Rebecca Maizel ( epub ) Infinite Days – Book, Kindle or eBook Online
Rhode and Vicken It was easy to find interest in a world where vampires were ruthless killers having no remorse for the lives they had taken We had dueling personality types with the anti hero Rhode and the suave yet disturbed Vicken Each man had a reason to make you want to read about them PART II The present day story featuring Justin and Tony 2 stars This is where the book floundered It was easier for me to gravitate toward Rhode and Vicken bonding with Lenah in their parts of the story because of the primal need that a vampire would have to want to possess through death or bonding another person I had a harder time with the insta love scenarios that Tony and Justin brought to the story This isn t really a spoiler imo because you find out pretty much right off that both of these guys are crazy about Lenah even when they know nothing about her Tony s feelings were sweet in a way because he was the nice best friend type Justin however was another perfect man whore who never showed any personality other than ust showing up and being attractive Perhaps this is realistic for a girl to be drawn to the attractive guy even when not knowing much about him but it doesn t make for an interesting hook when you see nothing to a character for a good portion of the book other than his outwardly perfection I wish that I d read this book a couple of years ago because I would have felt less twitchy about the fast fall issues back when it was the norm for the genre We literally had 4 men from various time periods who were ALL instantly drawn to Lenah whether she was in human or vampire form so we can t use the charmglamour excuse And each of those men were declaring extreme feelings within a short period of time some did it instantly others waited at least a few weeks haha And then by the end of the book we had people willing to pretty much risk everything for other people to the point where I d have thought we were on book 2 or 3 in the series at least with such a rapid progression of extreme emotion but here s why I think the story has a uniue PoV for the genreRegardless of the throwaway cliches there was enough in Infinite Days for me to enjoy If I can shut out the issues and focus on the story itself I can honestly say that this is a halfway decent series starter The characters have tripped a few wires which might set off some explosives in the books to come I m sure that there will be plenty of danger ahead for Lenah and the people she chooses to associate with Book 2 looks like it might turn out to be very promising indeed Rating Clarification 35 StarsInfinite Days by Rebecca Maizel presents an interesting and enticing perspective on the vampire lore and uite frankly I rather enjoyed it Most of the vampire books out there tend to paint the picture that these creatures are alluring characters living an appealing existence But in this book you get a chance to read a whole different take which comes across as honest and palatable IMO The vampires in Infinite Days are evil and have no redeeming ualities They lose their humanity ability to feel emotionally and physically and are consumed with bitterness hatred and sadness with no possible outlet Overall they are downright scary unappealing and emotionally broken so much so that one of the strongest most gifted vampires wants to regain her humanity I like thatIn this story Lenah Beaudonte was once a vampire of the worst order a leader of her coven of night wanderers As the centuries go by and she destroys life after life with little regard her sanity began to wane and her maker Rhode starts to regret his decision in changing her Then one night in her attempt to hunt the purest of blood she klls a child and Rhode abandons Lenah for over 175 years in a uest to discover the magic that will restore her soul and sanityI liked the contrast between Vampire ueen Lenah and the sixteen year old human Lenah Her memories from her vampire life are creatively uxtaposed to her human life in such an intriguing way that it makes the story original and appealing I feel Maizel did a great ob of describing Lenah s restoration of feeling eating breathing tasting and loving again as a human that I found myself sympathizing for her character early on It was refreshing to read that even though she survived her transformation from vampire back to human her mind still bordered on destructivevampiric tendencies especially when she came across people that didn t treat her right It was entertaining in a sick sort of way to read how she d check
Someone S Pulse Emotions And s pulse emotions and to her to determine their weaknesses and her musing over how easily she could have klled some of these characters if she were still a vampireRhode was my fave character probably because of his ultimate sacrifice for Lenah He actually gave up his existence to save her very swoon worthy IMO and will earn a spot on my shelf of literary crushes I m shallow I know I loved reading his flashback moments and his uest to find the magic that would restore Lenah s humanity even when it meant abandoning her for so long and ultimately sacrificing himself The guilt and torment he felt was movingI m removing one and a half stars for a couple of reasons First Justin Enos could have used a little character development and that goes for the relationship between he and Lenah as well I didn t uite understand how all of a sudden they fell so deeply in love That was rather abrupt but not a huge head shaker because Lenah s relationship with Rhode and the members of her coven than made up for it Also there were one too many shallow characters in this story and the whole Three Piece was ust stupid and unnecessary but no biggie Second Tony was not a hit for me Yes he s artistic uirky and funny but let s face it he has stalker tendencies that border on creechokengtitiktitikchokengy Laying out over 200 pictures of the girl you love and obsessing over a portrait of her is not healthy don t care how cute you try to spin it Ewww And no thanksBut overall I enjoyed this enticing story and felt the
plot and style was rather uniue There were opportunities for better character development but hopefully the seuel will correct and style was rather uniue There were opportunities for better character development but hopefully the seuel will correct and I look forward to revisiting this vampire world that Maizel has created Going into Infinite Days I was not expecting much A couple of my friends on GoodReads had read this prior to me picking it up and hadn t had much good to say about it Me I like to read 3 star books and see if I can find something that others missed Ultimately they were pretty spot on I can t complain about the plot originality and bass ackwardness of Infinite Days A vampire turning human STFU Lenah s story appealed to me because it consisted of about 90% here and now and 10% flashbacks Flashbacks FTW Seriously Lenah has been a bad bad girl Malicious cold hearted apathetic I for one loved it I ve grown tired of the run of the mill stories where the vampires are striving for altruism and run away from their inner monster Lenah was so bitter due to super old vamp Rhode stealing her away from her family her orchard and her humanity She capitalized on her vampness Apparently eternal maleficence wasn t in the cards if you ask Lenah She longed for mortality And that s where it all went downhill Lenah as human didn t strike as strong a chord with me as vampLenah Reading about her transition into human life was comical at times in the listening room namely I also giggled when she had murderous thoughts about the mean girls but that s not a nice thing to say She met up with best guy friend Tony who falls in love with her But of course the heroine of a story can never go for the guy who is interesting has depth can participate in meaningful conversation and is artistically gifted Nope She falls for ustinenos he may as well not even have a first and last name because readers are constantly reminded which Justin in the story she s talking about And there are so many of them Much emphasis was put on his rebellious nature but there wasn t much to back it up He raced boats and smirked a lot Rhode and Vicken ENDED LIVES Lenah s point of view on rebellion is rather skewed methinks Why must MCs be punished by falling in love with the wet noodle Tony was awesome Rhode was awesome Heck even Vicken had spark and life than Culture And The Death Of God justinenos The romance wasn t believable It was too uick ILY after a week and I didn t feel the chemistry Regardless of choice of companion Infinite Days was a compelling story Rebecca Maizel can write there s no doubt about that She s a wonderful storyteller I must sorry that she didn t spend time on creating a intriguing boyfriend I will still read Stolen Nights in hope of getting some of my uestions answeredand I really freaking want some flashbacks to BAMF Lena. E with someone else that wasn’t RhodeBut Justin was daring Exciting More beautiful than I could dreamI never expected to be sixteen again then again I never expected my past to come back and haunt
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I actually won a hardback copy of this uite a while ago and I have to admit that as much as it is nice to win anything I was a little disappointed that I didn t get one of the other available books This book has never appealed to me I ve passed it so many times in my local book stores and never felt any inclination to pick it up So I was definitely surprised when I found the book to be enjoyable on the whole and I spent a lot of the novel thinking I might give it a four star rating What stopped me was countless annoying little things that gradually built up and resulted in me having to knock a star off the rating one or two I could have easily disregarded but eventually there were ust too many to ignoreThe positives are plentiful and the story really interested me Lenah has spent five hundred years as a vampire part of which was spent as ueen of a coven but now she longs to finally become human again to have the chance to feel alive and experience the world with human senses and emotions This reuires a sacrifice from her maker Rhode and the story opens up where the ritual is being completed Lenah s past as a vampire is told in flashbacks whilst at the same time she tries to fit into a modern day boarding school come to terms with technology and slang terms part of the ritual involved her spending the last hundred years underground and generally convince everyone that she is your average sixteen year old girlBecause she was previously a vampire ueen leading a coven of male vampires Lenah is not like many of today s young adult paranormal heroines When they are studying Kate Chopin s The Awakening in class she states that she doesn t like to be controlled and it s true that she never lets herself be Yes she has a crush on the school stud but when he appears to insult her she tells him where to get off At last I liked Lenah I liked the historical references and I liked Lenah s friend Tony I also liked how the ending left me with excitement for book two without being overly cliffhanger ishNow for what I didn t like Rhode was meant to be the love of Lenah s life for hundreds of years and yet she seemed to get over him very uickly In fact she didn t really seem to care that much at all And on the subject of love interests well there were so many in this book you could drown in them Forget love triangles this is at least a love pentagon Was it really necessary In fact I can tell you the answer to that one no it wasn t But I think worst of all was the horrible mean girl stereotyping You know the kind she s pretty she s blonde dates the hottest guy who our heroine has a crush on and naturally she s a complete bitch Apparently she has to be a complete bitch in order for it to be okay for Mr Hotness to leave her for Lenah At one point while they are still going out sexy guy Justin openly ignores her to flirt very obviously with Lenah When Lenah points out that she is watching Justin says I don t care Really Because you know those pretty blonde girls obviously don t have feelings so what s the point in wondering whether you might hurt them or not This pissed me offBUT I like the story and I like the protagonist And for that I am still going to check out Stolen Nights and see where the author takes us next I usually feel bad giving terrible reviews because I realise a lot of effort goes into writing the book and a lot of the time it s ust not my kind of book This however should have been my kind of book and I still thought it was terrible There s a lot of competition on the market right now with regards to YA vampire novels and I have enjoyed a lot of what s out there This book had a very clever base idea and certainly had potential It turned out to be a disaster though The characters are all bland with no sign of character development anywhere in the book Lenah is a five hundred year old vampire who somehow becomes human again through some vague ritual which involved her soulmate killing himself She becomes human is enrolled into a private school and has seemingly no problem adjusting to her new life She s supposed to be five hundred years old yet she still thinks like a sixteen year old She wasn t human five minutes when she was complaining about it and how she should have thought it through Even though clearly she had five hundred years to decide if this was what she really wanted Two guys instantly fall for her for no apparent reason One boy is a sweet kind and artistic while the other is self obsessed and the signature popular
KID IN THE SCHOOL SO OFin the school So of Lenah goes and falls in love with the popular kid despite the fact that they ve never had an actual conversation Nothing really happens Lenah tells Justin she was a vampire
And On The Next Page Tells Us She Can Ton the next page tells us she can t Tony because she has to keep silent and can t tell anyone Lenah gets made a vampire again and for vague unexplained reasons gets to keep all her human characteristics There s no concrete plot no strong character and no evident structure Definitely a massive let down For of my reviews and recommendations visit my blog here Good griefDespite the tongue in cheek Low Expectations shelf I strive for a fresh bout of optimism whenever I begin something with that label I m panning for gold I want to be pleasantly surprised otherwise I d swap them away unreadThat being said this book s failure was spectacularSure the premise is great But Infinite Days does absolutely nothing with its potential Instead we ve got a cliched vague rambling mess There s a heroine Lenah whose narration is slightly exciting than a root canal There s a dead vampire Rhode who turned into a pile of pixie dust because of the vaguely defined ritual that saved Lenah from immortality There s the reuisite misfitartsysemi goth friend Tony who had the dubious honor of a distinctive stage presence so of course view spoilerhe ends up dead hide spoiler I should know better than to Sie Bauten Die Ersten Tempel judge a book by it s cover Because if that logic was true this would have been a very good book The cover even sparkles a little bit probably a ref to Rhode or Twilight who sacrifices himself by turning in a little pile of glitter so Lenah the love of his life could turn humanLenah was one of the oldest female vampires ever known or something like that You d think a person would be interesting if they lived that long Lenah on the other hand was so caught up in her own beauty that she forgot to evolve past the emotional age of a 16 year old And that s exactly what Rhode makes of her an average plain typical annoying little girl I know brick walls with personalityI don t get why she was buried for 100 years so Rhode could prepare everything to make her human again I honestly can t imagine what he did with all that timeLenah is supposed to keep a low profile because she has to remain hidden for her coven So she makes the most obvious choices Pose for somebody who will probably win something that will draw a lot of attention Immediately fall in love with the hottest richest and most well known boy in a 50 mile radius Let everybody know you speak 25 languages Show off your tattoo which I find to be stupid and meaningless Giving something close to a royal burying to a frog that s been dead for weeks and show off some languages by saying stuff like ignosce mihi Tony is inches away from becoming a sick stalker Lenah walks in on him while he is looking at the 200 pictures he took of her and she doesn t even think it s a little bit odd no because it s normal for people to obsess over herI don t understand what her relationship with Justin Enos who is only called Justin Enos and neverust plain Justin because the author must think I m confusing him with Justin Timberlake or something if she ust says Justin is based on aside from the part where they are both so beautiful it hurts One minute she s feeding
HIM FLOWERS AND THE NEXT SHE IS MEETING HISflowers and the next she is meeting his They have nothing in common their relationship doesn t develop it s ust there suddenly Hi there you look hot I look hot Let s hook up in the greenhouse eyeroll PleaseThe Three Piece girls are uite possibly the lam Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasyblogspotcomINFINITE DAYS is a grab you by the throat ignore the world around you fall completely in love with kind of book the kind I haven t really read since Twilight Yep I ust used the T wordThe mythology of vampires in INFINITE DAYS is refreshingly uniue in that it removes all the romanticism from vampires without reducing them to feral monsters Yes they are pale super beings who crave human blood but they are truly cursed in a way that a mere nocturnal immortality can not begin to rival Their senses are as dead as they are They have no sense of touch or taste apart from blood Lenah is explains it this wayMy existence as a “Throughout all my histories I found no one I loved 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 faceIt was. .
Ampire 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 INFINITE DAYSOf course that complete deadness as a vampire contrasts beautifully with Lenah s first human weeks infusing the simplest experiences with a childlike wonder the achingly beautiful sound of music the mouthwatering smell of pizza the intoxication of attraction felt for the first time the heady thrill of a human kiss And author Rebecca Maizel captures each moment so beautifullyBut what stuck with me the most is how Lenah when she becomes human doesn t spend the whole book in self imposed agony over the thousands of lives she ended as a vampire She clearly distinguishes between her two lives and doesn t drown herself in guilt for having acting in accordance with her vampire nature Her humanity was hard won and she doesn t waste the gift she was given mourning a past she cannot change As a human she chooses to live and feel and love in a way that is completely alien to her previous vampire existence I honestly wasn t expecting great things from INFINITE DAYS The blurb didn t intrigue me and the cover didn t grab me but the story itself left me reeling by how good it was I completely fell for this story of a vampire s taste of humanity her myriad of firsts as a human the dangers from her past and the love that brought her to life Beautiful from beginning to endSexual Content References to sex A scene of mild sensuality Kissing I loved this story Especially loved the flashbacks to Lenah s life throughout her existence it was fascinating I think I need a preuel of Lenah in her earlier vampire years I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Infinite Days I was a little skeptical with the worldly elderly vampire ueen passing as a teenager I mean knowing what I know now there is no way if I went back to being teen that I d be able to pull it off But I think it worked incredibly well for Lenah She was worldly she was smart aknowledgeable she knows several languages had read books throughout her existence yet she hadn t matured since the day she was changed BUT it worked Because of the vampire that she was she had no reason to mature beyond the age she was when she was turned She was spoiled she was mean she was for lack of a better word a bitch Why in the world would she ever need to grow beyond that she was the freaggin vampire ueen she had no need So Lenah may have been almost five hundred years old but she passed for a teenager well besides the whole technology lapse But she picked that up rather fastAfter I felt comfortable with Lenah as a character and saw that Maizel was actually going to be able to pull this off I was absolutely sucked no pun intended into the story I could NOT put it down I loved everything about it the characters the flashbacks the plot line there was something incredibly addicting about the whole thing The writing was awesome so easy to read and those flashbacks so beautifully descriptive I found it hard coming back to the present day chaptersI only have a few small complaints minor things really One would be Justin and Lenah s relationship I liked it but something about it felt a little off Maybe because I was instantly Team Rhode but I thought the relationship between Justin and Leenah moved a little bit to fast Sure Justin was cute but what else did Lenah like about him and perhaps it bothered me ust a little bit when he sort of dropped his girlfriend like an old dirty hat Who knows maybe I would have felt differently had he been hanging solo before his big soiree with LenahThe climax of the story was a little fast for me it ust seemed like we were building up to this moment for most of the novel but then when it came down to facing it it was over before it began The ending of the story wow I think it might have made up for that thoughOverall there were a few things that kept it from being perfect but I loved the story nonetheless I can t wait for book two Contains small spoilers for the first half of the bookI have to admit that I was lured into wanting to read this book by its very pretty cover Unfortunately it didn t deliverLenah Beaudonte the 500 year old ueen of a powerful vampire coven is human again given back her life by her lover Rhode who has sacrificed himself for herNow after 100 years of sleep she has to face her new reality as a 16 year old girl at an expensive boarding school While she tries to adjust to the 21st century she doesn t only have to deal with the everyday problems of being the new girl and falling for the most popular boy in school she also fears that her coven will finally find
And Destroy HerActually Idestroy herActually I this to be a uite uniue idea and was really looking forward to reading the book I even liked it okay at the beginning But the longer I read on the worse it gotNow I have to say that the only things I really liked about Infinite Days were well the pretty sparkling cover and the flashbacks to Lenah s life as a ruthless ueen I liked that the vampires were decribed as cruel and unforgiving not caring about human life at all and that their eternal life didn t come without the price of sufferingWhat I couldn t understand though was that Rhode sacrificing himself for her and planning her new life for almost a hundred years didn t do a better ob in preparing Lenah for what would come He left her a letter explaining what happened in the years that passed and enrolled her at a fancy boarding school Concerning that he s immensely old and wise he could have done much in my opinion Created a false identity maybe Given her some time to accustom in a uieter atmosphere Or as the hibernation wasn t part of the ritual to become human again why didn t he wake her years earlier so she could have lived her life without her coven knowing about it at allAs he didn t Lenah starts attending school like every average teenage girl And actually from this point on she began to annoy me rather uickly Despite the fact that she is thrown into a world that must be totally foreign to her she shows almost no problems accustoming to it She sees cars computers cell phones race boats but she never seems frightened or uneasy She uses words like digital as if they have always been part of her vocabulary which I found rather unseasonable for a person from 1910And then of course she has to excel in everything languages history anatomy even botany There is nothing she doesn t know or can t do However this is explained by her long and boring existence but I ust found it to be another annoying character trait that made Lenah less dear to me Another thing that s basically totally unimportant but that made me cringe At some point of the book she begins to refer to her special ability she got to keep from her vampire life extrasensory perception as ESP Sorry but are you seriousThen there is the love interest Justin Enos trust me if you ve read the book you know why his name is in italics He is gorgeous of course a sports star and every girl has a crush on him Lenah
falls for him too but I really couldn t understand why There is absolutely nothing that makes thisfor him too but I really couldn t understand why There is absolutely nothing that makes this any special I felt absolutely no spark or chemistry whatoever between him and Lenah but apparently for them it s loveAlso Lenah starts to treat her friend Tony in a rather mean way by practically forcing him to go with her when Justin invited her along But only if Tony goes and then mostly ignoring himTony was another one of the characters I really wished had shown development I really liked him at the beginning but then it turns out he is in love with Lenah as well for like ever although they ve only known each other for a few weeks and even shows a little bit of a stalker like obsession That was the point when I decided to stop reading and only skimmed the pages for the rest of the bookSo sadly for me this turned out to be a book I shouldn t have udged by its cover Otherwise known as Stacia is forced to do mathagain I think my final rating is 275 stars I enjoyed the book for entertainment purposes but a few massively cliche details triggered my eye twitches PART I The historical story featuring Vicken and Rhode 35 stars This is where the book rocked it out I was captivated with all of the past scenes There was a very romantic and gothic feel to the setting and details The imagery might have felt overdrawn to some but this author s attention to detail worked for me in this book I felt like I was in the past along with Lenah. The first time in 592 years I could take a breath Lay in the sun TasteRhode sacrificed himself so I Lenah Beaudonte could be human again So I could stop the blood lust I never expected to fall in lov.