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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book Review: Stargazer


The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . . .

Okay say it with me--irony, thy name is Evernight. Obviously there will be spoilers for book 1, hell the synopsis gives away all the good stuff. When we last left our young Shakespearean would-be lovers Lucas and Bianca--things were kind of bad for them. Sure her parents forgave her, Lucas' mother and family were still pretty in the dark about Bianca's true nature and no one died...but like Romeo and Juliet the course of true love was really bleak.

Reassurances are not mine to give about the second book either. There are happy moments, but that's all they are, moments. Amazingly Lucas' clan remain the dark about who/what Bianca is. So much so that for all of us in the know, the ending pages are probably darkly humorous. Its an odd reversal of roles for the two and the stakes are supremely worse.

There are more secrets to tell about Bianca, about who/what she is, about her role and her life. Lies and betrayals hurt, even more this time around when Bianca thought she knew what she needed to know. Her relationship with Lucas hits a couple of snags, big snags, because they both have to fess up to pent up feelings and opinions on who they are. The end...like I said darkly humorous (for those of us who like that sort of thing) and hopefully doesn't end badly. I hope and hope and hope.

Pacing goes more smoothly this time around, which made me happy and we learned more about the secondary characters. Vic and Raquel (though I'd be happy without Raquel), Balthazar and his family (his sister I could do without as well), Lucas' clan (who aren't really bad, per say, but just...well bitter enemies are bitter enemies). There's an amusing part near the end, during a battle, when both sides call out to Bianca to save herself and there's that moment of 'But wait! I know you!' which I laughed at.

Hourglass, the third book, in case you haven't heard has been pushed back to March of 2010. Sad news for me as I want it now. I will wait, and like a few other series I'm waiting for the next book in (looking at you The Immortals, Night World, Soul Screamers and The Darkest Powers) I will wait with impatience.