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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Events tore apart star-crossed lovers Bianca and Lucas at the end of Evernight (2008), when the inevitable conflict between Bianca's vampire family and Lucas's vampire-hunting family nearly destroyed the teens and their loved ones. Amidst surveillance and suspicion, they contrive to meet secretly, using Balthazar-an attractive vampire-as a cover. Meanwhile, Bianca's attempts to discover why humans have been admitted to vampire bastion Evernight Academy (which teen-looking vampires attend to learn how to manage in the modern world) stir up evil wraiths seemingly intent upon destroying-or maybe saving-her. Bianca's tendency to belabor every point, particularly the depth of her love for Lucas, makes for a dull narrative style, and three-dimensional characters are pretty much nonexistent. Despite the predictable romantic entanglements and the constant telling, the plot races along with a search for a crazed renegade vampire, threatening ghosts, uncovered secrets and a flaming climax with a significant body count. Fans of the first volume will be satisfied; insufficient back story means no one else will know (or care) what is going on.
I have proof that Bianca has totally gone mental. And Gray had managed to make me act like an anxious teenager once again. I love the book. I do I promise, but at the same time I can't stand it. My pet peeves - The story was slow (deja vu) and it have so many unnecessary scene and once again I got tricked, I was so eager to find out - right away, on what the heck was going on, that the suspense kills me. This is one of the books that I've been waiting for and the wait was totally worth it but my irritation towards Bianca grew more, yet I love her. Do you get me? I'm torn. Are teeangers really that irrational and stupid in making the right choices? (don't answer that, I know the answer quite well) As much as I really wanted to tell you all what's really bugging me, I can't but I can tell you that, the ending was the one which truly made me want to write this review at 2:30 in the morning. I understand that without complexity from the characters there won't be any series. But really does that part really needs to happen? My heart got broken just imagining it. Thanks to that, now the plot thickens, maybe I'm just huffy that Gray left me hanging...Anyway the parts that I like was, that Balthazar has been molded as one of the main characters in this book. The star-crossed lover's theme is still heartbreakingly romantic, people-vampire-ghost hunting each other, alot of intimate moments, discussions of literary classics, and this quote that stood out in the book...
"...they were all going to die. All of them. They would get old and be gone, and I'd be alone. It scared me, because I realized that of all the people I love in the world, there would be so few that I would ever get to keep. So I tried to think what I could keep. I there was anything that would stay with me always..."
-Bianca's fascination with stars

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