Sunday, April 17, 2011

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

***Spoilers*** If you haven’t read the 3rd book in this series do not continue.

3/5 stars


Bianca and Lucas have both realized their greatest fear. Bianca is dead and is a wrath. Lucas is dead and is a vampire. But they are together and that’s what matters. Lucas is struggling with his blood hunger, so much worse for him than most vampires. He is terrified that he will make a mistake and kill a human. He couldn’t live with that. So Bianca convinces him to go back to Evernight Academy and learn how to be a better vampire. Though he is unsure if he will be welcomed after being Black Cross, he agrees to go. Once there, Bianca is in danger and the secrets of the past are being unraveled. Will the answers be anything either of them can live with?

My thoughts:

I was devastated when Bianca died in book 3. I couldn’t see how things could go on in the series but Claudia Gray does a good job of bringing Bianca and Lucas back together in the last book of the series. There have been a lot of unanswered questions throughout the books and they all get answered in this one.

I enjoyed that this book took us back to where things all started. They spend time in the gazebo where they first kissed. They spend time in the movie theater, where they went on their first date. It was all really sweet and quite hopeless.

I guess I had a hard time with some of it. There were lots of answers and I was glad about that. I guess my problem was that Bianca was always floating around somewhere making her less a part of the story and more an observer. Since the story was from her point of view, too much of the action didn’t include her. I missed that. Things just got fixed when Bianca figured out how to use her powers. With next to no forethought, Bianca just knew what to do. I was glad about that in the end because I loved the ending. There was just a lack of drama that had been present in the other three books and more a sense of hopelessness. I still enjoyed the book and definitely think you should read it. It’s just not as good as the first one.

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