Em: Evernight by Claudia Gray – REVIEW

Evernight by Claudia Gray
Release Date: February 10th, 2009
HarperTeen, 327 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought the Harback
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Evernight #1

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.

First of all, I really DID enjoy this book, for the record.

I just really didn’t care for how it transitioned in the beginning of Bianca not fitting in then WHAM – the story blows wide open. I also didn’t like that Lucas was totally irresistible in the beginning, then after the “WHAM” he seemed kind of sad, broken, and pathetic (the opposite of hot).

Other than that, the premise was really interesting and the characters were your typical rich, snot-nosed boarding school students with a secret. It bordered on cliche, but didn’t fall right over the side. The chemistry between Bianca and Lucas is definitely palpable, and the addition of the “Non-Evernight” type kids was great (i.e. Vic & Raquel). Bianca’s parents are freaking awesome too, even though everyone has secrets at Evernight, but it was a nice touch to have them both be professors at the academy.

I’ll be honest, this book didn’t blow me away, but it gave me just enough to buy and plan to read the entire series. I know other readers will enjoy this book more than I did, but I just finished reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I am probably making TOO many mental comparisons between the two series when I really shouldn’t.

Any feedback about the Evernight series from readers that have already read it? I would love to hear what y’all thought about it!

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