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