Afterlife: An Evernight Novel by Claudia GrayAfterlife: An Evernight Novel by Claudia Gray

Afterlife: An Evernight Novel

byClaudia Gray

Hardcover | July 19, 2012

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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?

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans–based writer Amy Vincent, the author of theNew York Timesbestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy ofMysteries of the Unexplainedis probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mys...
Title:Afterlife: An Evernight NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 1.2 inPublished:July 19, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061284424

ISBN - 13:9780061284427

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Death isn't the end for Bianca and Lucas Leaning on 3.5 stars **Spoilers for the previous books. Spoiler free for this one** Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. In the previous book, Hourglass, we were left with Bianca dying and turning into a wraith and Lucas was brutally murdered turned into a vampire by Charity, Balthazar’s psycho vampire sister. Poor Bianca and Lucas just can’t catch a break. They seem to have triple the amount of problems that fellow starcrossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, had. Even though Bianca is a wraith, she has special abilities that set her apart from the rest of her kind, allowing her to interact with everything in the world like she could when she was alive. She battles with herself over if she should kill Lucas before he wakes up in his new vampire body. But when she can’t do it, whether it be out of weakness, selfishness or just undying love, he wakes and still finds himself as in love with Bianca as he was when he was human. Seeing through the eyes of the monster that Lucas has been taught to hate and kill his whole life changes his view on everything. He struggles immensely with his bloodlust and the urge to drink dry anyone with a beating heart. Afterlife is all about Bianca and Lucas coping with their afterlives and the adjustments to keep their undying love going, even when it seems all forces in the universe are out to kill them or rip them apart by any means. Afterlife was a good closing book for the Evernight series. It wasn’t highly exciting, but it stays true to the usual flow and atmosphere of the rest of the series. We get more insight into all the supporting characters and, with a throw back to the previous books, some good bonding happens between our lovable group of misfits, making the final book stronger and more memorable. I really liked this series. It had a great starcrossed lover style that takes the series to the next step with lots of paranormal goodies. Some final twists were added, ends were neatly tied and I found myself satisfied with how it all turned out and hopefully you will be also
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time To Say Goodbye To Lucas and Bianca... First and foremost, I must point out this review will contain spoilers from the previous novels, especially if you have not read the third novel Hourglass yet. As for Afterlife itself though, it will be spoiler-free like my usual reviews! I was a bit hesitant to actually begin reading Afterlife because once I started, it would only mean saying goodbye to a cast of characters that I've been following for several years now. But like most things in life, good things must come to an end and so it is with Lucas and Bianca's chapter in the Evernight series. The questions you've always had lingering in your mind during the series are all answered in a novel that still manages to take you by surprise when you least expect it! Picking up immediately after the awful cliff-hanger ending in Hourglass, we return to find that Lucas has risen as a vampire... the very creature he would despise to ever be while Bianca slowly comes to realize some of the extents of her new powers as a wraith. However, Lucas is struggling to control the hunger he feels for human blood and is terrified he will kill someone for it- even if it were a friend. In need of help controlling the constant hunger, Balthazar convinces them that Lucas' only chance to make it through is to seek the sanctuary of Evernight Academy. But returning to Evernight is more dangerous than ever for Bianca, especially when Mrs. Bethany has set traps in place around the school in her fight against the wraiths... I thought Bianca really stepped up in this one. She was beginning to drive me nuts in Hourglass but in this novel, I totally understood her actions so much more. Always quick to defend those she loves, Bianca would do anything to help others and more so when it comes to Lucas. For me, it was really in this novel that I finally came to see her rise from a naive, schoolgirl to a young women who sees the bigger picture. She's frightened of what being a wraith truly entails, yet you would never tell this from the strength she finds within herself to help those she cares about. It was a bit heartbreaking to see Lucas struggling so much in Afterlife as he attempted to come to terms with being a vampire, the very beings he was brought up to hate and hunt as a Black Cross hunter. Between Bianca and himself, he's always seemed be the stronger, more stable one... so it was interesting to see these roles sort of switched in the novel. Nevertheless, if you couldn't have thought these two could become closer, well they did! It's these obstacles that they try to overcome together that really showcases the passion between them... and at last, I think I finally understood that the two were for real. I've always been hung up on the fact that Balthazar should have been with someone. You might have said I was Team Balthazar on those few dates he shared with Bianca in the past, but I guess I finally realized with some sadness in Afterlife that he was never really in the race. It had always only been Lucas for Bianca. Afterlife finishes the love story of Lucas and Bianca in the most bittersweet of endings. It's not completely given to you wrapped with a red ribbon and it actually left me sort of conflicted... yet there's still happiness to be found. But that's all I say in that regard. Claudia Gray has done a wonderful job wrapping up their story but I'm glad she's not saying goodbye quite yet to Balthazar as she's writing a novel centered on him set for release in 2012. I want him to find his own happy ending! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spoiler After life is the conclusion to the Evernight serie. So Lucas became a vampire and he had these very strong craving for human blood and he hates himself for that, so he thinks about letting go but he doesn't for Bianca. As you know Mrs.Bethany hunt wraiths/ghosts so it's not safe for Bianca to be there at evernight. Then Bianca and Lucas finds these wraith traps and they plan to destroy Mrs.Bethany's plan and then at the end their was a twist and Lucas was about to die so Bianca found a way to save him and it brought him back to life as a human. Well that was almost the end of the book, if you want to find out what happens and more detail about the book you should buy the book/ read the book.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting end to a series Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series and I think it ended on a really good note, I thought the story was pretty interesting although I'm still not a big fan of Bianca becoming a Wraith but it worked out pretty well in the book. I was really interested in how Lucas would be in this book because of the massive cliffhanger from Hourglass. Overall this was a good book was it amazing? no and I think it could have been better but this is a really solid series and I'm happy with how it ended. I will say I thought there was going to be more books but I think there will be spin off's which might be fun. :0)
Date published: 2011-03-11

Editorial Reviews

?A steamy romance in which love bites aren?t just a euphemism.? (Praise for Hourglass, ALA Booklist)