Balthazar (Evernight Series) [NOOK Book]

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For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for ...

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Overview

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for his own evil purposes.

Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer—first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . .

In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Minor characters from Gray's "Evernight" novels (HarperCollins) take center stage here. Skye, a human teen with psychic ability, and Balthazar, her vampire inamorato, endeavor to thwart the evil vampire Redgrave and his minions as they try to exploit Skye's powers. The story never takes wing, though, courtesy of its Potemkin construct. As a main character, Skye does little. Her psychic ability is not useful—she sees how people are going to die but cannot do anything about it. Her function is that of being someone Balthazar can swoop down on and rescue from various dangers: lone walks in snowy woods, lone walks home from school, and fainting spells. Her parents, grieving over the loss of their son, are rarely home. Skye's solitude makes her more vulnerable to evil vampires and more in need of Balthazar's protection. When she does have a talk with her parents, they remain unbelievably committed to their work and grief, thus allowing a convenient, if implausible, out for Skye. She can run off with Balthazar without feeling guilty about leaving them. In addition, the attitude about sex is permissive to the point of being reprehensible. Charity, a 14-year-old vampire, is Redgrave's lover. This detail does nothing to move the story along. Readers know already that he is evil, so this relationship seems gratuitous.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Now that Evernight Academy, a private school for vampires and humans who possess special abilities, has been destroyed, Skye Tierney is back home and attending her old school. She is being stalked by a group of vampires who have determined that she possesses some special power. Drinking her blood will allow them to experience what it is like to be fully alive—it transports them back to their lives before they were turned. Skye's blood is akin to a powerful drug, one that Redgrave and his group of vampires would kill to have. Fortunately, Balthazar More comes to Skye's rescue. Despite Balthazar's vampiric powers, Skye will have to join in the battle for her own survival. Gray has taken some of the minor characters from Evernight (HarperTeen, 2009/ VOYA August 2008) and its sequels and given them free rein. Skye is a fairly typical teen despite her unusual ability; she hates attending her old school and seeing her old boyfriend who has moved on to someone new. She resents her parents' absence as they continue to mourn the death of her older brother, and she longs for a closer relationship with Balthazar. Fans of the Evernight books will welcome this new addition. Readers new to the series will be able to enter into this story without having read the other novels. Romance, vampires, revenge, and blood and gore provide a winning combination for teen readers, especially girls. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062099150
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Evernight Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 165,149
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 799 KB

Meet the Author

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    If you love paranormal YA books like I do, you have heard of the

    If you love paranormal YA books like I do, you have heard of the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. I even own the first book in the series but just have not had a chance to read it. When I got a copy of Balthazar (a spin-off title from the Evernight series) for review, I was a little worried that I would be lost having not read the original series first. I’m thrilled to tell you that my concerns were completely unfounded!

    Skye Tierney, a former student at Evernight Academy, is having disturbing visions where she sees violent deaths and feels what the people in the vision felt. Skye writes to her friend from Evernight, Lucas, for help and he sends Balthazar to see if he can help Skye with her problem.

    As Balthazar arrives in Skye’s small town in upstate New York, she is being attacked by vampire, one from his past. What should have been a quick visit to help an acquaintance with an issue turns into a full time mission to keep Skye from being killed or worse by an extremely evil tribe of vamps led by Balthazar’s maker himself.

    Portions of the book are told in flashbacks and so you get to see how a 19-year-old Puritan boy became a 400 year-old vampire. I love Balthazar and even though I have not read Evernight, I’m so happy he got his own book. Balty is ridiculously swoon worthy and while he is a teeny bit brooding over his past and what he is, he is not overly emo. I love how he treats Skye and while his reasons for avoiding a romantic relationship with her are valid, it’s easy to see how much he cares for her.

    The relationship between Skye and Balthazar is my favorite aspect of the book. Having known each other before, it’s easy and natural for these two to click. It also helps that Skye had a huge crush on Balthazar when they were at Evernight but she never acted on it.

    Unlike a lot of girls in YA these days, Skye is very smart and capable. Balthazar does end up saving her a few times but that’s only because Skye is not always a match for a tribe of evil vampires. I’m happy to say that does hold her own a few times.

    Balthazar is fast paced, exciting and so romantic. Claudia Gray's writing is solid and I raced through this book. If you have been holding back on reading Balthazar because you have not read the Evernight series, don’t. The book works perfectly by itself and has actually made me want to read the original series even more. There is no cliffhanger ending and my heart broke a little bit when I found this is a standalone book. I would love to know what happens next with Skye and Balty.

    Content: Kissing, implied sex and violence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    A Must Read!

    I'm a big fan of the Evernight Series and I must say that I really, really like this book!

    I'm hoping that Claudia Gray does a series from this book! I'm sure it would be great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Truly a good addition to the Evernight Series!

    What can I say....I truly love Balthazar! He is every woman's night in shining armor. How can you compare any guy to this truly captivating character. He is handsome, has high morals (even for a vampire), he is warm and caring, self sacrificing, brave, and can truly kick someone's a**. I love the way Claudia Gray wrote the book, she popped in information that carried from the other evernight books; which I feel is a needed component of continuing books in a series. There is nothing more confusing when you are reading a series and all of a sudden they go off subject and the connection is gone. This book held my attention all the way through. Yes there were a couple of times, it was a bit slow, but I was never bored. This is definately a good addition to the Evernight Series. If you love to read books about paranomal or Vampire romance, then you would like this one. There is nothing better to excape the daily grind, than to curl up with a book that takes you far away!

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    For as long as I've been blogging, I've heard that I must read t

    For as long as I've been blogging, I've heard that I must read the EVERNIGHT series by Claudia Gray. I do own the first book in the series, EVERNIGHT, but haven't read it yet. BALTHAZAR is a stand-alone, spin-off of the EVERNIGHT series. And yes, reading this means I've read the series out of order, but honestly, I don't care.

    BALTHAZAR was a great read. Maybe I've missed out on some of the backstory that would lend this one some extra magic, but I don't think so. Author Claudia Gray did such a fabulous job of doling out bits of information that helped keep me abreast of what put these characters, Balthazar and Skye in the place they are now. I never felt lost, or that I was lacking in essential knowledge of the characters or their world.

    The "hook" grabbed my attention within the first few pages. I appreciate when that happens, I'm thrilled actually, because there is nothing worse than when the "hook" or the "reveal" comes entirely too far into the story, and it's a big dud. Basically, the story is this: Skye has "magic blood" because of an event that occured before the story begins. Bad vampires are after her because her blood virtually takes them back to a time when they were alive. So Balthazar (who I will discuss in depth) is there to protect her from the bad guys. Of course, they are attracted to one another, giving him a crisis of conscience. Between eluding the vampires after Skye, and eluding his own feelings, Balthazar has his work cut out for him.

    Sounds fun and exciting, right? It is. Balthazar is what I'll call, "swoon-tastic". He's basically everything you want in a hero: handsome, thoughtful, brave, self-sacrificing. My favorite quality, though, is that Balthazar isn't freaking bi-polar. I am so over guys in books who run hot/cold, changing their personalities so fast my head spins. Balthazar quickly realizes he has feelings for Skye. Whether he acts on them is one story, but he never denies them. I enjoyed Skye, as well. She inadvertently, because she had helped a friend, gets put in a terrifying situation. But she faces it head-on; she actually listens to Balthazar when he tells her to run (finally!); and she doesn't play games. She lets Balthazar know that she wants him, without being sleazy, and is determined to make him work at forgetting her!

    I will say, the story got the tiniest bit slow, for me, in the middle. It happens. I never got bored, but maybe it only felt slow because I wanted to find out what would happen with Balthazar and Skye. True love can't be denied, right?!

    If you like paranormal young adult, I think you will most definitely enjoy BALTHAZAR. This book is extremely well-written and includes the best (fun, action, adventure, romance) of what the genre offers.

    Favorite Quote(s):
    "Balthazar was the kind of guy who used totally correct spelling and punctuation even when he was texting, which was sort of bizarrely hot. She was in serious trouble if commas could get her going."
    (pg. 27, ARC)

    "Don't go after her unless you're going to follow through, he told himself. Don't put her through it. If you stop her from being alone with Keith, you're stopping her from moving on. You can't do that unless you're willing to go the whole way." (pg.279, ARC)



    Source: I received an ARC from the publisher for review.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    I really liked this book. It was a very entertaining read. could

    I really liked this book. It was a very entertaining read. could really connect with Skye

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Great folloup w Great follow up bookon a Great book for a supporting character

    Loved this book

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    I got asked the question, ‘Can Balthazar be read without


    I got asked the question, ‘Can Balthazar be read without reading the Evernight series, or a good chunk of it, before cracking open Balthazar?’

    Well ,as I have read and reviewed all the Evernight series, I have read the books twice, and LOVED them all differently, it can....................but.............why would you want to jump to Balthazar and miss all of Balthy and what endears him to the reader. Miss out on reading about Black Cross, Lucas, Bianca, all the totally awesome sidekicks that Claudia throws at the reader. We are talking Ranulf and Vic. Vic has the most awesome dude dialogue. Ranulf with the basin haircut is just so innocently hilarious, bring on the Viking Warrior I say.

    I almost want a Vic spinoff....I am serious here Claudia, that boy rocks. He could start his own fashion label.
    AND!! Miss out on reading about the true Psycho Goldilocks character that Claudia shows us in Charity, the girl is tame compared to how she behaves in Hourglass. People I am remembering scenes as we speak, that girl is nasssssttttyyyy...hehe!!

    Do I recommend reading Evernight series before cracking open Balthazar, should be the question I get asked and the answer would be a resounding, YES!
    Claudia has written four books before Balthy, this is probably why Balthy got written, I am using my psychic abilities here...hehe!!
    Hence the book cover has the blurb down the bottom...’It’s finally his turn.’ ( Thankyou Miss Claudia xxxxx)

    The readers fell sooooooo in love with him in the Evernight series, sure he wasn’t right for Bianca, but he was selfless and beautiful and soooooooo much more than Claudia shows us in Balthazar. I am not saying that is a bad thing, because you are supposed to have been up to speed and read Evernight series so she didn’t have to retell what most of us already knew.

    Balthy aka Bath Tub boy, whatever endearment as the reader you have for him, he has a story that makes your heart break for him in the previous four books.

    Not to mention the wraiths, and all those Nummy Num Num scenes...* waggles eyebrows*.

    Claudia blew my mind with her twists and characters in the Evernight series. I nearly fell off the bed when I got my first POW ( didn’t see that one coming) in Evernight. I was like WT!!! Stargazer ( the astronomy scene observatory thingy) , Hourglass ( Blackcross, Psycho Goldilocks , that kid needed therapy, BIG TIME!!) I haven’t even gotten started. Afterlife, although Claudia surprised the heck a doo out of me with where she took that storyline, it was a quieter book, but it suited where she was going. I personally was going somewhere completely else in my head after Hourglass...cause after some of those scenes * face plant *, who knew ?
    The scenes between Bianca and Balthy.....oh yeah there was a scene, * fans one self* , but if you have only read Balthy or just touched on Evernight series, then you have missed out on what I am talking about * fans one self again* .

    Everybody loves a good Ball scene, and the Autumn Ball and the dancing and Balthy.....* sigh* . I know I am not mentioning Lucas, but I am trying to explain why you should read Evernight, whole series before Balthy . Lucas well he is a whole 4 books.

    I suppose I should talk about Balthazar the book now.

    I LOVED IT!!! Claudia knows how to give us faithful Evernight series readers the Balthy we have been waiting for.....yup!!!! Naked! Visually I tried real hard to squint and see that scene..hehe!! Not that he is squint worthy....maybe as this is YA I shall leave that alone. * cough*

    Skye is a gorgeous character that only gets touched on in Evernight series, but she is soooooo good for him. I like that she takes charge a little as Balthy is quite damaged from all those centuries ago , not to mention the handful Charity is. Like , Psycho Goldilocks is truly a handful. Claudia let’s you get a little hint of it at end of Balthy when Skye’s parents surface. I was giggling as I thought those who don’t know Charity, have no idea what she is capable of.....shall I mention that diving board scene....*wink*

    Balthy is fighting his fears in his book, but I am so glad to see that he is breaking through them.

    Claudia is again making rather wonderful use of stakes and beheadings. A smaller amount of Nummy Num Numming ( think fangs and I want to suuuucccckkk your blood) , but a whole lot of Balthy kissing....hi five Claudia!

    Claudia kept Balthazar interesting to those of us who are up to speed by bringing in a tribe of vampires, new to us. I think I could have almost liked Redgrave, if he wasn’t a baddie. Finding a bit more out about Jane was putting a little puzzle piece to bed for me and Balthy’s pain and finding more out about how Balthy’s torturous change came about and the demise of Charity’s sanity, cause that girl is sooooo not all there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Pretty Good.

    This book was okay.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    Great Read!! Brought to you by OBS reviewer Bridget For hundre

    Great Read!!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Bridget

    For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

    When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for his own evil purposes.

    Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer—first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her.

    In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight Series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

    Skye Tierney is now home from Evernight Academy with some sort of psychic ability that allows her to see someone’s death if she walks by where they died. There is no beating around the bush in this book. Right from the start, Skye is in trouble and the oh-so handsome Balthazar comes to her rescue.

    No one can give Skye an explanation for her new ability except for the very bad, Redgrave, who wants to use Skye’s blood for his own gain and will do anything to make Skye his. Balthazar, who has a 400 year old grudge with Redgrave, promises to keep Skye safe while also trying to finally put an end to Redgrave’s reign of terror.

    Skye is very well written and developed. She’s strong willed and brave. She is grieving for a dead brother but still manages to keep it together and never backs away from a new threat. Those who have read the previous EA books and who are familiar with the intriguing Balthazar, will be pleasantly pleased with him in this installment. I really loved the growing relationship between Sky and Balthazar. It wasn’t the instant love that most books have. Their love grows painfully slow and reluctantly but I loved reading every bit of it.

    Claudia Gray delivers again with this addictive tale about a boy who doesn’t think he can love a human without a tragic ending and a girl who just can’t take no for an answer when love is at stake. The details were imaginative and thorough and I had no issues diving into the book after the long wait from the fourth Evernight book.

    I recommend this book not only to Evernight fans, but also to non-fans. It’s a great read and you won’t be sorry you bought it.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    I love this series, this book is no exception. keep em coming, C

    I love this series, this book is no exception. keep em coming, Claudia Gray.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Great read

    I have not read in a while because i can not find any books. I read all the time but i could not find the right book. This was the right book. I read it in one week!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Highly recommend it!

    Great book.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Great addition to the series

    I really enjoyed the Evernight series. I am always a little leary about a change in the character focus, but this was well written. It incorporates just enough of the previous happenings while managing a new plot. I loved it and cannot wait for another!

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