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Evernight Hardcover – May 27, 2008
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Grade 8 Up—Bianca has been uprooted from her happy, uneventful life to start anew at an elite boarding school where her parents will now be professors. Even though Bianca doesn't feel that she is the Evernight type—rich, beautiful, or gifted—she knows that her parents feel this is best for her. She and Lucas Ross share a special connection from the moment they meet and he, like Bianca and a few others, is an outsider. He is a rebel who is on a mission to discover the secret behind Evernight Academy. As the weeks progress, their relationship heats up. What they don't realize, however, is that they each harbor a great secret that could divide them forever. Can their love survive the truth? Gray's writing hooks readers from the first page and reels them in with surprising plot twists and turns, and the open ending will keep them guessing and waiting on the edge of their seats for the next book in the series. A must-have for fans of vampire stories by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Stephenie Meyer, and the like.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Well-dressed, private-school vampires are a growing trend in teen horror lit. Bloodsucking Gossip Girls have shown up in Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series, Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books, and now in this debut, set in a spooky, exclusive boarding school. Sixteen-year-old Bianca is dreading her first day at Evernight Academy, where her parents have taken teaching positions. Then she meets handsome outsider Lucas, for whom she falls with quick intensity. Everyone at Evernight has secrets, even Bianca, and as her romance deepens, she risks revealing the otherworld identity of Evernight’s glamorous population, even as she wonders if Lucas, too, is hiding something. Some logistical questions about the student body, composed of both vampires and humans, are left unanswered, and a few story threads, particularly about Evernight’s headmistress, are left dangling; the ending leaves room for a sequel that may tie everything together. Still, Stephenie Meyer fans will find similar rewards in the flashes of humor; the terrifying battle between ancient, supernatural societies; and the steamy romance in which love bites aren’t just a euphemism. Grades 8-11. --Gillian Engberg
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That was probably mostly my fault because I grabbed this book on the spur of the moment because I got it for fifteen cents and I liked the cover.
Yes, guilty... I'm a cover buyer. There are a great many times I just look at a cover and I grab without ever having read to see what the book was about.
This habit has lead to some great finds and not so great ones yet this is one that I felt was a good one. It did take me a little over half way into the book before I really felt drawn into the characters and the story which is why I think I went out and got the second book after the cliff hanger ending left me frustrated.
It wasn't a fantastic or exciting read for me but it was interesting none the less. I didn't feel the need to go beyond the second book just because it felt like it echoed many other YA paranormals I had been reading at the time so much that I felt like I was reading the same book over again.
If you're into YA paranormal books this is a decent series to invest in but if you lean toward something more mature and exciting you might want to look somewhere else.
****** SPOILERS BELOW *********
On her first day of school, Bianca's internal narration is nonstop "Oh where is Lucas? He should know how afraid I am and be here to protect me!" Are you that pathetic that you need some boy you met the day before to "protect" you from the big bad high school kids? Bianca is afraid of all these high schoolers who seem too worldly and perfect to be true - you definitely get a sense of Bella Swan and the Cullen family (in Twilight before she finds out they're vampires). I'm fairly certain this is intentional by the author - Bianca is in awe of the stunningly beautiful and seemingly perfect rich people who populate her school.
From there she wanders through her high school life and ends up going to the prom-like Autumn Ball with a guy named Balthazar (!!). At the Ball she ends up ditching Balthazar and meets up with Lucas. While making out with him, she bites him and drinks his blood and OMG SHE IS A VAMPIRE!! She has always known she is a vampire and the author was tricking us by not giving anything away! She drinks blood every morning for breakfast and her parents are hundreds of years old.
Okay, fine. Stupid plot twist designed to be a shock, but I'm willing to go with it. Then you start learning more about her fellow students. Keep in mind she is at a boarding school with extremely strict rules and chaperones. Parties are broken up, there are curfews, lots of rules, classes like normal high school kids would get (history, chemistry, english, etc). Some of her fellow students are also hundreds of years old (some are well over 1000 years old). Why does a 400 year old vampire need to attend a boarding school where they get treated like children by vampires younger than them? IT MAKES NO SENS.
Then Bianca goes to a class where the teachers are giving instruction on how to use an ipod. So all of these 1000 year old vampires have been living in a hole since the middle ages and suddenly need to be taught how to use a cell phone and an ipod? It's made very clear that these vampires are extremely wealthy and love to jetset around the world, skiing and doing other things wealthy people do. They have equestrian competitions and fencing competitions, so they're obviously already integrated into the "real" world. But they don't know how to use a microwave or a cell phone? It's stupid.
And why do all these 1000 year old vampires act like catty teenage girls? It makes no sense whatsoever, except that the author has to make them act that way otherwise the super surprising OMG BIANCA IS A VAMPIRE plot twist won't be as much of a surprise.
The last few chapters (once we find out the truth about Lucas) is much more interesting and I wish the whole book had been more like that. It's too bad I had to read through 80% terrible in order to get there. I may check out the sequels, as there hopefully won't be any ridiculous plot twists to screw things up.
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