Review Time! I love the rain but when the postman puts a parcel pick up slip into my mailbox instead of the parcel itself, that's when the rain gets annoying :P My copy of Infinite Days should have arrived on the 29th bu due to unexpected rain the only thing that turned up was the slip. I only got around to picking it up yesterday ....
Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.
Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?
The Short Story? - Wow, I can't believe I waited until 2011 to read this debut. It was absolutely amazing! I pretty sure this is one of the best if not THE best vampire novel I have read! Definitely one extraordinary debut that is bound to linger long after I finish.
The Long Story ? - I can't remember the last vampire novel that I have read and enjoyed, excluding Last Sacrifice which is more Damphir and I can never hate Adrian. I don't read many but first vampire novel that comes to mind is Kissing Coffins ( which I didn't finish). However, I truly believe that Infinite Days has renewed my faith in Vampire Fiction. I would say it is the best 2010 debut I have read this year but to be truthful it's the only debut I have read this year....
The originality of this novel is truly mind-blowing. Rebecca has managed to break all cliches about Vampire Fiction and write a novel that is a first in it's kind. Wait for it...The vampire turned human instead of the other way around. The whole concept of Vampire Fiction, in which I mean vampire/human relationship, human turns vampire to be together forever, is challenged in this novel. To reverse the whole "stereotype" of a vampire and write a novel based on that idea is truly incredible.
The novel takes an interesting perspective as it alternates between the present and the past, giving readers the opportunity to understand what Lenah was like before and after her transformation from vampire to human. I also loved the characterisation in this book, although Rhode was only a small part in the book, I fell in love with his beautiful personality. Lenah was also an intriguing character, ignorance of the modern world combined with the loss of her vampire powers gave her an appearance of harmlessness although she was anything but.
The book was pretty slow paced yet it was comfortable to read. As much as I love a book that's packed with action. I had no objection to the leisurely pace of Infinite Days. The writing was beautiful as well, again I felt as if I was as audience and watching a series of events unfold.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Infinite Days. It was comfortable, beautiful and original. If you haven't read this book already, please do! I simply can't wait to read the sequel ;) Rating 5/5
Badass Bookie xx