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Afterlife (Evernight #4)
by Claudia Gray
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13+
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 368
GENRE{S}: Horror, Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Evernight
PREQUEL: Hourglass (Evernight #3)
SEQUEL: Balthazar (An Evernight Novel)
ISBN: 0061284424
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Afterlife (Evernight #4)—Book Review

Bianca and Lucas have always assumed their love could endure anything. But a twist of fate has transformed Bianca into a ghostly wraith and Lucas into his worst nightmare--a vampire. Lucas is haunted by his powerful instinct to kill for blood, and the only place he can turn for help is the institution he hated more than anything, Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain at Lucas' side, even though the leader of Evernight Academy is a powerful vampire who is waging a war against wraiths. Her former home has now become the most dangerous place for her, in spite of her new ghostly powers. A battle looms between the wraiths and the vampires, and while Lucas and Bianca have survived everything life has brought their way thus far, will their bond be strong enough to survive the after life?
The Scoop
Afterlife (Evernight #4)—Book Review
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Afterlife is an engaging and satisfying conclusion to the Evernight series. Lucas and Bianca once again find themselves unable to be completely together when a cruel twist leaves Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith, two warring species. Young readers may enjoy debating the ethical question of whether Bianca should have allowed Lucas to be turned into a vampire so that he wouldn't be gone from her life forever, when Lucas had let it be known in the past that he would never choose to exist as one. The bond between the two protagonists is strong and loving, even though Lucas is suffering in his transition to a vampire--he endures it solely to be with Bianca. Bianca is proud of the fact that she and Lucas succeed in bringing together several disparate groups who have previously hated one another (humans, wraiths, vampires and two disillusioned Black Cross members), as they all work toward the common goal of bringing down the true villain behind the walls of Evernight. While sexual contact between Lucas and Bianca isn't described, it is implied, though at times in a romanticized sense, as the logistics of a ghost engaging in this activity has more to do with two souls joining on an emotional level. Bianca does admit to enjoying spying on Lucas in the shower while in her ghostly form. Language is mild and infrequent (d-ckweed, h-ll).
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