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April 24, 2009 posted by Nikki

Evernight – Claudia Gray

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 that she doesn’t fit in.

At Evernight Academy nothing is as it seems. The description on the back of the book calls Evernight Academy gothic. I think that’s a little misleading and the writer of the blurb should have told potential readers the truth about Evernight Academy – that it’s not just a school, but is in fact a school for vampires. But Evernight is shaking things up this year and they’ve allowed human enrollments for the first time, too. The humans, of course, are entirely unaware that more than half the school’s population are actually undead Americans. There are strict rules about exposing yourself to a human, though, and vampires are forbidden from biting the human students. But honestly, how cruel is that? Dangling humans under vampire noses is like putting chow in front a dog and telling him that he’s not allowed to have it. How long would poor puppy be able to resist something like that? Not very long, I’d imagine. And it’s the same with the vampires. Put them in living quarters with humans and there are bound to be problems. Problems of the bloodsucking kind.

Meet Bianca – the newest enrollment at Evernight Academy. She’s shy, smart and a bit of a loner. But she gets housed with Patrice, who is more poised and beautiful than anyone Bianca has ever met. She’s so full of confidence that just being in the same room as Patrice makes Bianca feel more than a little uncomfortable. Can an outsider like Bianca and an It Girl like Patrice be friends? Who knows….

Perhaps Lucas knows. Lucas is also a new arrival at Evernight and is instantly drawn to Bianca. And lucky for Bianca because the moment she sees Lucas she knows she’s in love. Life would totally suck if her first true love didn’t return her affections, don’t you think? But there is more to Lucas than meets the eye. He seems well informed about Evernight and its history, and he really, really doesn’t like Patrice and her friends. In fact, he dislikes them so much that he does everything in his power to isolate Bianca and himself away from their prying eyes. Then one night during a hot and heavy make out session, Bianca does something so unbelievably weird and wrong that it changes everything between her and Lucas. This event works as a sort of catalyst for the downward spiral of everything in Bianca’s life, and suddenly Bianca’s world becomes a regular Jerry Springer episode.

I don’t want to give anything crucial away, but I will say this…

– Someone flees Evernight, fearing for their life.

– Someone breaks the Evernight code and bites a human.

– Someone unexpectedly becomes a vampire.

– Someone has an evil, ulterior motive which shakes the foundations of Evernight through history.

– Love is made, trust is lost, hearts are broken and unexpected friendships are formed.
I decided to read Evernight because a lot of people had told me it had a similar Bella and Edward kind of love story happening. I can safely say, with complete and total conviction, that this is not true. For me, Bella and Edward were so real and so alive that I had to remind myself repeatedly that they were fictional and that their connection was fabricated. Not real in any way. Lucas and Bianca’s connection isn’t so intense. Not even half as much, in fact. I felt like Claudia Gray was telling us they had a connection, rather than showing us they did. And just because she was telling me that Lucas loved Bianca and Bianca loved Lucas doesn’t for one second mean that I’m going to believe that. I just wasn’t feeling it with these guys.

Will I read the second novel? Yes, simply because I want to know what happens. Will I loose sleep if I don’t get my hands on it right away? No, I wont.

Evernight is a solid read, but nothing to write home about.

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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21 Comments

  • i loved this book. And the second is so much better, I cant wait for your review.

  • I’m start this sometime in the next couple days. I just finished Shadow Kiss and i can’t get it to of my head!

  • Honestly, the reviews regarding this book baffle me. I was severely unimpressed with this novel, however I didn’t necessarily dislike it. I will be picking up the next book in the series (which I cannot find at any bookstores nearby), and I can only hope the book will fare better with me than the debut did.

    The book had some nice concepts and ideas, however the execution of them was beyond poor. *SPOILER ALERT* Why was Bianca so clueless to the idea of her being a vampire? She admitted that she drank blood all throughout her life, and I can see why Gray didn’t reveal to the readers until later on, however this did not create suspense — if anything, an annoyance (and that’s putting it nicely).

    The atmosphere of the boarding school was lackluster. The characters all had very dull personalities, save for Balthazar (sp?), and quite frankly weren’t very likable.

    Having said all that, I do not understand for the life of me why this book panned so well with reviewers. Prior to read it I very seldom came across a negative review, so I went into reading the book with high hopes. Sadly, those hopes were crushed. I will read just about anything & am not one to give harsh reviews, but I cannot bite my tongue with this one. “The House of Night” series aren’t the most polished books out there, however I have never once touched base with the negative aspects just because the series is quite a captivating one.

    Hopefully (for the both of us) the next novel is at least somewhat better!

  • So does that mean you agree with my review?

  • Yes! I do agree with your review — I meant to imply that the reviews on all of the other websites baffled me. Yours is the first review that finally could relate to, and I am quite thankful for that!

  • ummmm good book? naw

  • i didnt really like the book, or books. the author tries to hard to make Bianca a vampire and really its just annoying being in her head… i give it a 2half/5

  • loved the book. I didn’t feel like Claudia was telling me that they were in love, I could feel it. Bianca wasn’t confused about being a vampire, she just didn’t expect to lose control when she was with Lucas. She knew perfectly well that one day she would turn into a vampire. After finishing it I couldn’t wait to pick up Stargazer.

  • i liked this book but i dont like all of it i give it a half and half it was just ok

  • I loved this book. I didn’t expect Bianca to be the vampire. Anyway, she should have known what was going on in the beginning

  • i think you should read Maximum Ride, Vampire Kisses, Wild Magic, Night World, Dark Visions, and Midnighters. i’m writing a few books called Never Ever Land, Witch Girl, and Zombie Hill. the zombie one is weird but going good. please writ more reviews.

  • what are your books about? im trying to write one but im just too picky with the words i use. also first person or third?

  • this book was crap. I mean the writing itself was actually pretty good, but it still felt like a cheap twilight knock off. sure lucas and bianca are cute together – but its no where near as intense as edward and bella.

    plus, the book is pretty effing confusing. One minute bianca is a completely normal, if timid, high school girl – and the next (after she realises that she is actually half vampire)she’s telling us all about how she drinks a cup of blood with every meal and how her parents have been telling her that something like this would happen eventually. Seriously, what is that? it goes from her mentioning absolutely nothing about vampires and being all shocked when she turns into one and then suddenly she announces that she’s actually been drinking blood on a daily basis her whole life… but had no idea what it meant.. def. weird.

  • Okay I just have to say this is not freaking twilight! It therefore should never be compared to it. That said I just have to say that I didn’t hate this book. It was slightly annoying at points but Balthatzar is an amazing character and I love his story. The fact that Bianca is with Lucas is stupid when Balthazar is clearly the perfect choice for her. Her so called amazing love for Lucas seems like a rebellion against becoming a vampire and probably she’ll realize how stupid she was. The books characters were too shallow and self centered for me. I had some interest in the book and will probably follow through with the series but I would NOT recomend. But I love Balthazar!

  • i’ll say that Gray was trying too hard to make it seem like “Undying Love” but failed miserably. it really seemed like she was telling us that they should be together. i thought this book was confusing because she never mentioned Bianca being a vampire. Never mentioned drinking blood. She just seemed weak and needy to me. this book was total crap and the characters didn’t help the story whatsoever. i wanted to tear the book but i wasn’t the type of girl to do that, so I finished it. i have to say my favorite part in both books was when it ended. don’t even joke that this book was good or even okay. it was total “who has more power” or “oh! no one cares about little old me!” Bianca was shallow and i couldn’t stand being in her head. i hate preps but i’d rather be in Patrice’s head. and that’s saying something.

  • IDK, I guess if I get bored I read it….but most of the reviews on here are kind of telling me it’s not a very good read…but I have really weird tastes(all time fav independent novel? Suicide Notes!!!), so I guess I’ll just have to lower my expectations and hope the second is even betterthan the first. I was into the Vampire Kisses novel…before it got really boring, and plain stupid I just couldn’t read any more… It totally didn’t compare to the Wicked Lovely series(better than Twilight) or the Vampire Academy series(better than any book I’ve ever read!!!)!!! So I’ll just have to check this out…thx for the review!!!

  • this book is not a twilight knock off because this book is so much more well written than twilight. i say if there is an book that you should read then it is “The Hunger Games”. It is one of the best books ever and is a three part series. And absolutely NO vampires. Vampires are getting old and they are the same stories over and over again. I think that writers should find some new ideas.

  • My book had a sticker on the front stating: as good as Stephanie Myer or your money back. I want my money back.

    • Wait, I cannot fathom it being so srtaigfhotrward.

  • The Evernight Series are one of my favorite books, I love these books! I can’t get them out of my head! I’ve read all of them and am just waiting for Aferlife to come out!!! I can’t wait!!

  • I disagree. Well kind of. I really liked this book thought! Way much better than Twilight. I don’t like Twilight. But anyways, the only thing I disliked was that it was quite confusing and that Balthazar was a better guy for her. Lucas was way too overprotective in my opinion. But you guys should read it. It’s good.

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