Sunday, 11 August 2013

Afterlife (Evernight #4) by Claudia Gray

Afterlife (Evernight, #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Afterlife (Evernight, #4)(Source: Purchased in paperback from
This is book 4 in the ‘Evernight’ series, and picks up where book 3 ‘Hourglass’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1, 2, & 3 – ‘Evernight’, ‘Stargazer’, and ‘Hourglass’.**
After the events of book 3, Bianca and Lucas have both got some changes to adjust to. Bianca needs to learn how to live as a wraith, and Lucas needs to learn how to live as a vampire, and there’s only one place for him to do that – Evernight Academy.

With Evernight Academy up and running again, Lucas seeks refuge, whilst Bianca tries to work out what Mrs Bethany is up to with the wraiths that she has drawn to the school.
What does Mrs Bethany want with the wraiths? Can Lucas learn to control his hunger? And can a wraith and a vampire ever be together?

This was a great final part to Bianca and Lucas’ story, and I liked how it all ended right where it started – Evernight Academy.

Bianca really came into her own in this book, and it was great to see how much she’d changed from the whiney, selfish girl that she was in book 1. I loved how she’d really found the person who she was supposed to be, and had gained strength from that.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen after the events of book 3! I really didn’t know how Lucas would react to becoming a vampire, and how this would change things for Bianca and Lucas as a couple, especially considering the whole vampires and wraiths don’t mix thing!
As usual there were moments in this book where I just thought ‘what?!’ Newly dead Lucas wanting to chat with his vampire-hunter mother – Very Bad Idea. You think that he’d have worked out by now that she DOESN’T LIKE VAMPIRES! And Lucas telling Bianca that she ‘has no idea what his hunger is like’ – excuse me, did she or did she not go days without blood and hide in a black cross cell in order to be with him? Hmm, bad Lucas, bad!
I did like the ending of this book though, I’m always a bit wary of the end of a series because I hate to end up disappointed, but I have to say that I really liked the ending to this one. I thought the author handled it really well, and actually managed to make a happily ever after out of a vampire and a wraith!
I have to say that I didn’t expect to like this series quite so much after reading Evernight, but Hourglass and Afterlife were well worth reading Evernight and Stargazer for!
Overall; a great end to the series.
7.5 out of 10.

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