Title: Infinite Days
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Vampire Queen, #1
Release Date: August 3rd, 2010
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
“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...
Thoughts: Actual rating is 3.5 stars.
Lenah Beaudonte is a 592-year-old vampire, leader of a coven, who is turned back into a human after Rhode, the love of her life, sacrificed himself during a ritual to give back her humanity. Sixteen again and in the 21st century, Lenah finds herself falling for Justin Enos, the daring boy in the school she is enrolled in. But she never expected her past to come back and haunt her.
Based on the synopsis, I think you could tell that this was going to be a cheesy book filled with insta-love. And you'd be right. But why did I give the book 3.5 stars, you ask? Well, I'll get to that in a moment. Let me just get the cons of this book out of the way first.
The romance in this book was almost painfully bad. It always felt as if all Lenah cared about was how hot and muscular the guy was, or else he wouldn't be a worthy candidate for a love interest. Rhode was hot and muscular, Vicken was hot and muscular, Justin was hot and muscular. Tony, although he was described as being decently sexy as well, was never described to be as godly-looking as the other three guys, so that automatically friend-zoned him. Basically, I thought the whole romance in this book was very superficial and based on nothing but looks.
And of course, the insta-love doesn't help with that. Since Lenah met Rhode and Vicken way back when, I'll excuse their insta-love because it was probably common back then. But Lenah and Justin's romance . . . ugh. It didn't take long at all for them to say their I love you's. You can't just throw the word love around like that. I didn't even find any redeeming traits about Justin besides his godly muscularness.
Justin has a girlfriend, Tracy, and she's supposed to be the typical, gorgeous, bitchy girlfriend character that we're supposed to hate. But I ended up feeling sorry for her. I would've been pissed off too if my boyfriend was getting constant hard-ons for some weird girl. The author really seemed to hate Tracy, because further into the book, she gets the shit end of every stick. Sure, she gets a few moments of happiness eventually, but, well . . . for those of you who have read the book and knows what happens, you know what I mean. It's a huge spoiler, so I won't say.
I also felt bad for Tony, who Lenah immediately friend-zoned for a reason that I still can't figure out other than the fact that Justin is hotter. Because, what the hell was Tony even doing wrong? He was adorable and so sweet. Instead Lenah just dragged him along whenever Justin asks if she wants to hang out with his brothers and that little clique of girls that Tracy's in, the clique that dates all the Enos brothers. The author kind of seemed to hate Tony too, because . . . yeah, back to that huge spoiler I mentioned earlier.
That's really my main beef with this book, the romance. But I didn't expect any better, because my hopes for the romance in this book were extremely low from the start.
Things I liked about this book, I guess I would say I liked the brief times where Lenah said the right things, if that makes any sense. By the right things I mean she says things that make her a much likable protagonist, like when she would talk back to Justin during the first half instead of turning into complete mush and saying yes to everything he asks. But those moments were very very brief. Still, at least they were there.
Also, the ending. Nearing the end, things did get a little too predictable. But at the very very end, at the last chapter, something happens that I actually didn't expect at all. It kind of confused me, and made me rush to read the excerpt of the second book. I do admit that Rebecca Maizel did a pretty good job in making me want to get the sequel and see what happens next.
All in all, this was a pretty okay book. I probably would've rated it lower, but I think 3.5 is a decent enough rating for it. The shallow romance and ridiculous insta-love really is pretty much the main thing I disliked about this book, but it never annoyed me to the point where I wanted to stop reading. I'd recommend you give the book a try, I guess.