Tuesday, 8 March 2011

First blog post and review! Yay! Review: Afterlife by Claudia Gray 4/5 silver platters!

So this is our first post! *cue applause*, So I feel as though I should talk a little bit about who we are and what we're aiming to do.

So the two people who are going to be running this blog are Lana and Laura, it's Laura talking (typing?) right now. And we're both ridiculously avid readers. As in, we put off homework that was due yesterday to instead read. Aside from reading most of the time, we're both very opinionated. This means a lot of arguments. And that's one of the things we hope to do on here to be slightly different than everyone else blogging out there: Argue.

We hope to give you a few different perspectives on certain books instead of just the one. Whether its which boy we prefer in a love triangle or whether we believe an ending suited a story we hope to liven things up with some viscious debates. Aside from that our completely opinionated and egotistical personalities requires us to share our opinions and this blog seemed like a good method!

And now, on to the review!

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

So, as an Australian I was very excited to be find out that here downunder Afterlife was actually released over a week earlier here than in the US. For those who don't know, Afterlife is the fourth and final book in the Evernight series. But fans of the series, don't distress! Miss Gray is writing a spin-off book focusing on much loved Balthazar, releasing next year and a new book called Fateful coming out later this year.

So , being slightly neurotic I have a thing about getting books the day they come out and as soon as I knew Afterlife was coming out I went straight to the bookstore and bought it.

Spoliers for Evernight, Stargazer and Hourglass!
Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help... Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

As a fan of the first three books of the series I couldn't wait for the release of this one and was definitely not disappointed. Without giving too much away, I loved the continuation of the story though I did have a few issues with character reactions.

One of the things left hanging at the end of the third book is Lucas' reaction to coming back as a vampire. While his initial reaction to this wasn't particularly good I believe the believability increased throughout the book. For those fans of angst I know are out there, you'll particularily enjoy this installment in the series as it's one full of drama and emotion.

As the finale to a series I think it was done fantastically, tying all the loose ends into a nice neat knot. I personally adored the ending as one of my favourites in regards to the end of a series though I know some of you may not like it as much.

So in short, if you haven't already read the series I would definitely reccommend it. If you haven't read the series but are screwing up your nose simply because it's a vampire book and you are over them read it anyway as it has aspects (such as wraiths) I haven't read in any other vampire books. And if you're already a fan of the series, don't wait to grab this final installment, it can't wait!

I'd give it 4 out of 5 silver platters!

If you've read it or are looking forward to it, let us know in the comments.


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