Series: Vampire Queen #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 3rd 2010
When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series.
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?
Never before have I read a novel like Infinite Days. Quite simply, this novel sparkles. Lenah has lived for over 500 years and is thought to be one of the most powerful vampires in existence. Despite her power, Lenah is just not satisfied. She longs to be human again. To feel the touch of another… to walk in the sunlight without fear… to feel more than just the constant numbness.
Infinite Days is a beautiful debut novel that is breathtaking in both its simplicity and originality. Add in the highly emotional factor and I was completely sold. Lenah is a one of a kind character. She is smart, funny, and the type of character who completely stole my heart. Now while a vast majority of the novel exceeded my expectations, I just did not fall in love with the romantic aspect the way I wanted to. You see, Infinite Days is a novel charged with emotions. From those of love to self sacrifice, but for some reason, Justin, Lenah's love interest, was just a miss for me. I wanted to like him, I wanted to like them together, but it just never really happened. In this character's defense, I must admit that I fell hard for Rhode in the beginning of the novel. And so for the rest of the novel, I was waiting for this relationship to meet or exceeded that WOW factor that I had found originally.
Infinite Days truly impressed me as a reader. Maizel takes one of the most popular topics in the YA genre and puts a spin on it. Maizel shines as she makes Lenah's experiences feel fresh and new. And as a reader, I felt like I was experiencing many of the things that Lenah was for the first time. Infinite Days will still your heart and have you begging more.