Lenah Beaudonte remembers her life as a bloodsucking, remorseless, savage vampire in great detail – all 592 years of it. She wakes up in a new century in a new place and in a very mortal, human state. She tired of her unsatisfying existence, and her soul mate and best friend Rhode sacrificed his life so that she could become human.
Lenah’s vampire coven is compiled of four vampires she made herself because of their utter ruthlessness, unparalleled skill, and detachment from humanity. To become completely human, Lenah must immerse herself in human life and grow new attachments with her fellow classmates at her new high school. Can a centuries old vampire bring herself to care about the trivialities of teenage life? How long will it take her vampire coven to find her? Will she be able to protect her human friends in her present weak state?
Infinite Days was definitely not what I expected. I figured it was just going to be another vampire romance exactly like Twilight and all of its various rip-offs. I was completely wrong and I have never read a book quite like this.
I really enjoyed the way the story was slowly revealed. At first, we essentially know very little about Lenah. Significant stories from her past are interwoven throughout the narrative of her present life when she saw or did something that brought that memory to mind.
Lenah is a wholly unique protagonist. She seems rather still and formal at first and has a clinical way of looking at the world. As a human, she still finds herself thinking as a vampire, but she never descends into being emo or the typical brooding vampire stereotype. She accepts her past as just that and doesn’t make apologies for it. At first, she also retains some of her vampiric gifts and slowly loses them as she immerses herself more and more in her human life. The event that makes these gifts disappear altogether is beautifully written and is my favorite scene of the novel.
I really enjoyed Infinite Days. The writing flowed really well and kept me engaged in the story. I found myself sadly closing the book when I had to go do other things or go to bed. The ending of the novel was absolutely perfect. I especially recommend this to fans of young adult vampire novels that are tired of reading the same sappy story.
Elizabeth is a student at Cal State Long Beach. She laughs a lot, loves cats, and lives for music and books. You can read her blog here: http://titania86-fishmuffins.blogspot.com/.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.