Saturday, September 27, 2008

Review: Evernight by Claudia Gray

Bianca dosen't want to leave her small town to go to a boarding school called Evernight with a bunch of rich brats. But she didn't have any other choice her Mom and Dad thought it would be best for them as family to leave and experience things outside their small town. Plus, they got jobs teaching there, adding to their wanting to go.

When Bianca first gets to Evernight she is scared by the middle ages castle like look and the ever haunting gargoyles. So, she decides their is only one thing to do to get away: run . Her plan turns out to be not that successful ,but she ends up meeting a guy named Lucas. Lucas understands her running away because he doesn't want to be there either. Also, he is not the Evernight type like Bianca making her feel like he can truly understand her like no one else has ever done.

Though, just as she thinks she will be okay at Evernight everything starts to go wrong in her first week. It seems like her parents are lying to her. The other kids at Evernight are rich, powerful, and full of elegance which Bianca is totally not full of. Also, she begin to think Evernight is full of evil. She only thinks she can talk to Lucas about this, but he's suddenly acting like she does not exist at all.

If someone asked me to describe Evernight in one word I would say gripping without thinking twice. It picked me up with the mystery and romance in the first chapter letting it seem to me I couldn't put it down for a long period of time. Bianca is a believable and unique character because of her feeling like she enough to be part of Evenight. Also, I though how she never gave up on herself or broke up with Lucas because of what the rest of Evernight wanted her to do mad her truly brave. Lucas to was a brave character because he would stand up for himself, Bianca, Bianca's friend Raquel, and his roommate and BFF at Evernight, Vince without thinking twice. Even it did involve a fight.

Though, even though I enjoyed Evernight, I didn't like how it seemed like her being a vampire was just dropped out of nowhere. I would understand it if she was finding out at the same time or if it turned into third person. But Evernight was in first person making it seem like Claudia didn't really know where she was going with the story when she began to write it or that Bianca was ashamed of being a vampire. In the way that she didn't just be truthful in the start.

Anther problem I had was how controlling Lucas could be at times. Such as telling her not to trust the people who have always been their and loved her. Also, how in the first half of the book he isolated her from her classmates and friends. How Lucas was with Bianca it kind of reminded me of the relationship between Edward and Bella in the Twilight series. An abusive relationship waiting to happen.

The last problem I had with Evernight doesn't have to with the book as much as how they marketed it as being similar to the Twilight saga. The only ways it was similar was in how I stated in the above paragraph and how it had to do with vampires. Other than that Evernight is it's own unique book.

I'll admit I had some problem's with Evenight but it won't let me not read the sequel, Stargazer, which comes out next year. I can't wait to see what happens because Everinght had a big cliffhanger ending.

I sugguest this book to anyone who likes a good vampire book.

Grade: A-

7 comments:

  1. I can't believe I haven't read this yet. It's gotten such good reviews and I really really need to pick it up! Great review!

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  2. This sounds really good! I hope I can find it somewhere! Great review!

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  6. I agree with your review - I thought the I'm-a-vampire-by-birth bomb was dropped entirely too randomly. HOWEVER, I also really liked the book and would say it's gripping (toward the end, anyway), too!

    Steph

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  7. See, I LOVED how I assumed Bianca was a normal girl and SHE assumed that I knew she wasn't normal, but that I didn't know we had wrong assumptions about each other until the story started unfolding. I'm interested to read this again, knowing what I now know, to see how/if the story changes for me. I thought it was an interesting way to present the story. BTW, LOVED "Stargazer" ... keep following our blog because there may be a chance to win a copy of that ARC before the book is released!

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