EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
HarperCollins: Harper Teen
Published: February 10, 2009
Page Count: 327
Rating: Liked it
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.
I really enjoyed this book . . . right up until Bianca takes a bit 'ole bite out of Lucas. Wow. That was quite a blindside. After that, I felt that Bianca was an unreliable narrator, because there was so much she hadn't told us before, so who knows what she's leaving out now? That kind of thing always drives me nuts.
It was very frustrating to go from no mention of vampires in the first seven chapters (except for once in the prologue) to having vampires be the main topic of discussion for the next twelve. It was also quite difficult to believe that Bianca's parents were so overwhelmed by her uniqueness as a born vampire that they didn't know what or how to tell her about the facts of vampirism. That's like not telling your kid they can get pregnant by having sex, just because the kid has an iron deficiency. It's ridiculous.
However, now that it's obvious what the situation is, maybe I'll enjoy the next book more. I am cautiously optimistic.