Balthazar by Claudia Gray

BalthazarTitle: Balthazar

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Vampire

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 374

Rating: 3/5

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.

(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)

Claudia Gray’s Evernight series was a fairly enjoyable vampire series in my mind, but I had a lot of trouble getting into this story. Balthazar was a really interesting character, and he still was for the most part in this companion book, but he quickly fell for Sky (Skylar? Can’t remember which), who was the second character of this alternating point-of-view story. Sky was alright but there were too many stereotypes and tropes of YA to make this story overly interesting. Not to mention that the new girlfriend of Sky’s ex-boyfriend was treated badly. She wasn’t necessarily slut-shamed, but she was definitely shamed, and it wasn’t just on the part of Sky and her obviously-not-a-good-person new friend – literally every single sentence of this girl, other than maybe two or three towards the end when Sky realized she wasn’t such a bad person, are written in question form. No, most of them aren’t questions, but they all have questions, because one of her few identifying characteristics is that she’s “the type of girl who always talks like she’s asking a question,” and in addition to telling us, Gray felt the need to show us with every single line of dialogue. There is a such thing as over-showing, not to mention using only one or two characteristics so much to the point that, even if the character seemed fleshed out at the beginning, she would seem over-the-top at the end. Overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this book, and I hope it’s a lone case of uninteresting books from Gray, at least regarding my opinion of interesting.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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