Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Early Review - Afterlife (Evernight, Book 4) by Claudia Gray (4/5 stars)

Afterlife (Evernight)Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Size:  368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 8, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0061284427
Stand Alone or Series: 4th (and last) book in the Evernight series
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Rating: 4/5 stars

I got a copy of this book through Around the World ARC Tours.  I was eager to read this conclusion to the Evernight

The third book left us at a total cliffhanger; Bianca had turned Wraith and Lucas is left for dead.  Bianca has to decide to let Lucas live or to turn him.  The decision happens in the first couple pages of the book (so I am not spoiling it here).  Unfortunately Lucas is one of the hungry vampires and every day is a struggle for him; him and Bianca return to Evernight where Lucas seeks sanctuary.  Miss Bethany eagerly grants him sanctuary, but there are other problems.  Evernight is like a trap for Bianca, Bianca is being pressured by the wraiths to fulfill a higher purpose, and Miss Bethany has a dark plan afoot.

If you have read the other books in the series then you have to read this book.  The third book, Hourglass, leaves you in a horrible place but this book does an excellent job resolving that.

Most of the book takes place back at Evernight as the character struggle to figure out the link between Miss Bethany and the Wraiths.  All the characters that you love and adore are back and wonderful.  The plot was fantastic, engaging and kept you guessing as to how everything would turn out.

There were a couple plot elements that I truly enjoyed I loved learning more about the Wraiths, how they work, and what there purpose is.  I loved learning about what made Bianca special as someone who was basically born Wraith.  The combination of powers between the Vampires and Wraiths and how they are interconnected was fascinating.  The way everything is tied together and resolved at the end was clever and satisfying.

There were a couple small things that bugged me a bit.  The pace of this novel is pretty deliberate, it is better than the first couple, but still slow.  I am pretty resigned to this at this point because I think it is just how this author writes.  Also some things revolving around Charity remain unresolved at the end of the book and I was hoping for some clearer resolution there.

Overall I think fans of this series will be very happy.  It is an enjoyable read, very creative, nice plot twists, and an excellent ending to this series.  If you are a fan of this series, pick up this book as soon as it releases!
series.  It was a great book and concluded the series well; a lot happens in this book and there is more action than in previous books.

Afterlife (Evernight) 

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I just finished the book last night and totally loved it... i hated the ending to hourglass and was disappointed about Bianca dying but now its all good. Now, at the end i wish that Lucas stayed a vampire. The ending was to sad. And since he was mortal i think Gray should write one more book with how Lucas becomes a wraith. His anchor would be the jet broach and the coral bracelet since they remind him of Bianca... just a thought. he Charity bit was unsolved because she is writing another book about Balthazar. It'll all be solved in there.
    Hope that helps!
    xx Phoebe