Book: Evernight by Claudia Gray
Published: HarperTeen, 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Buy It: Amazon
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My thoughts: The first 150 pages or so of Evernight, I was trying to figure out what compelled me to check this book out of the library or why I was still reading it. Not much was happening and I was already almost half way through. Bianca was trying to make it through her first semester at the creepy boarding school, Evernight, where her parents were newly employed. She acts like an outcast and hints that there are things that separate those who "belong" there and those who don't. Although the synopsis on the back of the book doesn't mention vampires specifically, it is pretty obvious that this is another teen vampire novel. So where were the vampires?? Not even a real mention of them aside from Bianca's sort of friend, Raquel, who suspects they exist.
Finally, around the 150 page mark we learn the secrets of Evernight and Bianca's story comes spilling out. Once it started picking up, I found myself unable to put the book down. Eventually we learn that Bianca's boyfriend, Lucas, has a secret of his own, making it near impossible for the two of them to be together. I found Bianca a little annoying with her whole "Lucas belongs to me" attitude, but otherwise she was likable enough. I wasn't really a fan of Bianca and Lucas even before we learned of their true selves. I was rooting for Balthazar to win Bianca over in the end. I think I'll be picking up the next installment in the series, Stargazer. I'm interested to see what becomes of Bianca and Lucas' love story.
The verdict: 3 stars