Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: May 27, 2008
Source: Personal Collection
Recommended for fans of: Twilight, Crave
Content Warnings: sexual assault, stalking
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.
Oh how I wanted to love this book. Claudia Gray wrote one of my all-time favorite books (Defy the Stars), so when I saw that her debut was about vampires, I was sold. However, Evernight was published in the height of the mid-2000s paranormal romance craze, and it shows.
The two words to best describe this book are intense and dramatic. The instalove was ridiculously over the top, and Bianca’s defining character trait was her obsession with Lucas, which is a real shame because she had so much potential to be a standout YA heroine.
This book had lots of great twists with poor execution. Reading this felt like being on a roller coaster, but it was a very bumpy ride. I’m glad I buddy read this because I needed to discuss all the ridiculous plot points. This book is very much a product of its time. Thankfully, YA fantasy in general has improved so much in the past decade or so, and Claudia Gray has grown so much as a writer. Please read her newer sci-fi series and ignore this mess.
That being said…I’m totally still planning to at least read the second book in the series because I need to know where this story is going. Even if it’s not great.