Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight, #1
Age Group: young adult
Release Date: May 1, 2008
Bianca wants to escape.I wanted to like this book! Trust me, I really did. Almost always, I will pick up a book where the plot is set in a boarding school, especially if the school is dark and creepy and not quite right. Evernight was okay, to say the most. It's not a book that is going to stay with me. It's just average. This is the equivalent to a one-night stand, but with a book, of course.
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 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.
Bianca, the main character, actually had some sense. She was smart and cared for her parents. Mostly, you don't see that in Young Adult novels, because the teen is mostly hating on his/her parents. Since I am really close to my parents, I found I could relate to Bianca. Plus, she actually cared about her studies and wasn't completely lost in her own world with Lucas, like most typical heroines tend to be nowadays.
Lucas was the tough, bad boy type, but you could tell there was something else. In face, Bianca herself described Lucas as being vulnerable at types. But don't be confused. Lucas could definitely keep up a fight...and win. As for handsome-wise, Lucas was tall, broad-shouldered with brown/bronze hair and green eyes.
The other characters that made an appearance were Balthazar, the other love interest who never had a chance, Patrice, who I thought was one of the nicer snobby people at Evernight, and Racquel(Bianca's friend) and Vic(Lucas's roomate). Of course, there were others, but those were the most memorable ones. That, and Bianca's parents, who were pretty awesome as far as parents go.
As for the two of them as a couple, I don't know. It was too fast for me. But isn't that how most YA novels tend to be? I was also somewhat annoyed at the fact that Bianca did not reveal important facts about herelf and her parents until the middle of the book. Anyways, like I said, Evernight wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It was just in-between.
About the Author:
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New York-based writer Amy Vincent. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jokey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all play a part in creating the world of Evernight.