Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Afterlife by Claudia Gray


Title: Afterlife
Series: Evernight Academy Series
Book #: Four 
Author: Claudia Gray 
Published: 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 

Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas...

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help... Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life? (taken from goodreads.com)
 
I was extremely eager to get my hands on this sequel. After reading the fabulously addicting Hourglass, I was expecting an epic finale to a unique, romantic series. Unfortunately, my hopes were slowly crushed as I forced myself to keep turning the pages. For me, this book dragged on for ages. The ending, however, did bring me some enjoyment. 

Hourglass, the third book in the Evernight series, ended with a HUGE cliff hanger. I absolutely loved the drama and romance of that novel, but it's sequel didn't bring my nearly as much excitement. To be honest, I'm not sure what it was about Afterlife that disappointed me so. Maybe it was the lack of adventure, or the over-the-top romance between Bianca and Lucas. Somehow, the story lost a bit of its originality. 

I really am sad to see the series come to an end. I can still remember falling in love with Lucas and Bianca's tragic, Romeo-and-Juliet tale. The captivating tales of blood-thirsty vampires and those who hunt them took me on a wild ride. Looking back, I had no idea where this series would take me. The ending was completely unexpected, and I never would have guessed it when I read Evernight

Overall, Gray did a fairly good job of wrapping up her complex story.  Although I was often frustrated with her characters and the plot, I have to give her kudos for the intricacy of the story. The Evernight Academy series will still have a special place in my heart, even if Afterlife wasn't all that I hoped it would be. 



1 comment:

Sarah Darlington said...

I totally agree with your review!!!