The Compulsive Reader: Evernight by Claudia Gray

Monday, May 25, 2009

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Evernight Academy is nothing like anything Bianca has ever known, and she hates it. The other students are rich and worldly, and look down on her. Her parents, new teachers at Evernight, keep insisting that she'll fit right in after a couple of weeks—Bianca doesn’t see that happening anytime soon. But the only thing that makes things slightly bearable at Evernight for Bianca is Lucas. They're inexplicable connection intrigues them both, but both have dark secrets, and Evernight Academy will bring them to light.

Evernight is a dark tale with plenty of mysterious foreshadowing, supernatural thrills, and twisty turns. The setting of the novel, the dark and brooding campus of the esteemed Evernight Academy, is richly portrayed to arouse curiosity and give the readers chills at the same time. Though most characters in the novel seem to be a bit too stereotypical, Gray does a commendable job at making them realistic and meaningful to the reader. Evernight has two major twists that most reader won't see coming at all; the first one is pulled off roughly and may disgruntle and confuse readers, but the second one will be absorbed with the perfect combination of surprise, disbelief, and anticipation for what is yet to come. It is the second twist and the questions and problems that arise with it that really nab readers and will haul them back to Gray's sequel, Stargazer, for some unanswered questions and unresolved logistics. Laden with details and plenty of conflict and steamy romance, Evernight is sure to be a hit with fans of YA paranormal.

Cover Comments: I love the retro feel of this cover! The close-up and the shading used is such a neat and unique touch. Also, the title treatment is just so awesome--very modern and cool and yet it still seems to convey the slightly threatening feel of the book. Very awesome!


Carrie said...

This has been sitting on my TBR pile forever. I think I need to move it up a little. I really need to start reading faster.

Erica said...

I still haven't read Stargazer! I've been trying to catch up on everything else, so Stargazers been gathering dust on my desk sadly. :P Evernight was soooo good!

Elizabeth said...

I liked this cover, too, but sadly the book left me cold. I found Lucas really creepy.

Sandy said...

Awesome review. I think you explain the book quite eloquently. :) And yes, the cover is kind of retro-y. But I think the cover of Stargazer is five times more prettier... have you seen it?

The Compulsive Reader said...

Yes, I have! I do like the Stargazer cover a lot...I'm anxious to read it before I forget all of the details of Evernight!