Google+ Reading Teen: Halloween Picks: Evernight, Stargazer, Hourglass Review by Claudia Gray

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Picks: Evernight, Stargazer, Hourglass Review by Claudia Gray

We Love Halloween!! So, for the month of October, we're recommending some awesome/scary/creepy/ghostly or otherwise Halloween-ish books! My last Halloween pick was for the younger YA crowd, this one is for the Upper YA crowd!  Now you can kill two birds with one stone.  Read some freaky vamp/ghost books for Halloween, and gear up for the release of Afterlife, the last book in the series (Mar.1, 2011)

Evernight (Evernight, Book 1)
        • Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061284440
ISBN-13: 978-0061284441

Stargazer (Evernight)Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (February 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061284467
ISBN-13: 978-0061284465

Hourglass (Evernight)Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061284416
ISBN-13: 978-0061284410

Evernight summary:
Bianca wants to escape.

At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them 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.

I first started the Evernight series about a year and a half ago.  After reading Twilight, I read any and every YA vamp book I could get my hands on, trying to fill the void that Twilight left behind.  At the time I was pretty disappointed with Evernight, thinking that it wasn't that great.  But over time I've realized that I wasn't being fair to the book, and that during my Twilight hang-over, no book was ever going to be enough.  I also realized over the past year, how much I've thought about Evernight.  When I think about books that I've enjoyed this past year, it just keeps coming back up in my mind. So, when I got an advanced reading copy of Afterlife, the last book in the series, I decided to revisit the world of Evernight and read Stargazer and Hourglass.  

The thing that made Evernight (and subsequent books) so memorable to me, was the incredible curve-balls that Claudia continuously throws at you.  The biggest blind-side comes in the first book, so I won't say too much about any of the books because I wouldn't want to ruin it for you if you haven't read it.  Just know that when you're reading Evernight, you should be somewhere that it won't matter when you yell, "WHAT THE..........ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????" Because you will!  Then you will close the book, or throw the book, or stomp off pouting, then run to open it back up and keep reading.  This will be a continuing theme throughout your time reading this series!  

A Romeo and Juliet Romance.... Star-crossed Lovers!  Will Bianca and Lucas ever be able to be together?  Be warned, the romance in these books is pretty steamy for YA.  In fact, it's one of the more steamy YA book series that I've read, and as the books go on, they just get more and more detailed on that front.  I have to say that I wasn't crazy about the relationship between Bianca and Lucas, at first.  Lucas just never did it for me.  I thought he was too angsty and overbearing.  Balthazar, on the other hand.....hotness!  Why Bianca chooses Lucas over him, I will never understand!  But, then again, I'm not Bianca!  But Lucas has grown on me, and I've actually found myself rooting for him, as his love for Bianca changes him.  But will it be enough?  We'll see!

I really enjoyed reading about all the supporting characters, too.  And as the novels have gone on, you begin to see just how interwoven their story lines are, and that the entire series was well thought out.  So, after too-many-plot-twists-to-count, I'm looking forward to reading Afterlife and seeing where Bianca' begins?  

Have you read this series?  What did you think?  Did it stick with you the way it's stuck with me?  

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You might like to know:  There is a moderate amount of language in each of the books, and pretty heavy sensuality and eventually sex by the third book.  There's also quite a bit of violence between vampires and humans.  For more details, click here.


  1. I've read the first two books, and I reaally reaaally like all the twists, Claudia Gray kept my mouth open during most part of book 2, and I've heard book 3 is as good, and also kinda sad O:

    Oh! seriosously? you didn't love Lucas at first?
    I was in love with him from page 1 of evernight, but my friends all love Balthazar :S

  2. I am reading Evernight, and so far it is great :)

  3. Carmen, how far have you gotten??? You have to tell me what you thought when you get to the end!!

    Melanie, it was kinda sad! And Lucas definitely grew on me in Hourglass, but I just love Balthazar!

    Dor, read it!!!

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