Evernight by Claudia Gray
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Release date: May 1st 2008
Series: Evernight #1
Reviewed by: Tynga
Source: Personal Shelf
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.
"I couldn’t stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."
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.
Being shy can be challenging, and Bianca is really shy. So her life becomes a living nightmare when her parents decides it’s time to leave their small town to join a boarding school where they would teach and she would study. To Bianca nothing is worst than meeting strangers, so having to co-habit and try to blend in with a ton of them… Hell. Maybe Luca, a boy she met the day before class starts, can make it all better… or worst.
Evernight was definitely a good read and I really liked a trick Claudia did. In the first half of the book, she’s withholding information from us! What I mean is that most characters, including Bianca, knows something we don’t. Gray then opens the floodgates around the middle of the book shedding a different light on all the previous events. At first, I thought the whole thing was really weird, but the more I think about it… I think it was brilliant and very original.
Gray stuck to stereotypes regarding the characters but some of them will still manage to surprise. Balthazar was my favorite character and I really hope he gets to shine in the sequels.
Plot wise, Claudia Gray kept things shady on purpose and I have to say I guessed the major plot line way before the end unfolded, which is slightly disappointing but I’m excited about what comes next and the consequences of Bianca & Luca’s choices.
The traditional girl meets boy in a boarding school set with a paranormal twist will really please the YA readers. Better than House of Night but not as amazing as Vampire Academy, I would still recommend this series.
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