Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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!
Overall Rating: 3.5/5