Monday, April 13, 2009

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Summary:
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.

Rating:
Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 8/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 50
Grade: A

Age Appropriate:
Cussing: a not unbearable amount
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Mentioned college students holding beer cans. But I think that's it.
Sexual Content: Blatant in conversation.

Review:
Of course, I made it obvious in my review of EVERNIGHT that I love Claudia Gray's writing, and I still do after reading STARGAZER. It keeps me hooked the entire time. Some things about the story line this time round kind of annoyed me, though. Some of the plot twists were so out of the blue that I didn't register they were occurring. I don't think there was enough build up to leave me thinking "Wow. I can't believe that!" It was more of a, "Wait... what? What just happened?", which pulled me away from the story a bit, and made it less believable.

Lucas kind of disappointed me in this book. He wasn't the angel he used to be! But luckily, he redeemed himself toward the end, and he was on my awesome list again. I loved it despite some of the bad things I said about it! I suppose I have to be even more critical on books I already know will be good. I can't wait for the next book! STARGAZER ended with too many questions to be answered, so I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series, HOURGLASS.

If you are in the mood for a blood filled, suspenseful and dramatic romance, than you should definitely find this series. You will fall in love with the characters and will be flipping the pages at a lightning speed.

To read the prologue and first chapter of STARGAZER, visit Claudia Gray's site!

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