Evernight – Claudia Gray

Title: Evernight
Series: Evernight #1
Author: Claudia Gray
Paperback, 1 Reprint Edition, 327 pages
Published February 10th 2009

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.

1alineBreakI just realized I had been reading contemporary romances and mysteries for the past month and haven’t read any vampire / werewolf / witch tales lately. I thought I need a diversion.
Then one day, I chanced upon Evernight by Claudia Gray. I heard about the author from Twitter and other social media sites, though I haven’t read her books. When my cousin gifted me the whole Evernight series during my birthday, I put this on my TBR list. I didn’t have any idea what this book was all about; I didn’t even access Google nor Wikipedia for a glimpse. I was so intrigued about this boarding school that made Bianca ran away on her first day. And then she met Lucas and fell in love..
Bianca Olivier is a new student to Evernight Academy, a Gothic boarding school with “perfect” but predatory students. Ahe knows she doesn’t belong but she can’t escape because her parents are now teachers at the school. Bianca believes the best of her parents and trusts them about everything even when her brain tells her not to.

As school progresses, Bianca befriends Lucas, Raquel, a loner like her, and Vic, Lucas’ roommate. She develops enemies, like Courtney and Erich, who are what Bianca calls “The Evernight Type”. At a party, she befriends a handsome, popular, but friendly guy, Balthazar More.

Balthazar asks her to the Autumn Ball. There, she, Lucas and Balthazar get into an argument, and Balthazar leaves them alone. Outside, under the gazebo, she and Lucas kiss for the first time. Bianca gives in to temptation, bites Lucas and drinks his blood. After she realizes what she did, she screams for help. Upon hearing, Courtney comes out and says “Well, it’s about time you grew up and became a vampire like the rest of us.”.
At first, the story was a little dragging, that it took me about 7 chapters before I learned about Bianca’s true identity. I got excited from there on. The end of the story was left hanging which is good because it allowed me to come up with my own theories about the Vampire academy.
Yeah, this sounds YA Fantasy and a little like Twilight, but I think Evernight is cooler and harshier (is that a word?) So far, I enjoyed the first book, and I can’t wait to start the second one.
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