Friday, 19 July 2013

Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight (Evernight, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Evernight (Evernight, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Bianca’s parents are teachers and have recently accepted jobs at the prestigious Evernight Academy, the problem is, Evernight is the last place Bianca wants to be.
On her first day of school, whilst attempting to runaway simply to prove a point, Bianca meets Lucas – the one person she doesn’t seem to feel shy around.
There’s something not quite right about Evernight Academy, a secret that is still waiting to be discovered, and it seems that Bianca and Lucas might have secrets of their own too.
What is really going on at Evernight? And can Lucas and Bianca really be together when all the secrets are revealed?

This was an interesting YA paranormal romance, with a couple of interesting twists.

I have to say that as a main character Bianca is unbelievably whiney. She talks about the other girls at the school being snobbish and thinking that they’re better than her, but she comes across quite immature, and thinks that the world should revolve around her basically. She seriously thought that her parents should both give up their jobs just because she didn’t want to go to Evernight? And thought that pretending to run away was the way to get the message across? I mean really? Suck it up. It’s not for that long.

I quite liked the storyline in this book, mainly because of the twists that I didn’t really see coming. I did find the book quite slow at the start, and very little seemed to happen, but by the 50% mark we had a major revelation which turned everything upside down. We then had another dramatic twist a bit further in, which changed things considerably again. Other than these twists the story was quite predictable though, and the pace a bit annoying. There were also a few too many inconsistencies and plot holes in the story that just left you questioning certain things though, which made this a less than perfect book. I can’t say exactly what these inconsistencies were without dropping massive spoilers, but let’s just say that they were obvious, and pretty irritating.
I have the first three books in this series, so I’ll probably read those, but I think I’ll wait ‘til I’ve read them to decide if I really want to read the rest.
Overall; an interesting YA paranormal romance, with a couple of interesting twists.
6.75 out of 10.

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