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Evernight

by Claudia Gray

Harpercollins Publishers | February 2, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Evernight is rated 3.973 out of 5 by 37.

Bianca wants to escape.

At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful-even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.06 × 5.31 × 0.81 in

Published: February 2, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061284440

ISBN - 13: 9780061284441

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Off the beaten path... This one kept throwing me all over the place. I thought I had sh*t figured out, but then I'd be waayy off. I thought I knew what Evernight was- I was wrong. I thought I knew who Bianca was- nope. Then I knew I had everything figured out, and I knew how Lucas fit into the story- and then I was absolutely wrong again. I couldn't have been more off the beaten path. I was lost in the woods. I don't know if I'm just slow at picking things up or what, but there were a lot of surprises. Some of them bothered me at first because I thought it ruined the whole idea of the story...but as more information was uncovered/revealed I liked it more and more. This one gets 3 stars. It started off and ended strong...but there were some points throughout that I had the urge to skim through. This looks like it will be a good series to continue with. I have a feeling the next one will get better from here. Now we know what's up with Evernight the real excitement can begin. Random: -this reminded me a lot of "Fallen" by Lauren Kate. The settings are really similar with the whole "gothic academy" thing. -I love stories that take place at boarding schools or remote academies. It's always an eerie setting. Love it.
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A job well done This book had me hooked from the prologue. I borrowed this book from the public library, and found it so captivating I had to go out and purchase my own copy. I loved the characters, both Bianca and Lucas, and found them both interesting. You got a good sense of who the characters were, and it left you wanting to move right into the second book. This wasn't just a typical happy ending story, and the twists and turns the whole way through kept you captivated. Hands down one of my favourite books! Well done Claudia!
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a great start The first half of this book was simply painful. I felt like Gray didn’t know what to read, so instead of doing something else, she just let the story go on and on without reaching any point. The characters were unoriginal, and annoying. The story was a major Déjà-vu for me. I almost gave up on it. But I didn’t. The second half of the book gets better. Enough for me to actually want to pick up the sequel, to see if it will still keep on getting better. There is still this annoying kind of love relation, where they both would give up anything for the other. Even a felling of the Romeo and Juliet with the impossible love twist. The characters get less horrible as the story goes. You end up tolerating them. The plot is unoriginal, but I think it will get better in the second one (or hope so) If you’re someone who really really loves vampire books, you’ll probably end up liking it, when they finally decide to include the vampire plot in it. For others, you’ll maybe like it if you make it past the 150 first pages For more reviews: abeautifulmadness.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing typical with this Vampire Bianca has moved from the only home she knows and now lives with her teacher parents at Evernight Academy. Something feels very wrong to her and she just doesn't want to be there another minute. While trying to run away, she literally runs into fellow student Lucas Ross. This is one of those books that immediately gets right into the meat of the story. I can't say any more about it without giving away plot. Right from the first page I couldn't put this book down. I want more. Fortunately for me, author Claudia Gray (Amy Vincent in the non-book world) has written several more books in this series. I liked the characters of Bianca and Lucas. She appears to have lead a sheltered life, but knows things that most 'normal' teens wouldn't. Lucas is much more worldly and has been exposed to much beyond his years. That doesn't mean that they don't see that special something in the other person. As for what that could possibly be, you'll have to read to find out. I'll give you a wee hint and say that this is not your typical vampire story.
Date published: 2010-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Evernight by Claudia Gray http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/07/evernight-by-claudia-gray.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ever Night's Review All right, I was recommend Ever night By a friend and I could never put it down and I ended up finishing it in one day. So, on a scale of one to ten, I give it a hundred! Nice work Claudia Gray! Can't wait to read the sequil.
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting twist This is the first book in the Evernight series and I just found out about these books some time back,and I'm happy I did I found the book to be very interesting and it had a great twist on the vampire novel. Overall I really liked this story and I also really liked Bianca and Lucas's characters there were fun to read about,I will also say that I really liked the writing style of this book I found the author was able to get into her characters head really well.This is a really good book check it out. :0)
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Evernight, oh how I heart thy. This book was well written, smooth, and I loved the cover it is what caught my eye. Evernight I'd love to go to this boarding school. Claudia Grays descriptions were wonderful the way she described her characters, scenery, and even certain descriptions (not to spoil the story, but for all you who have read it the situation dealing with the stained glass window!) I could actually visualize what exactly was happening. Claudia Grays descriptions were not over the top or into too much details that you did not need to know. The descriptions were just right. The story is anything, but predictable I could have never guessed what the ending of the book was going to be. This fact excites to me because lately books have been a bit predictable. Speaking of predictable in some standard books cool kid do not hang out with the uncool kids. In Evernight other than Lucas, Bianca is automatically welcomed by Patrice (Ok not on the first day) and Balthazar. Back to Bianca, I honestly do not understand why she has so much hate towards Evernight, and wants to run away (I would love to switch places in a heart beat with her). I really like this book I think I read it in like two days. I wish I read it sooner instead of putting it off. I would love to recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Vampire Academy By: Richelle Mead, Blue Bloods By: Melissa De La Cruz, and the Mortal Instrument Series By: Cassandra Clare. If that's you then you will adore Evernight. P.S. I adore when books have an a sneak peak into the next book in the series. The reason it lets you get a kind of new beginning to the next book, but bad because you really want to purchase the next book!! Stargazer here I come!!!
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! From the moment i read the first paragraph I couldn't put it down!!!
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome! To The Dark, Boarding School Evernight! (Warning You May Be Surrounded By Vampires...) In this book I got hooked from the first page! Page 1 to Page 327! Amazing book, and on the up side...It has Vampires! WOO HOO! And vampires are awesome; actually any paranormal romance book is awesome! Here we have a red headed sixteen year old Bianca. Her parents are going to be teachers at Evernight Academy which means...She will have to be one of the students there. Bianca will do anything to run away from the truth. Then she runs into Lucas. A green-eyed guy who has some dark secrets he shares with Bianca. And we all know what happens between them, they share their first kiss, fall in love...sigh* beautiful. And there's always going to be a happy ending with the happy couple right? In this book, that's a MAYBE! Bianca discovers dark secrets about Lucas, those secrets are also dangerous...Dangerous enough to destroy every vampire that wanders in the halls of Evernight Academy... But...Bianca has also kept secrets from Lucas to, the romance didn't start off like a walk in the park. Not One Bit. Anyway, on the down side...Lucas at first didn't really seem interested in Bianca, but not to worry Bianca is determined to have Lucas all to herself, she eventually gets her wish. Obviously. But will their secrets crush that wish? Will it tear them apart? The book was beautiful. God I wish vampires were real, and werewolves, but that will obviously mean war. The book was like a rollar coaster, in a good way though. From calm romance, to firey war. Action and romance is always needed in a book, well romance yes. But if people don't like the action, then don't settle for a paranormal novel. Another postive thing about this book was that it had a little bit of humor in it, and I love humor. I'd recommend this book to any paranormal romance novel fan, who love their vampires dark, and mysterious...
Date published: 2009-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was a roller coaster of ups/down/confusion and not in the YAY AWESOME way. Was a roller coaster of ups/down/confusion and not in the YAY AWESOME way. I found this book too similar with Mead's Vampire Academy and wasn't done nearly as well. I get that some ideas are going to be recycled in the book world. Not plots (that's wrong) but concepts and settings. Like a school for other creatures. You've got X-Men, Vampire Academy, Morganville Vampire Series and now Evernight. But I think that when you've got an idea with a setting/concept that has potentially sorta been done prior you've got to rock it. I felt like mid-way through this book I was tossed into another book. I suppose one could call it being tricked but when there's no supporting tips prior I can't help but feel like that author did a plot change. And I get that while you're writing ideas morph but I think then you should go back and drop hints so readers don't have such a ??? moment. I couldn't fully believe what Gray was trying to get me to go with. It was so out of the blue and felt so choppy. As though I'd missed crucial elements in the first half. The characters weren't strong enough for me. It just felt lacking, but then there were times where I loved what she was doing. I love Balthazar and hate that he's getting the jilt. I don't think I'd recommend this but I will probably pick up the second book just to see what it's like.
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED this book!!! I loved this book. A very different take on the vampire genre. Starts out like a regular story of an awkward new girl in a new school just looking to fit in, makes friends with the outcast crowd and falls in love with a mysterious and gorgeous new guy who has a secret of his own. Underneath all that looks normal at Evernight Academy lies a dark secret and unkown to Bianca she is part of it. This book is a page turner and keeps you interested until the very end. I could not put this book down. I absolutely loved the book and would recommend it to anyone. Its has vampires, love, drama and a really huge twist that you would have never expected.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! I think sometimes it was a bit slow but i guess I'm not really surprised considering it is the first book in the series and a lot of Authors are like that with the first book. But anyways, I like the story, it has potential to become a great story. Hopefully, the Author will not disappoint me.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from could have been so much better I just felt like it had the potential to be amazing but wasn't. The whole idea was really cool but it was like the author just wanted to get it over with. I felt like there should have been alot more detail. I would turn the pages back and think I had missed a part. Great idea, bad writing.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising This book was surprsing in so many way, the author make us believe something but it's actually the other way around and I was pretty shocked when I read this plot twist, it was totally unpredictable. The book was amazing, very well written, keeps you interested, original,ect. I just loved it a lot and suggest it to everyone. ;)
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!!! This book is one of my favorites...hooks you from the beginning...has a few surprising twists in the middle. But the ending...! Awful! It felt like the author just gave up and didn't feel like finishing it. Thankfully the second book just came out!
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What an utter disappointment This review contains spoilers. I'm disappointed with this book. It wasn't *bad*, but I am frustrated by the fact that the author lied to me. Claudia Gray (pseudonym) set me up to believe one thing and then halfway through the book changed her mind. It was as if she decided to cobble together two different versions into one story. First person POV is the closest you can get to a character. We, as readers, should know EVERYTHING that the narrator knows. I could have bought the sudden "oh I'm a born-vampire and I've always been a born-vampire and I drink blood for breakfast all the time" schtick if there had been some sort of confirmation that the narrator was keeping a secret from us. That's all she had to do. Gray could have merely had Bianca admit that she was holding something back. After the reveal, the pacing picked up and the action was fairly interesting. The surprise about Lucas was pretty good. However, I was still stuck on the fact that Bianca (and thus Claudia Gray) had lied to me about her nature. The book is recommended by LJ Smith, a Teen-Vampire-Supernatural author that I rather enjoy, and yet I'm a little disappointed in her for recommending a story that blatantly tries to present itself as one thing and then "woops! By the way!" does a complete 180 and expect us to pick up what it puts down. No. No that is just bad writing. So I'm starting to think that every single author that tries to jump on the Vamp/Teen/Supernatural/Urban Fantasy bandwagon is just... well a plainly awful writer.
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it !!!!!!!!! the girl is the vampire ^^ i read the twilight series and was looking for something new. i came accross this book and loved it. i like that the girl gets to bite the guy :) . it sort of reminds me of harry potter too. its a must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I actually found myself liking this book better than Twilight!
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright but boring I have to admit that I love the beginning. As it went on it turned into a typical vampire thought, the girl fell in love with a guy and ended up biting him. Done many times, I’m not saying it was bad but not quite original either. But that’s not what bothered me the most. After she bit him she goes on telling us about how her parents are vampires and there past and I found it kind of abrupt. I kept on turning pages but it slowly got harder as the main character went on every so often talking about how she used to drink blood out of a sipping cup or something like that. I’m sure it was great so others but I found it boring and ultimately wish I could get my money back.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Wonderful! Evernight is a simply wonderful book! The plot, characters and the overall book itself are great. I very much enjoyed Claudia Gray's writing style and her ideas. I would definetely recommend Evernight to any paranormal/supernatural fan. Evernight has the right balance of romance, action, conflict and suspence that makes a good book. I liked the next installment even more! I hope you read and enjoy Evernight as much as I did!
Date published: 2009-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good starter Evernight was a pretty good read for me. There were a couple good twists. Bianca and Lucas are star crossed lovers. Both characters will throw you for a loop a couple times. I really do enjoy the supporting characters also.. Raquel, Vic and Balthazaar. There's a good balance of romance and the paranormal action that we all love. Overall, a good read and will be reading Stargazer right away. Can't wait to see where their impossible love takes them.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Twists Evernight's first 50 or so pages leads you to believe this is a normal boarding school & that Bianca is pretty paranoid. At least thats what I thought, I figured it was just an average Young Adult romance book. Little do the readers know, this is a vampire novel. I won't give anything away, but not everything in Evernight Academy is what it seems. Read more at: http://wickedlilpixie.com/2009/04/20/evernight-by-claudia-gray-review/
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This story starts out weird and you think its pretty normal.but after reading you get sucked into the book,you want to know what will happen with lucas and bianca why are they starcrossed lovers? Then you get to where they kiss and its so surprising and unexpected.There are so many twist and turns with a whole lot of suspense that it kept me reading for a whole day trying to find out more.This is way better than twilight its not as sappy they both have secrets to keep and people to look out for.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Vampire Story Evernight is another story about vampires and humans mingling in school. Bianca was born from two vampires and is destined to become one herself. When her parents force her to move to Evernight with them, she feels trapped and suffocated inside the school. She attempts to run away, but meets Lucas instead. Lucas is mysterious, charming, and Bianca feels like she can really be herself around him. He talks Bianca to go back to Evernight when he claims that he is a new student this year too. They feel an instant tug between them, and Bianca soon finds herself falling in love with him. But Lucas warns Bianca of a terrible danger lurking around the school, and also tells her to stay away from him, even though he feels the tug himself. These two teens find themselves in a relationship more complicated than they would want. I enjoyed Evernight; it was an interesting take on the vampire world, and the story is great. But I found that Claudia Gray's writing is too simple, not detailed enough. She usually gets straight to the point, but that leaves out details and ruins the story too. If she took some extra time going more in depth with Evernight, I think this book would be even better.
Date published: 2009-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Twist This book was good, with an early twist. Not as good as Twilight, but better than other paranormal YA romances I've read. I hope the main characters relationship is better developed in the next book.
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonder what's going to happen.... Well When I was first told to read this I had my doubts...Thought the vampire school thing was done to death, but I was wrong. I enjoyed it, and can't wait to find out what happends...even though I am certain it will be a happy ending
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected!!! After i read this introductory book, one thing came to mind - Romeo and Juliet. It is essentially a battle for lasting love between two characters that are each integral parts to their families/people who hate each other. The reader knows of their love, but it takes a few pages in the book to pump out some of the questions/suspicions you've been having about the characters and their backgrounds. You actually question the "paranormal" part of the book for a while, and then it really hits you in the face during one of the more intimate scenes. But i liked it. I don't mind not knowing right away as long as i get answers before the conclusion of the series. Overall, i really enjoyed this book, and i look forward to reading the follow up Stargazer. This is a love story at its core, and i want to see how these two pan out - which is hopefully not like the ending of Romeo and Juliet (i won't lie, i like happy endings, hehe). Hopefully i can encourage you to read this book! I didnt want to give any crucial details away so i apologize if i was a little vague on the details i did give away! Maybe that can peak your interest :) Enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2009-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this This book started off a bit slow but overall it was very good. The plot was slightly different from other vampire novels that I've read but really good. Kind of reminds me or Romeo and Juliet but I don't want to say too much to reveal anything. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a vampire/romance novel. I can't wait to read the 2nd book.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good, When I first saw this book I thought it looked really good and interesting. Once I started reading, I found out that it was a little slow for me, it took me awhile to get into the book. Once I really started reading it was good, I liked the plot and the twist in the end. It was inriguing enough for me to want to read the second book.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read... I picked this book up not expecting much, as I am a huge "vampire, werewolf, etc.." fan (yes, even before Twilight) and was pleasantly surprised. It was well written, had a unique storyline, and great characters. I loved the way it made Lucas seem like the vampire on campus, but then it revealed Bianca as the true supernatural character. Great and unique idea! I pre-ordered the next installment already.
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it was really good i really enjoyed this book and can not wait for her next book=)
Date published: 2008-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Remarkable, I have to say, when I first saw this book I wasn't too stoked. But after you read further, (like into the first 20 pages) you really get hooked. It's about a school -- Evernight Academy -- where 'different' people go. Bianca and her family move there (Bianca as a student, and her parents as teachers). When they arrive, Bianca feels that she doesn't quite fit in. All the other students are sleek, goth, intelligent -- basically everything she isn't. But when she meets Lucas Ross, everything changes. He breaks the rules, and swears that he won't let the other students get to him. But what secret are the both hiding that makes their love nearly impossible? Does this secret manage to break them apart?
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Read It Evernight captured me from the start. Everything was good about it: exciting plot, believable characters who find themselves in interesting situations, creepy setting, vampires, etc. It was really easy to follow along and understand what was happening. I liked how Claudia just sprang the vampire part onto readers after the dance (don't worry, I won't get into it and ruin it for others). It was so cool; almost like the novel was getting a second beginning as this whole other aspect was introduced. The surprise was a bit ruined though in the prologue when she mentioned vampires. I liked how Bianca and Lucus would try to work things out even when it seemed that their secrets and outside influences would stop them. The ending made sense although it really does leave you wanting more. I can't wait for Stargazer, which is supposed to come out March 2009. Will Bianca and Lucus get to see each other again? What was that big secret that Lucus was trying to find out about and that Mrs. Bethany was hiding? Will Black Cross play a larger role? Hmmm...
Date published: 2008-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Vampire Book-Can't Wait to Read the Sequels! Evernight is a mysterious boarding school which holds many secrets. In fact, the boarding school is a haven for..vampires. Our main character, Bianca, is pretty upset with how her life is turning out. Her parents are teachers at Evernight and so she's forced to become a student at the school. Except she's not at all like the others. They are perfect, poised and beautiful..everything she's not (or she thinks). Bianca knows that she''ll never be able to be a part of their world. There's one other person who defies the social expectations of Evernight. Lucas. And of course, it's a must in stories like these, the two find friendship in each other and soon fall in love with each other. Except of course there's more. Neither Lucas or Bianca have been completely honest with each other and their secrets and other outside forces doom the couple and leave Bianca a choice between love and the life she was meant to have... Personally, I was really looking foward to reading this book. Everyone was giving this one rave reviews and nope, this book DID live up to my expectations (especially in the final half). While reading, I found the book to be kind split between the first and second half. At first, I hate to say, the novel moved slowly and wasn't that intruiging... But then, as I went on and learnt Bianca's secret, I was enraptured by the writing. I wish I could say more on it but I'd really hate to ruin it for any future readers. All I can say is, as soon as I hit that I knew that I'd been right to get my hopes up. (My only qualm is why did it appear so late into the story? Wouldn`t Bianca have mentioned it before??) Onwards, I found the characters to be pretty well developed. Bianca and Lucas were both believable characters and I understood their decisions and reactions throughout the novel. Also, the secondary characters in the novel all seemed to be in the story for a purpose, which I really like. Claudia Gray didn`t waste any space with useless characers! (Woot!) Finally, I lovedlovedloved the conflict in the novel (brought on by that superb twist.) I won`t get any deeper into it, it's a good surprise! I thought that the twist was really well planned and most definetely sets this book apart from other YA vampire fiction! In anycase, basically what I'm saying here is that Claudia Gray's Evernight is superb (I can't wait for the sequel!) and you really ought to go and get yourself a copy (Just remember not to give up on it until you've reached the second half!!)
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyable I enjoyed this book a lot and liked the concept. There were some surprises in the book that kept you attached. The ending was open and i actually thought although it was open and, i usually don't like this, that it kinda fit. The author really might not have been able to end it any other way because it wouldn't have made sense. Plus it would have been a bit to ....i don't know ..predictable maybe?
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing The beginning is a bit slow, but once you get sucked into this book, you can't get out til you've read the final page. This book is really good, the whole forbbidden love thing makes me want to run out and find the second book. I hope there is a second book =)
Date published: 2008-04-03

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Evernight

by Claudia Gray

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.06 × 5.31 × 0.81 in

Published: February 2, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061284440

ISBN - 13: 9780061284441

About the Book

On her first day at Evernight Academy, Bianca knows she's not like the other students: sleek, beautiful, almost predatory. She finds herself drawn to another outsider who seems to be hiding a dark secret.

From the Publisher

Bianca wants to escape.

At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful-even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them 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.

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans?based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents? copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable, such as the Titanic and werewolves.

Editorial Reviews

"Stephenie Meyer fans will find similar rewards in the flashes of humor; the terrifying battle between ancient, supernatural societies; and the steamy romance in which love bites aren't just a euphemism." (Booklist)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17