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review: “stargazer” July 16, 2009

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Stargazer by Claudia Gray.
HarperTeen // Hardcover // 336 pages.

Please be aware, this is the sequel to Evernight, and I wouldn’t want anyone to get spoiled of the events in the first book. Turn back now if you haven’t read it!

Okay, I think we’re safe here. After last year, Bianca is returning to Evernight Academy while Lucas is still out there in the world, working for Black Cross, hunting down vampires…hunting down Bianca’s family and friends. Bianca and Lucas continue their romance, meeting up as often as possible, using friends to pass along notes. That is, until Balthazar catches them. Through a series of events, Bianca and Balthazar form an alliance. Bianca can continue to see Lucas and Balthazar will get her off-campus safely, only if Bianca helps Balthazar find his sister.

This book threw me for a loop I wasn’t prepared for all over again. During “Evernight”, I thought for sure Bianca was a student at a vampire boarding school and was a vampire, then convinced myself she wasn’t, and then found out she was. In “Stargazer”, we delve more into the mythology of Evernight Academy and Bianca’s creation (she’s one of the few vampire children in the world). I’m intrigued with the explanation that Claudia Gray gives up about Bianca, but I’m going to have to wait until the series concludes before deciding how I feel about it.

I missed a lot of the supporting characters in this book, particularly Bianca’s roommate, since Balthazar took more of a center-stage role and I feel less connected to him. Gray has mentioned inklings about an all Balthazar book, and I think it would be a great resource for helping me to relate to and understand the character.

The Evernight series has improved for me, and I am looking forward to the next volume, early in 2010. Absolutely recommended for fans of Twilight; this book series is better written and I’m much happier to see a stronger female figure in Bianca.

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