Book Review: Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

I started Evernight expecting something along the lines of Marked or Fallen.  And for the first half of the book, it kind of was: new kids at boarding school, meeting a new love interest, falling in love, trying to figure out what the "evil" feeling of the school is all about...

And then about halfway through the book Claudia Gray drops a bomb on the reader and it was great!   I had to go back and read certain paragraphs twice, I was so surprised!  The plot twist was totally unexpected, and the way Gray handles it was funny, even.  I loved that about this book.  I'm looking forward to continuing on with this series.

Just One Gripe: 
The love story got repetitive and sappy.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
That major plot twist in the middle.  I'm still stunned!

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  20/25


  1. I love those unexpected plot twists that take you by surprise. So awesome. This is not in my tbr pile (you know, the one that's taller than me). ;) Thanks for a great review.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  2. i liked this book too. but when i read Hourglass (the most recent) book, i was really not happy by the end of it. it bugged me. just warning you now if you get into this series.

  3. I really like this series and cant wait for the 4th book!

  4. I agree with you. If there wasn't that big twist and mid-way through the novel then I probably wouldn't have kept reading. But OMG once the paranormal piece of this book kicked in things got really interesting. I've read Stargazer and I just got Hourglass to read this week.


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