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Hourglass by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 9th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Silver star (3.5/5 stars)
Synopsis: Bestselling author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series continues. In Hourglass, 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?

Hourglass, the third book in this gripping vampire series by the author of the New York Times bestseller Stargazer, has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s books runaway successes.

Review: My initial reaction to this book was disappointment. To be honest, I found the beginning was boring and I was impatiently waiting for something to happen. Luckily, the plot started to pick up after a few chapters and soon I was fully immersed in the story. Gray has once again come up with a cleverly executed plot filled with many twists and turns. I have read many paranormal YA and I love how Gray’s books take things to a whole new level.

Lucas takes the spotlight in this book and it was good to see him stand up for himself. Bianca was the same as usual, sassy and strong-willed. And Balthazar, gulp, I seem to be wavering towards Team Balthazar in this novel. I don’t know why but I liked his determined attitude and how he refused to buckle down despite the torture. The secondary characters, Ranulf and Vic, were breath of fresh air, I enjoyed reading their banter but I wished there were more pages including them. There were plenty of creepy moments and the novel made my heart race in fear and it was as if I was riding an emotional roller coaster. In the third book, loyalties are tested and the characters discover a thing or two about themselves. Just when you think you know where the plot is heading, Gray surprises you with a twist you will never see coming. (Or maybe you could have guessed it.)

Hourglass is the kind of book that will make you stay up all night to finish it. However, compared to the previous two books, Hourglass is my least favorite of the three. But the thing about Gray’s novels is that they are intriguing enough for me to continue reading the series and I am looking forward to visiting this chilling and enthralling world again in the last book, Afterlife. If you are a sucker for stories involving star-crossed lovers, this series is for you.


Shoutout to Australian readers, Gray will be touring Australia in August! WHOO HOO!

Review copy provided by publisher.

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