Friday, April 10, 2009

Stargazer by Claudia Gray + Hourglass Cover!

Stargazer returns to Bianca's story a few months later. Both she and Lucas will stop at nothing to see each other again—even if it means living a life of secrets and lies. But even as Bianca finds herself torn between two worlds, she soon discovers they aren't the only ones keeping secrets. Will powerful forces within Evernight Academy keep her from deciding her own fate, or claim her forever?

Stargazer was a fantastic follow up to its previous, Evernight. I was even lucky enough to get a copy early from the sweetest author I have come to know, even though I don't, Claudia Gray. It was even signed!

The story begins months after the last one left off. And Bianca and Lucas are needing each other more than ever. With the help of their friends they're finally able to meet up again, but it might not be the perfect time, seeing as how Bianca's having some major problems.

Usually after reading the first novel of a series you get an understanding of who the characters are, then in the following books, you know exactly who they are and how they act. In Stargazer this is proven at many points, but in others it's completely different. It's different because the majority of the characters undergo transformations.

Balthazar plays a bigger role in this one and I'm happy for that, because he intrigued me from the beginning. In Evernight, we just got a glimpse of who he is, but in Stargazer we journey deeper into his mind, and in one scene we actually get a taste of his thoughts.

Some haunting details of Racquel's past are revealed as Bianca ventures further into Evernight's past, trying to unveil the reason why humans are allowed to attend Evernight Academy again. Vic didn't really change at all, and I love him for that, because his character is just fine. He's unique.

Lucas is the same throughout the novel, with a hint of jealousy. He doesn't change until the end of the book when he realizes something he should have put into perspective since the beginning.

And my favorite female Bianca, is the same strong female that she was in Evernight, taking risks and proving herself.

Stargazer was amazing. I loved every line of it, and was sad to see it end, but now I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for Hourglass to hit the shelves. Cover can be seen below.

This is the Hourglass cover! Isn't it gorgeous? It just gets me so excited, I want to dance around in circles!

19 comments:

Michelle said...

I loved Stargazer. And I've never seen the cover for Hourglass. It looks amazing, I can't wait!

robin_titan said...

The Hourglass cover is soooooo pretty!!!!!

Anonymous said...

when will hourglass come out

Dominique said...

I love the font used for the titles!!!

gaby317 said...

You make it sound like such a fun read. Should I read the first in the series before checking out this second in the series? Or does the second work without having read the first? Thanks!

Erica said...

I have yet to read this one, I have a copy and it's sitting on my desk. I want to reread Evernight first.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Okay, I just purchased Evernight, these next two books for as good as the first and the cover art is fantastic! Can't wait!

Dottie :)

robolobolyn_03 said...

Awesome books! This one was even better than the first - if that is even possible! :P I'm not sure if I can wait for the next one or not!

pirate penguin said...

Great review! Yesss I love how we see more of Balthazar...he was an interesting character from the start. I agree with Dominique: the font used for the titles are so cool-looking! :)

fayeflame said...

Oh YES!! awesomeness

In evernight i was all like "OH no" at the end. I always like Luke, felt sad for Balthazr though. can't wait to read it

fayeflame said...

OH plus the Hourglass cover is
*** HOT ***

Anonymous said...

when does it come out?

Kristen said...

This is sitting on my bookshelf from the library! Loved the first book and am glad the second one was just as good. I can't wait for Hourglass.

Dani said...

I totally agree with you, the cover of Hourglass toatlly makes me want to dance around in circles.

Stephani said...

Hey I got Stargazer with Claudia Gray's autograph in it! That's the only book I have with an autograph! It's cool, but you can hardly tell it says 'Claudia Gray.' Can't wait until Hourglass comes out!

Anonymous said...

oh, jeez, you know i've probably seen the hourglass cover a zillion times (on Claudia Gray's website), but it always looked just plain black with the title on it! it wasn't until just know that i put it in a program and adjusted the contrast that i realized that Bianca's face is on the cover! i feel kind of stupid now. (;

Rebekah said...

if your in the States or Canada, Hourglass is supposed to come out some time in December

Nat said...

I bought Evernight yesterday, and I loved it so much that I bought Stargazer today! I can't wait for Hourglass to come out! Claudia Gray, you are a fabulos writer, and I can't wait to read more from you!
5 out of 5!!!

Anonymous said...

i bought evernight and stargazer 2 days ago and read them both in 6 hours!!! i absolutley LOVE claudia gray. i love all vampire books, and the range claudia made was wonderful. ily twilight, BUT THESE DIDNT SPARKLE! THANK GOD!!!