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Review: “Infinite Days,” Rebecca Maizel

February 5, 2011
Review: “Infinite Days,” Rebecca MaizelInfinite Daysby Rebecca Maizel
Series: Vampire Queen #1
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on August, 2010
Genres: Vampires
Pages: 310

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.

About Rebecca Maizel

Rebecca Maizel hails from Rhode Island, where she teaches high school literature at her alma mater the Wheeler School. She tries not to force her students to read her books, though. Rebecca is the author of several published novels for young adults, and recently achieved an MFA in Writing for Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also enjoys Indian food, her dog Georgie, and running moderately long distances.


  • Reply Hannah February 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I love Infinite Days but i love Rhode more. Wish he was alive (AND REAL) :-(

    • Reply Brittany February 23, 2011 at 2:55 am

      I loved Rhode, too! I hope there’s some way he’s coming back (other than the flashbacks!)

      • Reply Hannah February 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

        I know. The flashbacks give the book a special touch though. I hope Stolen Nights has flashbacks… :-)

  • Reply Hannah February 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I love the book Infinite Days. I love Rhode. So sorry hes dead. :-(

  • Reply Soph February 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    really want to read this book :) looks great and i know i will love Justin before i even read it :) haha

    • Reply Brittany February 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Haha! It was a really great read! I hope when you get around to it that you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • Reply Shaz February 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I really love this book… I mean it,hehe~I enjoyed reading Infinite Days, so i really can’t wait for the 2nd part…when will it be published,is it this year? I prefer Lenah to be human… So happy =))

    • Reply Brittany February 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, I think the next one – Stolen Nights – is definitely being published this year! I can’t wait either!

  • Reply Laura February 7, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! The ending of this book nearly killed me though! The next one needs to come out soon so we can find out what happens next!

    Like you, I preferred her human voice to her vampire voice and I think the author should have saved Part II where Lena gets kidnapped for the sequel!

    • Reply Brittany February 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you! I know, right? I can’t wait to read Stolen Nights!

      :D I’m glad you agree!

  • Reply Small Review February 6, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Thanks for the review. I’ve heard a couple of people mention that it took them a little while to get into the book. That’s good to know and good to know it’s worth sticking with it.

    • Reply Brittany February 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Yes, it definitely is worth sticking out for! For the most part it’s a really intriguing read :)

  • Reply Elodie February 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I really liked this book and I can’t wait for Stolen !! I hope the romance will get better in the second one though because I didn’t enjoy ir as much as I hoped in Infinite Days !!
    Great review ;)

    • Reply Brittany February 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

      Thank you! I agree! There was bits and pieces that were good but I wouldn’t complain if there was a bit more in ‘Stolen Nights’ ;)

  • Reply Brodie February 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    ‘He seemed to be a great kisser and super sexy in bed, so that’s okay I suppose. Steamy!” LOL isn’t that all that matters anyway? :P

    Great review! The whole premise really intrigues me – vampire-turned-human – something fresh and new injected into the vein of vamp novels already in the YA market. I tried to only skim through your spoiler section, but the fact that you’re continuing onto the next book says enough for me that the highlights outweigh any flaws. Thanks for bumping this up on my shelf! :)

    • Reply Brittany February 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

      LOL! Yes, it can make all the difference I think!

      Thank you! Yes, that’s what I thought, too. I’m sick of seeing the same thing over and over again so ‘Infinite Days’ was a good pick for me. I really hope you enjoy it!

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