REVIEW: Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray

Title: Hourglass
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #3
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Release: March 9th 2010
Pages: 339

Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, 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 its hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend - the vampire Balthazar - hiding is no longer an option. Soon Bianca and Lucas are on the run again, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel, Bianca can't escape her destiny. Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything... but can it survive what's to come?

Wow! I had to sit there for a little while after I had finished, just thinking and getting my brain back into gear because that was... wow.

The cover is great, I like the way her face is in grey scale as it makes it appear more mysterious but also the bright pink as it is the opposite causing the cover to grab your attention immediately.

Bianca and Lucas just escaped the danger of Evernight Academy, just to enter a higher risk of danger and exposure in Black Cross. After the team are found they flee to New York to join up with another group from Black Cross, here they stake out the streets of New York every night looking for vampires. But, with Bianca herself being a vampire, when she finally begins to go out on stakeouts, she finds it hard to confront and murder the vampires... unless they are attacking one of them. But when Balthazar and Charity, on separate occasions, make a special appearance... lets just say all plans go down the drain. As Lucas and Bianca go on the run, they get faced with a new realisation, is time running out?

Bianca is a great character, she is mature and a very loving person. But, she also helps her kind, well those who are innocent, to get away from Black Cross which I felt was very brave due to the fact that Black Cross could turn on her at any moment. She also thinks plans through... we will excuse the email just this once, but she is also very strong especially with her hunger and does not whine or constantly go on about it to Lucas even if it means she could be exposed. Lucas is also a loving character, you are able to see him control his anger which due to his profession, may come across as a struggle. But, he is always loving towards Bianca and would do anything to keep her and himself safe and alive, even if it means working against the law.

We also see Balthazar, I will be honest though, for some reason I just don't like his character sometimes (sorry everyone!) I feel that he is sometimes very naive, especially with Charity, but he takes care of those around him of which I strongly admire. We also get to see Vic! Yay, I love his character! He just goes with the flow, doesn't care if they are vampires and tells stories to an invisible ghost, Maxie. But you also see his personality in Renulf who is staying with Vic, of which shows how much he would help a friend no matter what they are.

Then we have the last quarter... WHAT! HOW?! WHY?! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?! I was shocked, you only come to realise when you read the last quarter of where the answers are revealed of how you misinterpreted all the signs and never thought of it before. And then the end... NOOOOOO! I mean... no! No, no, no. I was a little sad, but, also intrigued to see how they would deal with their new situation and what it may result in.

This book is full of danger, suspense (hiding-under-your-bed-scared-but-excited-suspense), heartache, but also the power of different worlds and creatures coming together, for good and evil purposes. You also see how some people, some people, will never change.

The next book in the series of which, if you already hadn't realised I want now :0) , is Afterlife.

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