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Infinite Days

by Rebecca Maizel

Rated: Moderate

After hibernating 100 years, Lenah Beaudonte wakes up in the present day as a human. What makes her unique is not that she’s just slept underground for 100 years; it’s that she used to be an incredibly powerful vampire queen. But after begging her longtime love, Rhode, to try performing a ritual that could change her back into a human, she finds that the risky procedure succeeded: she’s alive and breathing as a 16-year-old girl at an exclusive boarding school in New England, and Rhode has disappeared, seemingly having died after his sacrifice as part of the ritual.

Lenah then must adjust to not only being human and having different desires and interests but to a world that’s changed significantly from the early-1900s world she left behind. Plus, she has to work at fitting in at a high school as a normal teen, which is a little tricky considering she tests out of all the classes, doesn’t mind tearing into a cat in anatomy class, and can speak 25 languages. Making it toughest is her grief over losing Rhode, who had changed her into a vampire in the first place 600 years earlier and who had been her companion for most of those centuries.

Still, Lenah slowly makes friends, and she learns about technology, snorkeling and bungee-jumping. She also finds that she is able to fall in love again, with a human boy. Unfortunately, as time passes, she also realizes that her new world and friends are all in danger from the powerful coven she left behind. When they find out what has happened to her after hibernation, she could lose everything she has built in her new life.

Infinite Days is mostly engaging despite some of its shortcomings, including what sometimes seem like random vampire-world “rules” that almost seem created by the author at whim according to what she needed for the plot, and a main character who claims to have been the most vile creature in existence but who doesn’t quite present enough evidence to make that assertion convincing. In addition, she falls for a guy who really doesn’t seem that compelling — he comes across as a standard good-looking jock; the guy who becomes her “best friend” sounds a lot more interesting and suited to her. Still, by the end I was invested in the characters almost enough to want to read the sequel that is coming out soon.

Rated: Moderate, for about a dozen uses of mild and moderate language, most of which is the b-word, and for teen sex, which is stated but includes no details. There are a couple of other scenes of some mild sensual references.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 15 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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Infinite Days
  • Infinite Days
  • by Rebecca Maizel
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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