Friday, May 22, 2009

Book Inspection: Evernight by Claudia Gray

Plot Sketch: Bianca Olivier has lived happily her whole life in a small town. Now her mom and dad, who teach history and biology respectively, have uprooted Bianca and taken her to Evernight Academy in the middle of nowhere. Bianca resists this change with all of her heart. The morning before school starts, she gets out of bed before dawn and decides she's going to run away. She heads out into the forest. She starts running. Then out of nowhere, she gets tackled. This boy just slams her to the ground! They meet, and his name is Lucas. You find out that Lucas's grandfather had also attended Evernight. Bianca feels a connection to Lucas. She decides to return home. When school starts, she moves out of her parent's apartment at the school and into her dorm with her roommate Patrice. For some reason, Lucas ignores her. But, Balthazar doesn't. Find out more of this twisty
and turny story that does have vampires in it when you read it.

Verdict: I Heart It!! I liked this book. I've read a lot of negative reviews about it, but I really liked it. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it, I marched into my computer and ordered Stargazer, the second of this four book series. I enjoyed the writing style and I enjoyed the plot. It took me a little while to get started, but the story picked up before my 50 page mark, so I was a happy girl.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Evernight Academy, near Riverton, outside of Boston

What is the main character's name?
Bianca Olivier

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
I do. I think Bianca is a special character and I can't wait to read more about her.
How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
1 day

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Just a little at the beginning, but I overcame that quickly.

Is this a good read for Monster?
My Monster wouldn't like it, but some of your guys might!

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Oh, I could think of a plot twist or two that I might have thrown in, but nothing major.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"That night my parents fussed over me like they hadn't since I was a little girl -- finding me snuggly socks and soft pillows and microwaving... for me."

I also loved the use of Klimt's The Kiss throughout the novel, but I won't ruin it for you by elaborating.
How many chapters were in the book?
19. At the beginning, it felt like the chapters were a little too long.

Does the author have a website?
Yes: ClaudiaGray.com


Stats:
    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: HarperTeen
    • Publish Date: February 10, 2009
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0061284440

Acquire It:

Hardcover

1 comment:

Jessica Kennedy said...

Loved this book! And Stargazer is phenomenal! Must read! I can't wait for the next one! The ending to Stargazer will explain!

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