Author: Claudia Gray
Other books by author: EVERNIGHT
Release Date: March 6, 2012
My Rating: 3.5/5-- Decent. It was okay.
One Word Plot: Vampires
Good if...you're looking for something more after the EVERNIGHT series
BALTHAZAR is the companion novel to the EVERNIGHT series. Basically this book picks up right where the last EVERNIGHT book left off...expect now instead of following Lucius and Bianca we're following around Balthazar and his (soon to be) new love interest Skye. That being said, you don't really have to have read any previous Claudia Gray novels if you want to read this one. It's basically a brand new story and a brand new start. Many of the same characters from the EVERNIGHT series are part of this novel, but no prior knowledge is really needed to enjoy this book. However...
This novel is no EVERNIGHT! It was alright, enjoyable, and semi-entertaining--I read through it rather quickly--but never once did it sweep me off my feet nor capture the same mystery/intensity I felt while reading EVERNIGHT. In EVERNIGHT I loved the romance between Lucius and Bianca; In BALTHAZAR I only liked the romance between Balthazar and Skye. Which was disappointing since I've always been super fond of Balthazar and found him particularly swoon-worthy. But I guess it just turns out that I prefer the stereotypical 'bad boy' to win the girl. I prefer my romantic to have friction and that forbidden factor. Claudia Gray tried to give Balthy and Skye those things, but it didn't really capture what I wanted. So--like I said before--BALTHAZAR wasn't a bad novel...it just wasn't knock-your-socks-off-spectacular either.