Monday, 6 September 2010
Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Released: September 3rd, 2010
Grade rating: B
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...
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.