Em: Stargazer by Claudia Gray – REVIEW

Stargazer by Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 24th, 2009
HarperTeen, 329 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought the Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Evernight #2

The vampire in me was closer to the surface…

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca’s secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn’t the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning….

This is the second book in the Evernight series and I have to say that the storyline did improve a bit. I’m still not fully convinced that I will really, really love this series…right now…I like it, but I am definitely going to need quite a bit more to the story for me to really get into it as much as I was hoping.

Bianca and Lucas are being rebellious teenagers with secrets to boot. He is a part of a group called the Black Cross which are vampire hunters and of course, Bianca goes to a vampire academy with vampire parents. Balthazar is, by far, my favorite character in the entire series. He is much better fleshed-out than Lucas and Bianca and he is easily the more appealing choice for Bianca (as far as love triangles go). Bianca doesn’t see Balthazar like she sees Lucas. She “loves” Lucas but cares a lot about Balthazar (who is a very old, but very attractive vampire). He also cares so much about Bianca (who acts like a spoiled-brat most of the time) that he even helps her to sneak out of the academy to visit with Lucas, who had to flee at the end of the first book because his cover as a member of the Black Cross was blown.

This installment in the series included a paranormal element – the wraith (basically, ghosts). There is something seriously weird going on that you can easily figure out has to do with Bianca & her becoming a full vampire or not…but it was kind of confusing and strange (to say the least). I have concluded that her parents are pretty sucky (no vampire pun intended) at raising a child regardless of what she is or might become. I liked them a lot in the first book, but now they seem just as spooky and untrustworthy as the uber-creepy Mrs. Bethany (the headmistress).

If you love vampires (or the supernatural & paranormal in general) I would recommend this book [series]. They are quick reads, but if you’re looking for a lot of depth in the plot or characters, this probably isn’t going to turn out to be a super-satisfying read for you.

I have bought all of the books that have been released, so I DO plan on reading all of them. I am hoping that the series gets better as it progresses, so we’ll see!

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