(Written by my boyfriend, not generally how I would write my reviews, he was excited about reading the series and wanted to write about it!)
Lemme just(Written by my boyfriend, not generally how I would write my reviews, he was excited about reading the series and wanted to write about it!)
Lemme just say, there are multiple reasons why this book should be read, regardless if you’ve seen the movie. IT’S NO EXCUSE. Just kidding, I’m not mean. :) I thought this book was outstanding. As great as it was, though, there were a few things that rubbed my fur the wrong way (“Really, Rowling? Really?”), but the moments of pure mind blowing-ness easily trump out the irking.
SYNOPSIS TIME. -Skipping major plot points, skipping major plot pooooints.. - Harry Potter was an 10 year old boy who lived on Privet Drive with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and his cousin Dudley. Why his aunt and uncle, you ask? For alll Harry knows, his parents died in a car crash after he was born, and he was left in a basket on his Aunt and Uncle’s door step. How Harry survived this crash with just a lightning shaped scar on his forehead was a mystery, and no matter how many different ways he’d ask, no matter how many tones he’d use, and no matter many time’s he’d pester his family, they wouldn’t give him details about it. Oh, and by the way, his aunt and uncle are stricter than.. God knows what, so ever since Harry could remember, he’d been living in a cupboard under some stairs. Life SUCKED.
Just days before his 11th birthday, Harry was coerced into getting the mail. Harry couldn’t help but realize, he had a letter written to him, simply addressed to “Harry Potter, Number Four Privet Drive, cupboard under the stairs.” This was one of the greatest days of Harry’s life, he’d never received MAIL before! The second Harry began to open it, it was snatched out of his hands and ripped to shreds by his Uncle Vernon. Harry was rather sad. What if it had been a birthday card? It’d be the first birthday card he’d EVER received! The next day came, along with a multitude of letters, ALL addressed to Harry.. AAAAAND here comes the plot. Skipping a little.. Turns out, all the letters addressed to this “normal” boy were invitations. Invitations to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; the single greatest school in the magic world.
Yeee, now it’s time for a review. I figure I’lll get all my uncomplimentaries out of the way first.
1. Don’t get me wrong, not EVERY scene was like this, and I do realize it’s a book about wizards and witches and mystic creatures, but I felt that there were some times where the magical elements of this book were over the top and cliche. Like, if we were a little more magical, we wouldn’t be in Hogwart’s school for witchcraft and wizardry. We’d be in Candy Land. This is Harry Potter, a crazy epic story, not a 5th grader’s fantasy.
2. Just kidding, there is no 2. I don’t have anymore bad things to say.
The reasons why I LOVED this bOOOOOooook..
1. I thought Rowling did a fantastic job setting the scene and giving a great load of background information. It really helped me understand and feel for Harry on more of an empathetic level, not just a plain ol’ “Hary hav scar on forhed. Hary lve with unkle and ant. and dudley. they r meen. harry hav no parnts. wher do thes lettrs keep cming frm.”
Just kidding, she didn’t say it like that. But the harsh setting, described with GREAT detail and examples, is not only relevant in the beginning of the story, it has a great impact on very many decisions made in the latter parts of the book.
Not only was the BEGINNING setting described perfectly, the “Wizard” areas in the book were illustrated, well.. Magically. :) I find my self wishing I was able to live in some of the places Harry was in.
The plot was full of many twists and turns, and even on my second time reading it, I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN.
I’m a very detail oriented person, though you miiiiiight not be able to tell in this review. There’s a certain technique to the way Rowling writes. Every now and then, there will be dialogue.
Back, Forth. Back, Forth. Back, Forth( Something really cool that forwards the plot in parenthesis here, whether it be a personal thought of the character, a relevant memory, something said in the background, ect.)
Me, being the meticulous person I am, fell in love with this miniscule technique.
I found myself wondering when Rowling would use it next. Weird, I know, but this also helped me create a level of empathy towards, well, everything in the book.
It takes place in Britain. It’s a common fact that British people are an automatic win.
5. The Harry Potter movies are terribly popular, I know, and the likelihood of someone reading the book without watching the movie is close to zero. I saw the movie before I started reading this book, and it created a LOT of suspense. I knew what was coming, yet I was still blown away. The boook and the movie compliment each other.
Yes, a lengthy, scattery review. I know. THE END. ...more
**spoiler alert** It took me about a week to read this book. I love Libba Bray and I sometimes love long books because, if it's good, I don't want it**spoiler alert** It took me about a week to read this book. I love Libba Bray and I sometimes love long books because, if it's good, I don't want it to end -- then again, this one I did. This book reminded me of working out for 3 hours. You need breaks from it almost to catch your breath. My eyes became exhausted.
Through the last 100 pages, I was anxious to finish it, I was my 2nd class of the day, & I was determinded to get it done before the end of my school day. A lot of shocking things happened.
I can honestly tell you that I didn't think Felicity was in a relationship with Pippa. I thought of their friendship how I would with my best friend and left it at that. I guess it was hinted in the beginning of the series, but so breifly that I could barely remember it -- the only reason I did remember was because it was a new term I can learned. Sapphists, was it? Oh, I don't remember.
I enjoyed the ending. Well, while I was reading it, I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to think it was a good ending but then after sulking for a few days about how the series was over, I realized, it wasn't because it had ended, it was because EVERYONE DIED! Pippa died for a second time!
I so wanted Kartik and Gemma to get together and I began to love Mrs. McCleethly. I would also like to know -- why the hell is Mrs. McCleethy's name an anagram? Is it? What was the point of that? Just to throw us off? I thought she tried a LITTLE too hard to have a plot twist right there.
I didn't like how at the end, Gemma had gone all nutzo about how girls should think for themselves. It was almost disrespectful and it seems as if either Libba was trying to tell us something or Gemma got a slightly bigger head from all the power she had and from everything that had happened.
Anywho, this was a good book and a good series. It goes by fast with a rather sad ending and there aren't any happily ever afters with the exception of Ann.
**spoiler alert** I have read this book several times. No -- I've read this series several times. It is my favorite of all series. There are things ab**spoiler alert** I have read this book several times. No -- I've read this series several times. It is my favorite of all series. There are things about this book that I hate but there are overall things that I love.
Alright, down to the nitty gritty:
As I started this over again, I already knew what was going to happen so I tried looking for things that I most likely skimmed over the first time I read it.
I just want to say that: I hate how cocky Jace is. I mean, I just don't get it. We have to have a guy who loves himself to bits and pieces but then we have a girl who, of course, doesn't think she's beautiful. Is there a book out there where the main character, preferablly a girl, thinks she is at least pretty? I don't want conceited but, really... Can't I just have a girl where she thinks she's a little bit attractive?
Another: Why can't we just think of something cooler than a magical cup?! I still don't understand how this cup turns people into Shadowhunters, probably just another thing I skimmed over. But why can't we have like, a magic potion, a glass flower, A MAGICAL COW?! But a cup? I liked Alec's idea of a Mortal Toilet Bowl rather than the Mortal Cup.
Next: Can we be a little more predictable? Simon is in love with Clary. WOAH, WHO SAID THAT?! Not me, because it wasn't obvious or anything. I hate love triangles. I really do. But if that's all that makes a story then there must be a problem with something or another.
On and on again: I do love how Cassandra writes. I know a lot of people say they hate her writing style but, I, for one, love it. I don't like Cassandra Clare as a person, though. I have talked to her once and, she could've been friendlier. THAT'S NOT THE POINT.
Alec: This I sorta saw coming. Gay? Nah, I thought that maybe he was hiding something but not the fact that he was in love with Jace. But as I reread it, I saw the foreshadowing more and more.
I know this review is tedious and pointless and I haven't even finished my reread. But I know someone agrees with me on most of this.....more
As much as people get tired of me saying this -- I do, truly, love this series. I'm rereading it again so I can get caught up and know what the hell iAs much as people get tired of me saying this -- I do, truly, love this series. I'm rereading it again so I can get caught up and know what the hell is going on in City Of Fallen Angels.
This book leaves me disappointed but I have a little taste of satisfaction. Alec almost grew some balls, the Inquisitor got what she deserved, Magnus saves the day, Luke is awesome with everything he does, and so on. Now it killed me because I can't remember how Jace and Clary aren't technically related or if they even can be together (It's been so long since I've read these books) but everytime I saw a scene similar to this:
Valentine: "You're mother said I had already turned one of her children into a monster, she didn't want you turning into one because of me either."
Clary: "I'm not a monster and neither is Jace."
Valentine: "I wasn't talking about --"
BOOM, SIMON AND JACE WALK IN AND LEAVE ME WONDERING WHAT VALENTINE WAS *REALLY* TALKING ABOUT.
What, Valentine? Do you have a different son? I was so lost. A scene similar to this happened with the Inquisitor before she bit the dust.
Anyways, bottom line is, when I reread City Of Glass, I better see some smooching with Jace and Clary and I also need some smooching with Simon and Maia. PUUUUHLEEEEZ?!
I'm not even sure if there was anything I didn't like about the book that stood out to me. The battle scene gave me tinglies up my spine and shivered my timbers. Valentine always makes me wanna cry and I was quite fond of the Queen of Seelie Court.
Just for future reference -- don't hate on grammatical, spelling, or formatting errors. I'm using my cell phone to type this and my phone likes to wriJust for future reference -- don't hate on grammatical, spelling, or formatting errors. I'm using my cell phone to type this and my phone likes to write things all by itself without my consent. First off: I'm often known as that annoying person who gives out spoilers and/or very brief reviews and 'tis why no one really reads or likes them. They're just my opinions.
To the book: I loved this book the most out of all of them. It made my heart smile. Although I know there is more to the series. I'm now currently reading City of Fallen Angels. In the beginning of the book, it's taken place a week (I believe) after the events in City of Ashes. Trying not to give any spoilers but as we know from the synopsis, Jace does not want Clary around. In other words, he doesn't want her to go with him to Idris. There are times when I read books and the main romance is shined apon the majority of the story. I get angry or frustrated whenever the guy (Jace) yells at the girl (Clary) or doesn't want her there or pretends he doesn't care. That always kills me inside. With City of Glass, I didn't feel that type of frustration. I knew Jace loved her and after his spats, I realize that he knew he was wrong unlike most male romance characters. I liked that I didn't have to get angry as I read on through the book. Now, a thing I didn't really like was, I didn't get what I wanted from the series until the last 150 pages or so. Be patient. I loved how Clare didn't dwell on the romances the WHOLE TIME, she kept with all the action, made me feel like I was there and that's all I ask for. :) The end of the book would have left me disappointed if there hadn't been a 4th book (Along with 2 others after that). I felt like there was something unfinished, yet, I felt like it was the happily ever after that most people wanted which made it a good ending.
Time to see if CoFA will be able to keep up with some more epicness....more
Dear Mrs. Clare, As I put the book down, I thought to myself, "I do not have any recollection of what I just read". Don't get me wrong, the book was faDear Mrs. Clare, As I put the book down, I thought to myself, "I do not have any recollection of what I just read". Don't get me wrong, the book was fantastic. There was just so much talking and the action waited until the very last minute.
The good thing about this was: At least the talking didn't bore me. My eyes didn't get tired of reading. Everything was fast paced. The whole book was. I liked how everything turned out in the end.
Frankly, I wasn't too happy about the end because now I have to wait until May to figure out what else happens. But I enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting, really. The reader got a lot more of Simon's life than our usual characters. I felt closer to Isabelle than I ever have in the other books yet, I felt like I still didn't know Alec or Magnus.
The plot twists in this book was well thought out and really did surprise me when it came down to it. We are introduced to a new villan and the new villan's background amazed me. I had always wonder who Lilith was whenever people would say "Lilith's Children" or whatever it is that they're called.
I'm happy to say that I wasn't left screaming at the top of my lungs because I couldn't have the next book immediatly (Like I did when I finished Twilight a few years back). If you were one of those people who read New Moon and skimmed through the pages of the book JUST to make sure Edward came back, then you probably should just leave the book at where it ends and not go on reading Jace's letter to Clary UNTIL you have the next book in your hands. A little part is screaming inside me because I want the book but, I'm pretending I never read Jace's letter.
I know this seems like a whole crap load of pro's and why I love this book so much but you're also probably asking yourself, "Why in the hell did she give this book three stars then?!"
It's because it was so damn fast paced, I felt like I'm still not close to Clary or Jace but best friends with Simon, whom isn't even the main character. I also gave it three stars because I felt like the series should've stopped where CoG ended. This book just seemed like a "Eh, this sounds like a good piece of work, let's just throw it out there just for the hell of it". I just feel like there wasn't a point to it.
I obviously won't feel this way once I read the next two books but for now, three stars is where it will remain....more
Finally finished all the Twilight things out there.
You know, I'm not going to be that person that hates the series. Obviously, I love it and once, IFinally finished all the Twilight things out there.
You know, I'm not going to be that person that hates the series. Obviously, I love it and once, I was a little obsessed way passed the creepy point (I have Twilight in Thai, Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, and German. I have the original printings, all the "Behind Twilight" books, the Guide and the Unoffical Guides, the movie picture books, graphic novels, two movie posters and Breaking Dawn signed. I met her. Needless to say, creeeeeeperrrrr). I just hate those people that sit there and hate the book either because Stephen King says so or because she uses way too many big words or just because it's popular and you hate mainstream-like things. You know, you liked Twilight in the beginning, back when everyone was still waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out, so don't give me that crap that it's a "terrible book".
What I'm trying to say is: I'm still a huge fan of this series. Even though I'm tired of vampires. I won't sit here and critisize it just because everyone else does.
This book was very short. Obviously because it says "an Eclipse novella" on the front but it actually took me quite a while to finish the book.
We all know Bree, the girl that Carlisle tried to save because she had surrendered but the Volturi took her out anyways. Well, Bree had a story before that.
The book begins with Bree hunting with her new coven or clan or whatever you want to call it. They keep getting in trouble for not cleaning up their messes after feeding time. Riley, their leader, sends them out in groups to hunt. Bree meets Diego, a slightly older vampire. Older than Bree's three month age. Bree and Diego go in a different direction to hunt, getting away from the weirdos in their coven. She begins to trust Diego and hunt with him and become his friend. He shows her that the sun isn't harmful like Riley claimed it was. She began to love him. But then one day, they decided to follow Riley to what they had suspected was her house, Victoria's, and figure out what Riley was up to.
This story shows the lies that Victoria had told everyone and what she had gone through to create her army. We all know how this book ends.
It was interesting to read, to be inside a vampire's mind rather than Bella's for a change. In the beginning, it was a little slow and boring. But once Bree and Diego started piecing things together it got exciting until my brain reminded me that the ending is not a good one.
So overall, with no sugar added: I was a little bored. I feel like I could have enjoyed it more but knowing how the book ended, made it sad as the pages diminished. To be honest, this isn't a necessary read for the Twilight Saga.. I felt it was a little pointless but hey, if you're curious about Bree's life, go for it! Her character was so miniscule in the 3rd book that I just didn't feel any attachment to her in this book. So, I say, read it if you're curious but if you're looking for a brand new story, this isn't the book. But I feel like we all already knew that.
I don't want to sum this book up. There's no point, I'll confuse myself. This book was an extremely confusing novel. No, just kidding. I just wonderedI don't want to sum this book up. There's no point, I'll confuse myself. This book was an extremely confusing novel. No, just kidding. I just wondered what the hell was going on half of the time. But, that was the point of the novel. If it's even considered a novel. It's 154 pages. . . . of pure awesomeness.
Okay, I exaggerated. This book was slightly irritating. It was very funny, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it. It made me laugh out loud a lot and boy, did I love the Bella that was portrayed. Or should I say, Belle.
Some things that threw me off was that there were a lot of errors in the printing. I'm not so sure if it was just that, I, personally, have no idea what grammar or spelling is, (I'm a junior in high school. God only knows that we spell everything in the book [I meant this hypothetically, not as a pun or. . . . whatever] wrong.) or if everything in this novel wasn't proof read. Who knows. I could just be stupid. But when the word "thought" should of been spelled in the sentence, the "T" was left out. This happened. A lot.
I also learned a new word! Crap, if I could only remember. Ah, I had no idea that the word, integrals, existed. Belle Goose said something about "half integrals". Twice. I thought it was INTERVALS. Again, I think I'm just stupid.
So, my overall thought about this book (with no sugar added) was: It was funny, enjoyable. It felt like they got a little off the original plot line of Twilight (I mean, you gotta stay on the plot line to make fun of it) because towards the end I was a tad bit confused. But everything was pretty darn hilarious and random. It was interesting to see how The Harvard Lampoon would execute this but they did and although it was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on, it was good!
Ooooh.. This book.. What can I say about this book.. I wasn't too fond of it AT ALL. Probably due to the fact that I hate books about witches. I saw, "BOoooh.. This book.. What can I say about this book.. I wasn't too fond of it AT ALL. Probably due to the fact that I hate books about witches. I saw, "Beautiful Creatures" and assumed maybe it'd be a new type of race.
Did anyone notice how Ethan is more feminine than I am? I mean, the only time I EVER saw a little masculinity (If that's a word) was when Ridley was around and he couldn't help but stare. I even had this problem where when i'd describe the book, i'd call Ethan a she..
I hated Ethan's nickname for Lena. L. Just L. Couldn't we think of something better than the first letter of her name?
A lot of things were cliche in this book. Book Of Moons? What's up with everyone and cresent moons? UGH.
Sarafine.. She was just classic evil chick. Corset, gothic looking, yada yada..
There are just so many things about this book that I hate so, tell me, why am I reading the sequel..?...more
This book, ah, just amazing. At one point in time, I went to Half Priced books almost everyday (My sister had dance class and her studio was on top ofThis book, ah, just amazing. At one point in time, I went to Half Priced books almost everyday (My sister had dance class and her studio was on top of a Half Priced Books. I had to tag along whenever she had class and I didn't mind it.), I bought a book everytime I went there. I began to start this huge collection of books that I kept putting off because "I didn't have the rest of the series" or "I have to finish this book first!". Well, Hush, Hush happened to be one of those darling books shoved on my bookshelf.
So, recently I made a list of the books I needed to read. Finally, I had gotten to this book. I'm kicking myself in the ass because I should've read it earlier.
Now I'm not going to give you some huge synopsis (I'll try not to) but, so much happened in this book that I almost don't know where to begin!
Nora lives in boring Coldwater, Maine. Her mother is often out of town because of work and her father was murdered. During Biology class, her seats were switched and a mysterious boy, who never talked much, is her new partner. Patch, which is technically a nickname, knows exactly how to get under her skin and piss her off. And, he does just that. But after strange occurances, Nora is beginning to think that Patch is stalking her and is definitley not who he says he is.
The story continues with so many twisties and turnies and a secret about Nora is revealed that I didn't see coming. Yet, at the same time, I feel I should have. Another huge secret is revealed about Patch that left me sitting here like, "Woah, what?!".
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that Patch was a downright jerk to Nora for the first 200 or so pages.
Pretty much, what I thought about the book, with no sugar added was: It was amazing. Almost flawless. Almost. The romance was lacking, although, in this particular situation, I didn't mind it. The way things were worded confused me a little bit and I had to go back and reread sections to understand more. It was fast paced and had action from the beginning. No, maybe not even action, there was just a pull. A pull in the story that just made you want to read more and more. Incredible.
I had several doubts about this book. This is a reread and I had read this back when I believed that Twilight was like the bible. Evernight by ClaudiaI had several doubts about this book. This is a reread and I had read this back when I believed that Twilight was like the bible. Evernight by Claudia Gray put me on an unexpected wild ride that surprisingly made me want to read more and move onto the next book.
At first, this book felt like a remake of Twilight, yet, it was far different. There were some holes in the plot line that I believed were quite noticeable throughout the book but, maybe I just need to read onto the next book and I'll get more answers. For now, I'll stick with what I have.
Bianca Olivier (Which I thought was Oliver until the last hundred pages, then everytime I tried to read her name, I spent forever sounding it out. . . .), wants to prove a point to her parents. She was just moved from a town she had lived in for 16 years, and now goes to Evernight Academy. It's scary, big, old fashioned and she feels weird and outcasted being there. Which is a common plot. Outcast, who's never kissed a guy before, with self esteem issues seems to be the common female role these days. Pity. Bianca runs away from the Academy the first day of school, early morning to protest against being there. She's hoping they'll finally see that she isn't happy. In the midst of running away, she randomly is tackled by a boy. He thinks she was running for someone and they had to take cover but she immeditatly lets him know she's making an escape. This boy just happens to be gorgeous and just happens to resemble Edward Cullen of the Twilight Saga. Irony that he was just randomly standing there while she just happened to run by? I am way too sarcastic.
Why is it that every guy in young adult books are beautiful and just seem 10x more powerful than the women? And it takes one beautiful guy, the "love" of the lead female's life to finally realize that she is beautiful? That may have been a little confusing but that's seriously what it takes to make them feel beautiful now? ALSO, why is it that they're always unexperianced? The girls, I mean. They're always the stupid ones. . . .
Back onto the summary, Bianca takes quite a liking to this boy, Lucas Ross. She looks for him after first day orientation but he just shuns her. She quickly finds out that he doesn't like that she hangs around the in-crowd and becomes a little protective. I found this all bizarre. Anyways, after about 100 something pages, Bianca is already in love with him. They have many arguments about stupid things that just seemed very high school and very annoying. Balthazar, the very sweet boy in her class, asks her to the Autumn Ball. He realizes that she has feelings for Lucas still, even after one of their spats. Lucas, again, just randomly shows up while Bianca and Balthazar are talking. Balthazar, the young gentlemen that he is, accepts the fact that Bianca will never be his and leaves Lucas and her alone. Bianca and Lucas are all buddy buddy and then BAM! She bites Lucas and finds out she just changed into a vampire. . . . Sorta.
There were no clues throughtout the book that she knew she was a vampire and her parents were. None of it was said. I figured she didn't know. but she did and accidently bit her boyfriend's neck. Niiiiice.
After the bite, Bianca has to lie to him and she does, saying he was hit with a crowbar. Soon after that, a boy Erich had been purposely making noises on Bianca's friend, Raquel's, roof. Bianca went to investigate. Erich was there and he said he had no intention of killing Raquel. Bianca knew that by biting into his bloodstream, she could tell his feelings. So she did, she bit his hand and then Erich fleed. Lucas, randomly appears again, out of no where, and realizes she's a vampire and that's where the real trouble begins.
But as you see, there are moments in the book where it's just like. . . . Really? you couldn't have thought of a better way for Lucas to be there than all this annoying irony?!
This book was good. It was a quick read with little action until the end. It kept my attention enough to move onto Stargazer, which means something. . . ....more
Stargazer, you had me in doubt. You had me wondering if I'd ever finish you. You made me dreading having to finish the rest of the series let alone thStargazer, you had me in doubt. You had me wondering if I'd ever finish you. You made me dreading having to finish the rest of the series let alone the actual book but, fear no more! For, I indeed have finished you.
Stargazer by Claudia Gray was a lot better than the first book. The book starts out with a new year in Evernight. We go through the same seasons and days like the last book (You know, unlike other books where the whole entire book takes place only in the summer. . . .). It is a well-known fact that Lucas works for the Black Cross, a group that hunts vampires. Now that his secret is out, he has fled from Evernight and (Well, we don't need a whole recap of the last book but they escape together, Bianca meets Black Cross, they get caught, Bianca has to leave Lucas, yada yada yada) is away from Bianca.
Our story begins with Bianca trying to figure out why Mrs. Bethany is letting humans into the school. She sneaks into Mrs. Bethany's apartment to find anything regarding why. Bianca only finds a few letters. Some that are rejecting human students and some that are accepting human students into Evernight. But what makes one human different from the other if both are academically inclined? This is what Bianca is trying to figure out for her dear Lucas.
While sneaking back into the school she starts to notice weird things happening. . . . Frost? Icy spots in the air? Faces?
As the year goes on, Bianca convinces her parents that she's camping out outside to watch a meteorshower when in reality, she's going to see Lucas for the first time in ages. While waiting for him, a girl comes up to her asking for help. She notices that Bianca is a vampire and tells her that someone is following her.
When Lucas finally arrives, the girl tells Bianca to run, telling her that this is the guy that has been stalking her. The girl runs into a morgue and the Black Cross goes after her. The girl escapes. When Bianca returns to the school, Balthazar catches her and Bianca has to spill the beans.
While describing the girl to Balthazar, he comes to the startling conclution that the girl the Black Cross is after is Charity, his sister. He agrees that if Bianca helps him find his sister, he'll help her get off campus to meet up with Lucas if her and Balthazar act like a couple to fool Bianca's parents.
As the year goes on and on and on, more creepy things happen. Bianca starts coming face to face with ghosts. But, in the mean time, Vic has been talking to other people and realizing that almost every human (Well, everyone in his case) has had a ghostly encounters in their houses.
So what do the ghosts have to do with the humans at Evernight? Why do they keep coming to Bianca? Will Balthazar find Charity? If so, how will she react? Will Bianca and Lucas' love stay intact?
This book cleared up a lot of the plot holes that were in the last one, which I had hoped. The story added more supernatural elements and I absolutely loved Balthazar in all of this. I mean, mmm mmm mmmmmmm, he's smokin'! Speaking of smoking, the only thing that bothered me in this book was that Bianca acts a little, hmm, not her age? Sometimes I feel like she's acting waaaay entirely too mature but then in retrospect, I realize she's a lot older than I think she is. Which is another problem! How old does my brain think she is? 14? 15? Sometimes she sure as hell acts 14. I know she's almost seventeen, but some of the scenes in this book are a little too hot for me!
Just kidding. Seriously. I'm not a pansy.
But, since my brain is telling me she's 14 and she's really 17. . . . All of the almost-sex-scenes, were a bit weird to me. Kind of like, "Oh God, she shouldn't be doing that. This is a young adult book, right? She's only fourteen -- OOOOH! That's right. She's not. I'm wrong. Seventeen. Still creepy. Fourteen year old in my head but, that's just me." That was everything I thought in my head for both scenes all summed up.
To the real and honest point with no sugar added: This book was good. It was entertaining but quite slow in the beginning and a little annoying with some scenes. All of the cat fights with Raquel and Lucas were childish and pointless. I was also a little upset with how close Claudia Gray made Balthazar become to the reader. Didn't make sense? I fell in love with Balthazar, I don't know who didn't. But this isn't Twilight. We all know who Bianca takes and we know there isn't a chance that Balthazar will get his shot with her. It was disappointing. The end was suspenseful and didn't end too quickly or slowly. I knew it would end with a cliff hanger. But a cliff hanger that was manageable. Maybe it's because I already own the next book? Who knows but, I do know that after reading this book, I'm not doubting the series as much as I was before. Truthfully, it's pretty good. Let's just hope the vampire-teenie-bopper-I-love-Edward-Cullen-More stuff ends and we can move onto more interesting supernatural shenanigans.
In the mean time, I shall move onto the 3rd book in this series....more