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"a truly delightful read that left me wanting more"

After being uprooted from the small town where she grew up, sixteen year old Bianca is not happy to learn that she will now be attending the very private and prestigious Evernight Academy where her parent's will also be teaching. Intelligent, but suffering from extreme shyness, Bianca knows immediately that she doesn't fit in with all the "beautiful" people who surround her. When the first day of school arrives, all Bianca knows is she just has to get away - if for no other reason than to make her parent's see how miserable she really is and to prove her point. During her half-hearted attempt at running away, Bianca didn't count on literally running into the very handsome and brooding Lucas, who immediately warns her to not only be cautious of the students and teachers, but also of him. Unfortunately, sometimes it's hard to reason with your heart and Bianca and Lucas soon find themselves falling for each other. But what neither of them knows is that the other is withholding dark secrets that could put their lives -- and those around them - in danger.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Evernight, which is not only the debut book, but also the first book of young adult author Claudia Gray's Evernight series . Once I started reading it, I just didn't want to put it down. With a dark and Gothic feel to it, it didn't take long for me to get wrapped up in the star-crossed romance between Lucas and Bianca. It very much reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, but with a contemporary, paranormal twist. This plot also has some very interesting turns and surprises that I didn't quite see coming. Of course, I suspected a few things here and there, but Ms. Gray still managed to catch me off-guard, which I completely loved! I can't really divulge anymore of the story without exposing some major spoilers, but I will say that, Evernight with its dark and edgy, yet romantic storyline was a truly delightful read and definitely left me wanting more. You can follow Lucas and Bianca in the second book, Stargazer which released March 24, 2009.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted April 18, 2009

SUMMARY

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampire

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Evernight
(Evernight: Book 1)
by Claudia Gray

HarperTeen
May 1, 2008
Available: May 27, 2008
ISBN #0061284394
EAN #9780061284397
336 pages
Hardcover
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Other Books by
Claudia Gray

Balthazar
Fateful
Afterlife
Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite
Hourglass
Vacations from Hell
Stargazer


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