Monday, November 15, 2010

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Evernight by Claudia Gray.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 327.
Bianca wants to escape.

At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas he warns her to be careful--even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart...and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
Despite the three stars, Evernight pleasantly surprised me. I know it’s bad to lump all books together, but reading the first book, Marked, in the House Of Night trilogy kind of ruined any “vampire boarding school” novels for me, as I absolutely hated it. But I’m glad I kept reading, because in the end, I did end up liking it.

Bianca is smart, witty and appropriately na├»ve, which was kind of entertaining in the midst of all the vampire business going on. Lucas is mysterious, confrontational and romantic when he wants to be, but sadly, that’s all we really see of him. (By the way, I totally predicted that twist at the end of the book. Who’s good? I’m good! *dances*) Their romance, while beautifully written, just happened way too fast without much interaction between the two.

I also found it kind of hard to get into the book. The pace is incredibly slow and action-free until the second half, and when the plot finally does start moving, it rushes. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up in the beginning, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Overall, while I enjoyed Evernight, I hope for the sake of the series that Stargazer, the second book, is a lot better. We met the characters, got the gist of the story, but now I’m ready for the real drama to begin. But I’d definitely recommend this to fans of Vampire Academy or House Of Night, or just paranormal romance fans in general!

10 comments:

  1. It's good, and yes Stargazer gets better. Team Balthazar! The third one, Hourglass, gets reeeaaalllyyy good.

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  2. I gave this 3.5 and I pretty much agree with everything you said. I had an issue with ***SPOILER ALERT*** Bianca knowing she was a vampire, without giving us the slightest clue about it. And Lucas was adorable, but I prefer Balthazar.

    Here's my review if you're interested. :) http://anotherbookjunkie.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-evernight-by-claudia-gray.html

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  3. Oh, still it seems like an enjoyable book!
    I haven;t read any House of Night novels but I have the first one...Just haven't read it yet! :P
    Thanks for the review!

    Kelly @ I Work For Books

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  4. I haven't read this series yet. I do have the first book, but I might wait a bit more until I get to it. I'm kind of burned out on vampire series, lol

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  5. I wasn't a fan of the House of Night series either, but I do have to say that I think the Evernight series gets better. I liked Stargazer better than Evernight, and Hourglass better than Stargazer.

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  6. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with the House of Night series, it annoyed me so much at times but still it was entertaining and I kept on reading. Love the Vampire Academy series, so I believe that I need to check out this series one day as well. Great review :)

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  7. I read this one shortly after Vampire Academy and I really liked both. Other reviewers didn't like Stargazer and Hourglass but I thought they were alright. Just got my Afterlife ARC so it should be nice to see how this series ends. I'm totally Team Balthazar too. lol

    Haven't started the House of Night series yet. Will be interesting to see how they compare. Do you plan on reading the rest of the EN series after this one Katie?

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