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Third book in the Evernight series

After reading the first book, Evernight and then reading the second one in rapid succession, Stargazer, I was hoping that Bianca and Lucas got a break from their tragic love story lives in Hourlgass.  The allusion to Romeo and Juliet is apt for their romance though I tend to think the feud between the vampires and humans won't end with their deaths.  At the end of Stargazer we saw Bianca with Lucas' family, more or less under the assumed guise of being human.  Hourglass picks up there, starting with chapter 1, with the group teaching Bianca how to fight.

Though I worried over their relationship, they're put in so many life or death situations I wonder how their relationship would fare under normal circumstances, I was more intrigued by Charity, Balthazar's younger sister.  And Balthazar, but he tried my patience towards the end of the novel with the blindspot he seemed to have.  There was a sort of innocence to her.  Unlike many of the other vampires at the Evernight Boarding School she's been apart from her family, namely Balthazar, for so long.  She has little interest in getting along in a human world and more interest in making sure she isn't alone.

Throughout much of the first half of the book we see Bianca trying to fight who she is and what she can become.  This isn't a new struggle for her, she's been struggling with the change from the beginning, but for the first time she is away from her parents.  Their influence and their love have supported her throughout the first two novels, even when she did reckless things.  The relationship between Lucas and his mother is a much different dynamic.  There is certainly love in their relationship, but Lucas' mother wants him to be strong.  She reminded me a lot of Sarah Connor (from the Terminator movies).  She'll do anything for Lucas, but at the end of the day she expects him to turn to her for help only as a last resort.  

The world of the Evernight series is very black or white.  Whether its the vampires or Black Cross (the vampire hunting organization), both sides view the other as the ultimate in evil.  There is no 'good vampire' or 'good Black Cross member'.  Sometimes it irked me, especially in the case of Balthazar as he is a decent guy by any standards.  He is cool with the co-existance idea and is even friendly with Lucas, except when Balthazar tries to make a move on Bianca.  The love triangle is skewed, its obvious that Bianca loves Lucas and vice versa, but Bianca still admires and treasures Balthazar's friendship and guidance.

The end of Hourglass is a real game changer and makes me eager for when the fourth book is coming out. Overall a great addition to a stunning YA series.

Book Blurb for Hourglass

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical 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 - Bianca and Lucas are forced on the run again.

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray's Evernight series a runaway success.

Ages 12 and up

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 4.50