Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
Date: February 2009
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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.
Oh dear. I’m afraid I really didn’t like this book at all.
I was expecting a good old YA vampire book but unfortunately, for me, it turned out to be a disastrous one. That’s just my opinion. I know people who like this series so don’t let me put you off reading it and forming your own opinion but I personally won’t be picking up any more books in this series.
I need to explain properly why I disliked Evernight so much. I don’t want to just ‘bash’ it without reason. So here goes… Firstly I found the storyline to be extremely cliché. I felt like this idea had been done a hundred times over (except better). Girl moves to new school. Girl didn’t want to move. Girl meets mysterious boy on first day. Girl thinks there’s something creepy going on in said school with some of the students. Please!
Secondly, I found the protagonist to be boring, annoying, and just plain stupid. It’s not very often I take such a dislike to the main character. But wow did she make some stupid decisions. She had only met Lucas once for about 30 minutes and already she was thinking of him as the love of her life and her constant inner monologue about how they were destined to be together just completely irritated me. I wanted to reach into the pages and shake some sense into her.
But my biggest problem was the twist. I’d heard there would be a twist and by the time it came I was desperate for this twist to shake things up a bit. However what I wasn’t expecting was for the twist to actually be that we (as the reader) had been lied to for 50% of the book! I thought that Bianca would find out something astonishing that would turn the story around. But that didn’t happen. All that did happen was that we found out that she had basically just been holding back something major from her narrative and then all of a sudden decided to start telling the remainder of the story truthfully. Sorry if that’s a bit cryptic but I’m not going to go into it too much as if you are planning on reading Evernight then this is a major spoiler. Anyway, this ‘twist’ (if that’s really what it can be classed as) just didn’t work. It angered me, confused me, and I almost gave up reading the rest of the book because of it.
Overall then, I think it’s safe to say that I was really unimpressed by this book. I’ve given it 1 ½ stars for world building because that was the only thing that I felt held promise. The idea behind the school and the vampires could have really worked if not for the poor characters, less than impressive storyline and stupid twist that didn’t work.