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Monday, July 19, 2010

Infinite Days Review

Hey Blogger buds!
I'm back from my Unplugging! I actually Unplugged not a moment too soon, as I got very sick and wouldn't have been able to post anyways. Don't worry; I'm better now!
So, I've got some stuff to talk about throughout the week, but as promised, I have my Infinite Days review. Before I get to the review, you possibly probably most definitely  noticed the new layout. I'm going for a blue color scheme this time around. There's still some more stuff that needs to be changed (like putting words on the actual header) but that comes soon, along with a button! I also have some new widgets, including a contest linky at the bottom of the page with awesome prizes, while donating to charity at the same time! Awesome? Awesome. I also have an MM coming up for Fallen by Lauren Kate.

But on to the review for Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel! (I used my new notebook to take notes on the review! Be flattered!)

I release you, Lenah Beaudonte.
Believe...and be free.
Those were the last words I could remember. When I awoke, I immediately felt a cold surface on my left cheek. An icy shiver rushed down my spine. "Rhode!" I screamed. He had to be here. There would be no world without Rhode. A door somewhere near me opened and closed. Rhode loomed over me, but he was a blur. Even in the haze of that moment, his icy-blue eyes pierced me, down to my soul.
After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah Beaudonte, with the help of the handsome Rhode, has been able to realize the dream of all vampires---to be human again. Now, as a raven-haired sixteen-year-old, Lenah believes her greatest challenge is fitting in at her new school. But the challenges have only just begun. The vicious coven Lenah once ruled is threatening the new-found pleasures of her human life, including the one guy who makes her feel most alive: Justin. Can this ex-vamp survive in an alien time and place, or will her past come back to haunt her...forever? 

Short but Sweet Review:
One of the best books I've ever read. It has many unexpected twists, but they are not irritating, but satisfying. Lenah is a very human character (no pun intended) with flaws and strengths like everyone else. I recommend for both Twilight fans and non-fans (is that a word?) alike.

Long Review:
Overall, Infinite Days was an incredible book. I had to wait a while before starting to think about the review because the initial "wow" feeling I had upon finishing it stayed with me  for a long time. It still lingers. (And I can never say the word "lingers" without thinking of this book.) My thoughts upon reading the first chapter were "This book is incredibly written." Upon rereading the beginning, I thought "It really is."
Lenah is a very like-able protagonist. The book is riddled (I just wanted to use the word riddled) with flashbacks to her vampire years, and they are well-placed. Lenah is flawed like all of us. One aspect of her that I liked was that she wasn't a martyr, like other book MCs, but she wasn't selfish, either. And she accepts and realizes her flaws.
Rebecca Maizel is a fearless author, in my opinion. She came up with these brilliant descriptions of vampires and the ugly side of being undead, and she didn't sugarcoat any of it. She puts the reader inside the mind of a non-sparkly vampire. Rebecca is also not afraid of tragedy. She will put in sad parts without hesitation (or so I'm guessing). Rebecca wrote a book oozing emotion.
There were two things that I didn't like in the book, but one is personal preference. You meet Rhode for around 4 pages and then he dies (not a spoiler, it's supposed to happen). I liked Rhode from the get-go, and I was sad when such a likeable character died. It threw me out of the story a little bit.
My second problem with the book is with Justin, initially. When Lenah first saw him racing boats with his brother, she fell for the handsome, popular guy. That felt so fake to me. Their love wasn't real. It seems out of character for Lenah to fall for a guy based on looks.
But these flaws are not great enough to detract from this incredible, original book. The prose are gorgeous, the thoughts are deep, with all that happened it still wasn't confusing, and:
Overall, it was just so, so wonderful!
It had an incredible ending. In my opinion, it doesn't need a sequel, but I'm dying for book 2 just so I can be with the wonderful Rebecca Maizel once more. Rebecca is a cook who perfects her recipe and combines precisely enough romance, emotion, depth, and paranormal to bake a delicious and lovely debut novel. (I came up with that metaphor myself!)

I recommend this book for everyone. Romance lovers and romance haters. Twilight lovers and Twilight haters (hard to recommend to this). Paranormal lovers and dislikers alike. Adult or young adult. Werewolf or vampire or goblin fan. Humans, immortals, undeads, and canines. Read. This. Book. (I would say "now' but it's not out yet.)

**********10 stars easily. If you're not in your bookstore on August 3rd, reserving this at your local library instantly, or running over to Amazon to pre-order right this minute, I'm sending my undead gummy-bear army after you.
And trust me, they're ruthless.

I received this book through Goodreads.com


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  1. This looks good and lOL about the teddy bear army!

  2. I am currently reading it and so far it is a very good book. I am not really liking Justin so her fascination with him is kind of distracting but I am reserving judgment till I see how it plays out.

  3. I actually was rooting for the bad guy. :(

  4. I felt the same way about Justin! I just wasn't 'getting' it. It didn't make sense to me. And was very upset about Tony. Very. *sniffles*


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