AfterlifeTitle: Afterlife
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #4
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: March 8, 2011
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars


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 afterlife?

I knew this was the last book in the Evernight series when I started reading it, but for the first 75% of the book I really wasn’t sure how this would wrap it up. So many things happened, but I didn’t feel like it was headed towards a conclusion. I also knew that there will be a spin-off series that follows Balthazar, so I was really starting to wonder if Afterlife would end with a cliffhanger rather a real resolution. I was wrong!

I loved seeing Lucas’ torment over becoming a vampire and how it changed his interactions with Bianca. Since Bianca turned into a wraith, it is impossible for the two of them to be together the way they were before they both died. They do the best they can though, and I think that they are able to comfort each other in the afterlife.

As with Hourglass, Claudia Gray’s writing pulled on my heart strings and made me cry. I didn’t cry nearly as much as I did when I read Hourglass, but she does have a way of pulling at your heartstrings. It’s just so sad! I still like Lucas and I think he and Bianca are a great couple. Even as I write this, I can remember how much I didn’t like Lucas in the first two books. His character came a really long way; he evolved and understands the world so much more than he did before.

I think Claudia Gray conveys a beautiful message with the Evernight series: there are many shades of gray. Not all vampires are evil, not all wraiths are evil, and not all humans are good. There is good and bad in everything, and all too often we fear what we don’t understand. It is important to look at things from all angels and not jump to conclusions because we were taught to think in a certain a way. Overall, this was a fantastic series.

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