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Balthazar (Evernight) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.
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This novel is no EVERNIGHT! It was alright, enjoyable, and semi-entertaining--I read through it rather quickly--but never once did it sweep me off my feet nor capture the same mystery/intensity I felt while reading EVERNIGHT. In EVERNIGHT I loved the romance between Lucius and Bianca; In BALTHAZAR I only liked the romance between Balthazar and Skye. Which was disappointing since I've always been super fond of Balthazar and found him particularly swoon-worthy. But I guess it just turns out that I prefer the stereotypical 'bad boy' to win the girl. I prefer my romantic to have friction and that forbidden factor. Claudia Gray tried to give Balthy and Skye those things, but it didn't really capture to what I wanted. So--like I said before--BALTHAZAR wasn't a bad novel...it just wasn't knock-your-socks-off-spectacular either.
All in all--the most I can really say for this book is that it was OK.
Bottom line: Give it a try if you're an EVERNIGHT fan. :)
I enjoyed this book but to be honest, I thought I would have enjoyed a book about Balthazar more (no pun intended lol). He was my favourite character from the Evernight series and I couldn't wait to read this. I thought this was just going to be one book to finish off Balthazar's story and leave us with his happily ever after but from the ending, its seems like it could be the first of a series (I'll have to check this out though I could be wrong).
I feel that as a series, it could become long winded and drawn out in a game of cat and mouse just with a change of head cat for next time. But of course, Ms. Gray could have some fantastic idea's up her sleeve that she can add to this. If its not going to be a series, then there was a lot of loose ends, so my guess would be that it is.
Balthazar is a fantastic character. Swoonworthy, brave, strong and considerate. He arrives at Skye's house, having been asked by Lucas to check on her because she was having a problem with some wraiths. He is just in time to save her from being killed by a vampire. But in the attack, the vampire manages to get a taste of Skye's blood, which turns out to have a special effect on vampires. When he returns to his tribe and tells them about it, the entire tribe go after Skye, led by Redgrave.
Skye is an awesome heroine. I didn't pay too much attention to her in the Evernight series even though she was the one who saved Bianca in the end. She showed us then how brave she was by letting Bianca possess her, and that bravery continues to show in Balthazar. She doesn't hide away when she has all the vampires on her tail, she continues on with life as best she can. She even gets Balthazar to teach her how to fight.
Most of the secondary characters in this are vampires, including Charity, Balthazars sister, who continues to be a large pain in Balthazar's butt.
We see some flashbacks into Balthazar's past which are really interesting. Previous run ins with Redgrave and his tribe. We find out more about the events surrounding him being turned into a vampire.
I would recommend this book to fans of the Evernight series. I think you could probably still read and enjoy it without having read Evernight once the reader had some idea as to who Lucas and Bianca are. They don't play that big a part in this book but I feel that if it is a series, we may see them return. There is definitely an opening for it.
So how is the book? It was great for me and a lot of fun to be reminded over and over again just how hurt and angsty Balthazar is. Getting half the book from his perspective was a major, major plus for me. I enjoyed learning how he thinks. This book also has several (four, I think) mini-flashbacks to the past to the story of how he came to Evernight, and there are also a lot of flashbacks as part of the storyline. I really enjoyed the flashbacks and was happy to read every single one of them, but it also felt like they didn't add that much that we didn't already know. I would have liked to have seen some newer angst stories that we didn't already know or couldn't have guessed. But all in all, I felt this book did give great insight into Balthazar, and I really enjoyed reading all about the pains in his past.
His love interest in this book is Skye, who was in Afterlife. My initial reaction was no, no, no. She seems like such a Mary Sue, and even as you read the first chapter of this book she still seems that way. However, as the story went on, I did find myself liking her more. She grew on me. So if you're worried about that, I say read at least the firs three chapters and give her a chance.
One important thing I think people should know about this book is that it really isn't a standalone book. It's supposed to be, but it's not. It relies heavily on knowledge from all four Evernight books. So much so that I found myself wishing I'd reread them all before reading this book, even though I read them within the last couple of years. Also, the ending does not feel finished. Things are not resolved like they should be if this is truly the end. I expect a sequel even though the author has said she has no specific plans for one. The book really needs it, and I would enjoy it. So don't go into the book expecting everything to be completely tidied up by the end.
All in all, I still really liked this book. Balthazar is such a great character that I think it would be impossible for me to give any book about him five stars. There are things I think that could have been improved upon, but it's still a great read that I highly recommend to paranormal romance fans, Twilight fans, and angst fans.