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Evernight is a series of young adult Paranormal Romance novels, published between 2008 and 2012. The series was written by Claudia Gray (real name Amy Vincent); Evernight (2008) was her debut novel. The series includes a total of five books: Evernight, Stargazer, Hourglass, Afterlife and Balthazar. The series (with the exception of Balthazar) revolve around Bianca Olivier, a teenage girl attending the mysterious Evernight Academy, where she doesn't seem to fit in with the snooty, predatory students. Bianca falls in love with a fellow outsider named Lucas Ross, but their relationship is threatened when they find themselves caught on opposite sides of a deadly conflict between vampires and the humans that hunt them. Surrounded by enemies on both sides and not knowing who to trust, Bianca and Lucas can only rely on each other to survive and uncover the secrets behind Evernight Academy. The fifth book revolves around the vampire Balthazar's mission to protect a human girl from his evil sire, whilst coming to terms with his dark past. The series often draws comparisons to Twilight, for obvious reasons.

The books, in order, are:

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  • Evernight (2008)
  • Stargazer (2009)
  • Hourglass (2010)
  • Afterlife (2011)

There's also a Spin-Off novel, Balthazar (2012); although it's technically a direct continuation of the series, it focuses on the secondary characters, Balthazar More and Skye Tierney.

The character page can be viewed here.


Evernight contains examples of:

     Tropes A to C 
  • Abusive Parents: Raquel’s parents just about qualify, for basically ignoring their daughter’s existence and forcing her go to Evernight. Lucas’s mother Kate may count, for forcing him to become a Vampire Hunter from childhood and later for trying to kill him after he’s turned into a vampire.
  • Academy of Adventure: Evernight Academy.
  • Action Girl: Dana. Bianca and Skye get moments too, as do the majority of the female members of Black Cross (although some them stray into Dark Action Girl territory). Celia and Patrice get to do some ass-kicking as well.
  • Adults Are Useless: Most of the adults are either oblivious, unhelpful or outright trying to murder the protagonists. This isn’t quite as clear-cut as it seems though, as some of the helpful characters look to be in their teens but are actually hundreds of years old due to being vampires.
  • Aerith and Bob: On one hand, you get names like Kate, Lucas, Adrian, Bianca, Courtney and Vic. On the other, you have names like Charity, Balthazar, Patrice, Raquel and Ranulf. This is justified in that most of the characters with unusual names are vampires, who are hundreds of years old and from very different cultures. Bianca actually lampshades Balthazar’s weird name, stating that only he could’ve pulled it off.
  • Alien Blood: Wraiths have silver blood.
  • All-Ghouls School: Evernight Academy is a school for vampires to find sanctuary and learn how to fit into modern society. In the second book, it gets haunted by ghosts as well. Subverted somewhat in that they also let in human students, though they aren't supposed to find out about the Academy's true nature.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A downplayed example; Balthazar's love for Bianca, who is in love with Lucas, forms a subplot in the series.
  • All Myths Are True: Averted: vampires and ghosts are real, but apparently witches and werewolves are not, or at least no one has ever found proof they exist.
  • Alpha Bitch: Courtney and arguably Madison.
  • An Ice Person: Wraiths have cryokinetic-like powers.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Balthazar ends somewhat like this, with the leads preparing to ride off into the night to an uncertain future, but glad that the Big Bad is defeated and they can finally be together.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Happens to Lucas, who becomes a vampire and Bianca, who becomes a wraith. It actually works out okay for them in the end.
  • Asshole Victim: A few examples, with a prominent one being Erich.
    • Balthazar mentions that back when he killed humans, he deliberately chose these kinds of people, though he ultimately still felt bad about it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Charity. Just, Charity. Her hobbies include murdering people, her extremely unhealthy, love-hate obsession with her brother (which extends to stalking her brother's unrequited love interest and her love interest, too), chucking people into dried out diving pools for the 'lols' and decapitating people with knives. Even other vampires are terrified of her because of utterly batshit insane she is.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Lucas (twice). In Hourglass, Charity kills him but he comes back as a vampire. He then gets stabbed by a stake soaked in holy water, leaving him as good as dead, but Bianca uses her wraith powers to resurrect him - permanently, as a human.
  • Badass Normal: Vic and Skye ( well, at first, in Skye's case).
  • Battle Couple: Several examples, including:
    • Kate and Eduardo.
    • Raquel and Dana.
    • Celia and Adrian.
    • Lucas and Bianca (though Lucas does most of the fighting).
    • Mrs Bethany and Christopher, when he was alive.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The 'Evernight types'.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Bianca never wanted to be apart from Lucas again. By the end of the third book, they’ve both died and become what they most feared; Bianca is a wraith and Lucas is a vampire, both of them stuck this way together for eternity.
    • Mrs Bethany wanted to be reunited with her dead husband. She is…moments before they’re both permanently killed due to Christopher trying to stop her evil plans.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: A minor example, but Patrice mentions having learnt about wraiths from Marie Leveau, the ‘Voodoo Queen of New Orleans’, back in the 19th century, who was apparently a psychic and supernatural expert in this series.
  • Berserk Button: Don’t mention ghosts…or anything to do with the supernatural around Raquel. Justified, seeing as she was sexually abused by a ghost and stalked by a vampire (not that she knew he was a vampire at the time).
  • Beta Couple: Raquel and Dana. Craig and Britnee in Balthazar.
  • Better as Friends: Bianca and Balthazar. Raquel and Vic, due in no small part to Raquel being a lesbian.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gender-swapped version with Lucas as Veronica and Balthazar as Betty for Bianca. Bianca ends up choosing the former, though she never actually loved Balthazar as anything more than a friend anyway.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Ranulf.
  • Big Bad: Mrs Bethany for most of the series, Redgrave in Balthazar.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Black Cross (or some of them at least), the wraiths, Charity and Mrs Bethany are all major antagonists for most of the series, who generally all have their own goals or are directly in opposition to each other.
  • Big Brother Worship:
    • Charity used to have this towards Balthazar, until he turned her into a vampire.
    • Skye seems to have this towards Dakota.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Madison, sort of. She was always clearly bitchy, but it takes Skye (and by extension, the reader) a while to realise just how bad she is.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Every single book.
    • The first book: Bianca and Lucas are forced to part, but vow to always love one another and find a way to be together.
    • The second book: Bianca and Lucas get to be together, but she has to leave her family and friends behind, if Black Cross figures out she's a vampire she's screwed and ghosts are coming after her.
    • The third book: The only thing that stops from slipping into Downer Ending territory is the fact that Lucas and Bianca will still get to be together (even if they're both dead).
    • The fourth book: Bianca and Lucas can finally be together, Mrs Bethany has been defeated and the vampires and humans of Evernight are saved. But, Lucas will inevitably die someday, though he says that living on in Bianca is fine by him, Balthazar is still all alone (though this is resolved in the Spin-Off when he falls in love with Skye), Lucas will probably never see his mother again and Black Cross will be hunting them.
    • The fifth book, though it has a much happier ending compared to the others. The main bitterness comes from the fact Skye and Balthazar will have to face the constant threat of vampires coming after her for her blood, and her parents are still in denial about their son's death and will now lose their daughter too.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Lucas becomes a vampire and it’s pretty awful. Yes, he’s even more good-looking than ever, has cool vampire powers and is immortal, but his family and friends now want him dead, being a vampire is literally his worst nightmare and he constantly struggles with his thirst for human blood, to the point where he’s forced to run out of a classroom full of humans to keep from killing them and then begins punching a tree until his finger bones are exposed out of rage and self-hatred. He’s over the moon when Bianca restores his humanity.
    • Skye may count too, seeing as her psychic abilities give her terrifying visions of people suffering sudden or violent deaths every time she happens across the place where they died, she actually physically experiences their last moments, she has no way to turn it off and dangerous vampires are now constantly out to get her because of them. It gets better when she starts to learn to cope with them more effectively.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Black Cross helps protect innocent mortals from dangerous vampires, but they don't discriminate between the evil vampires and the ones that are actually good people. Most of the Evernight vampires don't kill people and simply want to live in peace, and so view Black Cross as nothing but murderers; however, they also tend to overlook the fact there are many vampires out there murdering humans left and right with no actual consequences.
  • Blood Magic: How baby vampires are created and vampires are turned humam again. It's a bit vague in the former case, although it seems to involve a blood exchange between a vampire and wraith.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Basically the main plot of the series ( Lucas, a human, falls for Bianca, a half vampire/wraith).
  • Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Charity.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Raquel. Being neglected, mocked and marginalized by her parents who clearly favour her sister, terrorised by a ghost only she can see since childhood and forced to attend a creepy, snobby boarding school where she gets bullied and stalked has made her very cynical and snarky.
    • Skye, somewhat. Her older brother was killed in a freak accident, causing her parents to withdraw into themselves, never talking about it, constantly working away from home and leaving Skye to deal with her grief alone. Her boyfriend dumped her for another girl shortly after sleeping with her for the first time, and she survived a vampire war/ghost apocalypse only to be stuck with powers that cause her to see traumatic visions of people dying, which also makes her a target for evil vampires who seek to enslave her.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Celia and Adrian towards Mrs Bethany, when they learn she intends to sacrifice their daughter to make herself mortal and had been planning this all along.
    • Bianca temporarily towards her parents in Stargazer, though she eventually gets over it after realising that, although they lied to her, they truly love her.
    • Mrs Bethany towards Black Cross in her backstory.
  • The Bus Came Back: Patrice returns in Afterlife, after being absent from the last two books.
  • But Not Too Black: Patrice, though it's justified in that she specifically states she's of mixed ethnicity. Also deconstructed / Played for Drama, as Patrice was born in the South of America prior to the Civil War and was 'black enough' to be enslaved, but 'white enough' to be considered 'attractive' and groomed for prostitution. Bianca is understandably disgusted and horrified when Patrice recounts this. Luckily, after Patrice became a vampire, she "didn't have to put up with that anymore".
    • Averted by Dana, who is described as being "black" or "dark skinned".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Bianca does this to both her father and her mother when she finds out they have been lying to her about the circumstances of her birth since she was born.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Bianca was dead right about Mrs Bethany being bad news.
    • Lucas turns out to be right about Bianca's parents lying to her (just not quite in the same way he initially thought), about Charity being a nutcase and about Mrs Bethany having an ulterior motive for inviting human students into Evernight for the first time.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Stakes soaked in holy water. Bianca’s brooch and bracelet. Raquel's bracelet.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr Watanabe, an elderly vampire hunter.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Bianca gets turned into a wraith. Yes, she’s technically dead and wraiths have spent the last two books trying to murder her and her parents are terrified of wraiths, but she gains several perks and abilities (floating through walls, flight, near invulnerability, invisibility, fast travel etc.). She’ll never die (being already dead), she can guide other wraiths to the ‘light’ and she can even create a corporal form for herself and keep it indefinitely. Lucas even raises the possibility of them having children. All in all, being a wraith like Bianca sounds great. Even she eventually comes to admit being a wraith is one of the best things that ever happened to her.

     Tropes D to L 
  • Dark Action Girl: Mrs Bethany, Charity and Constantia.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Several characters, notably including Balthazar, Mrs Bethany, Raquel and Lucas.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Both of Bianca's parents are not very impressed by Lucas, though they tolerate him in the first book. Things rapidly go downhill after he turns out to be a member of Black Cross. However, by the end of the series, they seem to grudgingly accept the relationship, given that he genuinely makes their daughter happy and is devoted to her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Many characters can be pretty snarky, but Raquel and Maxie stand out the most.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Lucas dies in Bianca's arms after having his throat torn out by Charity. He gets better.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: A downplayed and deconstructed version with Balthazar and Bianca. She bears a strong resemblance to his Lost Lenore Jane, and Bianca explicitly states that Balthazar "Wants me [Bianca] to be her [Jane]". Unfortunately for Balthazar, Bianca isn't Jane and is already in love with someone else. Eventually, Balthazar realises this and decides to stop pursuing Bianca, settling to just be friends with her.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Mores, very much so. Lucas’s family may count too.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Bianca and Lucas definitely.
    • Raquel.
    • Skye and Balthazar. Dear god, Balthazar.
  • Elaborate University High: Evernight Academy. Justified, in that it's actually a sanctuary for vampires.
  • Emergency Transformation: Adrian turned Celia into a vampire after she was mortally wounded in the Great Fire of London. It turned out pretty well for them.
  • Et Tu, Brute?:
    • Bianca is horrified when her best friend Raquel betrays her to Black Cross. Raquel wasn’t being deliberately malicious though and later regrets it.
    • Christopher was betrayed, robbed and murdered by his friends.
  • Evil All Along: Mrs Bethany. Bianca always thought she was shifty and some of her actions certainly weren’t benevolent, but they were understandable from a pragmatic point of view. However, it becomes blatantly obvious by the fourth book that Bianca was right to suspect her.
  • Evil Has Standards: Mrs Bethany always upholds the rules and traditions of Evernight Academy, even if it means giving sanctuary to people she despises.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Mrs Bethany pulled one in her backstory, going from vampire hunter to human-hunting vampire, after her husband was murdered and the killers went free.
  • Fantastic Racism: Vampires and humans are pretty prejudiced against each other and everybody hates ghosts (the feelings generally mutual).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Redgrave comes across as this; even when committing heinous acts, he still remains pretty calm and well-mannered. However, the moment things don't go his way, his true nature comes out. By the end of Balthazar, he's not even trying to be charming anymore.
  • Fingore: In Afterlife, Lucas punches a tree until his skin is shredded and his finger bones are exposed. Being a vampire, he heals quickly, but it's still horrific.
  • Fire and Ice Love Triangle: Lucas is fire (passionate and bold, with a Hair-Trigger Temper) and Balthazar is ice (somewhat aloof and detached, calm and levelheaded) for Bianca ( she picks Lucas). Ironically enough, Lucas starts out being rather cold to Bianca whilst Balthazar is warm and friendly to her, though their personalities generally fit the opposite.
  • First Guy Wins: Lucas, the first love interest Bianca meets, is the one she sticks with through to the end of the series.
  • Friendly Ghost:
    • Maxie
    • Skye's ghost.
    • Christopher for the most part.
    • Bianca becomes this.
  • From Bad to Worse: Hourglass is essentially From Bad To Worse: The Novel. It ends with both main protagonists dead, though they get better.
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: Charity is one of the standout examples. She thinks the whole concept of Evernight Academy to teach vampires to blend in and live peacefully alongside humans is utterly ridiculous and that not hunting and killing people is denying their true natures. Redgrave, likewise, revels in being a vampire, as do most of his tribe (save for Balthazar).
  • Ghostly Chill: A surefire sign there are wraiths about.
  • Good All Along:
    • Christopher. Yes, he was trying to kill Bianca, but it's only because he believes (rightly) that she was born to be a wraith and that, as a wraith, she would be able to help many people, whilst as a vampire, she would merely “be one of many”. He saves Bianca and Lucas from vampires on a number of occasions, attempts to communicate with her to explain his actions, offers her helpful advice and support and later sacrifices himself to save her.
    • Britnee. She was never actually evil, rather coming across as selfish and insensitive, but turns out to actually be quite nice.
  • Gothic Horror: Has some of the trappings of this genre, such as Haunted Heroines (both literally and figuratively), a fancy but eerie old building with a secret past (and literal ghosts!) as the main setting, forbidden love, brooding love interests with Dark and Troubled Pasts, a reasonable amount of Angst, vampires and more than a few Dark Secrets dragged to light. It's even set primarily in Lovecraft Country.
  • Grew a Spine: Bianca, with it being a major part of her Character Development. To a lesser extent, Lucas, as well - he already tended to speak his mind and make his own decisions, but learns to do what he believes is right or what he wants to do instead of blindly following orders.
  • Happily Married:
    • Celia and Adrian. Which is really saying something, considering they've been married for around four centuries.
    • Mrs Bethany and Christopher were happily married until he was murdered and she went mad from grief.
    • Kate and Eduardo seem pretty happy until he gets killed.
    • Mr Watanabe implies he and his wife Noriko were very happy when she was alive.
  • Haunted Heroine:
    • Bianca becomes this in Stargazer.
    • Raquel turns out to be one.
    • Skye is the straightest example; she grew up in a haunted house, is traumatised by the sudden death of her brother and then becomes a psychic.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lucas goes through one after Bianca dies. It gets him killed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Bianca attempts one in Hourglass, agreeing to let Charity turn her into a vampire to save Lucas, but a group of wraiths attack allowing them to escape.
    • Christopher sacrifices himself at the end of Afterlife to save Bianca and Maxy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vic and Ranulf.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Black Cross can be this, especially the New York cell.
  • Horror Hunger: Vampires suffer this if deprived of blood, especially if they're newly made. Lucas gets hit with it especially hard in Afterlife, suffering a case of Warm Blood Bags Are Everywhere.
  • Hybrid: Bianca is half human, half vampire. Lucas may also count, as he starts to gain vampire abilities but is still human.
  • Ice Queen: Mrs Bethany.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Balthazar whenever Charity is involved. This can be partly justified by his Big Brother Instinct and feelings of guilt over turning Charity into a vampire, but you would've thought after nearly four centuries, he would've twigged that Charity both hates him and isn't exactly sane. He eventually wises up, but if he'd done so earlier he could've avoided a lot of drama and suffering for everyone.
    • Skye - a girl who receives vivid and traumatic visions of people's deaths when she enters the place where they died, thinks it's a good idea to take a shortcut through a place called Battlefield Gorge.
    • Bianca has a habit of picking this one up. Examples include trusting a random vampire she has just met and going to his apartment, leading her into a trap set up by Charity, even though she knows by now that not all vampires are friendly or trustworthy, and in the same book, sending her parents an email from an internet café even after Lucas told her they could track it and thus find her.
    • Lucas, on two occasions. In the first book, telling Bianca his great-great grandfather went to Evernight, when in actual fact no humans had been admitted to Evernight before. In fairness, at the time he believed Bianca was just an ordinary human student, but she could still have mentioned it to her parents or one of the vampire students and aroused their suspicion. Also, jumping in front of Bianca when the vampire hunters try to spray her with holy water. True, he didn’t want his girlfriend being harmed, but in doing so he reveals he himself is part vampire due to allowing Bianca to feed from him, thus destroying any chance he had of negotiating with Black Cross.
    • Bianca’s parents probably take the cake for stupid decisions, though. If they’d just been honest with Bianca about what she was, they could’ve avoided so much drama and trouble. Granted, they wanted her to have a normal life, but lying to her and keeping her wrapped in cotton wool backfires in spectacular fashion by the second book.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Balthazar is this towards Redgrave, the vampire who sired him. Charity is this towards Balthazar, who sired her, though he’s technically her brother not her father. Made even more complicated by the fact she’s also obsessed with him.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Vic is fond of giving people these. Notably, he calls Bianca 'Binks' and Balthazar 'Balty'.
    • Maxine is called Maxie by just about everyone.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Vic, a human, and Ranulf, a vampire. Also counts as a Mayfly–December Friendship, as Vic in his teens whilst Ranulf is close to a thousand.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Lucas ( human, later a vampire, then human again) and Bianca ( half vampire, later a wraith).
    • Balthazar (a vampire) with Skye (a human).
  • It's Personal: Possibly for Lucas. He reveals that vampires killed his father when he was young. Later, Kate, due to the vampires killing both her husbands and trying to kill her son.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Balthazar graciously steps aside to allow Bianca to be Lucas in the first book and again in the second book, seeing that he's the one she truly wants to be with. He also tries this with Skye, due to his rule not to fall in love with humans as it might get them killed (and because of the obvious impracticalities of a vampire dating a human) but Skye’s having none of it and they end up together anyway.
  • Jerkass: Eduardo, Milos, Erich and Bianca's boss at Hamburger Rodeo.
  • Jerk Jock: Erich comes across as this. It turns out he’s much, much worse than that…
    • Subverted by Craig. He comes across as one, though this is because we mostly see him from Skye's point of view: he dumped her shortly after sleeping with her for the first time for another girl, whilst she was grieving for her dead brother. However, Craig himself admits he made a mistake and that he had been intending to end things with Skye sooner, but put it off due to Dakota's death. He dumped Skye rather than cheat on her and clearly regrets his crappy timing. He also makes a huge effort to help Skye when she gets kidnapped.
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: Lucas can come across as this, as can Patrice.
  • Kick the Dog: Charity killing Courtney and Lucas, Redgrave killing Jane. They have no motivation to do this beyond tormenting their loved ones and personal amusement.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Redgrave doesn’t take too kindly to Lorenzo trying to kill Skye, whom he wants for himself. No one is too upset, least of all Skye.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: If the person being bitten is willing, it can be an extremely pleasurable experience, as shown with Lucas and Bianca, and Bianca and Balthazar.
    • Deconstructed somewhat in Afterlife; after Lucas becomes a vampire, he attempts to bite Bianca as part of their usual foreplay, only because she's now a wraith, her blood burns him, putting a bit of a damper on things. Fortunately, as Lucas later becomes human again, this is presumably no longer an issue.
  • Knight Templar: Black Cross come across as this at times.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Possibly with Ranulf and Vic – Ranulf becomes more laid-back and cheerful in comparison with his very stiff, serious earlier self, after befriending wacky Vic.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Patrice. Subverted by Madison.
  • Love Makes You Evil:
    • Mrs Bethany did a Face-Heel Turn to get vengeance for her murdered husband and then did a lot of other very immoral things to try and be reunited with him.
    • Charity’s main motivation seems to be her obsessive love for her brother, Balthazar.
  • Love Triangle: Bianca, Lucas and Balthazar (but it only lasts for about two books) are in a Type 4 triangle. Also, Courtney, Balthazar and Bianca...well, at least Courtney thinks so. Bianca is never really all that interested in Balthazar romantically and Balthazar makes it pretty clear that he dislikes Courtney, not that it’ll deter her.

     Tropes M to P 
  • Mama Bear: Celia towards Bianca. Kate towards Lucas...well, until he becomes a vampire.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mrs Bethany. Bianca’s parents may even count, though they had good intentions. Redgrave probably counts too.
  • The Masquerade: Most humans are unaware of the existence of vampires (save for Black Cross). The vampires generally prefer to keep it that way for their own peace of mind.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Skye and Balthazar – she’s about 17, he’s nearly 400 but looks 19.
    • Celia and Adrian as well, as Adrian is mentioned as being nearly a thousand, whilst Celia was born in the 1600's, meaning he was already around 650 years older than her when they got together.
  • Moment Killer:
    • Bianca and Balthazar nearly have sex, but are interrupted when they notice ice forming on the walls...
    • Bianca and Lucas are making out and Bianca accidentally bites him and knocks him unconscious.
    • They’re making out again and Bianca thinks Lucas wants her to turn him into a vampire – turns out he was actually talking about sex and abhors the idea of being a vampire. Bianca really doesn't have the best luck when it comes to these kinds of things...
  • Mood Whiplash: Bianca and Lucas are making out one minute; the next, Bianca is biting him in the neck and freaking out over it. Goes from romantic and titillating to pure horror in a few sentences.
  • My Beloved Smother: Celia comes across as this towards Bianca at times.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bianca has one of these moments when she realises that sending her parents an email when Lucas told her not to resulted in vampires attacking her vampire hunter friends, resulting in several deaths and one of her vampire friends getting tortured.
  • My Greatest Failure: Balthazar regards turning his sister into a vampire and letting Charity run away from Evernight as this...other characters argue that Charity made her own choices and is pretty much a psychopath to boot.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Vic.
    • Balthazar, for the most part.
    • Zig-zagged with Craig. He comes across as a Jerk Jock, but in spite of his questionable actions (which he is obviously remorseful over) he's actually not a bad guy.
    • Skye is the female version most of the time.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Balthazar More is polite, gentlemanly and and well-spoken (noble), whilst Lucas Ross is a hot-headed rebel who often gets into fights (roguish).
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: Lucas finds out his girlfriend Bianca is a vampire (though the reader finds out sooner). He initially doesn’t take it too well, but he eventually comes around.
  • No Periods, Period: Initially played straight, then averted in the fourth novel. A vampire boy makes some icky comments about a human being "on the rag". Bianca, having not really thought about the fact vampires could smell when a girl is on her period, is instantly mortified by the implication that every vampire she's spent time around always knew when she was menstruating.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Hourglass completely shakes up the main plot by having Bianca become a wraith and Lucas become a vampire.
  • Oddball in the Series: Balthazar, arguably. In terms of content and tone, it's the same as the other books, but it stands out due to being the only book in the series to be written in the third person, rather than first person, as well as the only book to not focus on Bianca. It also has many interludes or flashbacks to Balthazar's past, which has never happened in the series before (though to be fair, Bianca doesn't have nearly four centuries of life experience).
    • Discounting the spin-off, Hourglass could be seen as a minor example, as it's the only novel in the main series to not be set in or prominently feature Evernight Academy, instead revolving around Bianca and Lucas running around New York and Philadelphia. Afterlife returned to the formula of the previous books.
  • Odd Friendship: Vic and Ranulf. Vic’s a laid-back high-schooler with a love for all things quirky who wears Hawaiian shirts beneath his blazer, Ranulf is a thousand-year-old vampire raised by Viking warriors who thinks iPods are powered by spirits.
  • Official Couple: Bianca and Lucas as of the first novel. They break up in Stargazer but are back together by the end and remain a couple beyond the end of the series. In the Spin-Off, Balthazar and Skye who are also still together by the series' end.
  • Offing the Offspring: Of the ‘Bad Seed’ variety, at least from Kate’s point of view. Kate attempts to murder Lucas after he becomes a vampire, believing he’s a soulless monster and that it’s the only way to ‘give him peace’. Never mind that Lucas is exactly the same as he was before (just paler with a thirst for human blood) and is pleading with his mother to listen to reason.
  • One True Love: Lucas and Bianca are heavily implied to be this for each other.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Subverted for both Lucas and Bianca. She is revealed to be a vampire part way through the first book; Lucas turns out to be a vampire hunter at the end of it.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts, or rather wraiths as they're often called, have the power of cryokinesis, can create a corporeal form for themselves, can usually only be created by murder or deaths involving a betrayal and can restore a vampire's humanity and create half-vampire babies via some kind of magic ritual.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires can have children (although it's extremely rare) and staking doesn’t kill them, but renders them unconscious. Sunlight only kills them if they haven’t fed for a while; other than that, it doesn’t really seem to bother them.
  • Papa Wolf: Adrian towards Bianca, to the point of being an Overprotective Father.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Raquel’s parents, big time.
    • Arguably Skye’s parents too, who spend most of their time lobbying and leave their daughter to her own devices, though they’re not nearly as malicious as Raquel’s parents and it's sort of justified in that they’re grieving for their dead son.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Bianca gets to wear two at the Autumn Ball in Evernight and Stargazer. Skye gets to wear one to the Ball as well, and another one to her Homecoming Dance.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The ritual that turns vampires human again requires the forced bonding of a wraith and vampire via a blood exchange (some Latin incantation). It’s implied that this destroys the wraith in the process whilst the only vampire who had it done to them is driven mad from shock. It’s implied to be quite painful, too. As it turns out Mrs Bethany intends to use Bianca to try and turn herself and dozens of other vampires human, even if this kills her permanently, due to the fact she is a ‘pure’ wraith and so is far more powerful than the average wraith). When some of the other vampire characters learn of the ritual, some of them outright reject it on a moral basis.
  • Power of Love: Lucas decides his love for Bianca is stronger than his indoctrinated prejudice towards vampires, effectively kick-starting most of the events in the series. Also, in the fourth book, Bianca uses her wraith blood to turn Lucas human again – Balthazar believes it only worked because of the connection between Lucas and Bianca.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Briefly comes up in Hourglass after Bianca starts to get sick, even though she and Lucas always use protection. It turns out she's not pregnant...just dying.
  • Put on a Bus: Patrice after the first book.
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  • "Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Craig gives one to Skye, who in turn gives him one. They both end up reaching an understanding and accepting they both made mistakes.
    • Britnee gives a pretty spectacular one to Madison.
    • Lucas and Bianca both give each other this speech in Stargazer. They end up breaking up because of it, but eventually reconcile.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Bianca has very obvious red hair and is considered a geeky, socially awkward, bookworm. It's implied that she could be 'cool' if she really tried, but she figures out early on she'd prefer to stay a loser than change herself to fit in with the 'Evernight types' (probably not a bad thing seeing how most of them are snobs and assholes who bully outcast students). It also doesn't stop the heroes from wanting her.
    • Averted by Adrian, Bianca's dad, a biology teacher who is seen as a Cool Teacher (although he's said to have very dark red hair that looks almost black) and Alpha Bitch Madison in the fifth book.
  • The Reveal: Several throughout the series.
    • In Evernight Bianca is half vampire and was born that way, Lucas is a member of Black Cross.
    • In Stargazer Bianca was conceived with the wraiths' help and now they want her to become one of them as payment.
    • In Hourglass If Bianca doesn't become a full vampire, she will automatically become a wraith and a very powerful one at that.
    • In Afterlife Christopher is Mrs Bethany's husband, Mrs Bethany has been intentionally luring wraiths to the school to trap them and wraiths can restore a vampire back to life.
    • In Balthazar Skye's blood can make vampires vividly relive their memories.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Many scenes in the first half of Evernight, after The Reveal that it's a school for vampires and Bianca's one too. And again when Lucas turns out to be a member of Black Cross.
  • Rich Bitch: A fair few of the Evernight types could be described as such. Raquel at one point literally refers to them as "rich bitches".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Mrs Bethany went on one of these when her husband was murdered.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Balthazar. Luckily for him, he gets with fellow Romantic Runner-Up Skye.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy:
    • Balthazar.
    • Lucas in the fourth book.
  • Secret Relationship: Bianca and Lucas in the second book (well, his family friends know about it, but hers don't).
  • Shipper on Deck: Bianca's parents do little to hide the fact they ship her with Balthazar. It's extremely awkward for everyone involved, as Bianca does not reciprocate Balthazar's feelings (at first) and prefers Lucas, whom her parents despise.
    • Milder examples with Dana and Vic, who clearly want Bianca and Lucas to be together.
  • Ship Sinking: Bianca and Balthazar nearly hook up in Stargazer, but are interrupted by a wraith attack. Bianca then flat out tells Balthazar that whilst she wouldn’t have regretted it, it will never happen again and that she simply can’t force herself to love him; Balthazar agrees and Bianca ends up with Lucas, whilst Balthazar eventually gets with Skye. Also, Raquel and Vic. Bianca and Lucas tried setting them up but they never seem to click…Raquel, as it turns out, is actually a lesbian, pretty much nuking any possibility of shipping between the pair. Patrice also makes it plain in the fourth book that whilst she doesn't mind him as a friend, Balthazar is "not her type".
  • Ship Tease: Raquel and Dana in Stargazer (they become a couple in the next book). Bianca and Balthazar, primarily in Stargazer, though it's pretty much sunk by Hourglass.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Patrice and Mrs Bethany.
  • Spirit Advisor: Maxie and Christopher become this to Bianca.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Erich for Raquel in Evernight. The wraiths and Charity for Bianca in Stargazer and Hourglass.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Bianca and Lucas play this very straight, complete with references to Romeo and Juliet. It works out okay for them.
  • Start of Darkness: Christopher shows Bianca Mrs Bethany’s in the fourth book. We see Charity's in the fifth book.
  • Straight Gay: Dana and Raquel.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: A weird example in Balthazar. Balthazar is posing as a teacher to protect Skye and they end up in a relationship; however, Skye knows he's not a real teacher and already liked him beforehand. However, the ethical problems that accompany this trope do cause some drama for the couple eventually, seeing as "I'm not really a teacher; just her vampire bodyguard!" isn't exactly going to work as a defense.
  • Their First Time:
    • Lucas and Bianca in Hourglass. Though it isn't clear if it's Lucas' first time ever, it's the first time he's been intimate with Bianca (who was a virgin prior to this).
    • Skye and Craig had their first time off-screen some time before the fourth book. It wasn't ideal due to the fact Skye was grieving for her dead brother at the time, plus Craig was thinking of ending things and slept with her out of pity. Then he dumps her soon after to go out with another girl.
  • Together in Death: Mrs Bethany and Christopher.
  • Tooka Level In Badass: Bianca – starts out as naïve and dependent on her parents, becomes a powerful, ass-kicking ghost. Skye also becomes more badass between Afterlife and Balthazar.
  • Tyke Bomb: Lucas and possibly Dana. Both were raised to hunt vampires from childhood.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Bianca and Balthazar in Stargazer, to find his missing sister. It's made extra awkward by the fact Balthazar is actually in love with Bianca, but she doesn't feel the same way.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Raquel is clearly second best to her sister Frida.
    • Possibly Skye. Her parents don't necessarily prefer her brother over her, but after Dakota dies, they tend to neglect Skye, mostly leaving her to her own devices, though this is out of grief rather than lack of love.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Lucas and Bianca at the beginning of Evernight.
    • Downplayed example between Bianca and Balthazar, in Stargazer. Balthazar clearly likes Bianca more than she likes him and she only gives in to her attraction to him out of loneliness after she and Lucas break up. Nothing comes of it.
    • Skye and Balthazar in the fifth book, though it's more Balthazar's fault due to his rule against not being with humans. They eventually resolve it.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Many of the 'Evernight Types' are described as being very attractive and seductive.
    • Balthazar fits this trope nicely.
    • Apparently, even Ranulf has shades of this by the fourth book.
    • Bianca could be considered an example of this, at least to Lucas anyway.
    • Redgrave, Constantia and Lorenzo are more sinister examples.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: If you're an unwilling victim. Particularly in Hourglass, where poor Lucas literally has his throat torn out.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Zig-zagged. Most of the friendlier vampires live primarily on animal blood; however even they occasionally drink human blood. Adrian and Celia keep human blood from blood banks in their apartment as "treats", whilst Bianca frequently feeds off Lucas, who actually rather enjoys this. Bianca makes a point of stating that being a veggie vamp is easier for most vampires, because humans have a tendency to to scream and fight back (she likens it to trying to eat a hamburger that can punch you in the face). However, Balthazar states that all vampires need to consume human blood at some point, as animal blood alone doesn't cut it and could result in some Sanity Slippage. However, the nicer vampires prefer using blood banks or willing donors than just jumping on people.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lucas towards Bianca when he learns she inadvertently lead the Evernight vampires to the Black Cross cell.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Balthazar has shades of this. Mrs Bethany turns out to have this too.
  • Willing Channeler: Skye willingly allows Bianca to possess her to save Evernight and it's implied Bianca's temporary possession awoke Skye's psychic abilities.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • Mrs Bethanyher beloved husband was betrayed and murdered by people he considered friends, and the organisation she risked her life for and served loyally for years basically said “Oh sorry, nothing we can do” when they got off scot free, so she becomes the creature she hates most to avenge him and then spends the next several centuries trying to find a way to be reunited with him in the afterlife.
    • Charity, too; her parents were murdered and her older brother attacked her and then turned her into a vampire to ‘save’ her, trapping her in a fourteen-year-old’s body.
  • Yandere: Charity has shades of this towards her brother Balthazar, of the non-romantic kind.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Skye suspects her ex-boyfriend Craig of this, as he starts going out with Britnee immediately after dumping Skye. However, it's subverted; Craig, while he had feelings for Britnee, deliberately ended things with Skye first before acting on them to avoid this trope.
    • Played with in Stargazer, where Bianca pretends to go out with Balthazar, whilst still being in a long distance relationship with Lucas. Lucas knows their relationship is fake, but it still understandably causes some tension between them (further complicated by the fact Bianca ends up developing feelings for Balthazar). However, she doesn't do anything about it until she and Lucas break up, and she ends up picking Lucas anyway.

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