Thursday, June 10, 2010
Review: "Hourglass" by Claudia Gray
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight book 3
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas.... After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met. Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at its hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend-the vampire Balthazar-hiding is no longer an option. Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run again pursued not only by the Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel Bianca can't escape her destiny. Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything...but can it survive what's to come?
Overall Review: GOOD BAD UGLY
How many times have I said that I love it when a series gets better with each book? A hundred? A million? Well, Claudia Gray has done it! She has made her third book in the Evernight series the best so far. Even though the gripping and shocking cliffhanger is going to drive me crazy until the next novel is released. We all know that generally the third book of the series is the best, or at least to me it seems that way. Um think of Shadow Kissed from the Vampire Academy series. Like Shadow Kissed, Gray's third book, Hourglass, leaves us with one hell of a cliffhanger. The love story between Bianca and Lucas is the stuff that good fiction is made of. They each accept the faults of the other and always put the other first. My heart melts every time Lucas does something to take care of Bianca...you know like, fetching her blood since she's a vampire and all. Call me old fashioned and maybe a traitor to my generation of Women's Lib and the N.O.W, but I like the idea of a guy taking care of the girl he loves and I love that Gray embraces this concept in her characters. Bianca is by no means a helpless character, it takes a lot of strength to leave your parents and the only life you've ever known to be with the guy you love, especially when the people he lives with are hellbent on killing your kind. I love how Lucas is still bad ass even when is crying over Bianca. Hourglass was an enthralling read that I read in one day. It is fast paced and has a great balance of action and romance--everything a good UF junkie like me needs for an enjoyable reading experience. Claudia Gray's portrayal of vampires is original, but it is the romance of between Lucas and Bianca that keeps the readers addicted. This is a must read for all fans of the vampire and UF genre. Be sure to read the first two in the series, Evernight and Stargazer before this one. I promise you will love it! Now, quick go get your fix.....