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|Genre||Young adult, Fantasy, Gothic|
|Published||May 27, 2008 – March 3, 2011|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
Evernight is a series of five vampire-based romantic fantasy novels by New York Times bestselling American author Claudia Gray. It tells the story of Bianca Olivier, a 16-year-old half-vampire girl born to two vampires, who is forced to attend Evernight Academy, a private boarding school for vampires (although some humans are enrolled). She was enrolled in order to fulfill her destiny to become a full vampire, even though she feels she doesn't belong there. Bianca then meets and falls in love with a human named Lucas Ross, who also feels isn't the "Evernight" type, but their love becomes forbidden by their families and friends when the truth of each other's nature comes to light. Not only is it revealed that Bianca is a vampire, but it is also revealed that Lucas is a member of the ancient vampire hunting group Black Cross.
- Evernight (May 2008)
Bianca Olivier, a daughter of two vampires, is forced to go to Evernight Academy, a school for vampires to learn how to live in the mortal world. While attending she falls in love with a human, Lucas Ross. But Lucas is hiding a dark 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 secrets.
- Hourglass (March 2010)
Bianca has found refuge with Black Cross, a vampire hunting group, bent on destroying her kind. Within weeks, Bianca befriends many of the hunters, but has no fun being in Black Cross and 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.
- Balthazar (March 2012)
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.
The Evernight follows protagonist Bianca Olivier a half-vampire, and her boyfriend Lucas Ross, who is a member of Black Cross. Throughout the series they are joined by Balthazar More a 400-year-old vampire; Vic a student at Evernight and Lucas's roommate; Raquel Vargas, Bianca's friend and roommate; and Ranulf White a vampire and friend of Balthazar and Vic. Mrs. Bethanty joins them as the main antagonist and headmistress of Evernight, along with Charity More. Other characters to appear in all four books include Kate Ross Lucas's mother and a member of Black Cross; Dana who is Lucas's best friend and a member of Black Cross who later leaves; and Celia and Adrian Olivier, Bianca's parents who had her with the help of the wraiths and gave her a sheltered life. Other students at Evernight include Patrice Deveraux who Bianca believes is a typical Evernight student (but she is proven wrong); Courtney who is typical Evernight and enjoys bullying the human students; and Erich, a bully who later obsesses over Raquel and begins stalking her. Other members of Black Cross include Mr Wantanabe, one of the oldest members who is killed in the battle with Charity; and Eduardo, who is Kate's husband and Lucas's stepfather, as well as being the leader of Lucas's cell.
Although Claudia Gray has confirmed that she does not plan to write any more Evernight books, she is to write a spin off book about Balthazar More focusing on his life, death and later adventures. This will be released in March 2012.[needs update]
Reception for the series have been mostly positive. Regarding the initial installment of the series. L.J. Smith, author of The Vampire Diaries series, wrote "Once I picked Evernight up, I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait for Claudia Gray’s next book!"