Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray
Yong Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Hardcover (HARPERTEEN, 352 pages, $16.99)
Bianca will risk everything 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 their 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 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?
Author Site: claudiagray.com
Way to leave me hanging! (4 stars)
If you haven't read Evernight or Stargazer please don't read this review. It's impossible not to give some spoilers for the plots of those two and talk about this one.
After learning that the ghostly beings attacking Evernight are targeting her (in Stargazer), Bianca must flee the vampire school. Hiding her secret rendezvous with Lucas, her human boyfriend, has only complicated matters as his family of vampire slayers have burned the school to the ground. Thinking she's human they let Lucas bring her into their ranks and train her to be a Black Cross hunter. But one little mistake could bring the vampires to where they are currently hiding forcing the young couple to flee with no money or safe place to go. Love can go a long way but without the bare neccessities they can't survive. Looking to their friends for aid the two try to start a new life together only to be stricken by a tragedy neither is ready to face.
Bah! This book was so hard to summarize because there's a lot of plot that really only boils down to a couple of key incidents which move the overall story arc along. If you're an Evernight series fan who was able to get past the sudden "uh okay there's ghosts now?" factor you'll love Hourglass. There's something very sweet and exciting about the journey Bianca and Lucas go on together. That "you and me against the world" storyline resonated with my inner romantic. If you're at all like me in that regard you'll find yourself really wishing things would work out for them. Alas in a world where vampires, wraiths and slayers are running around it's never gonna be that easy.
My only real whine about Hourglass is how boring the Black Cross parts were for me. I wanted to skip most of it and get to the good stuff. I really didn't care for any of the Black Cross characters enough to care what happened to them, not even Dana. If you like Raquel you may find her personality shift in this book a bit jarring, I know I sure did. Oh, and completely sidetracking but I just adore Ranulf and we get to learn a little more about him this time, which I enjoyed a lot. Anyways... on the whole I recommend this one if you've liked the series thus far and still recommend this series to anyone who likes YA vamp fiction.
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Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.