- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Harperteen; Reprint edition (6 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061284513
- ISBN-13: 978-0061284519
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
- Customer Reviews: 58 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Afterlife Paperback – 6 March 2012
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Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.
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I enjoyed seeing Lucas as a vampire and how Balthazar sticked to him; I was glad to see that Charity's psychotic plan and characther was finally over. And, of course, not to mention Ms Bethany situation and resolution. But, I did not like - the fact that Bianca remained a wraith forever; Lucas' "salvation"... I wasn't expecting to be like that... and oh, the endind. Not of my liking.
It felt really... incomplete or maybe a little - how should I put it? - fragile.
I think that stories with characters that go through so much to stay together must end with a strong component of decisiveness and a powerful end must give the reader a sensation of "oh well, there was no other way but this...". The certainty that Lucas will die eventually and that Bianca won't... it's sad and depressing.
So I confess I didn't particularly like how the saga ended, although I enjoyed it immensely. I would like to see how Balthazar would do in the future. I kind of liked his character.
So, to my dismay, I would rate this book 3 out of 5.
Just because of the way it ended. And that's pretty much it.
This book see's the characters struggle with the turn of of events from the last book. Lucas is struggling at becoming a vampire and Bianca is also struggling at becoming a wraith. They believe that their best option is return to Evernight Academy to seek sanctuary, or is it?
I loved this book but I'm also really sad that it has ended. After reading Evernight since the start, I feel quiet a connection to all the characters and although I'm not completely happy with ending, I do believe it was the best possible ending. Otherwise, it may of been a little unrealistic.
I really enjoyed how all characters developed in this book and how the other characters like Vic, Ranulf & Raquel were not left out of the story but were more involved. Bianca and Lucas's love stays true through out and my heart broke for them with the situations they were put in.
I did find parts of the story a little slow but I still couldn't help but love it still.
The only thing that really bugged me was how things with Charity were cleared up. I still believe that there is unfinished business between her and Balthazar and I'm hoping we will get to see more of there story when Claudia write's the spin off novel.
Overall, this is one of my favourites. One I believe, that any Paranormal Fan should read. So if you haven't read it and your looking for a new series to sink your teeth into then, pick it up - You won't be disappointed. :)
Mir hat es großen Spaß gemacht, auch diesen Band der Reihe zu lesen, der zu einem klaren Schluss kommt. Zwar fällt es mir schwer, den einen oder anderen Punkt als gegeben hinzunehmen (z.B. die unregelmäßige Verteilung der Kräfte und die persönliche Entwicklung der Geister), aber so ist das eben in diesem Genre - es funktioniert nur, wenn man bereit ist, sich auf jede der geschaffenen Welten und ihre Gegebenheiten einzulassen.
Nachdem ich das getan hatte, wurde ich wie gesagt mit großem Spaß belohnt, der mich etwas an die Serie "Buffy" erinnerte. Claudia Gray hat sich im Laufe der Geschichte immer wieder neue überraschende Wendungen ausgedacht, bei denen ich mich oft genug fragte, wie sie denn aus dieser scheinbaren Sackgasse wieder herauskommen will - es gelingt ihr dann auf eine für mich absolut zufriedenstellende Weise. Die Story bleibt immer spannend, der Humor bei aller Dramatik der Ereignisse gefällt mir, die Liebesgeschichte ist mir nicht zu schwülstig (wobei mir Lucas als Held leider etwas zu glatt bleibt), ich habe die Serie mit Genuss gelesen.
Warum dann nur vier Sterne? Um mir noch eine Möglichkeit der Steigerung für absolut umwerfende Bücher zu lassen, die mir mehr "Kopf-Futter" geben. Ansonsten ein schöner Band einer sehr amüsanten Serie, für Fans dieses Genres auf der Suche nach guter Unterhaltung absolut lesenswert. Aus meiner Sicht deutlich besser als vieles, was im immer noch aktuellen Vampir-Liebesgeschichten-Hype gerade auf den Markt geworfen wird.
Whenever I think of Evernight and it's memorable characters, I think about when I first started Evernight in early 2010 (Evernight is actually the first YA book I ever bought, now that I think about it) and how it's always had a special place in my heart ever since. The first book in the series is my favorite, by far, and I constantly reread that one because reading Lucas and Bianca's relationship build was one of the cutest things ever and I can never get enough of it.
I thought Afterlife was totally satisfying. Lucas has turned into the very thing he lived to kill: a vampire. It was so hard to watch how he dealt with that and how he felt about himself. And knowing how much he prides himself on not needing anybody's help just made it that much harder to see him turn up at Evernight's doorstep in a last attempt at keeping his sanity. And Bianca, not being able to comfort him like she used to, was having trouble adjusting to her own new life (or should i say, afterlife? im sorry), also. I think by the end of this journey, though, it just made them more self-aware, and it made them love each other more and become more understanding of each others situations. I was also sad at the rough turn Lucas and Bianca's relationship took, and also Balthazar and Bianca's friendship, but it only made the ending so much more ... emotional, thoroughly satisfying, immensely thrilling.
Not only was I totally hooked on Lucas and Bianca, but Balthazar, Vic, Ranulf, and Patrice were all so enticing to the series also! Balthazar has always been a favorite character of mine since the beginning; at one point, I was rooting for him to get with Bianca but it was only because I felt that he deserved to have somebody--I mean, he's been alone for so long and he's such a nice and caring guy. He needs someone. And I'm glad that he and Lucas are finally friends with each other. And Vic ... he is truly one of a kind. I've never come across a character quite like him before and I love him. Him and Ranulf--albeit, obliviously--were definitely the comic relief that most stories have and they fit the roles nicely. Patrice has always been a sort of so-so character for me, but she stepped up when Bianca needed her and her loyalty to her friends had me liking her more and more.
Each and every character in this series is memorable and it's so easy to get emotionally invested in them--they just demand your love! They've left a warm feeling inside me and I'm finding it hard to let them go, to move on from this series. I dream up scenarios in my head of how the characters end up and what happens to them. It's maddening, but it just means that I love them too much.
One thing about Afterlife, though: I felt like the whole Charity plot line was pointless to the series. I mean, besides turning Lucas into a vampire, what role did she play in the grand scheme of things?? After being one of the main antagonists for 2 books already, I thought there would be a lot more complexity in solving the Charity problem, but it was so simple to fix in the end. I was waiting for some epic showdown but alas, there was none--involving Charity, at least (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Another thing that bugged me throughout the entire series was Bianca's POV on some things. In her head, it was like everyone was trying to accommodate her. Like ... if Lucas and Balthazar were arguing and Balthazar would just stop the argument before it got too heated, Bianca would think that he stopped because of her, because she wouldn't like it. Why couldn't he have just stopped because he didn't want a full on fight to break out with Lucas?? Why does Bianca feel as though everyone makes decisions around her feelings? UGH. It bugged the hell out of me for the longest time.
And finally, I was so excited when this book finally answered the one question that I had since the second book: Why was Mrs. Bethany luring wraiths to Evernight Academy?
When Lucas awakes, cold to the touch and bloodthristy, Bianca is the only person who can get his to see through his blood hunger. Lucas, although eventually gaining control, struggle with this through the whole book; the insatiable need to drink from something living. Lucas battle with himself is not the only one that he must face. He also has to face his mother, who he believes to love him enough to look through the monster that he has become and see the son that she loved and cared for all the years of his life.
Bianca has a similar battle to overcome, she has to learn to be a wraith and understand what that means for her future with Lucas and the other people that she loves so much. This becomes harder when everyone decides that the best place for Lucas is at Evernight Academy. Because Mrs. Bethany cannot refuse to help any vampire in need of sanctuary and protection, she lets Lucas stay. But, at Evernight, Bianca is in danger because Mrs. Bethany is in a war against the wraiths, and she has no intention of giving this up.
There is no way that they could make it through this on their own and Balthazar, Ranulf, Vic and a few others are beside them all the way trying to make this time as easy as possible for both of them. When Lucas and Bianca discover the real reason behind Mrs. Bethany's war with the wraiths, they realize that they must take action immediately because she is willing to destroy everything, and everyone, in her way to have what she desires most.
Both Bianca and Lucas struggle in this book with their new identities, their fears of disapproval of their loved ones, and the question of whether their love can withstand their new transformations. This story is raw and emotional, with many twists that I never would have expected but was delighted to discover. Never disappointing, Claudia Gray has made this final book perfect to end the series and there is never a point in the story where you stop and feel like you are missing something. The voice of Bianca is special and makes you want her to make it through because you begin to love her and her friends more and more with every turn of the page. As always with the Evernight series, the story is a page-turner that will keep you up late into the night to finish it because you will not rest until you reach the end.