Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Romance
Perfect for: a rainy Saturday read
It's the start of a new school year at Evernight Academy, a school to help vampires become acclimated to the current trends. Born to two vampires, Bianca isn't a full vampire-- that doesn't come until she makes her first kill--, but is slowly feeling less human and more vampire. While dealing with her growing blood thirst, Biana also another problem. Though her parents don't know it, she is still love with Lucas, a black cross vampire hunter who infiltrated the school the year before and grew to love her, too, knowing full well she was part vampire. With Lucas' cover blown, Biana is forced to meet him in secret between his hunts with Black Cross and her weekends off campus (with the help of Balthazar, a hot, evernight-type vampire). When ghosts start attacking students, especially Bianca, she soon discovers that there is more to her than her parents ever let on.
If you remember my review of "Evernight", it was a little harsh. "Stargazer" was much better than it's predecessor. Focusing less on the school activities and more on character development was a great choice by the author. Getting to know more about Balthazar and seeing he and Bianca's relationship made for a quick, fun, page turner of a book. And the new revelations in this book about Bianca? Fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen to her now that she knows what she really is. Claudia Gray also did a great job with the flashbacks. I was a bit worried about remembering the first book, as I found it lackluster, but my worries were uncalled for. Gray put in flashbacks when needed, but never obsessively.
Overall, "Stargazer" was a good sequel to "Evernight" and a good addition to the series. It seems Gray has finally hit her stide with this series and I look forward to "Hourglass", the next book in the series. Just like before, this book is perfect for a quick weekend read.