Book Watch: Afterlife

Afterlife by Claudia Gray is the fourth book in the Evernight series. It will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.


If you haven’t yet started this series, it is the perfect time to do so. Afterlife is the final book in the series (which I didn’t realize until creating this post and so now am a bit devastated). However, according to the author’s website, there will be a spinoff book, Balthazar, which will obviously be about Balthazar, and it’s due out in March 2012.

There is a nice long excerpt of the book which I’ve included in a link, below. I have not yet read it as I don’t want to be left hanging even more than I already have been since reading Hourglass.

Claudia Gray is yet another amazing author and this series has been the perfect escape. I have loved all the characters and the twists and turns and surprises the books have thrown my way.

Yes, this series is about vampires, one of my favorite types of paranormal characters, but that doesn’t give it an automatic gold star. But the first book in the series threw me a curveball that so surprised me that I immediately fell in love with the book and vowed to follow this series and author for however long the books keep coming.

If you have read Evernight, you’ll know what I mean and if you haven’t, just read it and see. It is so cool the way the author handles this huge twist.

I am going to try and re-read the entire series before the March 8th release date of Afterlife as I want it to be completely fresh in my mind when going in. Also, I didn’t re-read the first two books before reading Hourglass and I think that might have affected my involvement with the book (and skewed the ratings I gave it on Goodreads). This of course was long before I started writing reviews, so the ratings for Hourglass may very well change after the re-read.

I still remain hopeful for Bianca and Lucas although I have that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that things may not go well for them. Watching the book trailer totally adds to that feeling of unease. But a girl can hope, can’t she?


To read the book descriptions for each of the novels on the author’s website, click here.

To read an excerpt from the publisher, HarperTeen, click here.

Description of Afterlife from the author’s website:

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help… Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

Book trailer for Afterlife:

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