Saturday, February 14, 2009

Review: Evernight by Claudia Gray

Evernight is a YA vampire romance published last year, and at first glance it seems very much like a Twilight knock-off. However, while it may be a read-alike, it's not just a knock-off. It's an amazing, amazing, amazing addition to the genre, that far more people should have heard of by now. (Also, if you haven't read any summaries or Amazon reviews, DON'T. They'll give things away that you don't want to get until you're reading.)

Bianca is a new student at Evernight, a creepy Gothic boarding school where all the other students seem to be beautiful and rich. On her first day there she meets Lucas, a bronze-haired boy who is not only gorgeous, but seems to feel as out of place as she does. He's also got some anger issues and he's moody and secretive. They fall in love. There's also a third romance interest. I know, it sounds familiar. But bear with me for a few chapters.

Evernight knocks over all the tropes and cliches you're thinking of. I love Twilight, but I freely admit having some issues with it, and Evernight deals with all of those issues exactly the way I'd been wishing something would.

My favorite aspect of the book is the plot. It's perfectly crafted, and I'm in awe of the way Claudia Gray is in such control over it without making herself evident in every encounter. There's a lot of mystery and activeness here, for those of you who don't like nothing but romance, along with some delicious romantic intensity, and a few plot turns that will keep you up past your bedtime.

There's a variety of characters present and all of them are very real and organic. None of them fell into the cliches they might have been prone to, and their interactions were also very believable. (I don't know about you, but I hate those books where the characters are just talking heads. Everything these characters do is based directly on their motivations.) There's a lot of subtlety here, and Gray doesn't need to spell things out for us for us to understand them.

I have plenty more good things to say, but I won't spoil. Just read a copy for yourself. The sequel, Stargazer, is coming out on March 24. If you're looking for further recommendations let me know and I'll pass some on, but basically this is great for anybody who likes the genres.

Buy Evernight


  1. OOOH I saw this as the featured book at my local bookstore in the YA section and I was sorely tempted to take it home with me.

    The only thing that stopped me was the fear that it would be another Twilight (which I confess I don't very much like).

    Having read your review, it sounds as if Evernight's got a bit more guts without losing the romance. I'm so going to get it tomorrow! Thanking you for the review. :)

  2. Great review! Thanks for the spoiler-free version. This sounds like a lot of fun, and I'll certainly give it a try.

  3. Aimee, fantastic! "More guts without losing the romance" is exactly what it is. Let me know what you think of it if you get a chance.

    Darla, you're welcome. :) I make an effort to make sure all my posts are spoiler-free or clearly marked. I've had some great books ruined for me by perfectly good but spoilerific reviews.

  4. Wow! Of course I want to read it now. :)


Hi guys, made some changes to the comments... You don't have to go to the separate page anymore, and I had to start requiring word verification because of a bunch of spam comments.