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Tuesday 30 March 2010

Review: Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Title: Hourglass
Series: Evernight Series
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 339
Publisher: HarperTeen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Spotlight: Characters

"Neither Here nor There, Neither Alive nor Dead."

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, an elite 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--all her secrets threaten to come out.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas have orchestrated Balthazar's escape and are on the run, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they run, Bianca can't escape her destiny.

Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything--but can it survive what's to come?

Taschima's POV:

I don't know what I was expecting, but I definitely wasn't expecting this.

Bianca is on the run from everything important in her old life, on the run from her parents, on the run from her heritage, on the run from her past. She doesn't want to become a vampire and that's final. But really, what's the second option?

She doesn't know, and she doesn't care. She knows that as long as she has Lucas beside her everything will be all right... Or will it?

If you are the kind of person who likes character development then you are on the right corner. The characters grow so much through out the series, and in this book we get to see the magic. And although I don't agree with some of Bianca's decisions, because I don't know if I would ever choose what she chose, I like how those decisions shape the story and gives it an original flare.

In the romance department, well, In the last books I thought the romance was kind of unhealthy, I don't know, but on this book you get to see how the boulders that were put on their paths brought this characters even closer together, and when they are finally able to have a life of their own all I can say is that is so... beautiful. I think I'm starting to like Lucas a lot. Bianca is a likable character, but Lucas wasn't one at the beginning. See? Character development.

What else can I say... Oh! The ending of course.

It was a cliff hanger, a very bloody and exciting and OMG cliff hanger. It makes sure you buy the fourth book. A book I will start tagging and looking for information on. I just didn't like one thing about the ending, and it's well an ending. I don't like how Bianca's future turned out, and I wish she would have chosen a different path. Those of you who read the book understand me, those of you who don't, well, READ THE BOOK.

Oh, I forgot to say one more thing... This book may not be for everyone out there. There are sex scenes in this book. *gasp!* Yeap, but the author doesn't show the action, she just starts it off and then a big black cloud surrounds the rest. I just thought you should know. In my opinion it didn't dirty up the book, it just made it more real.

In a sentence, this book was better than I ever thought it could be. It surprised me, and I love this kind of surprises. I bet the next book will be even better; there are still questions to be answered, and spooky things that need to be undone!

PS; The title of the book couldn't be more perfect, because everyone and everything was running out of time, like turning the Hourglass.

Quote from the book:

"I keep remembering something my mother said to me once. The night after I bit you for the first time, actually."

"What did she say?"

"She said that, once I'd first tasted human blood, I'd turned over the hourglass. That I couldn't keep going forever as what I was- part human and part vampire. She said the vampire in me would grow stronger and that eventually, I'd have to complete the transaction."

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  1. Ooooh, more obstacles than before? Yay! xD I can't wait to see how Bianca and Lucas grow as a couple (and as individuals). Awesome review!

  2. Finished this just a little while ago and felt the same way. Thanks for the awesome review!

  3. I haven't read this series yet but it sounds interseting. I'll have to check it out.

  4. Oh I hadn't heard of these before! Off to add them to the list of things I want to read!

    I love me some cliffhanger endings!

  5. Yes, OMG! I love the ending! The cliffhanger was something I totally did not expect. Hehe. I read this book a few weeks ago, and it was completely awesome! I love these books. (:

  6. OoOoh! That sounds fantastic! I've been rushing through stuff all day to make a little time for reading The Iron King, but now I think I'm going to sit down with Hourglass instead :D Can't wait to find out what's up with Bianca and Lucas, and about this cliffhanger ...

  7. See, I enjoyed it too but I didn't find it as unpredictable as most are stating it. I wasn't surprised by what happened at the end. I was surprised and slightly pissed about the (spooky) middle part. I don't know why but I got really upset with the plot line of this book. :(

  8. This was my favorite book in the series so far. And the ending. Oh my God, THE ENDING! Lol. I don't know how I'll possibly wait until the next one! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. I'm reading this one next because the curiosity is killing me.

  10. I really liked this book.I also didn't like how Bianca's future turned out.But oh the cliffhanger.lol.

  11. Oh my gosh, I am dying to read this book. This is one of my favorite series and I love seeing when a new book comes out and gets good reviews. Very excited to get my hands on this one. Thanks for reviewing.

  12. I agree with you on the ending, I was so mad when I got to it because of the cliffhanger. I do think this one was better than the previous 2 though.

  13. Man, I NEED to get this book. I finished Stargazer a few days ago, and I want to know what happens next! Thanks for the review :)

  14. This is such a great series! You never know what you're going to get with it.

    And didn't you LOVE the fact that this book...was......HOT!!?

  15. an awesome book! I rally like to read it^^ Claudia gray is an awesome author^^

    Im in the contest =D

  16. I haven't seen this series and I'm intrigued now and will be googling shortly to find out more and where to get them!

  17. I've read a lot of things about this series. But I haven't decided to read it. I don't know, it's just don't capture my attention.

  18. I've read a lot about these books in the blogosphere but never actually got around to reading any :(

  19. I've heard about this book a lot by now... it never really spoke to me because to be honest the covers aren't exactly eye-candy... the third one has something going about it though... I think I might just give this series a go. Sounds worth it.

  20. Gah!!! I knew I shouldn't have read this post. :P Evernight is another one of my top favorite books and just...grr! Now I'm even more antsy about Hourglass. I haven't read it yet and it has been driving me mad!! I am so, so, so tempted to read the Prologue and first chapter, but I know it'll just drive me even more insane.

    I'm going to start looking for Afterlife too, XD. Just so I can go ahead and add it to my wish list bc I know already that I want it.

    Claudia is amazing.

  21. I'm so glad I found your blog! There are SO many books here I want to read it's driving me crazy! This is one of them! I didn't know many of these books existed!

  22. Awesome review... This is the first one I have really read and it was great. I have added to my to buy list with note of more to come.
    Thanks for introducing me to this great book and author.

    RAC extra

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  23. seriously, i want to read this books!

  24. I have heard so much about these books, but I have yet to pick them up. You make them sound really appealing Taschmina...ugh, my TBR pile just keeps growing and growing. :D


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