Monday, 6 September 2010

Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel


Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Hardcover
Released: September 3rd, 2010
Grade rating: B


Amazon summary:

For 500 years Lenah Beaudonte has been a vampire. 500 years of seduction, blood and destruction. But she is sickened by her dark powers – and longs to feel the sun on her skin, grass under her bare feet, and share the breath of a human kiss. She wants to be mortal again. But is she really capable of being human, after her long years of darkness? Waking up as a sixteen-year-old girl brings Lenah many things – the life she has missed, taste, touch, love. But a vampire soul is not easily shed. And her coven – the four vampires she led in decadence and thrilling destruction – want their queen back...

Review:

Just when I thought I'd read every possible vampire story out there, Rebecca Maizel came along with Infinite Days. I was dubious, of course - how many more vampire books can there be? How many more good vampire books can people come up with? The answer, it appears, is at least one. I'm not saying it's an amazing novel that will live forever on my favourites shelf, but I did enjoy it.

While elements of Infinite Days fit into the category of same old same old, there is one part of it that really got me excited. Rather than a girl wanting to be turned into a vampire, here we have a 500-year-old vampire, Lenah, who wants to be human. Her memories and flashbacks are an interesting addition to the present day narrative, and they also allow us to get to know Rhode. I wanted to see more of him, though for reasons you'll find out, that wasn't always possible.

The one aspect of Infinite Days that lets it down is Lenah's relationship with Justin. I didn't buy it at all, and it's one of those rushed I-love-you-after-a-week type things. Done well, I can handle that, but here it felt too forced and unbelievable. I was told they had strong feelings for each other, but never quite found out why. Why did Lenah like Justin so much? I got the impression he was a pretty average teenage boy, but maybe I missed something.

I like how Maizel has come up with something slightly different on the undead scale. Rather than go for the norm, she's thought outside the box, and has genuinely captured my vampire-loving interest. Because I've now read so much vampire fiction (and I still love it!), that's getting harder to do these days, so well done to any author who convincingly looks at a different side of things.

After being a little slow-paced at times, Infinite Days builds to an exciting conclusion, and leaves the door wide open for a kick-ass sequel. Now that everything is set up and explained, Maizel can dive straight into the action with book 2, and hopefully pair Lenah off with someone much more deserving of her attention.

16 comments:

Melissa said...

Great review! I just bought this one, and I can't wait to read it :)

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I so felt the same way about the Lenah/Justin relationship. I'm looking forward to the sequel, but at the end of my review I asked if maybe Lenah can ditch Justin in this one and get herself a new boyfriend!

Charlie said...

This sounds like such an obvious topic to deal with, yet I've only realised that on reading your review! Awesome review, I'll have to keep a look out for it!

Clover said...

Well I'm glad to hear that it's still possible to write an interesting vampire novel still. Looking forward to it.

Dwayne said...

That's what attracted me most to ID - the premise of something new. I wouldn't expect everything of it to be original like you said, but am glad something new is part of it! Will be reading this soon. Great review Jen!

Liz. R said...

A lot have people have said they didn't like Justin - haven't read it yet but I think I'd be inclined to agree. Still, love the concept, and it's to do with vampires so of course it's on my wishlist :P. Thanks for the review!

Michelle said...

I saw this book for $5 and regret not having purchased it now. :/ I LOVE the concept a lot and I like vampires so really, I should have bought it. *kicks self*

Cupcake said...

hmm sounds good :) must look into this one

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This is on it's way to me as part of a tour so I'm glad to hear it's passed the test!

Lauren said...

Thanks for this review - I've been wavering about this one (especially because the way the UK hardback is bound is so beautiful) but I think I can safely say that as someone who is already suffering from vampire fatigue, I probably should avoid this... at least for a while. The new angle sounds intriguing, but not different enough to defy my vampire slump. Maybe I'll pick it up in the future.

asamum said...

Lol Lauren - I think we are the same for covers. I actually picked it up in Tesco yesterday because of the cover ;)
Terrific review as always Jen :D

Caroline said...

I was waiting to write my review to read yours, I see I'm not the only not buyng the Lenah/Justin relationship... It seems that this point in any paranormal romance is always the one to let me down, but I liked the rest of the book and I really can't wait for a sequel!!
I would have prefered Lenah to fall for Tony, not Justin!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Nice review! I haven't read this one yet, but I do want to. I like the idea of a vampire wanting to be human instead of vice versa.

Anonymous said...

i saw this in tescos and i wanted to buy it because the cover looks great, the blurb also excited me too. it'll definitely be on the list!

HollyGal said...

this review sums up my thoughts on the novel to a T! Loved it, and love your whole cite too!
Keep up the good work :)

채흔의♥동방신기 said...

I felt the same way too about Lenah and Justin's relationship. I was already skeptical about it and added with him leaving his gf for Lenah made him lose more brownie points.
And now I just don't care enough to want to continue on with the series.
Great review though.