- Paperback: 339 pages
- Publisher: Harper Teen (8 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061284483
- ISBN-13: 978-0061284489
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Customer Reviews: 80 customer ratings
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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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Nachdem die beiden in Teil zwei aus der Evernight- Academy geflohen sind kommen sie zunächst bei "Black Cross" der Gruppe von Vampirjägern unter zu denen auch Lucas und seine Mutter gehören. Beiden ist jedoch klar, dass dies nur eine vorläufige Lösung sein kann, denn sie möchten ein normales Leben als Menschen und als Paar leben können. An dieser Stelle gehe ich nun nicht weiter ins Detail, es wäre schade zu spoilern.
Jedenfalls sind sie schliesslich auf sich allein gestellt und es passiert das, was im Prinzip geschehen muss- sie sind gezwungen erwachsen zu werden. Auf der einen Seite bedeutet das für die beiden endlich ein gemeinsames Leben welches sie auch offensichtlich geniessen, und das der Leser den beiden nach der Durststrecke in Teil 2 auch von Herzen gönnt. Doch die Schwierigkeiten werden nicht weniger, sei es alltägliches wie die Jobsuche, Geldnöte und eine Unterkunft steht auf der anderen Seite doch auch noch das Übernatürliche, die Flucht vor Black Cross und Balthazars Schwester Charity, Vampirangriffe, Geistererscheinungen und natürlich die spannende Frage ob Bianca ihrem Schicksal ein vollwertiger Vampir zu werden einfach so davonlaufen kann.
Dieser Band ist romantisch, spannend und zum Teil wirklich überraschend. Während an einigen Stellen schnell klar war worauf es hinauslaufen würde war ich an anderen richtiggehend baff. Und am Ende ist dann doch alles so GANZ anders als ich zu Beginn vermutet hätte.
Die Stimmung des Buches ändert sich recht häufig (von angespannt/hoffnungslos bis glücklich), die, die gegen Ende aufgebaut wird gefällt mir allerdings am besten- hat irgendwie was hoffnungsvolles, als gäbe es schliesslich Möglichkeiten alte Feinschaften zwischen Vampiren, Menschen und Geistern aufzubrechen- auch wenn dies nicht explizit angesprochen wird.
Gemeinerweise endet der Roman mit einem wirklich fiesen Cliffhanger- aber ich warte gerne auf den letzten Band und auf ein Wiedersehen mit Bianca, Lucas, Vic, Balthazar, Ranulf, Dana, Raquel und Maxie (neu)!
Oftmals ist es nun (leider) so, dass Reihen von Buch zu Buch abnehmen.
Doch nicht bei Claudia Gray!
Meiner Meinung nach steigert sich ihre Reihe von Buch zu Buch. Hourglass hat für mich
vieles wieder herraus geholt, was Stargazer verpatzt hatte.
Die Spannungskurve um Bianca und Lucas nimmt eindeutig zu!
Man erlebt endlich wie es zwischen den beiden knistert und
wie sie gemeinsam (fast) jedes Problem lösen.
Auch viele meine Lieblingscharakter wie Vic oder Balthazar kamen
endlich wieder ins Spiel und es passiert wirklich in jedem Kapitel
etwas, was man nicht verpassen will.
Ich bin schon ganz gespannt auf den 4 Teil 'Afterlife'.
Sobald man das Ende von Hourglass gelesen hat,
wird man den Titel sofort verstehen ;)
4,5 Sterne von mir, bin gespannt ob der 4 Teil
nochmals eine Steigerung sein wird.
Of course here our young lovers not only have to tackle those who don't think they should be together and the bias they've been taught, they also have to battle the Bianca's physiological makeup. Bianca being a pre-vampire/child of a wraith, an almost one of a kind creature surrounded by full vampires, vampire hunters and lowly humans, is one heck of an obstacle for our pair to overcome - and they don't overcome it fully, which is what makes this book so good. More than once I said "Ms. Gray would NEVER let that happen" only to see that exact thing occur a couple of pages later. That, in a teen novel, was a nice surprise as books in this genre are usually very formula driven and thus boringly predicatable.
While I enjoyed the entire series, this was the first book I truly didn't want to put down. Bianca's emotional struggles against mostly unknown and unsurmountable odds kept me reading in bed well into the wee morning hours. In prior books, I understood the struggle she faced but it wasn't nearly as capitvating or as heartfelt. This time I really felt Bianca's love for Lucas, and his devotion to her. And that maked for a wonderful third book.
Only problem with Hourglass is the huge cliffhanger ending. Ms. Gray, if you're reading this, that was just plain cruel......
Anyway, the thing that I think surprised me the most about this series is how it got better as the books went on. The first book, Evernight, was good, but not great. Actually, after I finished that book I did not think I wanted to keep going, but a couple of loose ends needed to be tied up so I read the second book, Stargazer, and found that I liked that one so much more. So after the read-a-thon I picked up book number three Hourglass, now I am really glad I did. I feel like this was the best one out of the three. The beginning part of the book was a little slow for me, but that might also be because I was anxious to see some action and I was getting a little nervous for some of the characters. However, the second half of the book I could not put it down, I know I caught onto what was happening before the characters did, but there were still a couple of twists that I did not see coming, like the ending!
Let me just warn you, these books have had slight cliffhangers at the end of book one and two, but Hourglass book puts them to shame! The cliffhanger at the end literally made me yell at the book, out loud! I cannot believe we have another year to wait for the final book. I read on Claudia's site that she did not mean for the two final books to be so far apart, because she has no control over publishing so I cannot blame her, but man I really want to read Afterlife (the title of the last book). I am having a hard time grasping how this is going to end, I have genuinely grown attached to these characters and I am a little worried for them, especially with a title like Afterlife.
To wrap all this up, if you read the first book and were not crazy about it give book two and three a chance, they really do pick up! I don't really want to say too much about the plot of this story because I don't want to ruin too much and I think the Goodreads synopsis gives a good enough overview. Overall, I have enjoyed the series and going on this trip with Bianca and Lucas. I am looking forward to seeing their journey continue because now I am attached and could not stop even if I wanted to.
One of my biggest issues with "Gray's" writing in the first two installments of this series was her propensity to be a tad bit flighty and unfocused in areas, and yes... I'm not going to say that "Hourglass" is mutually exclusive of this same complaint, but I will say that it is dramatically less noticeable which makes the plot read much soother than her first two attempts.
"Hourglass" picks up where "Stargazer" ended. Bianca (a half-vamp half human) and Lucas (a vampire hunter) find themselves in full lock-down inside of a Black Cross hide out. (think "warehouse full of Buffy wannabes") Life is hard...Bianca has to find a way to eat (aka drink) and Lucas has to find a way to save money (to plot their escape), but that's not all; Ms. Bethany is pissed and she's out for revenge. After 1 very misguided attempt to contact her parents Bianca leads a less-than-merry band of vamps right to their doorstep. Amidst the fighting secrets are revealed and time starts to tick. Lucas and Bianca find themselves on the run, but what exactly are they running from? Will the Black Cross hunt them down and make an example out of them, or will Bianca's mysterious dizzy spells finally take precedence over EVERYTHING.
There were definitely chapters that drug in "Hourglass" but in the end, the epic battle scenes and life decisions that seemed to pop up on every corner overshadowed the duller aspects of the plot. Balthazar was naturally thrown back into the mix (which I personally was happy to see), and the character development in this novel was leaps and bounds over the two previous editions. Be forewarned however that the book ends abruptly and shockingly and (if you are like me) you will be more than compelled to curse at your Kindle (or book.)
I am however, going to go on record as saying... I just may have been wrong about this particular series... there may be a bigger crowd out their for it than I originally speculated, because this novel was nothing short of a page turner.
There were surprisingly smart guys in Hawaiian print shirts, evil green water guns, a wraith with control issues, an ex-Viking, and several very well written battle sequences.
Get it, Live it, Love it...pass it on.
Happy reading my fellow Wraiths and remember: when in doubt... go with the sneak attack.
Bianca and Lucas muddle through and their interactions on the run are some of the more touching scenes in this novel. Lucas really grows as a character and turns away from his black and white view (human=good/ vampire=bad) of the world. Vic and Balthazar make appearances, although the later for a heartbreaking scene of devotion to Bianca.
My major complaint about this sequel is how the mystery surrounding Bianca's changing body was handled. Throughout the series, the question has always been if she refuses to change into a vampire, what happens? The author drops enough hints throughout this book that by the time the transition happens, you knew what Bianca was changing into. And that is the key problem for me.
Bianca changes into a wraith. Why Bianca could not have foreseen this is beyond me. She knows that vampires can only have a child with the help of wraiths. Her soul is from the wraiths and her body from the vampire parents. The wraiths appear around her and say "our," or "she is not for you" and defends her from being turned into a vampire. When Bianca does not complete the transition to a vampire, she starts getting dizzy, losing her appetite, will to live and starts fading away (like one would expect for a wraith). For a kick-a** heroine to this point, I expected more. Make a call to her parents to see what was happening instead of lying down and dying. Doing something.
The ending was a huge cliffhanger and now you have to wait until next year!
Whew. Lots and lots of action in Hourglass, and also lots of running and hiding. Back for this installment are Bianca and Lucas's vampire friend Balthazar, Ranulf and Vic, Bianca's former roommate Raquel, and even Mrs. Bethany, sinister headmistress of Evernight. Besides the amount of time Bianca and Lucas must spend on the run, there is also the feeling of impending doom as Bianca's health deteriorates in the face of her decision to not become a full vampire, and the fact that the wraiths (ghosts) still believe Bianca should be theirs since her very existence is the result of a pact made with her parents. And speaking of parents, Bianca's parents play an almost non-existent role in Hourglass, which sets up intimate scenes of emotional and physical connections between Bianca and Lucas. Things are definitely changing, not always for the better, and they are packing excruciating decisions and painful separations.
Hourglass is a wonderfully engrossing book; I kept wanting to skip ahead to find out what happens next because I just couldn't read it fast enough. Definitely dark in nature, Ms. Gray is setting us up for future impossible situations that I cannot foresee any solution to at this point. If I have one problem with the book, it's that Bianca and Lucas's monetary situation is too conveniently solved, but that minor argument is more than made up for with the heart-wrenching emotional scenes. This one ends on a major, major cliffhanger and I'm not sure how I'll hold on until the next installment. Ms. Gray has given us one outstanding series and Hourglass is no exception. Highly recommended...and highly anticipating the next one!
The last quarter of the novel is really what did it for me. I wanted to read the book because I do enjoy the series, but had that last quarter not happened... I think my rating would have been a lot lower. Totally did not see it coming and I'm very curious as to what is going to happen next.
So besides the plot another thing that bothers me is Bianca. I don't really like her. She kind of annoys me. A LOT. Her character is just so..... mature. And not in a good mature teen kind of way, but in a very worldly mature kind of way. Which isn't what her character is supposed to be at all. She isn't a vampire that has been around for centuries, she really is just a teenager. I mean what kind of teenager uses the word lover? As in being in bed with a lover....? Maybe it's just me, but her character just isn't consistent. BUT the real character behind my love for this series is Balthazar. Give me a piece of that! Love everything about this guy and he is in this novel plenty, which I of course lapped up like a kitten would a saucer of milk. Meow! Was that too much? I'm usually not a metaphor person, but hey I'm just in that mood. I will admit that Lucas did start to grow on me a little bit. He finally grew a backbone somewhere in there.
Hourglass was a little steamier then the previous two novels as well! I'm a steamy fan though, so I enjoyed that part. And it was done tastefully too. Which is always nice, especially in young adult fiction.
Gray has a very addicting writing style I think that is what kept me going despite the slowish plot and my annoyance of Bianca. I am really looking forward to the final installment: AFTERLIFE!
(I've also heard rumors of a Balthazar spin off... YES PLEASE!)
There is much more of a romantic element to this story as Bianca and Lucas begin to have a more adult relationship. Their love for each other grows and I really felt their devotion to one another. The story really picks up once they are alone together and a wonderful bunch of twists and turns are introduced. I don't want to spoil the book, so I'll just say I was quite happy that some questions from previous books were answered and that we learned more about Bianca's mysterious condition of being part vampire. If you haven't read the series yet then I think it's worth the read. It's an exciting series but I should warn you that when you finish, prepare to be impatient for the next book.
I loved that Balthazar was in this book. He is by far my favorite character in the series, so it was nice to see him in it. He was not in it all that much, but I love the parts that he was in.
The only thing I did not like about this book was the ending. I honestly hated the way things ended. I do not understand how Bianca could not see what was coming. It was so obvious! I do not want to give anything away, but I was definitely disappointed in how things turned out. I hope what happened can be reversed.
That being said, I still liked the book. I just did not like how it ended. The ending left me wanting more with so many loose ends and a cliff-hanger. I am impatiently looking forward to Claudia Gray's next installment in the series to see how everything plays out. I do not know when it is going to be released, but I want to know what happens next!
This is a well written series that won't disappoint if you are a fan of romantic suspense and vampires. I read the Twilight series and in many ways I enjoyed this series more, I thought the writing was better and the characters more likable. The ending of Hourglass surprised me, I didn't see it coming and I immediately wanted to read Afterlife to see what happens - I can't believe we have to wait until March of next year to find out how it all ends for Bianca, Lucas and all. I also loved many of the other characters in this series especially Balthazar, Vic and Ranulf who made me laugh many times throughout the story. I would definitely recommend this series.