Author: Claudia Gray (Amy Vincent)
Copyright Date: 2008
Print Date: July 2008
Series: 1st in the Evernight Series
Book Description (from dust jacket):
Bianca wants to escape.The Author Speaks:
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.
I checked this out from the library after reading (well, skimming) some positive reviews. It was different (it really was, but I don't want to say more for fear of giving too much away) despite being another boarding school YA vampire book.
Oh, and it seems almost everyone compares YA vampire books to Twilight, so I feel like I should make it clear that I've never read any of the Twilight books. I don't know how similar or dissimilar this is other than what little I've seen from the Twilight movie trailers.
Anyway, Bianca has some issues (primarily shyness and just plain ole not fitting in), but she manages keep pretty true to herself. That was a plus, and I found her likeable in a general way as well. However, I have to say my fave characters were Balthazar and Vic...
The ending was of the same pattern I've been seeing so often lately...some small resolution but mostly just more questions to be answered. I have a feeling this ending type, like love-interest triangles, are something I'm just going to have to deal with as I continue to read paranormal YA books.
Speaking of love triangles, though, this book had the potential for one, but Ms. Gray (thankfully) chose not to follow through. Of course, I don't know if that remains true in the books to follow, but I have high hopes. And with that said, I will be reading the second book in the series, Stargazer.