Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

"I release you, Lenah Beaudonte. Believe...and be free." The ritual is complete. The most powerful female vampire of the past five centuries awakens to find herself human once more. Such powerful magic doesn't come without a price, however, and Lenah must live with the devastating consequences of her choices for the rest of her life. Mortal and alone, Lenah is faced with the intimidating task of learning to be a 21st century teenager -- no mean feat after 100 years spent six feet underground. Lenah is overwhelmed by the unfathomable technology and staggering social customs that accompany daily life at her new boarding school, but all that changes when she meets Justin. Justin is the school's resident daredevil with an unrivaled passion for life, and he seems to be the only one capable of teaching Lenah's dormant spirit how to live again after nearly 600 years of darkness and death. But even though Lenah is enjoying her new-found freedom, she can't silence the ticking clock in the back of her mind -- a constant reminder that her days are numbered before the shadows of her past return and the inevitable hunt for the vampire queen begins.

Infinite Days is a refreshing premise played out with a cast of quirky characters. Lenah is now a human, reborn through sacrifice out of her vampire existence. Readers will laugh as they watch her struggle to learn the novelties of life in the 21st century after hibernating underground for a hundred years. Rebecca Maizel creates a fascinating interplay of light and darkness in Lenah, weaving together her more naive present and her darker, storied past. The flashbacks that appear throughout the novel allow the reader to understand how Lenah became the person she is today, and discover the journey she took to arrive at this unique place in her long life. The horror she created in her past counter-intuitively makes her even more compelling, showing the significance of her loving human self.

The flashbacks also allow readers to meet the loves of Lenah's life: suave and sophisticated Rhode, smoldering and wicked Vicken, and, of course, her modern day teen heartthrob Justin. Each of the leading men, though not all present at once, are strong characters in the story and are each devastatingly appealing in their own unique way. Then there's Tony, who really steals the show. Lenah's first friend at Wickham Boarding School, Tony is artsy and alternative, with a hint of vulnerability that makes him irresistible. Tony isn't perfect, but he's truly the best friend any girl could ask for.

As the novel progresses, the air of mystery increases -- Lenah is alone, slowly and sometimes painfully discovering the truth about the ritual that set her free. The magic of this world is complex and elusive, making it impossible to predict what lies around the next corner. There are a few moments when the natural laws that govern vampirism and dark magic become confusing, but the ending seems to promise further illumination in the sequels. As the tension builds and the demons from her past return to haunt her, Lenah is forced to face choices she thought she'd have a lifetime to make, and her ultimate, stunning decision will leaves readers awestruck and absolutely ravenous for the sequel, Stolen Nights.

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Click here to purchase Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this novel from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.





Tomorrow: Don't miss my author interview with Rebecca Maizel!







This novel is part of the Debut Author Challenge



14 comments:

Ali said...

great review :)
I just added to my shopping list.

lisa :) said...

I've heard really good things about this one so it's definitely on my TBR list. Looking forward to the author interview, too!

Allison said...

you have won an award on my blog- come check it out! (If you don't want to/don't have time to send it out to more people, I totally understand.)

Books and Bliss said...

You won an award come check it out at http://booksnbliss.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-lovely-blog-award.html

Elodie said...

I really liked this book and I can't wait for Stolen Nights !! =) Team Rhode !

Diana said...

Great review! I think the story is just amazing!!! The cover is so beautiful.

Mary Ellen said...

This sounds like an amazing read. I like that it has a bit of humor in it and I love the cover!
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nfmgirl said...

Everytime I see this cover those amazing blue eyes grab me! And you write the best reviews!

Vivien said...

Fell in love with Lenah in this one. I even got a replica of her necklace made. Gorgeous.

Erika said...

I never knew what this was about until now. That really doesn't sound like a unique point of view. Maybe I'll pick this one up eventually.

Akasha Hale & Lexus Salvatore said...

I cannot wait until Stolen Nights!!

Syki said...

Thanks for review! This sounds really good :) Cover of this book is really interesting...

Emilie said...
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Emilie said...

Thanks for this great review ! This book sounds really good and the cover is beautiful !

emilieeven(at)aol(dot)com

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