Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Source: ARC provided by the publisher, via Shelf Awareness
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 3, 2010)
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. (Goodreads summary)
Thought that this was an original idea, as I don't think I've ever read a story where a vampire yearns to become human again. I didn't even think that this was possible, so loved the whole idea!
Understandably, Lenah has a hard time learning to be human again and is doing her best to fit in at her new boarding school. She works a part-time job, attends classes, and slowly starts to make friends. Taking the advice of Rhode, her vampire soulmate who helped her achieve her dream of becoming human again, Lenah fully embraces her new life. Unfortunately, her old life threatens her new found happiness.
Didn't care for Lenah at first, but she grew on me and I was rooting for her by the end. Bits and pieces from her former life are interspersed throughout the book, and I liked the contrasts between Vampire Queen Lenah and teenage girl Lenah.
Gave this a 4/5 rating as I really liked this book. Thought that Maizel came up with an original idea, and then fleshed it out with interesting characters. It was well written, the shifting time periods weren't confusing at all, and it was well paced. It's listed as being the first book in the Vampire Queen series, so I'm looking forward to seeing what the author plans next! Think anyone who enjoys fantasy will enjoy this one!