I remember when I finished the first installment of the Evernight series and how I didn't feel to keen on it and disliked it for its typical overratedness with a boarding school and vampires. And now that I finished the last book of the series I have realized that the first book of any series isn't always as good as the last. And no one should give up on a series just because of the first book. The great thing about series' is that the author has room to make the plot better and the events more exciting and thats what Claudia Gray managed to do with her Evernight series.
And she accomplished a lot just by writing "Afterlife", the last installment to the Evernight series. The story immediately starts up where "Hourglass" (3rd book of the series) leaves us. The tragic end of a character so close to the readers. As our protagonist, Bianca fights her way into her new "Afterlife" to save all the people she loves by stopping an evil antagonist that I'll refrain from spoiling for you.
I was surprised to find unpredictable moments in this book and found myself regretting calling this series cliche. It indeed had its uniqueness with the main and secondary characters as well as rarely mentioned supernatural beings and the plot overall. Though the love story between Bianca and her counterpart in this story Lucas is very cliche, cheesy and perhaps a little naive but you can't help but think its romantic. All the characters managed to grow physically, emotionally and as characters themselves. They are more pleasing now than they ever were in the beginning of the series.
Best bits of the books was when the fights occurred during the end of the book as vampire, human and wraiths join together to defeat the never ending life of the series' antagonist. And hopefully succeed. I know for certain that others may seem disappointed at the books ending but I certainly am not. I enjoyed the book and found the writing impressive now than before. Claudia Gray has grown into a great author since the beginning of her Debut and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the future.