hourglassReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Picking up where Stargazer left off, Lucas and Bianca take refuge with the Black Cross, an organization sworn to destroy all vampires. Bianca’s control over her need for blood is challenged as she struggles to conceal her true nature from the Black Cross team. After compromising Black Cross’s safety, the organization is forced to regroup in New York City. Friendship and loyalty are put to the ultimate test when Bianca’s secret is revealed. Left with no other choice but to flee, Bianca and Lucas set out on their own to start new lives.

As Bianca searches for the truth about the circumstances of her birth and her connection to the wraiths (ghosts), a sickness begins to overtake her. Not knowing where else to turn, Lucas seeks out Balthazar, his rival for Bianca’s affections, to help him find a cure. But Bianca is not the only one undergoing changes; Lucas himself is gaining the strength and reflexes of a vampire. Will Lucas be able to save Bianca before it is too late, and save himself from becoming the one thing he truly hates?

Hourglass, the third installment in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, left me absolutely speechless and drained of energy as I read the last page. Lucas and Bianca are put through trial after trial and heartache after heartache as early adulthood and responsibility is forced upon them. There are some really sweet moments between the two young lovers as they begin to test the boundaries of their emotional and physical attraction for one another. I could literally feel the urgency of their situation and the fear they both felt as they fight to be together against the wishes of their very different worlds.

At first glance, Hourglass and its predecessors might seem like just another addition to the growing teeny bopper vampire craze. These books set themselves apart by tackling adult situations and themes familiar in classical plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Westside Story. Anyone who is a sucker for stories involving star-crossed lovers will find hours of entertainment in this series. If you think you know all the plot twists, think again; Claudia Gray will surprise you every time.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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