Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Bookish Blogoversary: Rebecca Maizel, author of Infinite Days

Welcome to Day 2 of my Blogoversary Bash!

Rebecca Maizel is the author of Infinite Days (Vampire Queen #1):

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?

Rebecca's Faves:

It's funny - I am in a masters program at Vermont College of Fine Arts pursuing a second masters. This one is in Writing for Children and Young Adults. So, I've read a lot of books this year and most of them weren't written this year (2010). Some of them are more recent then others but a lot of them came out a few years ago, etc. So, maybe this post will seem weird but here it is!

I think the best series I picked up this year was:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Oh, Richelle Mead, I have never met you personally but how you torment me. I am now on Spirit Bound and for those of you who have read this series - I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH DIMITRI. Every night before bed I am reading one of these books. I am obsessed.

The best Middle Grade series:

Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Pacy's story is so so so much fun. I love the culture, the story lines, the illustrations. I also loved the sequel Year of the Rat. I heard Grace Lin read from the next book in the series this winter at VCFA and it was amazing. CAN'T WAIT.

The best book (it's a tie):

The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson. Wow. All I can say is WOW.
The Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney - I thought about it for weeks afterward.

I've been told by several people lately that Vampire Academy is a must read, so I think it's time I broke down and gave it a go. The Mockingbirds and The Sky is Everywhere have both been on my TBR list for a while now, and I'm pretty sure The Sky is Everywhere is on my shelf at home (is it sad that I've officially lost track of all the books I have?) so I'll definitely be picking it up in the near future!

Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!

Just a reminder:

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Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

I absolutely love the Vamp Academy Series!! Amazing. I have the Spirit Bound on the way and I cannot wait to read it! I really want to read Mockingbird too I have heard great things. Lovely selection of books Rebecca!!

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Jessy said...

I loved The Sky is Everywhere. It is such a beautifully written story. I really want to read Mockingbirds too. I heard really good things about it.

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Nicole Loves Coacoa said...

The Vampire Academy Series is amazing, I love it!!!!! Infinite Days sounds great!!!!


The Slowest Bookworm said...

Out of the six books featured in this post, I have 5 of them here on my bookshelf. Out of those 5, I've only actually read one so far - Infinite Days (great book!) so I still have the other four to read.

You've picked out great books. I'm heard awesome things about them :D

BLHmistress said...

I have been wanting to read the Vampire Academy series like forever now but not sure why I haven't yet either but its on my list and I have heard awesome things about The Mockingbirds.


JellyBear7 said...

I love the Vampire Acamedy series! They are so amazing. I haven't read Year of the Dog, it sounds interesting enough. I really want to read The Sky Is Everywhere and The Mockingbirds! I heard great things of these 2 books and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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Vivien said...

I absolutely adore the Vampire Academy series. So much I got an inspired tattoo. I also really enjoyed Infinite Days. So much that I found a replica of Lenah's necklace. I cannot wait for Stolen Nights GAH!

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Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of these books, but I'm thinking I need to get a hold of Year of the Dog. The synopsis seems interesting. I love the bright, bold cover!

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- Jackie

*Jam* said...

I love Dimitri from Vampire Academy! So much my dog was named after him: Dimka! And Rose Hathaway is side by side with Anita Blake as my favorite book girl! The Mockingbirds and Infinite Days are on my TBR!


Diana said...

The vampire academy is my favorite series. The Sky is Everywhere and Mockingbirds have not read them but I really want to do.
Infinite Days sounds amazing!!!

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Rachele Alpine said...

Hey, hey....I'm giving away the arc of DIVERGENT I won on Veronica's blog if you're still interested! The book is awesome!

Onge said...

I haven't read any on your list. I have heard a lot of good things about Vampire Academy but haven't started it yet. That is cool you are obsessed! I love books like that.

Small Review said...

Aw Casey, if it makes you feel any better I've so badly lost track of the books I own that I've even re-bought them not realized I already had a copy! In my (sort of) defense, a lot of my books are in storage :)

I really need to read the Vampire Academy series. I've been so turned off by the covers, but I've heard such good things.

Pisinat said...

The Mokingbirds really intrigues me... I often read that's a disturbing read... The king of reading you remember a long time afterwards, as Rebecca says... I really have to read this one, one day!


Lexie said...

This book has such a cool premise! I love that the girl is the immortal mature one--it's usually the guys. Anyway, good luck on the master's program! I also majored in English for my Bachelor's and want to get my Master's in it. I had no idea they had majors for writing for ya!

winnie said...

Thanks for sharing! I absolutely agree that Vampire Academy is an awesome series! :)


Aylee said...

I also have yet to read Vampire Academy. I think I've been putting it off because I'm a bit burnt out on vampires right now but hearing everyone talk about Dimitri all the time has got me intrigued :)

CAsanmiguel said...

i'm currently reading the vampire academy series. it's quite good. i'm currently reading the fifth book.

I just heard of The Sky Is Everywhere and The Mockingbirds on this post. I'll definitely check it out. :)


danya said...

I think I'm going to have to give the Vampire Academy series a try as well (or at least the first one) because I keep hearing everyone raving about it! I've heard more mixed things about The Mockingbirds but it seems a little controversial so I'm interested to see what I think of it.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh, I havent read the Vampire Academy yet either. But I've won the last book from a fellow blogger celebrating the release, so I will have to get all the previous books and dig in as well.

Some great picks here!

Thank you!

Mary Ellen said...

I've had people tell me to read Vampire Acadamy also. It keeps getting pushed down on my TBR list. I just need to read it. With all the great recommendations for it, I'm sure I'll like it. I'd not heard of Year of the Dog so I need to add that to the list also!
Thank you!

Syki said...

This sounds good and that cover is interesting :) And I LOVE VA series <3

Annabelle said...

I love the cover of Infinite Days, the vibrant blue eyes! They completely catch my attention!

I haven't read Vampire Academy but I got given the last book in the series so I have yet to get my hands on the first book!


Anonymous said...

The only one of these I've read is Vampire Academy. I thought this series started out kind of slow, but I was hooked by the last couple books.


nfmgirl said...

Oooooh, I want The Sky is Everywhere! So many books, so few bookshelves!

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Rhiannon said...

Interesting pick, I haven't read any of them yet but now I'm really tempted. Vampire Academy seems kind of gossip girls and didn't appeal to me but I might have to re-think that!
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ferretvamp14 said...

Vampire Academy rocks! I drove four hours to a signing with Richelle Mead! She was super nice. I need to read Infinite Days too.


Jennifer said...

The Vampire Academy series is one of my absolute favorites as well. Love love love it. I was also crazed re: Rose and Dimitri. OMG, wait till you read the last book!

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Brooke said...

I haven't heard of the middle grade series. I'll have to keep my eye out for it. Thanks for sharing!


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