Monday, June 10, 2013

review: STARGAZER by Claudia Gray

STARGAZER by Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #2
HarperCollins: HarperTeen
Released: March 24, 2009
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 329

Rating: It was okay

The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautifl, dangerous students of all - vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny was to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas - a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross - or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning.

My Thoughts

I really want to like this series! But Bianca was so difficult to connect with in this book. You'd think that after the events of book one she'd be a little more willing to take a second look at everything her parents have told her, considering how much they've left out in the past. But no, she decides that they're perfect because they're her parents and they love her, so obviously they tell her everything, right? Wrong!

Sometimes, the trope of secretive parents can actually be pulled off successfully. This, unfortunately, was not one of those times. It was completely unbelievable that Bianca's parents - and, apparently, some of the adult vampires too - would keep this big of a secret from her -- AND that she wouldn't ask about it when it's being discussed right in front of her! This girl lacks some serious common sense.

The other big disappointment of this book was how Bianca uses Balthazar for her own gains. He is a great guy - never lies to her, never has to hide the truth about himself to protect her, and doesn't have to be protected from Bianca's sometimes uncontrollable vampire ways. Yet she treats him like garbage in this book, never thinking about how what she says will affect him until it's too late to take back. I lost a lot of respect for her after that.

At this point, this is one of those series that I want to keep reading just to see if I will hate the characters anymore than I already do. It's a little backwards, yes, but I have this perverse need sometimes to read all the way to the end of the series even if I'm not totally loving the books.

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