Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
Read for: 2011 Wish I’d Read That Challenge
Bianca wants to escape.
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. (goodreads.com)
I loved this book. It was an interesting take on the vampire myth, and while vampires seem to be more invincible than I’d like them to be (only beheading and fire can kill them?), I was still interested.
Bianca is a self-described shy teenager, uprooted from her hometown and thrust into the world of a private academy where her parents have taken teaching jobs. Though Bianca stress that she is shy, she doesn’t ever seem it. She raises her hand in class, she tries to befriend new people, and all around doesn’t do things like a shy person would. I think it’s more a fear of being embarrassed than being shy.
The vampire myth in this novel is quite different from some I have read. Bianca is born a vampire; she isn’t created. During the first part of the book, we don’t know this; we think Bianca is simply a human girl uprooted and deposited in a Gothic boarding school, but we come to find out that she knows all along what’s going on. It’s an interesting choice to hide this from the reading audience, especially since we’re in Bianca’s head during the novel.
The book has a nice twist, and in hindsight I probably should have seen it coming, but it was a nice surprise none-the-less.
I’m not sure exactly what I liked about the book; my thoughts and opinions are all over the place, but it was a refreshing change from certain other YA paranormal romances that shall remain nameless. I’ll be picking up the next book in the series soon.
Originally posted 20 January 2011.