Balthazar (Evernight Series)

Balthazar (Evernight Series)

by Claudia Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780061961199
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Evernight Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 435,469
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Balthazar (Evernight Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
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.
danja More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was a very entertaining read. could really connect with Skye
bellastreet on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I adored the Evernight series and it was fun to see a spinoff of a popular character, Balthazar. The story was a good addition to the mythology of the series.
jennrenae on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reviewed on the YA Sisterhood Blog Oh Balthazar, you make me sigh, For you, all guys, I will deny, Your chiseled abs and brooding smirk, Make daydreaming a lifelong perk. Forget that Skye and come to me! Bite my neck and set me free! The thought of you, I am in awe, I close my eyes, and oh la la! So I was never one of those people that read and re-read Twilight over and over again, so I am not even close to bored of vampires yet¿which is great, because otherwise I might not have read Balthazar right away; and I would have completely been missing out! It was such a quick read (which I love¿.makes me feel accomplished and genius-like) and there¿s just enough detail that you get the action without being bogged down by the color of the sky or the smell of the trees or other such nonsense. Because, with me, I like to get to the steamy part right away!!! (But I¿m going to make you wait¿not long¿but just a little tease!) Balthazar is a stand-alone novel with characters from the Evernight series. I¿ve never read the Evernight series, and I was able to pick up this book and read like I already knew the characters. The only one that confused me at times (where I had to look up a character analysis just to be clear about what he was) was Lucas, and he only has a few cameos (we never see him in person¿only a mention of a phone call or text). So that was great that I could read a book without having to go purchase and read all the ones that came before it. Okay¿so here we go¿ The novel is focused around Skye Tierney who has the gift of ¿death sight.¿ She inherited the ability to experience the deaths of people when Bianca (a wraith) possessed her at the end of the last Evernight book. As a result of the possession, Skye¿s aura was awakened to the dead. Now, any time she is in the place where someone died a violent death, she goes into a trance and relives the death¿the fear, the pain, all of it. Soon, these psychic powers catch the attention of a monstrous vampire, Redgrave, who just happens to be Balthazar¿s nemesis. Skye, unaware of the power her blood has over vampires, finds herself in the middle of a cat and mouse game with Redgrave and his minions. Enter Mr. Dreamsicle¿my mouth is starting to water! He¿s sexy and broody¿my two favorite attributes in a vamp! For 100s of years, Balthazar has lived without love; he¿s seen how the vampire world tears apart love and innocence. But for some reason, Skye opens his eyes and his heart (all at once now¿..awwww!). He pledges to protect her from Redgrave, which requires him to be at her side constantly¿even throughout the night. So, what do I LOVE about it? I absolutely love that Claudia Gray wrote the novel in third person, going back and forth between Skye¿s point of view and Balthazar¿s. We see Skye constantly fret over whether or not Balthazar looked at her or thought about her. You know what it¿s like (or remember what it¿s like)¿.where you want to grab a flower and recite the ¿He loves me, He loves me not,¿ over and over again because just maybe he really does love you! You really get to see how Skye deals with the budding romance, it¿s ups and downs. I do wish the novel would have delved deeper into her psychic powers because that it was causes the problems to begin with; however, her abilities are put on the back burner while its effects on vampires is thrust in the forefront. I would have liked to see Skye really push her limits to discover what true power she holds. I love Balthazar¿s point of view a hundred times more! He made one rule many centuries ago: no humans. But as Balthazar continues to fall for Skye, he has to continually remind himself of that, and every time he repeated the phrase ¿no humans,¿ I smiled because it showed his vulnerability and it¿s just great to know that guys can be driven crazy, too. But he keeps refusing to show his feelings¿even after Skye saves his life¿I won¿t tell you how¿.but I will tell you that there¿s an shower scene (EEEEKK!!!!) and he ends up na
rivkat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
New human girl sees ghosts, needs protection from nasty vampires, falls for Balthazar (the romantic rival from Bianca and Lucas¿s story)¿another high drama YA romance. I liked that there were non-villains who made bad decisions, including our hero and heroine at times. There¿s also a cameo from at least one Glee character travelling incognito; I don¿t know the show well enough to identify any others, if present.
AboutToRead on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Balthazar was my favorite character from the Evernight series, so I was really excited to read a story from his point of view. If you¿ve read Evernight, you know that Balthazar is charming, sweet, and gentle. We never really found out much about his past because he doesn¿t like to discuss it, and because Evernight was really about Lucas and Bianca.Claudia Gray brings the same magic to Balthazar as she did the rest of the Evernight series. What I loved most about the novel is that it brought me closer to my favorite character and explained more about Balthazar¿s history, emotions, and train-wreck relationship with his sister, Charity. I also loved the romance¿I don¿t think you could really have a Claudia Gray novel without romance. Skye and Balthazar were really sweet together and their relationship progressed naturally (no insta-romance here!). Had it been any other way, it would have felt forced and unrealistic. Overall, Balthazar is a wonderful story for fans of both Claudia Gray and the Evernight series. The romance was extremely well-paced and the deeper delve into Balthazar provided answers to questions I¿ve been wondering about since I read the Evernight series. Even though this is slated to be a stand- alone novel, I have to wonder if another story may be in the works. The story was open-ended enough that I still have plenty of questions about what will happen to Balthazar and Skye. Hopefully Claudia Gray will surprise us with a sequel announcement¿or another stand-alone featuring Charity
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 8 months ago
After reading this book, I now must go back to finish the Evernight series. I started it, but still have two books left to read in the series. I loved this book. There was so much action right from the start that I had to sit up even straighter in my chair just to get reader for the ride!So, what I loved most about this book is the awesome characters. Both main characters, Balthazar and Skye were freshly unique. It was goo d to read such a fantastic story along with amazing well written characters. I loved that these characters are flawed. The past that both these characters carried is hard. They learn to deal with things on their own. Ms. Gray brings these characters together through their traumatic ordeals. They learn to live and to love again.The love interesting is so freaking awesome! I loved the flirting, the side smirks and the sarcastic remarks. Most of the time, while these two characters barked, I could do nothing but smile. They were so in love with each other it was cute to see them fall in love. To see two characters put everything they know aside for each other made my heart melt. Balthazar is deeply entertaining, from the gripping opening to the breath-taking ending. With the amazing feat of ambition and imagination, Balthazar is my new hero!
Truly_Bookish on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: While the writing wasn¿t anything special, I loved Balthazar and Skye in this spinoff! The characters made up for anything else that was lacking. Opening Sentence: The dead were watching. The Review: Balthazar picks up after the end of the Evernight series, with Skye attending Maple Glen High School back in her home town. As you can imagine after a school with stain glass windows and carved oak banisters Skye isn¿t exactly thrilled with her linoleum and cinderblock school. But after the death of her brother Dakota, Skye feels she needs to be there for her parents. Even if they¿re never there for her. While Skye¿s trying to cope with her grief, her parents have buried themselves in their work and are never¿I mean never¿home. As you can imagine this is super convenient when it comes to having boys over, but it¿s also convenient for those vampires that are after Skye. They come after her because of an incident in the woods with one of Balthazar¿s old comrades Lorenzo. He¿s not as human-friendly as Balthazar is. (See the Notable Scene below for an example.) So when he comes upon Skye in the forest and gets some of her blood, Balthazar tries to take him out. Skye¿s powerful blood is connected to her newly psychic powers, which developed in Afterlife post-Bianca. I¿m trying to be un-spoilery here! Because if Lorenzo is in town, Redgrave can¿t be far behind him. When Redgrave finds out what Skye¿s blood can do for vampires he wants her. While joining Redgrave¿s team isn¿t on her list of life goals, neither is being hunted by all the vampires of the world. And if Lorenzo¿s news spreads that¿s exactly what will happen. With Redgrave, however, comes Balthazar¿s delicate sister Charity. Charity isn¿t ready for a family reunion no matter how much Balthazar is. She¿s another unremorseful vampire in Redgrave¿s posse. And like the others, she wants Skye. Balthazar protects Skye as best he can, at home and at school. He tries to keep Skye at a distance. He¿s had a No humans rule for centuries. But Skye doesn¿t plan on making it easy for him. She¿s noticed him in the halls of Evernight Academy for years. Now that she¿s single there¿s no reason for her to hold back. Maintaining a distance and a protection detail at the same time is difficult, and it¿s not long before we get some steamy Skye and Balthazar scenes. Literally! There may or may not be a shower. Usually I hate flashbacks in a story. They¿re clumsy and written only because the author isn¿t creative enough to tell the reader what they need to know in the present timeline. Gray¿s flashbacks are used instead to give us more about Balthazar. She uses them as a way to avoid excess exposition and mundane conversations, and employs them every few chapters as interludes. Maybe one of the reasons why I don¿t hate them in this novel is because I love Balthazar so much. He¿s a great hero because he¿s flawed and has made some big mistakes. And because he¿s hot. The only thing better than a heroic Balthazar, is a jealous Balthazar¿and you get plenty of both in this book. The writing wasn¿t anything special but that doesn¿t mean it was a bad read. There were clichés and poor word choice, but it didn¿t distract from the story. In fact, the characters completely made up for it. Both the heroes and the villains! People who were waiting for Balthazar to get his own book won¿t be disappointed with this spinoff. Notable Scene: Lorenzo ran one finger along her forearm as she poured him more ale. She jerked back, sloshing suds onto the floor and making the other vampires laugh. ¿We¿ll eat our fill soon enough,¿ Lorenzo said, to even louder laughter. ¿You, my dear¿I wish to write a poem about you.¿ Oh, God. The subjects of all his vile poems were his worst murders. Balthazar wished he hadn¿t seen the vulnerability or innocence in the young barmaid¿s face. then he would not have pitied her. He tried to deaden himself to pity¿it would make this bitter ex
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyDespite what the description says, I don¿t think BALTHAZAR should be considered a stand-alone novel. I haven¿t read the Evernight series and felt pretty lost in the beginning. There is a lot of history that I felt like I was supposed to know, not to mention characters and various previous relationships that significantly impacted this story. Eventually, I became invested enough that all the little holes didn¿t bother me too much, but I can only image that readers familiar with the Evernight series will enjoy this book much more than those of us coming to this world for the first time.I was a little surprised by the split POVs in BALTHAZAR. Based on the description, I was expecting it to be all Balthazar. I actually think the title of the book should have been SKYE, since it struck me as much more her story than his. Skye is dealing with her ex and his new girlfriend, the death of her brother, and the isolation from her parents, not to mention unpredictable psychic visions and a vicious pack of vampires after her uniquely powerful blood. Balthazar appoints himself her protector, and through a series of flashbacks, relives his transition from human to vampire and beyond. While it was initially interesting to read about Balthazar¿s former life, I quickly became bored with the frequency and length of these flashbacks. One or two would have sufficed and that would have allowed more time for the romance between Balthazar and Skye to build more gradually. The `I¿m in love¿ realization happened much too quickly and unfortunately did not feel credible.Well written and full of several swoon worthy moments, BALTHAZAR was a romantic and suspenseful read that, because of my ignorant of the series, left me a little lost in the beginning, but has completely motivated me to pick up the Evernight series and fill in the holes. If you are already an Evernight fan, than you¿ve probably been dying for a book about Balthazar, and even to a newbie like me, it¿s not hard to see why. He was tortured and heroic, and when he fell in love (even if it happened a bit too quickly for my taste) he fell hard, and consequently, I did too.Sexual Content:Kissing. Implied sex
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is exactly what I needed after reading the Evernight series. I grew a serious attachment and had the major hots for Balthazar. With Balthazar¿s story left open-ended in Evernight, I craved for more of him and that is exactly what I got. Duh¿that¿s why the book is named Balthazar. LoLThis book reminded me of how much I love Balthazar! He¿s so freakin¿ yummy! I will admit that there were moments in the Evernight series when he would bug the living crap out of me because of his crazy obsession with trying to save his sister Charity from being an utterly and totally evil vampire. I wanted to yell at him, ¿Would you please give up already? She¿s not going to change! She actually likes being a crazy psychotic killer!¿ In fact, when I read Evernight I would have been thrilled if someone would have accomplished killing her! But now that I know Balthazar¿s backstory, I now understand that it would have killed him if something had happened to her.From the previous series I learned that Balthazar had a crazy past and I wanted to know more about it, but at the same time I was hoping for him to have an amazingly happy future. So I wasn¿t sure what I truly wanted from this book. But guess what? We get both! Throughout the book there are a lot of flashbacks of Balthazar¿s past but, at the same time, the majority of the story takes place in the present. In the present, Balthazar gives himself the job of protecting a human friend that he met at Evernight Academy, a girl named Skye. She¿s in danger because some really powerful vampires are hunting her, and Balthazar is determined to keep her safe.I don¿t remember much about Skye in Afterlife, only that Bianca was jealous of her and Lucas¿ friendship. So I really liked learning more about her character in Balthazar. Claudia Gray did an amazing job with Skye¿s character, and I think what I loved most was how truly human she is. I now understand why Lucas liked her so much.This book has action, suspense and an amazing romance. If you liked Evernight, then you will for sure love Balthazar!
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Loved this book
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
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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This book was okay.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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
TazFrk More than 1 year ago
I love this series, this book is no exception. keep em coming, Claudia Gray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago