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  • Broken Base:
    • The Plot Twist in the first book that Bianca is half vampire. Some readers thought it was great and made the plot more interesting and original…others thought it was pretty stupid or nonsensical, seeing as it occurs about half-way through the book, and yet Bianca, who is the narrator, never mentions it.
    • The ending of Afterlife tends to be divisive as well, mainly the part where Lucas is happy giving up his immortality and living a normal (ish) human life with Bianca…even though she’s now a wraith, meaning they will inevitably be parted someday.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: That Evernight Academy is a school for vampires and that Lucas is hiding something, although what he’s hiding is less obvious. Prior to The Reveal that Bianca’s a vampire, it’s hinted that he himself could be a vampire, though this is goes out the window when Bianca bites him, as it confirms he’s definitely human.
  • Cliché Storm: The first half of Evernight. A shy, naïve small-town girl is forced to attend a snobby boarding school with dark secrets, where she doesn’t fit in. She bonds with fellow outsiders, including a handsome and mysterious rebel who tries to keep her at a distance because being close to him could result in the other students turning on her. She, of course, doesn’t listen and keeps trying to get closer to him because of the strong connection she feels to him, whilst trying to uncover his secret. And then the main protagonist turns out to be a vampire, after which the clichés start to die down.
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  • Complete Monster: John Redgrave, from Balthazar, is a cruel and ancient vampire known for bringing out the worst in his followers. In the seventeenth century, when the title character discovers Redgrave's obsession with his young sister, Charity, Redgrave takes revenge on the family by killing them all except the siblings, then torturing Balthazar for days before turning him into a vampire. Forcing Balthazar to choose between turning either his Love Interest or Charity into a vampire, Redgrave murders Balthazar's beloved in response to him reluctantly vampirising his sister and forces Charity to become his lover while molding her into a vicious monster. After tormenting Balthazar throughout the ages, Redgrave discovers a psychic girl in the modern day whose blood makes vampires relive their most ecstatic memories and plans to constantly drain her blood to create an army of euphorically inebriated vampires for himself. Sending hundreds of vampires to attack her town, Redgrave Mind Rapes Balthazar with visions of his past pain when he tries to stop him.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Skye, who was popular enough to become one of the main protagonists of the Spin-Off.
    • Vic and Ranulf are also pretty popular, possibly for providing a good deal of the comic relief in the series, and because their Odd Friendship is both fascinatingly quirky and heartwarming.
    • Balthazar is the stand-out example though; he's probably the most well-known and popular character in the whole series and achieved Breakout Character status.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ms. Bethany, John Redgrave and Constantia serve as some of the series' antagonists and are described as quite attractive despite their villainy.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Shockingly averted for the most part, considering the kind of novels these are. Most fans seem happy to ship the Official Couple of Lucas and Bianca and the few Balthazar/Bianca shippers that were around mostly jumped onto the Balthazar/Skye ship after Balthazar came out, providing a satisfying conclusion for both sets of shippers.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Between Charity and Bianca (and a teensy bit between Charity and Lucas), though it's completely one-sided from Charity.
    • Between Skye and Redgrave, to the point where it's pushing the 'subtext' part. Redgrave makes it obvious he finds her attractive and even suggests they become lovers as part of an arrangement in which he harvests Skye's blood; whilst Skye is mostly repulsed by him, she admits to herself he's attractive and that if she didn't know better, she'd be easily won over by his charms.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe example. In the first book, Raquel mentions her parents would probably tell her to stop overreacting or actually feel flattered at the attention when she's harassed by Erich. As of the second and third books, this becomes even worse with two revelations. Firstly, Raquel is revealed to be a lesbian, with "zero attraction" to boys. Fridge Horror sets in when one realises Raquel's parents may have known or at least suspected this, but tried to force their daughter to be attracted to the opposite sex. Second, Raquel reveals to Bianca that the wraith that haunts her gives her horrific nightmares about being raped by him and makes perverted comments. It's hardly surprising Raquel is terrified of Erich - it isn't the first time something like this has happened to her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Skye is hinted to be a fan of Star Wars, mentioning she once argued with her brother when he stole her Padmè Amidala action figure. Claudia Gray later went on to write three Star Wars novels, including two centered around Padmè's daughter Leia.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Between Lucas and Balthazar, mostly in Afterlife. They become roommates, Balthazar is the one who helps Lucas deal with becoming a vampire and supports him, and Balthazar quite casually strips off in front of him.
    • Ranulf and Vic's relationship could be interpreted as this because of how close they are and Ranulf's joy at not having to hide his true self around Vic, though their relationship mostly comes across as brotherly or Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • It Was His Sled: The plot twists in the first book that Bianca's a vampire and Lucas is a vampire hunter have become this by now. Heck, they outright state it on the blurbs of the sequels.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Courtney. She's a cruel, vain, self-centered Alpha Bitch, but it's implied several times (particularly in the second book) that she's actually very lonely and was forced to leave her family after becoming a vampire. She was only eighteen when she became a vampire too, and we have no idea what the circumstances of her transformation were (given how unhappy she seems, it's possible she had no choice in the matter). She also doesn't deserve to be decapitated.
    • Kate. One cannot help but pity her - both her husbands are killed by vampires, she's told she will have to disband her cell for their safety, who are like family to her, her son runs off with a vampire and she has no idea where he is or if he's safe and then becomes a vampire too, which in her view, is a Fate Worse than Death, which she attempts to 'save' him from by trying to kill him. She's clearly distraught by this, but her indoctrination by Black Cross makes her think she has no other choice. And then, two members of her cell betray her, which has got to sting.
    • Samuel Younger. He's an asshole and a bully, but not even he deserves to be forcibly made human and driven mad by it. Even Bianca and Lucas (the latter of whom he frequently targeted) think so.
  • Les Yay: Downplayed, but Bianca and Raquel's friendship comes across as being a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship at times, particularly when taking into account that Raquel actually turns out to be gay. They're roommates, Bianca stands up for her in class when Mrs Bethany picks on her even though this makes her a target, despite them not knowing each other well at that point, they both bond over feeling like outcasts, Raquel confides some of her darkest fears and secrets to Bianca and tries to get her out of her depression in Stargazer, Bianca goes to great lengths to protect her from Erich and the ghost that terrorises her, hates having to keep secrets from her and Bianca is deeply shocked and hurt when Raquel betrays her to Black Cross, though she states she cannot hate her for it as she understands why and Raquel herself quickly comes to regret it and profusely apologises to Bianca even wondering if she'd come back to haunt her when she learns she's a wraith.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Kate trying to kill her own son, simply for being a vampire.
    • Charity killing Courtney simply because she could. Though it's implied she may have already crossed this. And if she hadn't crossed it then, she definitely crosses it when she brutally kills Lucas and leaves him to rise as a vampire, just to mess with him.
      • Despite this though, the climax of Balthazar suggests that redemption could be possible for her.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene in Afterlife where Bianca confronts the wraith that haunts Raquel is straight out of a horror movie, complete with creepy dolls and the wraith appearing naked and making perverted comments. Worse still, is the fact that this wraith has tormented Raquel since childhood, meaning she had to go through this every single night.
  • Shocking Swerve: In Evernight, The Reveal halfway through that Bianca is a vampire. There was virtually no Foreshadowing to this revelation (although it does put several scenes prior to this in a different light) and it’s especially shocking given that Bianca is the narrator, fully aware of her true nature and still never drops any hints.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Bianca's death in Hourglass; even though it's not permanent, it's still heartbreaking reading about her slowly fading away, whilst Lucas is forced to watch, unable to intervene.
    • The ending of Afterlife, which doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
    • The deaths of Mrs Bethany and Christopher, purely because of how tragic their story is.
    • Balthazar's entire life could be considered a Tear Jerker, especially the flashback in which he is rejected by his only friend after he discovers he's a vampire.
    • What happened to the little girl who haunts Skye's house - deliberately poisoned and doomed to die a slow, painful death, never knowing who was responsible (her own parents are mentioned as potential suspects).
    • Skye's reunion with her deceased brother, Dakota.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Some people who read the first book (or at the very least the first few chapters) accused the series of this, due to allegedly blatantly ripping-off Twilight. Most fans are quick to disagree, and in fairness, besides the vampire-human love story, Evernight’s plot really doesn’t have that much in common with Twilight, particularly as the series progresses, and the way it portrays vampires is quite different.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Plot Twist in the first book that Bianca is a vampire might actually have worked better if she herself had been unaware she was a vampire until she bit Lucas, which would've altered the story slightly in some potentially interesting ways more so in regards to Bianca's character whilst keeping the overall plot the same. It would also possibly better explain why Bianca never really drops any hints about being a vampire and being in on the secret of Evernight, which some readers found to be a bit of a stretch seeing as the story is actually told from her perspective.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Adrian, particularly in the second book. His overprotectiveness of Bianca, constantly lying to her, treating her like a child and dismissing her concerns or opinions on important things, such as becoming a vampire, borders on Jerkassry at times and makes him seem like a Control Freak. One understands that he just wants to protect his daughter, but unlike Celia, who tries to understand where Bianca is coming from and makes an effort to meet her halfway, Adrian snaps her at for so much as disagreeing with him, says Bianca has no choice about becoming a full vampire, criticises her friends simply for being human and gets pissy because his daughter may or may not be having a sexual relationship with Balthazar (even though she's almost eighteen, he's been actively encouraging a relationship between them which is a bit creepy when taking into account that Balthazar is actually older than his own wife and it's really none of his business). When Bianca cuts them off because of the lies they told her, he has the nerve to act like she's just being a typical stubborn, rebellious teenager over a 'little thing' like lying to her about what she is her entire life, and even tries to guilt trip her into crawling back home by telling her how much she's 'hurting' her mother, with little acknowledgement of much Bianca might be hurting from all this. He redeems himself in the fourth book by immediately and unconditionally accepting Bianca after learning she's a wraith, but damn, in Stargazer he was a borderline emotional abuser.
  • The Woobie:
    • Balthazar. Good god, Balthazar. Nothing ever seems to go right for this poor guy.
    • Skye, especially in Balthazar. She's grieving over her dead brother, her parents ignore her and act like her brother never existed, she gets bullied or mocked at school, has to constantly be around her ex-boyfriend who broke her heart and his new girlfriend, is being stalked by dangerous vampires, the guy she likes holds her at a distance and she's stuck with frightening psychic powers she can't control.
    • Lucas from the end of Hourglass to the end of Afterlife. His girlfriend dies in his arms, he is turned into a vampire against his will, has to attend a school where everyone hates him because it's the only place in the world that will accept him, his own mother turns on him and tries to kill him and being a vampire really, really sucks for him.
    • Charity. Although her evil tendencies plant her in Jerkass Woobie / Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds territory, it's hard not to pity her, especially when you find out just what was done to her to make her evil.
    • Raquel. If anyone needs a hug in these books, it's her.


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