I don’t remember how I came across Claudia Gray’s Evernight, but I knew it was about vampires, so it was enough for me to give it a try. I liked it, and I want to write a review about it, but I am at a serious impasse. I am not against throwing spoiler alerts left and right, but in this case I feel somehow…hesitant. Anyway, here it goes: SPOILER ALERT around the corner.

Bianca Olivier has been enrolled at Evernight, a boarding school for the rich and the spoiled. She doesn’t have much of a choice in terms of liking it or not, since her parents teach at the school and are adamant about her studying there. Things get better when Bianca meets Lucas Ross who has decided to protect her from the evilness lurking in the shadows of the school.

The love story follows the usual patterns of teen angst with a light side of supernatural elements, when at page 139 Bianca shows her true colors. She is the vampire. Not only that, she is a born vampire. Everybody who is a serious vampire fan knows that vampires are made, not born. Which in turns should elicit the old time question about who made the first vampire…something like the egg and the chicken conundrum. But I digress.

I liked how Claudia Gray played with words from the beginning of the story letting the readers know that Bianca is special, and that her parents consider her as their little miracle come through. I thought that it was rather clever to describe Bianca’s world from her point of view, without letting out her nature. The author treated her character being a vampire the same way as ethnicity, or skin color. It stands to reason to think that if the protagonist is from India, for example, he or she will refer to food as simply food, not Indian food. Therefore Bianca doesn’t say exactly what she eats, food is food for her, even when her meal is a warm cup of blood.

Bianca bites Lucas, not once but twice. The second time with his permission. The second bite leaves Lucas with heightened senses, and Bianca seeks adults’ advice on what is happening to him. And that is when it turns out that Lucas is not who he seems, as well. He is part of Black Cross, a league of vampire hunters. Once discovered, Lucas runs away and Bianca follows him, only to be separated again when her parents and several vampires come to rescue her from the Black Cross’ crutches.

In a nutshell, Bianca and Lucas’ love story is the young adult vampire version of Romeo and Juliet, minus the ending, otherwise there wouldn’t be other three books after the first one. And let’s face it, nobody really likes it when young characters die in the name of love. 


Being Human Getting Bold

Spoiler Alert on. Be cautious and use your judgment if you want to read or not what it comes next.

Good, you made the right decision. Being Human, a Syfy’s show, has definitely graduated from being the American version of the homonymous British show to being something of its own.   And it makes me happy. I had noticed a certain degree of freedom the writers took to tackle several topics, but I wasn’t expecting what happened in the last episode, I Want You Back (From The Dead).

So, accordingly to what I thought, the American show skirted the pedophilia plot. It was a tough topic to pull off, but at least the writers didn’t kill the story completely. In the British show , after the dvd accident, Mitchell and George are targeted as pedophiles, and their house is vandalized by an angry mob. The kid is ran over by a car, but at the end he walks away with his mom as a freshly turned vampire by a remorseful Mitchell.

I was surprised when Bernie, the bullied kid, was introduced in the American Being Human’s (ABH) story line in the previous episode, Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things. I was even more surprised when I saw the path taken in yesterday’s episode. Bernie is ran over by a car trying to escape from the bullies, while Aidan and Sally watch helplessly from a window. Aidan keeps Bernie alive using CPR, but he doesn’t turn him. Instead Rebecca decides to play house giving Aidan a kid of their own, the newly turned and highly unstable Bernie. And from there on things got interesting…

Bernie doesn’t walk out at sunset hand in hand with his mom. Bernie dies at the end of the episode. Even though I saw that coming when the two bullies are found dead in an alley, I still was surprised when Aidan killed him. It only made sense, and it changes the show completely. And I liked it. A lot.

The cherry on top of the cake? Bernie didn’t kill the bullies after all. Bishop planned everything to force Aidan’s hand. Brilliant.

On a side note, Sally finds a companion in Nic, a fellow ghost she had crush on in college. Another nice touch. Let’s see where this story goes.

Being Human Getting Bold