Reviewed by Neha Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (5/09)
Bianca Olivier is not happy. Her parents have gotten jobs as teachers at the creepy EvernightAcademy. And now she has to go to school there. Just to show how much she isn’t happy she decides to run away. Not that she has a plan. As she makes an escape attempt, she runs into Lucas, a mysterious boy who dislikes the snooty academy as much as she does. Lucas convinces Bianca to stay at Evernight. So Bianca resigns herself to a year hiding among the rich, beautiful, and snobby — and, the vampiric.
Bianca soon falls head-over-heels in love with Lucas, who most of the time can be gentle and tender — but has another side to him. He gets into fights and tries to keep Bianca from her parents and some of her friends.
Both Lucas and Bianca have secrets from each other — secrets that make it impossible for them to be together — secrets that compel Bianca to make a rash choice that could change so much of the truths she though she knew.
“Evernight” goes by really quickly mostly because of the complex plot and a main character that is easy to identify with. The end of the book begs for a sequel because of so many answered questions. My only problem with the book was, even though Bianca and Lucas were supposed to be in love, I never felt it. In fact many of the characters weren’t very realistic, except the one Bianca gave up to be with Lucas. And, also, I felt a little betrayed by the book when I found out Bianca knew most of what was going on at Evernight but didn’t mention it until the middle of the book. Other than those two, though, “Evernight” by Claudia Gray is a great vampire read that I really recommend for the plot.