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Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, Bk 1)
Infinite Days - Vampire Queen, Bk 1
Author: Rebecca Maizel
She longs to be like everybody else.  But her history is written in blood… — Lenah Beaudonte is in many ways your average sixteen-year-old: the “new girl,” she struggles to fit in enough to survive at school, and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy captain of the lacrosse team.  But her challenges are ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312649913
ISBN-10: 0312649916
Publication Date: 8/3/2010
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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4 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, Bk 1) on + 127 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I just do not get it. I need to go over a few things before I can write this review. 1) You were a strong, powerful, bloody vampire for over 500 years but you are not any longer because your guy/fellow vampire/former lover (who left you for a long period of time so you took another lover) knew how to do this curse (or is it a blessing not sure) to change you into a human. I am sure you are following right. 2) You are sent to a boarding school because that is the safe place to hide from your former/current coven. Obviously, that is the first place you think about hiding when you have no social/world skills as a human and need to blend in with other humans. Makes total sense to me. And finally, 3) You develop a crush on the popular guy who all the girls swoon over which is totally human girl like quality but of course, you still maintain the memories of a 500 year old vampire. This guy has no qualities whatsoever other than being super good-looking and a bit of a daredevil.

Infinite Days was a rough customer for me. The parts of the book that I really enjoyed were the flashbacks. The author seemed to handle writing about Lenahs former vampire life with ease and it absolutely captivated me. If I could take all the human parts of the book out, I would have loved this book. Nevertheless, that is not possible.
I am giving this book 2.5 stars. I would probably give it 2 stars but I did like the flashbacks.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book has a great premise. An old vampire queen decides her undead status is no longer worth "living" and wants a way out. Rhode, her maker, decides that he is willing to let her go or watch her burn. He finds away to reverse the vampire process and makes Lenah human once again. Once this happens her memories from her vampire life are juxtaposed to her new human life and I think that this really brings out Lenah's story in a very original way. You can really feel her remorse for her vampire ways as well as everything she lost by turning so young.

My problem with this book comes with her association with several very shallow people. I can see how she was initially drawn to these people since they are very similar to her coven. People who's main concern is the self. I would have thought her new education back into mortal life she would have made better choices. Plus, her new beau just didn't fit her at all. With her background and intelligence, I couldn't see her with someone so immature. I can see her wanting to experience it, but I couldn't see it lasting. It made sense that she drew her new best friend to be in that crowd since they were thrill seekers and she wanted to experience a huge range of emotions, but I also wondered about that. I would have thought any emotions would be at first overwhelming, and then curiosities. I don't think she would have so easily tolerated those shallow kids and would have had to see more of their true selves for it to have made sense to me. It's not good when you are rooting for the one person that could utterly ruin her because it just made more sense that she'd be better off with Vicken (one of her vampires).

So, how do I rate this book? Parts of the book was just brilliant. Loved the comparisons of her world. The other part just failed me. Not to the point of me not liking the book, but I just couldn't get behind her human choice. So, I give this book 3 1/2 stars. It is worth a read and I am very curious as to how the author is going to continue the series since the ending really didn't seem like a cliffhanger (which is a good thing IMHO).
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reviewed Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
While I enjoyed this different twist of the popular vampire theme right now, I was left feeling kinda confused and empty. I understood the miserable, depressing worthlessness the vampires feel, but to me it didn't feel like "enough" for Lenah to want to change to a human. She was practically a queen with enormous power, with not just one but two loves of her life. I can't help but wonder WHAT else brought her to the decision to give up her power and vampire loves. I also had a very hard time believing the Justin/Lenah romance. I found myself rooting for Tony. He seemed far more "real" to me than Justin because we were aware of some of his passions and interests. The only things we knew about Justin were he's popular, handsome and a daredevil. It didn't seem to be an appropriate fit for a vampire queen to suddenly fall in love with. I couldn't understand it. I wouldn't recommend this book. Just my opinion.
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i really enjoyed this book.. looks like its gonna have a second book to it called stolen nights cant wait to read it
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I tried to keep my expectations realistic before going into this book. Just because the premise is a reversal of all other bland vampire romances out there--female vampire turns human again, has human love interest but is conflicted with her loyalty to her own vampire clan--did not necessarily mean it was going to be a groundbreaking and memory tale. And unfortunately, INFINITE DAYS was almost exactly as I'd expected: a lukewarm, tru-luv vampire romance (plus set at a boarding school) that is aimed straight at the Twilight-loving crowd.

Within this YA niche, INFINITE DAYS does some things very well. I enjoyed reading about Lenah's slow adaptation back into the human life, could really understand her as she marveled at physical sensations and the different customs of 21st-century teens. I liked Tony, the Japanese guy who was Lenah's first (and best) friend after she became human again, even though he displayed borderline obsessive-compulsive behaviors sometimes. He had a sort of personality, spunk, and originality that sidekicks in bland paranormal romances always seem to have, making them so much more interesting than the actual love interest. I was even okay with Lenah's aloofness (product of her getting used to her humanness) and people's subsequent fascination with her (she's beautiful and aloof: even I'm mesmerized by girls like her).

However, INFINITE DAYS falls short in other aspects. Justin Enos, the love interest, has no discernible qualities--good or bad--at all, and the only way I can justify his "deep and all-consuming" attraction to Lenah is that she gives off some sort of post-vampirism aura that males are still lured in by. At least Edward Cullen was overly protective and had old-fashioned morals; Justin Enos (whose constant double-name references was obviously an influence of our famous vampire)...was popular? liked racing boats? had a classic *ahem* mean-girl girlfriend? Well, if you think that makes for a wonderful crush...

Furthermore, numerous elements of Lenah's transformation from vampire to human are glossed over in the story. The process by which Lenah became human again is unique and touching, but was just barely given explanation, something that is terribly necessary in speculative fiction. Lenah's rehumanization is inconsistent: she's stumbling, unused to working muscles in one minute, chowing down food like she's done it all her life in the next. I was left feeling unsatisfied with the worldbuilding, which, as it is, seemed like a good placeholder for setting while the story relied too much on our love of insta-luv paranormal romances for its commercial appeal.

Overall, I quickly realized that INFINITE DAYS--and indeed, probably this whole subgenre of YA more generally--is no longer for me. It lacks the thorough development and definition that I crave in my readings. However, readers who are still willing to give alternative vampire stories a try, and who have found themselves greatly enjoying post-Twilight paranormal romances, should keep an eye out for INFINITE DAYS. This will be right up your alley.


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