Description from the Publisher (St. Martin’s Griffin):
“Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you…no one.”
Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.
It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.
Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.
I never expected to be sixteen again…then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me…”
Book: Paperback 336 pages
Published: August 2010
Date Read: July 7 2010
Book Source: ARC
Infinite Days is the first book in a new paranormal YA trilogy by debut author Rebecca Maizel.
Infinite Days is a fresh take on the vampire genre. Like many vampires, the centuries old vampire Lenah Beaudonte would like to become human again. Her vampire maker and lover Rhode suffers the ultimate sacrifice to make Lenah’s dream a reality. Now, sixteen year old human Lenah attends high school and learns how to be a regular teenage girl in modern times. Lenah also is on the run from her former vampire coven who want their queen to return. We learn more about Lenah’s violent vampire past through flashbacks. Can Lenah escape her past and live out a normal human life?
Infinite Days is a gripping and emotional read that has stayed with me since I finished it weeks ago. The beginning of the story has a languid pace while we get to learn Lenah’s history and as she gets acclimated to her new life. Most of the book takes place at a boarding school where Lenah stands out due to her outdated manner of dress and lack of knowledge of technology of the last 100 years. She is uncomfortable hanging around humans, but she manages to make a friend, Tony, who helps to show her the ropes. Tony is not supportive of Lenah’s attraction to Justin Enos, and her getting mixed in with the popular crowd.
I liked the mix of the dark vampire flashbacks mixed in with the light boarding school days, but felt more interested in the vampire story. I hope to read more of the vampire history in the next book, and especially more about Rhode.
The sequel, Stolen Nights , is due out in March 2011.
Recommended for readers of YA and vampire fans, even if you are sick of the genre – give this one a try.