Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Review: Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Book Description from Goodreads:

Bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series continues. In Hourglass, Bianca and Lucas have found a way to be together. But it means lying to the people who care about them the most.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes.

Source: Won from June! (Thank you!)
My Thoughts:

Bianca came with Lucas. She is safe with Black Cross. Safe as long as she they don’t know that she’s a vampire which could only be avoided by keeping her strong and fed. But living with Black Cross means she has to endure training and lockdown, with all her connection to the outside world cut – especially her source of blood. Living closely with Black Cross is always a threat to her and she knows that despite their smiles and laughter, once they know the truth about her, they will turn on her. And kill her the way they were trained to do.

Life as a member of the Black Cross is hard to endure. Bianca is left with few options to none at all. Privacy is not a luxury in the cell. She has rare chances to eat. Claudia Gray is getting better with every book that she writes. The challenges that she lets her characters experience provide so much tension and excitement on my part. The heavy threat that the mere existence of Black Cross poses is heightened with the proximity of Bianca to them. Vampire hunters and vampires rarely mix. And when Balthazar gets caught after an attack and tortured, Bianca realizes how far Black Cross can go.

Lucas and Bianca’s relationship is propelled by their longing to be together. Being together makes everything worth it but it doesn’t mean that everything is alright, enemies are still after them – enemies that can’t be trusted and enemies that can be trusted to some extent. They are still on the run. The wild series of chases in this novel had me reading fast. And to add to that, Hourglass is even more unpredictable than Stargazer. Another amazing twist will change everything. This is definitely the best book in the series so far.

The wraiths don't haunt her anymore. But that doesn't mean that they're done with Bianca. Far from it. Her thirst burns inside her in a maddening level and it's getting worse. The vampire inside Bianca is stirring restlessly. Will she be able to contain her desires? Being half vampire and half wraith has never proven to be difficult until now.

Hourglass is an echo of the romance of Romeo and Juliet with a paranormal twist and a touch of tragedy that makes this the most thrilling and exhilarating of all the books in the Evernight Series.



1 comment:

  1. I actually did not enjoy the big twist in this book. I thought Bianca should have known it was coming.