Monday, August 9, 2010



Author: Claudia Gray
Harper Teen

A human-vampire romance, the conflicts faced by them… sounds clichéd?

But you’ll be missing out on one heck of a thriller if you don’t pick up this book.

Evernight revolves around Bianca Olivier, the latest entry to the spooky and Gothic Evernight Academy, a school that has seemingly perfect teens. They’re rich, confident and beautiful – everything Bianca isn’t. She meets another newbie called Lucas Ross, and Cupid strikes them.

Yet again, another author has managed to make young girls swoon and complain why all perfect guys are fictional. Lucas is a happier, funnier and lesser masochistic version of Edward Cullen. He has his faults, which makes his character credible – aside from the fact that he’s incredibly sexier.

The first half of the book shows the typical teenage life led by Bianca, lit up by her strong passions for Lucas and fraught with being surrounded by ‘mean girls’ and other gorgeous guys. That leaves you wondering how the book might have any sort of remotely evil matter. But this satisfies the teen’s hunger for reading about the ups and downs of high school life.

There’s a stunning revelation midway through the book that will leave readers wondering whether they have skipped some pages accidently. That’s when it becomes impossible to put the book down. There are vampires all around, and the humans at Evernight are in grave danger. This threatens Bianca and Lucas’ relationship, but ultimately when they’re back together again and happy, yet another truth is revealed, and this causes a crack in their anyway precariously balanced relationship. Because it turns out that they are mortal enemies, and nothing can change that. And there’s a possibility that they might never be able to be together – not when their families are clawing at each other’s throats.

Evernight is a must-read for young adults, irrespective of whether they’re sick of vampires. It is a fast-paced book that never fails to surprise and leaves the readers with mixed emotions. Go grab your copy and prepare to have your life paralyzed, since you wouldn’t want to put the book down until you’ve finished it.

Reviewed by Shivani Singh

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