Monday, October 8, 2012

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Hi, everyone!  Katertot here.  I'm running the blog for my mom this week
while she recovers from the flu that I may or may not but probably did give her.  Oops. 
 


Title:  Evernight (Evernight #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Published:  February 10, 2009

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Katertot's Rating:   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  


  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.
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Bianca Olivier is a sixteen-year-old girl who is being forced by her parents to attend a new school: Evernight. Evernight is a dark and dreary boarding school where her parents are going to be teaching this year, and Bianca is not so excited to be joining them there, but if her plans work out, she won’t be there long. On the morning she attempts to make her escape, she meets a mysterious boy about her age… Lucas Ross. Lucas finally convinces her to stay at Evernight, and eventually, she is grateful to him for doing so. To say anything else would be too spoilery, so I’ll end my summary here.

When I began reading Evernight, I was intrigued by Bianca’s life and her story. I was especially intrigued by Mr. Lucas Ross (rawr). Bianca and Lucas had a complicated relationship from the beginning. I was hesitant at first, because, the way the author wrote these two characters, I couldn’t decide if she was going for insta-love or slowly-falling-for-you-love, but, as it turns out, it was a mix of the two. The author handled the insta-love part quite well, although it came on a little strong at times.

The author’s writing style is extremely captivating and beautiful. I loved the way she described all the places Bianca visited, the things she thought, and even the noises she heard. My favorite description of all? Lucas, yet again. The way Ms. Gray wrote Lucas was amazing - he’s every reader’s dream. The golden hair, the dark green eyes, the hidden secret… it’s all there. Lucas is a perfect combination of a tortured soul and a beautiful one. He has a dark side and a sweet side. This is one of my favorite parts involving him and Bianca:


“Lucas didn’t like being challenged. ‘How expensive?’ he said coolly,
like his last name was Rockefeller instead of Ross.
‘Two hundred dollars.’ …
Lucas simply pulled out his wallet and offered the clerk a credit card.
‘We’ll take it.’
She raised an eyebrow but took the card and started ringing up the purchase.
 ‘Lucas!’ I grabbed his arm and tried to speak under my breath. ‘You can’t.’
‘Can, too.’
‘But it’s two hundred dollars!’
‘You love it,’ he said quietly. ‘I can tell by the look in your eyes.
If you love it, you should have it.’”
 
Normally, a guy spending an outrageous amount of money on a girl in a book would be a huge turn off, but this is just one of the examples of how much Lucas loved making Bianca happy.

I couldn’t stop thinking about him or the other characters for a long time after I finished the book. Speaking of the other characters, here are some of my favorites:

-- Vic: Vic was a particularly interesting character to read about. Funny, crazy, and all about fashion. My kind of guy!

“Vic sauntered toward us, thumbs beneath the lapels of the striped blazer he wore beneath his winter coat. ‘This style doesn’t put itself together, you know. It takes effort to look this good.’”
 
Vic is a character I’ll never get tired of reading about!

-- Balthazar: I was wary of Balthazar at first. I wasn’t sure if he was truly a genuine friend, or if he, like so many other characters similar to him, was going to turn out to be a traitor. I’m still not 100% trustworthy of Balthazar, but he sure is sweet:

“At last, Balthazar said, ‘Okay, who is he?’
‘Who?’
‘The guy you’re crazy about.’ Balthazar’s smile was sad.
‘What?’ I was so embarrassed, both for my sake and his, that I tried
to bluff my way out of it.
 ‘I’m not seeing anybody else.’
‘Give me some credit, Bianca. I’ve had enough experience to tell when a
woman is thinking about another man.’
‘I’m sorry,’ I whispered, abashed. ‘I didn’t mean to hurt you.’
‘I can take it.’ He put both his hands on my shoulders.
‘We’re friends, right? That means I want you to be happy.’”
 
*sigh* I may not trust him, but he is dreamy.

 There are so many fabulous things about this book, but I must end my review here, so as to not go on for days, which I very well could. I've recently started the second book in the series, Stargazer, and I'm already loving it as much as the first.

I want to give a HUGE thank-you to Christie from Christie’s Book Reviews for this book - I never would have known about it if it weren’t for her. Thank you so much, Christie!! <3

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4 comments:

  1. This sounds good and the school sounds creepy. So glad you liked this and I am adding it to my list..smashing review!

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  2. Fantastic review and thanks for the shout out! I'm so glad you loved it so much and I like the quotes you picked out. I'm so fuzzy on this book but i know I really liked it, hence why I told you about it. I really love that, I thought I had ti all figured out and was totally wrong, she had a great twist. I totally agree about Balthazar, he always made me weary also (he has his own book also that came out maybe with the year or so.) .oh Lucas <3 You reading these definitely makes me want to get back into them.

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  3. Great review. I haven't read this series, but it sounds wonderful.

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  4. Great review, KK! I especially love your cute banner and signature! ALSO totally going to re-use your coined "spoilery" and "insta-love"! Love them! and YOU! xoxo

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