Evernight by Claudia Gray

“If you loved someone, you couldn’t let lies come between you. No matter what happened—even if you’d already lost each other forever—you owed each other the truth.”

Synopsis from Book Jacket:

Bianca wants to escape.

She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the “Evernight type.” There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She will risk anything to be with him, but dark, ancient secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

Personal Thoughts:

I’ll just make this a quick review.

Evernight basically is a story of star-crossed lovers in the dark world of vampire and human set in middle school academy. Is that something new? No not really. At first it looks promising, imagine Romeo and Juliet in Twilight world with Hogwarts school in it. Great combinations right? But given that formula Evernight wasn’t successful giving a well crafted story.

The setting is another gothic school that doesn’t quite appeal more gothic other than the presents of gargoyles. The characters were kind of flat and inconsistent especially Bianca (explanation below). The chemistry between Bianca and Lucas was quite unbelievable. Their romance, while beautifully written, just happened way too fast without much interaction between the two. They’ve only met a handful of times, there’s no real foundation to the relationship and their deepening feelings, which makes the whole romance feel somewhat fake and forced. And the ending is slightly less climatic.

My main problem with this book actually is the plot twist or let me say the narration of it. Given the fact that this book is about vampires and human it is quite expected that one the main characters is a vampire and the other is not or at least not yet. So the main question is – Which of the main character is the vampire? The answer is quite unexpected but it also makes the narration unbelievable. It throws a lot of inconsistency to Bianca’s narration. She discovers that she was a vampire all along when she accidentally bit some of Lucas’ blood and then after awhile she’s telling how she was actually raised as a vampire by her vampire parents. She’s telling about how she drinks a cup of blood with every meal since young and how her parents have been telling her that something like this would happen eventually. Okay, maybe the author meant for this reveal to be a nice surprise and twist, and for the most part it was. However, I think it could have been executed better.

If there is one thing that is good in this book I think is the writing. We’ll it’s not superb but at least it’s not bad either. The pacing is quick which makes this an easy read.

So what’s the verdict? There’s are some flaws obviously but it’s not without a promise. Bianca and Lucas are an intriguing couple, to say the least. There are still questions left unanswered which hopefully explains better to the next installment. This book seems to serves an an introductory part of the series, hopefully Stargazer is better.

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