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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review: Stargazer (Evernight #2) by Claudia Gray


Release Date: March 24, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Vampires
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 329
Source: Bought

Blurb (from Goodreads)

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

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is 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....

The Quickie Review

Intrigue, action and suspense abound in the second book of the Evernight teen vampire series, a definite must read for all Evernight fans.

The Full Blown Review

Stargazer had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months before I picked it up, I don’t know why I took so long to read it because I loved Evernight. Well I have now finished Stargazer and whilst not being my favourite of the series (I liked Evernight better) Stargazer is still an enjoyable read with many plot twists and turns.

It’s a new school year at Evernight and Bianca is still separated from the love of her life, Lucas. Bianca will do anything to be with Lucas even if that means lying to the people she loves. However, whilst she might be hiding secrets, others in her life also have secrets of their own that have dire implications for Bianca. I just have to say I did find the plot to be slow going at the start of the novel but don’t let that put you off because things start to pick up. I also have to give props to Claudia Gray for the plot, there were so many revelations I did not see coming at all which is very refreshing, I love to be surprised!

Many of the main and supporting characters from Evernight are back including Raquel, Balthazar and Lucas. I loved the relationship between Lucas and Bianca in the first book so I was a bit worried Lucas wasn’t going to feature too much in stargazer (with Lucas leaving Evernight) but fear not Lucas fans he is in the book and is just as brooding and caring towards Bianca as ever, that boy would do anything for Bianca, it’s so sweet! We also get to find out a bit more of Balthazar, whose relationship with Bianca really develops in Stargazer especially because they both need each other for something (sorry I don’t want to give it away). The relationship between Raquel and Bianca also developed more in Stargazer, I really felt for poor Raquel in Stargazer so it was nice to see her shut down her defenses and open up to Bianca.

Bianca discovers a few revelations that she has to deal with whilst also trying to handle her ever increasing vampire tendencies, especially her ever increasing need for blood. Her belief of the good in all vampires is also tested when she witnesses the death of a vampire at the hands of another vampire and her parents reveal some shocking information about her birth.

Apart from the romance aspect of the book we are also given more insight into the mysteries surrounding Evernight Academy, why exactly did Mrs.Bethany let in human students? We are also introduced to a new supernatural element, ghosts (or wraiths), which have their eyes on Bianca. What do they want with Bianca you say, well I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I wasn’t expecting it at all, so you know its’ good. A new vampire is also introduced who is not what she seems, I’m just going to say looks can be deceiving.

Towards the end of the book the action really picked up, I couldn’t stop reading and then all of a sudden I was at the end of the book, good thing I had a copy of Hourglass close at hand!

The Good

* The ending, wow I need the next book now!
* The addition of the wraiths
* The twists and turns woven seamlessly throughout the book, they just kept on coming

The Not So Good

* Slow start

Rating

4 out of 5

There’s Another Book?!?

Yes there are in fact two more books in the series after Stargazer:

Afterlife – released March 8, 2011

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5 comments:

Sarah said...

I really enjoyed Stargazer as well. I gave 4/5 on my site too. Although, I will say that I liked the next book--Hourglass--even better. Perhaps my favorite of the series. It just was more action packed. So I hope you like that one too. :)

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

I love this series and I'm glad you enjoyed Stargazer. Hourglass is even better and so is Afterlife. I hope you enjoy the rest! Each one left me wanting more!

jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World said...

Great review! I might have to try this series.

Heather said...

thanks for your review. Sounds good. I have just gone and requested it from my library.

Cass said...

Thanks for the review! Will have to get into this series...

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