely! The contrast between vampire Lena and human Lena was astounding, and I must say I really preferred her human voice. It soon became hard for me to believe that she was so cruel and bloodthirsty in her previous life.
I also really loved Rhode, even if he wasn’t ‘in’ much of it. You don’t really realize just how important he is to Lena when he first appears in the story, but as we see through some creative flashbacks, he really was ‘the love of her life’… before Justin, that is.
Which brings me to the human love interest, Justin Enos. I’m still ‘eh’ about him… I like him but I’m not in love with him. I always question a male love interest who is dating the horrid popular girl to begin with. Something’s definitely up with their personality and moral standing if they actually liked a girl who picked on people and was so superficial. Still, of course, Lena is enthralled by him like most girls ‘her age’ at Wickham. He seemed to be a great kisser and super sexy in bed, so that’s okay I suppose. Steamy!
Spoilers ahead, beware!
So I was basically devouring this book until we get to PART II where Lena is ‘kidnapped’ by Vicken. From there it went a bit downhill for me… I think this portion would have been a great starting for the second book, and have Infinite Days end with Lena jetting back to England with her former coven as a cliffhanger. It just seemed to creative more mess to the story rather than improve it. Yes, I still ‘enjoyed’ it, but it was then that it began to feel way too cluttered.
I’m not sure where I stand on having Lena perform the ritual on Vicken. I’m not sure if he deserves it… I’m also think that Suleen is going to intervene here since he was magically lurking in the bushes as the trio staggered towards Lena’s dorm. And besides, there wouldn’t be a sequel, Stolen Nights, without a little intervention.
I’ll definitely be reading the next addition… I just hope it can stay a little more consistent. Still, a highly enjoyable read! I haven’t read a vampire YA novel in so long (after the huge influx that I read a year or so ago) so this was a good one to get me re-started!
Recommended to: As I mentioned near the beginning, recommended to vampire YA fans that are looking for something in the genre a little different, OR, readers looking to get back into the genre after some time away.