Review: Afterlife

Review: AfterlifeAfterlife by Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #4
Published by HarperTeen on March 8, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

Oh my goodness, the sappiness and cheesiness that comprise these books! They have always been this way, but I think they have been getting worse as they have gone along. I laughed out loud several times at the ‘romantic’ scenes. Are you wondering, why does she keep reading the Evernight series if she thinks it’s so bad? Well, I really can’t say. Once I read the first two books in a series, I generally feel compelled to finish (although I gave up on the House of Night books by the Casts). Besides that, my only other reason is that I make bad choices sometimes.

Okay, so I’m assuming that if you’re reading this review, you either have already read the previous books and are acquainted with the plot or that you have no intention of ever reading them, so don’t care about spoilers. At the opening of the novel, Bianca and Lucas are both dead; she’s a wraith and he’s a vampire. But (big surprise) being dead cannot stop their love (seriously, I’m so moved), as they keep reminding one another every three pages.

Of course, maybe they don’t love each other as much in this situation. There is that human girl that Lucas befriended. Could just be me, but, had events transpired differently, I could imagine them getting along really well, if you catch my drift. Besides, Bianca said this: “It wasn’t that I loved him any less for being dead—how could I?—but I knew that his life was something I loved about Lucas, and it was gone” (89). Really? I’m buying it. You don’t love him less; you just loved him more before. That makes perfect sense. This is true love that lasts forever folks.

Best moment of the book, in my humble opinion, resulted from some poor editing. The final chapter begins with this awesome sentence: “I flashed myself to the small group of people huddled around Lucas’s fallen form” (231). I assume that this is supposed to refer to some form of ghostly transportation method. However, what it actually says is that Bianca took off her ghostly jammies and gave everyone a little peek after the big battle. How awesome is that?

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