HBIC Review- Hourglass by Claudia Gray posted by Tina
March 2010 by HarperTeen , 352 pages
Copy Review provided by Publisher
Bianca and Lucas have found a way to be together. But it means lying to the people who care about them the most. After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost?
I’m at a loss for words………………………………………………………
Ok maybe I can pull some out.
Hourglass was an amazing, non-stop rollercoaster ride and everything I was wanting and everything I was not wanting………
We begin our tender morsel right where Stargazer left off. Bianca and Lucas have fled Evernight Academy and have taken shelter with Black Cross (vampire hunters) in order to survive the wraith and vampire attacks. Things aren’t so simple for Bianca though- they are in a closed off deserted area and in complete lockdown. No one knows who she is or what she needs in order to survive. As the days pass by so does Bianca’s strength and ability to stay focused. In a twist of events, the group heads to the main headquarters of Black Cross and are shortly after discovered by vampires form Evernight. In an attempt to save Bianca, many are killed and Balthazar is captured. Lucas and Bianca’s life take yet another turn trying to help Balthazar out and so many shockers hit me while reading I’m almost dizzy.
Lucas and Bianca face some dire consequences due to their decisions and a MAJOR event in the book almost made my heart plummet- I was not expecting Gray to take the novel in the direction it went and I can’t even write about it because it will spoil the entire novel…….
I think this is the best book out of series thus far. Evernight was a fantastic introduction and I loved Stargazer because of Balthazar and if anyone has read the interviews around the blogosphere this week Gray is writing an entire book dedicated to Balthazar…(Oh wow-here’s me doing the happy dance) I think each book has gotten better, and Grays writing has become almost genius. To say I read this like lightening is putting it mildly- I soaked up the world of Hourglass in one sitting and hated -hated- that it had to end...how do we wait for Afterlife? I guess one book at a time. -Go Claudia, that's not your real name but you are awesome-
Hourglass is mild for language and violence, but does stem into the mature realm on sexuality. I would recommend this for 16 and up.
4/4 YA- Romance, Vampires, Wraiths, Balthazar……..
*A big Thanks to Harper Collins for Review Copy- and providing Copys to the Blog with Bite Vamp Week