Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Review - Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray

Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray -
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—hiding is no longer an option.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run again, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel, Bianca can't escape her destiny.

Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything . . . but can it survive what's to come?

When I read the first Evernight book, I went in with low expectations. I kinda thought, okay, another vampire book. Everything in it seemed so obvious at first, but then, it wasn't! Claudia Gray has a really great knack for making you think you know where a story is going, and then turning the whole thing upside down without ever making it feel forced or like it was just for effect. Because of this, I really liked both Evernight and Stargazer, and I had high expectations for Hourglass.

Hourglass is a good book. I loved the deepening of Lucas and Bianca's relationship and the fact that they faced tough, heartbreaking choices. The only thing I wasn't as into about this book is that there's less action and a lot more time spent on the day to day. It was a necessary occurrence given the things Lucas and Bianca are going through, but it slowed things down a bit for me.

Claudia Gray has one heck of a story in this series and while I wasn't totally happy with how things ended for Lucas and Bianca (this is on a total fan level like I love them and I want everything to be perfect for them, and not at all a comment on the writing itself) I'm very interested to see how this whole story comes to a close.

Hourglass sets a lot of big changes in motion and I can't wait to see how things come together in Afterlife.

Cover: I have never been a huge fan of the Evernight covers, I just don't think they represent the book well at all. You don't get any sense of how exciting and twisty the books are. This is definitely my least favorite cover. I think it's because you can see the girl's face so well. Bianca is a 17-year-old redhead. The woman on the cover looks old, and nothing like the way Bianca is described. Plus she looks kinda mad. It just, doesn't work for me. I love the font though!

Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Plot: 3/5

Overall Rating: 3.5/5


elizabeth said...

Great review! I just finished Evernight, and I can't wait to read Hourglass.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I always love your reviews! :-)

Nicole said...

Thanks for the review! I'm in the middle of reading this book and so far I like it but I do understand what you mean about time spent on the day to day things. Hoping for some action soon!

Candyland said...

Excellent review!

Book Monster said...

Ooh I absolutely, absolutely loved Hourglass. Amazing Review!!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

You give really great reviews Valerie! I've seen this book and hadn't really had the desire to pick it up because I wasn't huge on the cover. (It's not horrible or anything, but there are always ones that catch my eye a lot faster) But now I'll definitely check it out (and the first in the series as well)!

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Stina Lindenblatt said...

I bought this months ago but still haven't read it. After reading your comements about the doomed relationship, it'll probably be a while longer before I get to it. And I probably won't buy the next book. ;)

Valerie Kemp said...

Oh no Stina! That wasn't my intention! Also, I never said anything about a doomed relationship! I'm thinking you got that from where I said "how things ended" but I just meant how things were when the book ended. Not that things ended. Should've made that clearer. I think the next book is going to be better than this one, lots of action and changes happening coming up!

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