Thursday, 30 September 2010

Three Mini Reviews

Note: If you haven't read book one, the reviews for the second book will contain spoilers for it. Similarly, if you haven't read book two, the review for book three will contain spoilers for both books one and two.

Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Released: March 4th 2010 (first released in US May 1st 2008)
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas 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. (from Goodreads)

The first half of Evernight started slow for me, but I absolutely loved the second half. I thought it was a bit strange how we discovered the whole vampire secret (I knew this book was about vampires before I started it so it wasn’t really a surprise for me), but I loved the fact that it was the girl who was the vampire in this one, and that the guy was the human love interest. It made a change from a lot of the other vampire books out there and I thought the concept was more original. I must admit, as soon as I read that Lucas’ hair was “bronze” I immediately thought “not another Twilight clone”, but I was wrong. So very wrong. Evernight is packed full of action and romance and I found myself really connecting with the characters. I actually liked Bianca, she had a mind of her own and she wasn’t afraid of confrontation. I liked Lucas as well, and I thought it was very interesting to see his side of story later on in the book after Bianca discovered his secret – it really helped give insight into his life and how he had lived for so many years. One character I really loved though was Vic, he was hilarious and always so happy and funny; I think I smiled at every scene he was in. Anyway, I really liked Evernight and I’m glad I had the two sequels to read after I had finished!


Stargazer (Evernight #2) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Released: April 29th 2010 (first published March 24th 2009)
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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. . . (from Goodreads)

Stargazer was an excellent follow up to Evernight. In this one, Lucas and Bianca were separated and they had to sneak out to see each other. It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, and Bianca had to pretend to be in a relationship with Balthazar to be allowed to leave the grounds, much to Lucas’s dismay. There were quite a few arguments in this book and I liked the fact that Bianca and Lucas fought because it showed that not everything is fine and dandy all the time and that relationships are never always perfect. I actually felt it helped make their relationship stronger once they had resolved everything, and I also liked how Bianca at least questioned love and how much she loved Lucas instead of blindly following uncertain feelings like a lot of characters in other series. I liked Raquel a lot more in this book because we learned all the horrible things she had been through, and we also got to see a more caring side of her. I also like Dana, she seemed like a fun person and she did what she could to help Bianca and Lucas. I also loved the ending of this book and Bianca’s reaction to her parents’ secrets, and I felt like Bianca was forced to grow up quite a lot and become a stronger person.


Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Released: July 8th 2010 (first published March 9th 2010)
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
 
Bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series continues. In Hourglass, Bianca and Lucas have found a way to be together. But it means lying to the people who care about them the most.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes. (from Goodreads)

Hourglass was probably my favourite of the series so far because so much happened. I loved the progression of Lucas and Bianca’s relationship and I thought it seemed quite believable. The second half of the book was almost the complete opposite of the first; to begin, everyone started out so happy and by the end everything was just in tatters. I was so happy we got to see more of Vic in this book because he was definitely my favourite character, and I actually started to like Ranulf quite a lot too; his odd ways of speaking and strange actions were kind of endearing, in a way. I enjoyed finding out more about wraiths as well and I liked the fact that Lucas and Balthazar had to put aside their differences to help each other.  I also somehow liked Lucas even more in this book because he really cared about Bianca and was willing to do anything to protect her. Most of their scenes together were really sweet and adorable. And even though Bianca did something stupid (you take Modern Technology! Come on! Everyone knows about email tracking!) I could understand why she did it, because she was so confused about who she was becoming and she just wanted to let her parents know that she was okay. I also guessed what was going on when she started to feel dizzy, but that whole part of the book was so engrossing, and towards the end, when Lucas though she’d gone...it was so sad. And the ending! Wow, cliff-hanger at its finest. I’m desperate to read Afterlife now after all these revelations!

1 comment:

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