Infinite Days

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"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one."

Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be ...

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Overview

"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one."

Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.

I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.

But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.

I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Maizel’s dark and dreamy debut reverses the vampire trend with a heroine whose heart’s desire is to regain her humanity and abandon her evil past. After more than 500 years as the queen of her English coven, perpetual 15-year-old Lenah finally has her chance to become human again when her vampire sire sacrifices himself for the necessary ritual. Determined to live her new days to the fullest before her coven finds and kills her for her betrayal, Lenah explores American teenage life at a boarding school in Massachusetts with best friend Tony and boyfriend Justin. Eventually discovered, abducted, and remade as a vampire, Lenah retains her soul and becomes something entirely new--a compassionate vampire with unexpected powers who can bridge the worlds. She returns to school and her friends, but the coven isn’t far behind, and they aren’t interested in mercy. Maizel’s lustrous style is occasionally uneven, but the captivating characters and intriguing story easily overcome the slight flaws. Vampire fans or not, readers will find a lot to enjoy in this exploration of the power of intent, desire, love, and sacrifice. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
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“Infinite Days is a wonderfully sexy, dark novel full of lush prose. Rebecca Maizel is a marvel, writing more than just a story, she creates myth with every page."  -  Carrie Jones, author of NYT bestselling series, NEED

“Once the most feared vampire in the world, Lenah Beaudonte wants what all vampires eventually want: to be human and feel, love and even cry again. After an elaborate ritual that involves the death of her soul mate for the last 592 years and a 100-year secret hibernation at her English countryside estate, Lenah awakens at an elite New England boarding school, returned to her former 16-year-old human self. As she adjusts to the new century (almost too quickly, “chatting up” friends in mere days), tries to fit in with her peers and experiences her first human love with gorgeous and intelligent Justin and guilt for her past ruthless killings, flashbacks across the centuries reveal Lenah’s former life as a vampire, how she formed the coven she rules and why she must prepare to battle its members once they discover her disappearance. In this new series starter, strong, brave, powerful Lenah sheds the wannabe image, capturing readers instead with her complex yet fascinating history and visceral, at times sensual, narration.” -   Kirkus

“Maizel has written a gripping debut novel that wraps a historical story into a modern, paranormal tale. Lenah is a multilayered woman who understands the test of time, yet experiences life as if just born. A new series sure to appeal to many — young and old. Breathtaking!” – Romantic Times Book Reviews (Top Pick)

 “Maizel’s dark and dreamy debut reverses the vampire trend with a heroine whose heart’s desire is to regain her humanity and abandon her evil past. After more than 500 years as the queen of her English coven, perpetual 15-year-old Lenah finally has her chance to become human again when her vampire sire sacrifices himself for the necessary ritual. Determined to live her new days to the fullest before her coven finds and kills her for her betrayal, Lenah explores American teenage life at a boarding school in Massachusetts with best friend Tony and boyfriend Justin. Eventually discovered, abducted, and remade as a vampire, Lenah retains her soul and becomes something entirely new—a compassionate vampire with unexpected powers who can bridge the worlds. She returns to school and her friends, but the coven isn’t far behind, and they aren’t interested in mercy. Maizel’s lustrous style is occasionally uneven, but the captivating characters and intriguing story easily overcome the slight flaws. Vampire fans or not, readers will find a lot to enjoy in this exploration of the power of intent, desire, love, and sacrifice.” – Publishers Weekly

"Infinite Days is a deliciously engaging mix of vampires and romance, peppered with humor and layered with a lush, grippingly dark backstory. Rebecca Maizel's first novel is a real treat!" —A.M. Jenkins, author of Damage

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Lenah Beaudonte is an extremely powerful and ruthless vampire queen who is more than five centuries old. Unhappy with her vampire existence, she implores her vampire maker and lover Rhode to uncover an ancient ritual that can give her back her humanity. After hibernating for 100 years, Lenah wakes up as a human teenager enrolled at the exclusive Wickham Boarding School. Rhode has done everything to give her a new chance at life and in doing so has made the ultimate sacrifice—his own life. Mourning for him, Lenah seizes the chance to walk in the sunlight, have fun with friends, experience real emotions, and fall in love with a great guy. But Lenah knows that it is only a matter of time before her vicious coven opens her crypt and discovers her missing. Linked to her by dark magic, they will not rest until they find her, destroying the world she has come to love. Lenah is a unique and complex character whose emotions ring true. Her horrifying life as a vampire is revealed through a series of detailed and riveting flashbacks that are extremely effective in driving the plot and the decisions she makes. A promising start to a series, the story is filled with action, romance, longing, deception, and sacrifice. It will leave vampire fans thirsting for more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312649913
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Rebecca Maizel's Vampire Queen Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 523,444
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Maizel

Rebecca Maizel is the bestselling author of the Vampire Queen series, starting with Infinite Days. She graduated from Boston University and the Rhode Island College master’s program. She teaches community college in Rhode Island and is studying to receive her MFA from Vermont College.

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Infinite Days


By Maizel, Rebecca

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2010 Maizel, Rebecca
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312649913

Chapter 1
I release you….I release you, Lenah Beaudonte. Believe…and be free.   Those were the last words I could remember. But they were formless, said by someone whose voice I did not recognize. It could have been ages ago.
When I awoke, I immediately felt a cold surface on my left cheek. An icy shiver rushed down my spine. Even with my eyes closed, I knew I was naked, stomach down on a hardwood floor.
I gasped though my throat was so dry I made an unearthly animal sound. Three heaving breaths then a thump-thump, thump-thump - a heart beat. My heartbeat? It could have been ten thousand fluttering wings. I tried to open my eyes but with each blink there was a flash of blinding light. Then another. And another.
"Rhode!” I screamed. He had to be here. There would be no world without Rhode.
I writhed on the floor, covering my body with my hands. Understand that I am not the type of person to find herself naked and alone especially in a situation where sunlight shines down on her body. Yet, there I was, bathed in yellow light, sure that I was moments away from a painful, fiery death - I had to be. Soon flames would erupt from within my soul and turn me into dust.
Only, nothing happened. No flames or imminent death. There was only the smell of the oak in the floor. I swallowed and the muscles in my throat contracted. My mouth was wet with... saliva! My chest rested on the floor. I pressed down on my palms and craned my neck to look at the source of my torment. Luminous daylight streamed into a bedroom from a large bay window. The sky was a sapphire blue, no clouds.
"Rhode!” My voice seemed to swirl in the air, vibrating out of my mouth. I was so thirsty. "Where are you?” I screamed.
A door somewhere near me opened and closed. I heard a wobbling step, an uneven shuffle then Rhode's black, buckle boots stepped into my eye line. I rolled onto my back and looked up at the ceiling. Gasping. My God - was I breathing?
Rhode loomed over me but he was a blur. He leaned forward so his hazy features were within inches of my face. Then there he was, as though coming out of a mist, looking as I had never seen him before. The skin over Rhode's cheekbones stretched so tight it looked as though his bones would break through. His usually full and proud chin was now a thin point. But the blue of his eyes - they were the same. Even in the haze of that moment they pierced me, down to my soul.
"Fancy meeting you here,” Rhode said. Despite black bruises that ringed his eyes, a twinkle, from somewhere deep within looked back at me. "Happy sixteenth birthday,” he said and extended a hand.
      *
 Rhode gripped a glass of water. I sat up, took it from him and finished it in three large gulps. The cold water trickled down the back of my throat, flowed down my esophagus and into my stomach. Blood, a substance I was used to, trickled, but its absorption into the vampire body was a lot like a sponge soaking up liquid. It had been so long since I'd had a drink of water....
In Rhode's other hand was a piece of black cloth. When I took it from him, the cloth cascaded out to reveal a black dress. It was lightweight cotton. I pressed up from the floor and stood up. My knees buckled but I steadied myself by throwing my arms out to balance. I stood there for a moment, until I was firmly planted to the ground. When I tried to walk, a small vibration shook me so hard that my knees touched.
"Put that on and then come into the other room,” Rhode said and lumbered unevenly out of the bedroom. I should have noticed that he had to hold onto the doorframe when he walked but my knees and thighs trembled and I had to try and find my balance again. I let my hands fall back to my sides. My brown hair unfurled and like seaweed, strands stuck to my naked body. Longer strands reached my breasts. I would have given anything for a mirror. I took a few breaths and my knees wobbled again. I looked around for a corset but there was nothing. How curious! Was I meant to walk around this place with nothing to hold me in? I slid the dress over my head and it stopped right above my knees.
I didn't look a day over 16, yet if someone had calculated on that particular day - I officially turned 592.
Everything was so crisp and brightætoo bright. Beams of light trickled minute rainbows across my feet. I looked around the room. Despite waking up on the floor, there was a mattress in an iron bed frame covered by a black comforter. Across the room a bay window looked out at full leaves and swaying branches. Beneath the window was a seat covered in blue, plush pillows.
I ran my fingertips against the textured wood of the walls and couldn't believe that I could actually feel it. The wood was layered and I felt the raised and jagged parts under my smooth fingertips. My existence as a vampire meant that all my nerve endings were dead. Only by remembering what things felt like as a human would my vampire mind understand whether I was touching something soft or hard. The only senses a vampire retained were those that heightened her ability to kill; the sense of smell was linked to flesh and blood, sight was super sight, detailed down to the minutiae, its sole purpose to find prey within an instant.
My fingers fluttered over the wall again - another rush of shivers rolled up my arms.
 "There will be time for that,” Rhode said from the other room.
My heartbeat echoed in my ears. I could taste the air. As I walked the muscles in my thighs and calves seemed to burn, twitch and then relax. In order to stop shaking, I rested my body weight on the doorway and crossed my hands over my chest.
"What century is this?” I asked closing my eyes and taking a breath.
"The 21st,” Rhode said. His black hair, which reached halfway down his back the last time I saw him, had been cut short and now stood up in a spiky hairstyle. Around his right wrist was a white, medical bandage. Rhode gripped a side table and lowered himself into a crimson colored lounge seat.
"Sit,” he whispered. I sat down on a pale blue couch that faced the lounger.
"You look terrible,” I whispered.
"Thank you,” he said with the barest glimmer of a smile.
Rhode's cheeks were so sunken that his once masculine, carved features now clung to his bones. His usual golden skin had yellowed. His arms quivered as he lowered himself into the chair, holding onto it until he was almost fully sitting down.
"Tell me everything,” I commanded.
"Give me a moment,” he said.
"Where are we?”  
"Your new home,” he closed his eyes. Rhode leaned his head back onto the chair.  He gripped the armrests and I noticed that the rings that had once adorned his fingers were now gone. The curling black snake with emerald eyes, the poison ring for emergencies (which meant it was always filled with blood) were missing. Only one ring remained on his pinky finger. My ring. The ring that I had worn for 500 years. Only then did I notice that own hands were bare. It was a tiny silver band with a dark, black stone -- onyx. "Never wear onyx unless you want or know death,” he once told me. I believed him. Besides, up until that moment, I was confident no vampire enjoyed creating death more than I did.
I tried to avoid his gaze. I'd never seen Rhode so weak. 
"You're human, Lenah,” he said.
I nodded once in acknowledgement though I looked at the lines in the hardwood floor. I couldn't respond. Not yet. I wanted it too much. The last interaction I had with Rhode, before waking up in that bedroom was about my desire to be human. We had an argument; one that I thought would last for centuries. It did, in a way, the argument had happened a century before that moment.
"You finally got what you wanted,” he whispered.
 I had to look away again. I couldn't stand the cool blue of his eyes appraising me. Rhode's appearance was so altered - changed - as though he was withering away. When he was at his fullest health his square jaw and blue eyes made him one of the most beautiful men I'd ever seen. I say man but I am not sure of Rhode's age. He could have been just a boy when he was made into a vampire but through the years, he'd clearly seen and done so much--it aged him. Vampires as they move into the maturity of their existence become so ethereal in appearance that it is nearly impossible to guess their age.
Making sure to keep my eyes away from his, I examined the living room. It looked as though he had just moved in, though the atmosphere of the room felt like Rhode. Despite a few boxes piled next to the door everything seemed to be in its proper place. Many of my possessions from my vampire life decorated the apartment. Specifically, items from my bedchamber. On the wall, an ancient sword was held to a metal plate by golden clasps. It was one of Rhode's favorite pieces, his longsword from his days with the Order of the Garter, a ring of knights under Edward the III. It was a special sword, one that was forged by magic, outside of the brotherhood. It had a black leather grip and thick base that tapered down to a deadly and distinct point. The pommel, the wheel shaped counter weight on the top of the sword had an engraving circling its perimeter: Ita fert corde voluntas, the heart wills it.
On the wall, on either side the sword, iron sconces made to look like roses linked by vines and thorns held unlit, white candles. White candles should be burned in a house wishing to dispel evil spirits or energy. Every vampire had them for protection against other darker magics. Yes, there are worse things in the universe than vampires.
"I forgot your human beauty.”
I looked back at Rhode. He wasn't smiling but his eyes sparkled in a way that I knew he meant it. Seeing me now in my human form was a personal fulfillment. He had done what he had set out to do hundreds of years before.    


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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    One of the best vampire novels of 2010

    I was putting this book up on a display at the BN store I work at when I took a minute to read part of it. The story seemed interesting enough, but from the past books I have put on the shelves everyone is trying to cash in on the vampire craze. I finally decided to read this book and absolutely loved it. It wasn't a story you see everyday, very unique in style. I loved the story line and the characters, it is well written. I suggest this book to anyone who likes a vampire novel here and there but hates all the mushy vampire crud that is filling the shelves. Truth be told I assumed there wouldn't be a second from the way the book ends, so I am very happy she put the chapter to the 2nd novel in the back of Infinite Days or I would have never thought it could continue. It's a great book I recommend reading, but I hope you can wait or at least not forget about the book until late 2011 to read the second novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    Infinite Days was like a breath of fresh air amongst all the vam

    Infinite Days was like a breath of fresh air amongst all the vampire novels. I almost didn't read it because I was a bit burnt out on the overpopulated genre. I've very glad I did, as Rebecca Maizel has created her own vampire mythology using the balance of light and darkness as well as magic.

    Lenah is a complex and interesting character, not only because she used to be a vampire and has 500 years worth of story to tell, but because she maintains much of her vampire instincts and skills. Having once been horribly cruel and menacing, we see Lenah struggle with her past crimes throughout the story. Being that old makes her intelligent, strong and brave, but also awkward, as obviously she doesn't quite fit in with the modern world. I loved the way that every time Lenah discovered a new piece of technology, I felt as though I was discovering it for the first time with her. I also loved how Lenah never really changes who she is, she certainly grows as a person and her human soul lets her react to things differently then she would have before, but mostly she unknowingly changes the people around her.

    Throughout the novel you meet all the different men in Lenah's life. Rhode her maker, is charming and loyal, while Vicken, her former lover, is brilliant but deadly. Sweet and funny Tony is Lenah's best friend at Wickham, and handsome, athletic Justin is her new crush. I'm not sure if I loved Tony or Rhode more, but I love how each one brought out the best in Lenah. I didn't always care for Justin, but I could understand why Lenah was drawn to him. He possesses many traits that Lenah would have looked for in a coven member. Speaking of the coven, my only complaint with the story was that I never felt as if I learned much about them. Gavin, Heath and Song are all featured periodically, but unlike Rhode and Vicken, their pasts are never really explored. You only learned small facts about them, like who's good at languages and what fighting style they each prefer.

    The novel moves at a nice steady pace, its never bogged down or moving to quickly. Flashback are used throughout the story, as different events trigger Lenah's memories of the past. There are lots of twists and turns in the later half of the book and the ending is not only jam-packed but emotional as well. I am desperate to find out what happens next. I hope Stolen Nights can live up to the high standards set by Infinite Days, since I absolutely loved it! Rebecca Maizel is a brilliant writer who has her own unique voice in the paranormal genre and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Fell Back In Love with Vampires

    To tell the truth, I've been a little vampired-out so it took me a while to get around to reading this. I shouldn't have waited; I adore this book! Rebecca Maizel brings a fresh and fascinating take on vampires.

    The story begins after Lenah's human transformation with well chosen flashbacks to her vampire life. It's a difficult style of storytelling (it can get so mired and bogged down), but Ms. Maizel pulls it off beautifully. This way we experience Lenah from two perspectives, as the terrifying Vampire Queen, and as a teenager dumped in the wrong century. The reader is taken along as Lenah grows and adapts to life in the twenty first century. Lenah is endearing as she becomes human and her Vampire instincts begin to fade.

    But the coven is looking for her, and what chance does a mere mortal stand against a vicious set of Vampires? How do you protect your friends let alone yourself?

    Ms. Maizel has created some fascinating vampires too. I am enthralled with Rhode, both his unusual vampiric nature and his ultimate sacrifice. Suleen is another vampire drifting in and out of the story, that I can't wait to learn more about. I have read some criticism for her characters being underdeveloped, and I think it's unfounded. One of the caveats of writing in the first person, is that you only get to see the story from one person's point of view, the narrator. Ms. Maizel has brilliantly given us two points of view through the narrator, and I think asking for more is a bit much. Yes, some things are left to the imagination, but the readers perspective of each character changes as Lenah's does. It is subtly, but cleverly accomplished.

    This book is an enchanting twist on an, albeit, overrun subject. Rebecca Maizel made me fall in love with Vampires again. I didn't think that was possible. I anxiously await the second installment of the Vampire Queen series, Stolen Nights, due out June 22, 2011.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    This book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. I received

    This book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. I received it for a fair and honest review from the publisher and was really looking forward to reading it. I really liked the story overall but I thought it would go in a different direction and was about something completely different. The story is about a 500 year old vampire queen and what happens to her after she is turned back into a human. Since it involved vampires I was on board and was hoping it would be an action packed book. That isn't really what I wanted or got from the book at all.

    In my honest opinion, it was somewhat boring in certain parts. I wanted things to happen and nothing really happened. I think it is because this book focuses more on a romantic contemporary feel and I am not a big fan of romance or contemporary. I think anyone that loves romance and contemporary styles of writing will love this book.

    I thought it would focus more on her being a vampire queen and not so much on the love that she felt for Justin. There could have been a more happy medium between Lenah's emotions and her Vampire past, when there really wasn't. I wanted there to be more conflict and more characters involved. You only really got depth from a few of the main characters. All of the background characters were really flat and just there to fill space.

    The story takes place in Lenah's voice and even though she was a vampire queen she wasn't that interesting of a character. I mean she is a vampire queen, I thought she would be way more badass. This story focuses more on the human aspect of life and I read my books to escape everyday life. I don't really want to read about a vampire (which I think would be very cool to be, even though in this story they consider themselves to be very evil) who is turned back into a human and all she talks about are her feelings, emotions and worry about her life.

    The author is a good writer but not much happens in this book. Lenah, as a human, goes back to high school at a boarding school and for the first half of the book nothing but normal everyday human things happen. Like I said early, I was expecting something different and a bit more paranormal. There were some flashbacks back to Lenah's life as a vampire, which was really the only exciting parts in the beginning, and it still wasn't very paranormal, like I wanted it to be.

    There are some elements of this book that I did really like. It does have a really good storyline where you feel for Lenah and what she has to go through and all her changing emotions. I really loved learning about her past as a vampire. There could be a whole prequel about it that I would really love to learn more about. I really can't wait to see what happens in the next book with Lenah and the people she loves.

    I know that some people would really love this book, I just liked it, I didn't love it. I really think that it could have been way more better. It could have had so much depth and many more elements involved. The ending was very good with a small twist that I wasn't expecting at all. I will continue the story with the second book. I really hope it has more of the elements that I really love in my stories. If you have read the synopsis and are a fan of romance and contemporary I really suggest you give this book a try because I think you would really like it. =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Loved!

    Best vampire book ever! And I DON'T read vampire books! Loved the twist. I tell everyone to read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Loved it

    This book truly is a breathof fresh air. It brings a new meaning to the word"vampire".

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Meh!

    Lenah awakes after sleeping for 100 years to find herself mortal and newly enrolled within a high school to slowly adapt to her new surroundings. Her sire, Rhode, sacrificed himself so that she may have a chance at mortality again and can experience a life that she gave up so many years ago. Yet, being queen of a powerful coven and stepping down from her responsibilities isn't something to be taken lightly, thus, her old "family" is on the hunt to bring her back . . . alive or (re)dead!

    This book was praised rather highly and because of that, I eagerly anticipated reading it. But, sadly . . . I wasn't impressed. The main problem I had at the end was I felt none of the characters had any real depth to them. Sure, you learn their past stories and/or meet side characters that relay more facts about them but, when all is finished, I felt that I didn't really know these people any more personally than I did at page 1. Thus, Infinite Days was one of those tales were the blurb on the back of the book was better than the actual story overall.

    I wish I could put my finger on the actual reason behind me not enjoying this (AUDIO!)book; perhaps the character development was lacking or the plot lagged too much - but the main part is - the story wasn't doing anything for me! I never got around to liking Lenah herself and I was not happy at all with her relationship with Justin (it just seemed so fake from the beginning) and of all the ways to end . . . blah!

    I had also expected more from an old vampire soul like Lenah, maybe more knowledge of the world, more insight into love/relationships, but she just came off as a normal inexperienced teenager. Plus, she kept talking about how really horrible she was during her vampire reign that I so desired to hear more about that as well, but it was unsatisfactorily left out. The one praise I have for this book is that the concept was original, but I felt it could have been written into a much richer tale and for me, it was just so-so.

    Likes: Great characters names like Rhode or Vicken.

    Dislikes: *Spoiler* How Lenah had to kill her coven to stay alive and because of that . . . she came off as very selfish to me. She made her coven into what they are, she also made the decision to become human again and now she's making those of her past suffer for it. I could go on and on about this fact, but I'll stop at that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Props!

    When you think of Lenah Beaudonte, you think of a broken spirit with so much to learn. Though, after you read this mind eating novel, you begin to have a change of opinion and heart. One of the best novels yet!

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    If only Lenah was little bit more loyal..

    "Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one." What a beautiful, beautiful sentence! Doesn't it make you melt inside? Don't you just wanna read more about Rhode and see what beautiful relationship him and Lenah have? No! Instead Lenah seems to forget her forever soulmate and "falls" for teen dreamy, stereotypical, high school guy.....typical! This story was written in two stories: one about Lenah's exciting adventures as a beautiful Queen of vampires and other is about your typical average high school day: going to classes, crushing on the "cute guy", meeting new people, going there and here, blah, blah, blah........ don't we have to do that five times a day anyways? Why read about something I already do EVERYDAY! On the other half Lenah's vampire past was entrancing; Rhode was a beautiful character. Rhode made the story interesting with his destiny to help Lenah's human transformation. Unfortunately, the poor lass dies within the first few chapters and the author just left me with Justin.... If only Lenah was little bit more loyal........

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Great

    Perfect

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Flawless Vampire Story - Highly Recommend it!

    Okay, I have to admit that when I bought this book, I bought it because of its beautiful cover. I didn't even know what it was about and had never heard about it before. But I'm happy to report that in this case, judging a book by its cover did work because this book has a beautiful cover but inside it, it has an even more beautiful story. This book is a vampire story but it's not your typical vampire story in the sense that the protagonist Lenah, just doesn't reminisce about her human days - she actually gets to be a human again (Which I loved reading about) after reigning as a vampire queen. Things I loved about this book:

    1. Lenah. She is such a strong female character. She looks 16 but she is really almost 600 years old and she is a very intelligent and observative person and she does not make excuses for any wrongs she's done in the past. She admits her faults and tries to move on.

    2. Prose. Oh Rebecca, I loved your writing. It was, I don't know how to say it, sophisticated? is maybe the word I'm looking for but I just thought the writing was amazing, very fluid and beautiful even.

    3. Rebecca doesn't just tell, she shows. Everything Lenah feels about being human again and about being awoken and human in the 21st century - you will feel too.

    4. Rhode. I don't want to give anything away but he is the most amazing male character I've read about in a while. So swoon worthy and my #1 literary crush at the moment. This is a man who truly sacrifices everything for the woman he loves. He is selfless, has a conscience, and is caring. He may not be in the book as much as some other characters but man oh man, does he leave a massive impression on you. I can't wait to read more of him (LOVE RHODE).

    5. The flashbacks. I don't want to give anything away, but I loved reading these.

    6. The vampires in this story are bad-ass. Forget about vampires who glitter in the sun and are sensitive (not that I have a problem with that but I know some people do). These vamps do not disappoint for those of you who stick to original vampire lore.

    7. Amazing characters. Lenah, Rhode and a few others. I just loved how some characters especially Lenah were so reflective and wise when it comes to what humanity entails. The observations made about life were so amazing and might I add, philosophical (which I loved).

    8. The ending. OMG, the ending of this book is just wow. Just when you think you had everything figured out, Rebecca Maizel just throws a massive curve ball at you. Her cliffhanger was like no other I have read. It was epic and left me wanting to read the sequel desperately.

    I consider Infinite Days to be my favorite book. The sequel for this book, Stolen Nights, was supposed to come out this summer but Rebecca hasn't finished writing it yet, so I imagine it will be out by summer of 2012. It's been a tough and long wait but for this series, it's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    Loved this book!

    THought it was amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    A Paranormal Romance to Sink Your Teeth Into

    Infinite Days is a young adult paranormal romance with a twist on the vampire legend: vampires wish they were human because they have no souls; they do not have coherent thoughts and are in constant psychological pain; they have no nerve endings and cannot feel tactile surfaces as well as humans can; and they wish they could taste things. After nearly six hundred years of killing thousands of people and drinking their blood, Lenah goes through a ceremony that transforms her back into a human, a teenager in New England.

    This novel is full of rich, sensual detail throughout, not only when Lenah is first adjusting to being able to truly feel textures such as the surface of a paneled wall. It is also very suspenseful and full of realistic, engaging characters. I would have liked Lenah to have made a close female friend and to have had at least one other female in her vampire coven; she seemed surrounded by boys, whether she was in high school or with her otherwise all-male coven. I was also less impressed with the love interest Justin, a jock, than was Lenah. Otherwise, it is a highly enjoyable read-and one that will keep you up half the night.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Totally Awesome

    Gotta read this. It's awesome!

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Awesome Book! A Must Read!

    Oh, I really enjoyed this book! A great twist from the typical vampire books. I can't wait for the next in the series! I'll be counting the days! Well done Rebecca Maizel !!! A+++++++

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    The premise is great and the cliffhanger ending will make you crazy more!

    What a beautiful cover! That is what called to me when I was browsing around the bookstore looking for something to pick up. By looking at the cover, I would have never thought this was a book about vampires. The premise of this book was totally different. It almost seemed to be the total opposite of any of the other vampire books I've read in the past. Lenah, the main character was what I called a true vampire. She was vicious and enjoyed to kill. She didn't have any compassion and took pride in the effortless ease to kill a human. She was very strong and powerful and created her own Coven out of the smarted and most skillful humans she could find. Together the coven would protect her and follower her till the end of time.

    The only problem is, Lenah doesn't want to be a vampire anymore and she'd rather walk into the sun and burn to ash then to live her life full of pain and hate that comes with the price of being a vampire. An ancient ritual is discovered and Lenah no longer has to live as a vampire, she can be a normal 16 year old teenage.

    I enjoyed so many of the characters in this book. The relationship between Lenah and Justin I could see coming a mile away however as I got further into the story, Justin's character involved into much more then being just popular, good looking, and on a sports team.

    There were good characters and bad character and I loved all the things that made them that way. The story started slow for me and I started to wonder how this storyline could be stretched long enough for a series of books. It didn't become the "page-turner" I hoped it would until I was over halfway through. It really picked up after that and after the ending; I know that I definitely have to pick up Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2) when it comes out in 2011. I can't wait to see what becomes of Lenah and the other characters in the story.

    I would recommend picking this story up and giving it a read! The premise is great and the cliffhanger ending will make you crazy more!

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Missy's Reads & Reviews

    Ahh, back to my wonderful vampire stories! . Sort of. This time around with Infinite Days, it's a vampire-turned-human story in which we follow the main character, Lenah, as she breathes her first breath as a sixteen-year-old human in the 21st century. After her awakening, Lenah learns that Rhode (her vampire lover/soul mate) had to sacrifice himself in order for her to have her one wish granted - to be human again after 500+ years of reigning terror as a vicious vampire queen. Left on her own, Lenah must learn how to blend into her new school in America, Wickham. Not only does she have to teach herself how to be human again, but she also has to worry about her old coven coming to find her.

    I really loved this story. I thought it was a new take on the cliché teen vampire story. I did have to do a double take on how Lenah learned things so quickly - but, it's not as if her mind has been completely erased, it's more like learning to adapt from old ways to new ones. The romance between Lenah and Justin was fun to watch from the beginning encounter to the time that they actually ended up getting together. I kind of felt a little stab in my heart for Rhode, though. It just seemed like Lenah never really loved him the way that he loved her. He sacrificed a lot for her, and I don't feel like he was treated fairly. But, that's just one girl's opinion.

    My heart also ached for Tony. I thought he was a wonderful best friend, but I don't think he would have made a good love interest for Lenah - even though he did confess he was in love with her. I'm glad there was a resolution between them soon after the awkwardness, though they didn't get much time after to explore their friendship more. Even the other characters, particularly the Three-Piece, I didn't find annoying at all - which was surprising, considering I thought I would at the beginning.

    The writing was great - even the parts where it skipped from present to past and back again, it was easy to switch with the story and keep up. I loved all of the character interactions. I think my favorite parts were the flashbacks . and I'm pretty sure I'd be happy with just a book about Lenah as a vampire and her many adventures. I read the book in one sitting and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I did have a OMG-I-knew-something-like-that-was-going-to-happen moment and that moment made me happy.

    The preview of the second book at the end of this novel was also the perfect little teaser to keep you longing for more. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Infinite Days

    Lenah Beaudonte was a vampire for 592 years. And then she became human again. Through an ancient ritual of magic, Rhode, her lover, the one who made her a vampire, gave her soul back, gave her. life. Although she's almost 600 years old, she looks like 16 and, as any 16 years old girl, she goes to school. Lenah has to adapt herself to her new life-a life without the unstoppable desire for blood, a life where she can feel what her fingers touch, tastes what she eats, and she has feelings. But at what cost? Rhode is dead. He was always there for her, he was the one who made it possible, but now he's gone. He sacrificed himself to granted her wish.

    Lenah quickly starts to blend in-as much as she can, but how come a former vampire blend in? Especially one who has been asleep for almost 100 years. Lenah was hibernating when Rhode brought her all way from England to the US and started the ritual. She was weak and he set everything so she can have a little peace. But not for long.

    While a vampire, Lenah created a coven, a powerful group of vampires who kill everyone who steps on their way. They're ruthless and soon they'll find out her Queen is missing. She must enjoy her new life for as long as she can, but she knows it won't last forever. What would she do to protect the people she's just started to love? And how could she protect them, now that she's a mortal, a human?

    When you think you've already read everything about vampires, Rebecca Maizel brings a whole new perspective. Infinite Days goes exactly on the opposite of the vampires current mainstream. Lenah was desperate to feel things again, to have a normal life. Usually, vampires believe they're the best, the most powerful, they ones who should conquer the world. Maizel's vampires do think like that, but Lenah is different. She was one of the most powerful vampires-but after so long, she's lost her desire to keep living.

    I loved this book. Through the chapters we get to see Lenah's new and former life. We see how she was turned into a vampire, how she formed her coven, why Rhode left her-and why he came back, how he set everything to try to make her human again. I couldn't put it down once I started, and, sorry, Lenah, but I'm team Rhode since the beginning LOL And I shouldn't have read Stolen Nights' Prologue and First Chapter after finished reading Infinite Days. If you don't want to die waiting until June 2011, don't read it!

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    Not a typical vampire

    This book was great read even though I was a little scared to purchase it thinking it was going to be another vampire book but it wasn't.It was about a vampire becoming human and how she manages to fit into your average high school life.It was a very well written book which I really enjoyed which I even got my best friend hooked on.The ending had so many twist in turns that I did not expect that I am just counting the days for the next book. This book was very different from other vampire books because it wasn't about vampire sucking blood all the time it was about a vampire turning back to a human and how she deals with the changes of a world she knew 500 years eariler and thats what I liked the most about this book.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Not Your Pretty Type of Vampire Novel

    Rebecca Maizel introduces us to Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-something year old vampire who has a penchant for control, death, and luxuries of the high life. The girl, well vampire, seems to have everything a girl who is a vampire could ever want including a coven of vampires she created herself for her protection and companionship. Did I mention she had an extremely good looking and loyal love, one in which seemed unbreakable and never ending no matter the circumstances?

    Too bad the one thing Lenah Beaudonte wanted could not be killed for or purchased. Leanah wanted to be human and the love of her life, Rhode, was willing to do anything to make that happen, to make her happy and as whole as she could ever be.

    I won't lie, as much as I loved this book, I felt immediately betrayed by Leanah's decision to let Rhode do what it took to give her her life back so she could touch and feel. I couldn't imagine pushing the person I loved under a bus like that, but that is exaclty what Leanah did letting the possibility of having a soul and everything that came with it blind her vision. That one decision and moment alone painted a whole picture about the characters and what hid beneath their still hearts.

    All of the other characters introduced to us came with a purpose and a few of them really stuck with me. The new love interest, the mean-girl, the best friend, those created by Leanah so easy to turn against her. Along with all of the new feelings that wash through Leanah paired with her exposure to things she never knew existed, these people play up key moments that marked my heart. (The sound room anyone? The Greenhouse? The Art room?)

    Rebecca didn't give us pretty vampires with an alternative way of life. These vampires took human blood and killed those who simply stepped a little to close... or for simply existing at all...or even for the fun of it. What she did give us was another take on a vampire story, one in which was not only born off of pure love and intentions but is fueled by an enthralling and touching need for the ability to feel.

    While I did have my qualms with this book, and it was slow starting for me, I truly did love this book despite not giving it a five star overall review. Unfortunately for me having Leneah turn her back on Rhode the way she did really made this character untouchable for me in many ways- even if that one life changing moment went beyond her and was Rhode's decision.

    Regardless, Infinite Days wasn't what I expected, it far exceeded my expectations and it has a beautiful cover to boot. This book came with real and raw emotions and there was no guarantee of a happily ever after that seem to come with many books.

    Book #2 is definitely something I am anticipating and can't wait to get my hands on.

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