Monday, November 22, 2010

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Stargazer (Evernight #2) by Claudia Gray.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 352.
The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . .
Stargazer pleasantly surprised me; it was far better than the first book, Evernight, and gave me hope that I’ll enjoy the rest of the series a lot more than I had previously predicted.

Lucas is absent in many scenes, which irritated me quite a bit at first. To me, at least, this is dominantly a love story, one of which Lucas plays a crucial rule. How were we to see how his slight vampire abilities were developing? What was happening with the Black Cross? How would he and Bianca maintain their relationship? Fortunately Claudia Gray managed to answer those questions with frequent, sneaky visits between the two lovers. And the absence of Lucas was enough to pave way for a completely new addition of plot: the wraiths. Some people didn’t care for it, but I absolutely love the new revelations and discoveries of Bianca’s existence regarding the wraiths. Their scenes were terrifying and shocking and it gave me a new appreciation for the series.

Balthazar was another reason why I’ve begun to really like this series. I didn’t care so much for him in Evernight, but in Stargazer, we learn a lot more about him. He’s sweet, determined to win over his sister and the lengths he’d go to make Bianca happy is adorable. Don’t get me wrong, as of right now I’m still Team Lucas, but Balthazar is close behind.

Overall, I really enjoyed Stargazer. It combines everything you liked from the first novel - the characters, the romance, the eerie setting - with a new intensity and enemy that will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’ve read Evernight and, like me, wasn’t crazy for it, I think you should give Stargazer a try! You might get a new outlook on the series! I’m definitely excited to get my hands on Hourglass.

Other reviews for Stargazer:
Mindful Musings.
The Story Siren.
Melissa's Bookshelf.
Simply Nerdy Book Reviews.

4 comments:

  1. Hourglass is really good. You like the wraiths? Then you'll really like Hourglass. I love Balthazar. :P

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  2. I'm glad you gave the second book a chance and (like me), liked it better than the first one. Also, thanks for the review link!

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  3. I love the cover and the book! Hope you like Hourglass which is full of action haha.

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