Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel - Book Review #99

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Infinite Days
by Rebecca Maizel

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?

Some time ago I had, as I thought, a brilliant idea – a book idea – about some very old (I’m talking hundreds and maybe even thousands years old) vampire with all his/her wisdom, knowledge and hunting him/her down ruthlessness losing all his/her power – becoming human? – and trying to fit into the society and a live normal, not vampire’s, life. I toyed with this idea for a while and then, on the next day, I found Infinite Days on goodreads. So I had to pick this book up pretty much as soon as it was out to see who “stole” my idea and how it was executed.

My verdict – Infinite Days is a “check your brains out of the door” and “mind candy” sort of book. As I started to read it I realized that it was like a train wreck: you know it is going to be horrible, but you can’t take your eye out of it.

As soon as I was letting myself to think, to analyze events, character’s motivations, their actions, I wanted to close this book and never open it again – so many things just didn’t make any sense. However, as soon as I let it go and made myself to relax and just go with whatever was happening in the story, Infinite Days proved to be a quite entertaining piece of fiction. I’ll tell you more, the moment I let the story to lead me, not minding however senseless and bizarre places it was taking me, I couldn’t put the book down.

The most, I enjoyed pieces of Lenah’s flashbacks of the times when she was a vampire. They added a quite delectable flavor to the story. These flashbacks also showed that vampires in Rebecca Maizel’s world are evil, cruel and don’t care about humanity in general and some human individuals in particular.

Overall, I enjoyed Infinite Days and would recommend it to the people who love paranormal genre and can let go of the sanity for the period while reading the book. I’m planning to read the second book in this series - Stolen Nights, however probably not as soon as it will be out, but when I will not be in overcritical and analytical mood; but rather in the mood to relax and read anything that the author will feed me with, despite of what that would be, because Rebecca Maizel knows how to tell a story.


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