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A grab you by the throat, ignore the world, fall completely in love with kind of book, the kind I haven't read since Twilight

  • Aug 3, 2010
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INFINITE 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 just used the T-word.

The mythology of vampires in INFINITE DAYS is refreshingly unique 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 way:

My existence as a vampire 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 DAYS

Of 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 beautifully.

But 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 end.

Sexual Content: References to sex. A scene of mild sensuality. Kissing.

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"Infinite Days is a deliciously engaging mix of vampires and romance, peppered with humor and layered with a lush, grippingly dark backstory. Rebecca Maizel's first novel is a real treat!" --A.M. Jenkins, author of Damage

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ISBN-10: 0312649916
ISBN-13: 978-0312649913
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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