Review for Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Fateful
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLICATION DATE: September 13, 2011
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
PAGES: 328 pages
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 5 stars

I was a little weary going into this novel. One of my main points of a good novel is a happy ending and knowing this takes place upon the Titanic obviously scares me a little. For all those like me who demand a happy ending, fear not! This book has one. I was also weary because I’m not the biggest Evernight fan. I thought it was one of those series that could have been better. And again, those with my same concerns, fear not! This novel is much better than the Evernight series.

One thing I loved was seeing both the “good” werewolf and the “bad” one. I also really liked Alec’s wolf form and how in that state he was highly protective of Tess. This novel read much like a historical romance novel would, but without the descriptive sex scene or british cursing. In fact, my only issue with this novel was how Ms Gray seemed to talk down to the audience a bit, explaining the older english terms. Now, maybe I’ve read one too many historical romance novels, but I think it’s fairly easily to infer from context that when a female character says “I am ruined” she means she has had sex outside of marriage. Beyond that small complaint, this novel was perfect.

Review for Afterlife (Evernight #4) by Claudia Gray

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Afterlife
SERIES: Evernight #4
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 360 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

I just finished this and I’m not sure how I feel about it. This final installment of the Evernight series follows Bianca and Lucas when they are forced to go back to Evernight because Lucas was unfortunately turned into a vampire and Bianca into a wraith. When they return, Bianca’s existence is kept secret because they know Mrs Bethany is hunting wraiths and don’t want to risk her safety.

It was a little slow paced and boring for a while, but you finally find out what Mrs Bethany is trying to do, use the wraiths to become human. Apparently, combining a wraith and a vampire restores the vampire to life. That’s a completely insane notion, but in this novel, apparently it’s a reality.

But the ending was rather lackluster. I’ve read a lot of reviews of people pissing and moaning that Bianca stays a wraith, but I wasn’t really that surprised. She has an important power as a wraith and eventually will have a purpose. Lucas being turned back into a human was also the only option besides him committing suicide. The idea of him remaining a vampire was ridiculous. Seriously that’s like Sam & Dean Winchester suddenly deciding that being a crossroads demon for Crowley isn’t such a bad idea. So obviously this isn’t my issue with the ending. The ending between Bianca & Lucas was fine, they’ll have a happy life together and it leaves you with a feeling of hope for their future. My issue was that she didn’t wrap up the other characters stories. Balthazar is going to stay and tend to the horses? That’s shitty, but he’s getting a whole series, so I can deal with that. But what of Raquel? Dana? Vic? Ranulf? Patrice? Maxie? They are all just left kinda standing in the yard of Evernight while Bianca & Lucas ride off into the sunset. I’d like just a brief epilogue implying they all live happily ever after, please.

Review for Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Hourglass
SERIES: Evernight #3
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 339 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 3 stars

Well, this seems to be one of those series that gets progressively worse. I liked the first one pretty well and the second one was decent enough, but this one irritated the fuck out of me. Bianca is just as annoying as she is in the previous novels.

In this novel, Bianca and Lucas run away from Evernight and both start working for the Black Cross (along with Raquel). The Black Cross trains the newbies but Bianca struggles to get blood because they are in lockdown and she is not allowed to leave on her own. Then Balthazar got captured and Bianca & Lucas save him. Eventually, the Black Cross figures Bianca out and her and Lucas run away. I hate the way this novel ends. Hate, abhor, loathe…none of them seem like strong enough words. After that ending, I’m wondering if/how this series can have a happy ending and it better fucking have a happy ending.

Review for Stargazer (Evernight #2) by Claudia Gray

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Stargazer
SERIES: Evernight #2
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLICATION DATE: March 24, 2009
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 329 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 3 stars

Well…ummm…remember that thing I said at the end of my last review about Bianca growing up? Scratch that. She may have had a moment or two of maturity but in this novel, she reverts back to her inner 5 year old Bella Swan personality. Bianca is my biggest issue with this series. I really don’t like her, she’s very one dimensional.

In this installment of the Evernight series, Bianca returns to school while trying to sneak off campus as much as possible for clandestine meetings with Lucas. Things at school get more complicated because it is now being haunted by wraiths (ghosts) and they seem to target her specifically. Then Balthy catches her trying to sneak back on campus after a Lucas meetup and, in a interesting twist, ends up helping her by pretending that they are dating so he can legitimately take her off campus. But Bianca swears to Lucas this is just a ruse to fool Mrs Bethany and her parents and there is just no way she will ever be attracted to Balthy like she is to Lucas. ::mutters:: lying bitch.

She does the typical stupid heroine thing and gets in a huge fight with Lucas, tells him to leave, and then cries when he does. What did you expect? Him to stick around after you’ve made it blantantly clear that you don’t need him? Those of you looking for some more Bianca/Lucas action will get it. Those of you looking for Bianca/Balthazar action, well you’ll get some of that too.

All in all, I like most of the story. There are a few twists that I didn’t see coming and I won’t give them away here. You want to know? Go read the book or read a spoiler.

My only other big complaint is the further I get into this series, the more I’m reminded of Twilight:
Book 1: Human & vampire fall in love
Book 2: Boy leaves girl and girl (unknowingly) starts to fall for another guy.

My prediction for book 3: Girl trying to decide between the 2 guys

Book 4: I know from the summary that it’s about an epic battle between 2 major forces….

Review for Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight by Claudia Gray

TITLE: Evernight
SERIES: Evernight #1
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 327 pages
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

***This review contains spoilers***

For the first half of this book, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not. I wasn’t crazy about Bianca (or her name, for that matter. Call me shallow, but I do judge characters by their names). It seemed almost like Hex Hall-lite, same basic plot but with only vampires and a less enjoyable lead female. But I kept going and the further I got, the more I annoyed I became. Not only was Bianca annoying, but she was inexplicably drawn to a guy who was nice at first and then is a jackass to her and completely not attracted to the smart sexy guy who was actually nice to her. Fucking moron. Still, I kept reading because I have a complusive need to finish every book I start.

Then I got to the halfway mark and Bianca & Lucas make up and start making out and she bites him. Apparently she’s a vampire and just forgot to mention it in her mental narrative until now. And this isn’t the OMG! WHAT! Vampires don’t exist! type thing. No, she’s known her entire life that she was born a vampire to 2 vampire parents (a highly rare occurance) and that this depressing school she is in is for vampires with a few clueless humans lurking about to add diversity. This irk me initially too, I mean I get that it was supposed to be a plot twist and it worked, but I quickly got over it. It made me exceedingly happy that for once the heroine was the supernatural entity, not the hero or both as it is in most teen romance novels. Once this revelation was made, the writing seemed to get better and Bianca became less annoying. She has to hide it all from Lucas until he sees her standing on a roof basically covered in blood and like a smart man, her runs the fuck away from her.

After he leaves, she does become depressed but lucky for me, it was not an all out Bella Swan like coma. She continues her life, just a little sadder. Then she finally tells Lucas the whole truth and though he knows he should leave her alone, he doesn’t. He still wants to be with her, which becomes more complicated after she bites him twice because that apparently gives him vampire-esque powers because he is now eligible to become one, if he so chooses. They start digging into more vampire history and facts and little Bianca starts to see how sheltered her life has been and she starts to follow her own thoughts and ignore her parents wishes/demands.

I won’t reveal the other secret but I will say I did like how Bianca acted in the last 40 or so pages. It shows she is growing up. All in all, it was a pretty good read and I’m gonna start the next book soon.