John Dee and
Edward Kelley invoking the spirit of a deceased person (engraving from
the Astrology by Ebenezer Sibly, 1806).
Title page of
the First Folio, 1623.
From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
by Claudia Gray
and Lucas are determined to maintain their budding romance despite the
revelation of Lucas’ family history and his subsequent departure from
Evernight Academy (see EVERNIGHT for more details). Unfortunately, a
chance encounter with a vampire outside the walls of the school changes
everything for both Lucas and Bianca, and now Balthazar is a party to
their secrets as well. Meanwhile, just what is causing the frost and
ghosts to appear at Evernight Academy? Will Bianca be forced to choose
between the life she’s led as the child of a vampire and her growing
love for a vampire hunter?
STARGAZER is the second book in the Evernight series and is best
appreciated if one has read EVERNIGHT first. EVERNIGHT is a stunningly
clever book with some intriguing twists and turns and STARGAZER is a
spectacular sequel! Readers will enjoy seeing the familiar faces of
characters such as Balthazar and Raquel while gaining new insight into
their motivations. Please note that STARGAZER is part of a four book
series and therefore the book does not end with all the issues
resolved. In fact, it adds more fuel to the fire, making me want to
read HOURGLASS immediately to see what happens next.
Bianca is a character with whom it’s easy to relate. Her trust has been
shattered by everyone around her as the world she thought she knew is
suddenly changed. Her parents have sheltered her from many of the
negative aspects of being a vampire, only preparing her for the
positive benefits and now Bianca is beginning to see the bigger picture
and wonder just where she fits in. Her love for Lucas is understandable
in this context and it will be curious to see how this love grows or
changes in future books.
Claudia Gray writes a tale that is sheer fun to read! The fast pace
keeps the story flowing smoothly along while the mysteries heighten the
sense of danger. The class discussions with Mrs. Bethany on Shakespeare
add a sense of depth to the storyline as often these discussions
parallel the events occurring in the plot. STARGAZER is a dark
tale and Claudia Gray does an excellent job at creating and maintaining
the eerie atmosphere that permeates the entire book. Bravo!
Publisher: Harper Teen (February 2010 Reprint)
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