- Evernight (September, 2008)
Bianca Olivier comes to Evernight Academy, only to realize that she is destined to become a vampire. Meanwhile, she falls in love with a human, Lucas Ross. But Lucas is hiding a dark, deadly secret, that could separate them forever.
- Stargazer (March, 2009)
Bianca and Lucas are separated, and Bianca would do anything to be with him, even if it means to deceive the powerful vampires of Evernight. This forces her to live a life of lies, but she isn't the only one keeping shocking secrets.
- Hourglass (March, 2010)
Bianca has found refuge with Black Cross, a vampire hunting group, bent on destroying her kind. Within months, Bianca befriends many of the hunters, but has no fun being in Black Cross, and she is reluctant to leave with Lucas. However, many old faces return and try to claim her as their own.
- Afterlife (March, 2011)
Bianca and Lucas return to Evernight, as a wraith and vampire respectively. Lucas is facing demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the demons inside him - and face her destiny at last.
~~ Summary from Wikipedia ~~
The Fantasy Series includes Humans, Human Vampire Hunters, Vampires and Ghosts. It is initially set in Evernight Academy where Bianca arrives with her parents. It is here that she realizes that her destiny is out her control and falls in love with a human Lucas. Over the four books in the series, Bianca and Lucas faces and overcomes a lot of hurdles against all odds. Slowly we are also introduced the concept of Ghosts and the comparison between Vampires and Ghosts is handled very well.
When I started reading this series, I was aware that it was a fantasy series involving Vampires. But the way the author introduces us to the vampires in the novel is just awesome. The story begins as the story of a girl called Bianca and just when you start to forget that this is a fantasy novel with Vampires, Claudia hits you with it! The relationship between Bianca and Lucas is dark and strong. You cannot help but fall in love with them as a couple because even though they are young and so different from each other, they make it work like there are no differences between them.
There are two other characters in the story that I particularly liked. One is Balthazar and the other is Dana. Balthazar is one of the oldest vampires at Evernight Academy. He is a gentleman, a good friend and loves Bianca even though that love is not reciprocated. Through the series we see him as a stable and dependable character. He and Bianca form a very compassionate relationship, that is different yet similar from Bianca & Lucas's relationship. I couldn't help but love and respect Balthazar. Dana on the other hand is a dynamic character. She is introduced to us as Lucas's best friend and an expert Vampire hunter. When Lucas's own family turns against him, Dana stands by and helps him out showing a trait of fierce loyalty to her friend.
Overall, Claudia Gray manages to keep her readers enthralled with her plot and her flow of writing. This is a must read for all Fantasy novel lovers. I just can't wait to get my hands on her next Novel "Balthazar"!!!