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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Review: Hourglass by Claudia Gray


where I got my copy: Harper Teen
where to buy: BN, Amazon, Borders

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?

I was this [  ] close on deciding not to read the next book of Evernight Series. Ms. Gray finished book two with Bianca saying yes to be part of Black Cross. That pissed me to no end. Seriously! how can you become a part of a group that haunts down your race? I get it, love is a powerful thing that makes you do all the irrational things in the world but come on! So after that, I'm like, I'm done with you Bianca! be that way. But then after blowing off steam I remembered how Ms. Gray mislead me into thinking that Lucas was the vampire on the first book and then gasped when Bianca has bitten Lucas. That was the most awesome thing ever.

After reading the first chapter of Hourglass, I'm all gunning for Bianca again. So they do plan to escape... I like that but it took forever for them to do it. I wasn't a happy camper and then Balthazar got caught, that's when it got really interesting... I've always been team Balthazar since the start of this series so when Lucas decided to set aside his high horse and help him I was really grateful. I could kill Rachel for ratting them out, but Dana make up for it and nothing really happened to our star crossed lovers but still that kind of betrayal and small mindedness placed Rachel as the "must-die-soon" character on my list.

This wouldn't be an Evernight book without the thrill, the shocker(s) and a disappointment. And I am very very happy that all three elements were there.

The Thrill- That intense scene when they finally escaped Black Cross HQ. Including that memorable night for Lucas and Bianca.

The Shocker -That "huge" Bianca scene. Remember when Bianca's mother told her that, she has now turned the hourglass of her future. She wasn't kidding. I am not sure if I can resign to what Bianca has become. I cannot help but wonder if she will stay that way forever or is there some type of a loop hole / clause on that wraith - vampire agreement that she can work into bailing herself out.

The Disappointment - Bianca's fate for sure. I was pissed when it happened. WHY?! Ms Gray.

I love it that I can never predict on what will happen on every Evernight book. So I stop speculating after finishing each chapter up until I read the ending. It kills me that it ended like that. I am impressed on what happened. Have you read the Morganville Vampire books? Then you know how Rachel Caine always end each book with a killer cliff hanger as an ending, well... this was almost as good as that.
I know I'm talking in riddles I know but it will kill the excitement for those who hasn't not read it if I summarize the whole thing. So you must trust me and grab a copy after this review.


Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Wow, you're excitement certainly shined through. Great review. I'll have to get my hands on this!

Windowpane Memoirs said...

Great Review! I like Hourglass much more that Stargazer.


elaing8 said...

I really enjoyed this book.And I thought it was better than Stargazer too. Some things shocked me and wished it didn't happen that way and another I guessed :)

jmspettoli said...

This series is definitely on my TBR list but it's getting such mixed reviews that I don't know whether I should bother. The book description reminds me of Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino that it's kinda turning me off the series. However, with all the excitement in your review and the fact you gave the book a shot even if at first you didn't want to might make it worth reading this series after all.

PeaceLove&Pat said...

JMSpettoli - I've never hear of Vampire Knight? Is it manga? I'm going to have to check it out, thanks.

FionaChan said...

I've read a lot positive reviews about this book + this sounds really interesting!

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