Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{Review} "Infinite Days" by Rebecca Maizel


Title:  Infinite Days (Vampire Queen #1)
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Publisher:  St. Martins Press
Publication Date:  August 3, 2010
Genre:  Paranormal Romance / YA
Format:  Kindle 444 KB  |  Paperback 336 pages

Buy this book on Amazon:  Kindle Edition  |  Paperback
Author's Website:   
 http://rebeccamaizel.blogspot.com/
Author's Goodreads Profile:  Rebecca Maizel

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
"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.  Lie 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 fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.  But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.  

I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...
Diving in...
This is one of those books that I bought after I kept seeing in on blogs.  I will admit that while this cover is nice, it kind of looks like a child so that kind of threw me off.  There is another cover up on Amazon, so I don't know if this is an old cover or what.  Either way, I really enjoyed the book!

I love a good vampire story, but Maizel's take on it was very different.  First of all, Lenah is now suddenly human after being a vampire for nearly 600 years.  Secondly, the whole idea of her vampire coven was something unique.  As with most vampire stories, some of the "vampire rules" apply, but there are all new ones that are also unique to this particular series.  I always think it's refreshing to read a new spin on the vampire world.

The only thing that really bothered me about this story was how quickly Lenah seems to adjust to waking up in a world that is 100 years more advanced than it was when she went into hibernation before the change.  It seems more likely to me that it would take her weeks, if not longer, to learn all the things that she would need to know, etc... before she is just fine being on her own.  

I don't even need to say how much I loved Justin because that's a given!  I also really liked some of the secondary characters, particularly Lenah's best friend.  He is definitely the one who helped her with some of her adjustment process, even if he didn't realize that's what he was doing.

I am actually glad that I just recently discovered this book since I don't have as long to wait for the next one.  I guess it's been quite some time for those of you who read this when it was first released!  I think that the twist at the end of the book is going to make for an excellent next book.  It will be interesting to see how things progress from this point.

This book was well written, I like how she blended the present with scenes from the past to give us a look into Lenah's life and her coven.  It was nice to get all these little details about Rhode, the other men and all the nuances of her vampire world.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good paranormal romance, especially if you like vampires.  It's a new spin on that world with a dash of fun, preppy, boarding school rich kids!

As far as content concerns go, there wasn't much profanity that I remember, normal YA stuff.  The normal YA kissing scenes, anything more is eluded to but not described.  Your run of the mill vampire blood, fight scenes, etc... 

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