Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray's site
Series: Evernight #4
Copy obtained: e-ARC from Net Galley
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: March 8th
Rating: 4.5/5
SPOILER WARNING!! Big spoilers for the previous book ahead!

Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart - and find the power to claim her destiny at last.

Afterlife, the final book in the Evernight series, picks up exactly where book three, Hourglass, left off. I loved the previous books in the series and Hourglass had a heartbreaking, shocking ending. I was really looking forward to seeing how things worked out for Bianca and Lucas. But as with any final book, I was a little anxious as well, wondering how things would wrap up, if the series would go out on the high it deserved. I shouldn't have worried though.

The book is well paced, lots of twists and turns as you'd expect. There was a lot of loose ends to tie up from the previous books to tie up, and I think they all get tied up well. The odd one is tied up a little quickly before moving on to the next thing, but for the most part they're all given enough time and explanation. Fitting both with what's come before and what's revealed in Afterlife.

There was one moment, very close to the end, that should have had a big emotional impact, but for me fell a little flat. I've really no idea why, but it just didn't quite work for me. But aside from that, it was the heart wrenching, beautiful, fantastic book I wanted it to be. There was a lot of character growth and change, and I really felt for Bianca so many times as she faught to figure out what to do. It was an emotional roller coaster but one I wouldn't have changed for anything. It was a really satisfying ending for a fantastic YA vampire series, that I highly recommend!


Avery said...

Oh gosh... I have reread this series so many times but I honestly can barely remember what happens in it! I must reread them all ASAP.

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I haven't started this series yet so I haven't read your review. Thanks for the spoiler warning :D

abeautifulmadness said...

I've read Evernight and Stargazer, but I really have to finish this series. Great review!

Liz. R said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read this! I'm glad you thought it was a satisfying ending - I'm just hoping I'll enjoy is at much as the others! Thanks for the review.

Sarah said...

I've been holding back reading this one myself since I'm worry about how it might end. I'm glad to see that you weren't disappoint (for the most part) and I can't wait to finish this series now. :)