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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harperteen (Feb. 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061961183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061961182
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans–based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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By melissa on Jan. 4 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. Balthazar was very closed off in the other ever night books. Reading about the intimate
side of Balthazar was nice. I also enjoyed the fact that it answered all of the question that I had after reading after life.
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By Natalie on Oct. 15 2013
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what the crap happened. but i never did get this. I stilll would like to read it because i think Belthazar is awesome in the story and id like to know what happens
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice to See A Good Guy Win March 21 2012
By Kale - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Skye Tierney is in her own personal purgatory. After Evernight Academy burns down she's forced to return home and finish her junior and senior year in her hometown. A place that reminds her of a brother long gone, parents who've checked out, and an ex-boyfriend who wasn't worth all she gave.

Now her life's in danger and her guardian angel is the swoon worthy Balthazar. A very old vampire wants to enslave Skye and Balthazar knows first hand how ruthless this particular bloodsucker can be, as his past not only comes back to haunt him but hunt Skye as well.

Balthazar marks a return to all the things I loved about the Evernight Series before it all went wrong for me. The romance wasn't as wonderful as Bianca and Lucas, it was a more subtle falling for each other. But it was nice to see a character like Balthazar who deserved better than he got in the previous series to win the girl and have someone appreciate him in that way. I loved the backstories. Getting to see how Balthazar and Charity's story began along with flashbacks to different periods in Balthazar's life was very entertaining. The only thing that seemed a stretch was what and how vamps reacted to Skye's blood. I would have liked some reason as to why her blood is special and how did the other vampires find out about her. Is it because she's a medium, or a more powerful one, do other former human students from Evernight have a similar effect. It just seemed so random that they picked her to come after. Gray did a great job filling us in on the who, you really get to know Balthazar and Skye, I just wish she would have filled us in more on the backstory of the plot's catalyst.

The book kicks things off fast but leaves an explanation as to why quite vague. Still, Balthazar was an entertaining read. It had strong characterizations, and interesting new villains. That definitely redeems some of the disappointment from Afterlife.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite Evernight Character Brought to Life March 6 2012
By Amanda Welling - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Claudia Gray (or Amy Vincent) is one of my favorite Young Adult writers. I loved her Evernight series, especially her character, Balthazar. I was so excited to have the chance to review this new series and find out more about my own personal favorite Evernight character.

My Review: I'm not going to give a big lengthy review for this one. If you loved the Evernight series as much as I did, you are going to love reading Balthazar's story. In the Evernight books, you learn a lot about Bianca and Lucas and their love story. What about Balthazar? I always kind of felt bad for him and wanted to know his story, his background, and hopefully, his love interest. I was a little worried I wouldn't like this new series only because I usually find the spin-off stories are almost never as good as the original. Once I began to read it became apparent to me that Balthazar would be as good, if not better, then the original series.

Claudia Gray continues her easy to follow writing style in Balthazar. Each of the characters in this book has their own unique voice. However, unlike the Evernight series which is told by Bianca's point of view, this book is told by alternating POV's between Balthazar and Skye in the third person. This was a nice change-up for me because I'm not the biggest fan of first-person style of writing.

As I have already noted, Balthazar is one of my favorite characters. He is kind, sweet, very loyal and totally swoon worthy. This character was always a mystery to me in the Evernight books. In this book, we learn a lot about his past: how he was turned into a vampire, what his life was like before he was a vampire, and how his killed one particular character, Charity. He is a total kick-butt vampire, but he has this human-like quality about him and it is apparent that he sometimes struggles to create a balance between his vampire nature and what he was like before as a human.

Skye was also an enjoyable character to get to know more about. I honestly didn't remember much about her from the Evernight books but she makes much more of an appearance in Balthazar, since you know, she is Balthazar's lover. There is a lot happening when it comes to Skye and this character is what makes the book move forward. Skye is human and goes through a lot of trying times. She has to deal with a new school she doesn't really like, parents who do not really understand her, and encounters with the dead. Lovely right? Not so much. Redgrave who is Balthazar's sire, learns of Skye's unique abilities and intends on using Skye for his on advantages. That is, if he can get past Balthazar first.

I won't say much about Balthazar and Skye's star-crossed relationship. I'm excited to see how it will play out. I'm happy to report that their relationship grew over the course of the story and it didn't feel rushed. I think there will be so much more to tell in the next book and I'm really looking forward to learning more about Skye and her very unique abilities.

Final Thoughts: I can totally see this series flying off and being wonderful. I still have so many questions left unanswered and by reading this first book it has me hungry for more! Characters from the Evernight series make cameo appearance in Balthazar, but I honestly don't think you have to of read those books in order to understand this book. It works very well by itself. I would definitely recommend picking up Balthazar when it comes out. It's really wonderful!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If You Loved Balthazar In The Evernight Series, You'll LOVE This! March 13 2012
By Step Into Fiction - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you have NOT read the Evernight series or have NOT finished that series please read with caution. There is some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

I read the Evernight series and I enjoyed it. Not one of my favorite series but enjoyable nonetheless. What definitely kept my attention through the four book series was this amazingly delicious vampire, Balthazar More. So, when I found out Claudia Gray was giving him his own book, you can imagine my excitement. I believe I squealed...a little bit. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this and learn more about this mysteriously addicting vampire.

This book did not disappoint for this Balthazar fan. It was everything I wanted and probably more. I was nervous about the other character, his love interest. Skye Tierney. I didn't care for her in the Evernight series and it was probably unfair of me to judge her, since she wasn't in much of them until Afterlife. So I was dreading this book but I must say this first and foremost. After I finished this book, I came out loving Skye. Maybe even more than Bianca. I always thought she was going after Lucas so I don't know, it turned me off. But boy was I wrong.

Another character whose changed my opinion of them? Charity. I went from absolutely hating her and wishing she'd die, even though she was Balthazar sister to being confused on how I feel. She did have the absolute best quote in the entire book. One that I did not expect and one that had me laughing for a good while. I won't tell you what it is so you'll hopefully have the reaction I did. Wouldn't want to ruin your fun!!! But you see a lot of Charity throughout this book, whether it's in present time or in memories from either when they were human or some of their earlier vampire memories.

Balthazar is just as dreamy, charming and sexy as he was in the Evernight series, except this time he's in New York to protect Skye after she found her new abilities. Ever since Bianca possessed her body in Afterlife she's been able to see visions of people's death's. If she goes somewhere where a person has died, she see's it like she is there. Like she is that person, she feels their pain. This new ability of hers also makes her blood something like a drug for vampires. When they taste her blood, they're taken back to a time when they were human. Every vampire wants to feel like they're alive and her blood is the best way for them to do. The vampire who killed Balthazar is after her but not to kill her, just to use her blood for power. This stirs lots of emotions for Balthazar who wants nothing more than to kill Redgrave.

To top things off, because if that's not enough for Balthazar he's also trying to fight off feelings he has for Skye. He has a strict `no humans' rule because the one person he's truly loved was killed because of him and he refuses to let that happen to someone else. But how much will power does Balthazar have? Is it enough to stay away from Skye when it's his job to protect her?

If you've read the Evernight series, even if you are not a fan of Balthazar, like I am, I still recommend checking this out. You'll get glimpses of Bianca and Lucas throughout. If you haven't read the Evernight series, well...I can't say I'd recommend reading this. Read Evernight first and if you enjoyed those books, definitely pick up Balthazar.
Better than the Evernight series July 14 2013
By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading - Published on
Format: Hardcover
4.5 stars

I've had Balthazar on my Nook since it was released. I started it months ago, but was not totally taken in by the beginning. Skye's vision freaked me out and I put the book down. You know I'm not good with dead people! I'm so glad I picked it back up and finished it because it was my favorite Evernight book to date!

I have always liked Balthazar and thought he got a raw deal over losing Bianca and having such a whacked-out sister, Charity. It's hard enough staying on good terms with some family members. Imagine if you had to deal with a homicidal, irrational vampire sister for the rest of eternity. And all she wants to do is get revenge on you and everyone you care about because she's so out-of-control angry regarding your role in her death!

I really wanted Balthazar to get his own happily ever after, and that's why I was so happy with this book. I wasn't sure if Gray could wrap up the entire storyline in one novel, but she did, and did so with aplomb. I loved the flashbacks into Balthazar's long life, and especially the parts about his human life. They were so emotional and well-written.

Skye's special abilities added a fresh twist to the plot and kept things from feeling recycled. I also liked that Bianca made just one cameo and was not a main character. I felt like if she and Lucas were featured too heavily in Balthazar, it would keep the story from feeling fresh.

I loved getting to know Balthazar's history. Knowing the circumstances surrounding his and Charity's deaths answered a lot of questions I had about why Charity was so, well, crazy. She is totally unhinged, and now I know why.

There was more action in Balthazar than I had expected. Also, the love story really stood out to me, more so than even Bianca and Lucas's, I think. I think that was because I have always liked Balthazar and I just loved getting to know him even better.

I would highly recommend Balthazar. Just be warned, it does contain spoilers for the Evernight series, so if you plan to read both, start with Evernight first.
4.75 BEAUTIFUL BALTHY STARS!! Sept. 19 2012
By Novelsontherun - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got asked the question, `Can Balthazar be read without reading the Evernight series, or a good chunk of it, before cracking open Balthazar?'
Well ,as I have read and reviewed all the Evernight series, I have read the books twice, and LOVED them all differently, it can....................but.............why would you want to jump to Balthazar and miss all of Balthy and what endears him to the reader. Miss out on reading about Black Cross, Lucas, Bianca, all the totally awesome sidekicks that Claudia throws at the reader. We are talking Ranulf and Vic. Vic has the most awesome dude dialogue. Ranulf with the basin haircut is just so innocently hilarious, bring on the Viking Warrior I say.

I almost want a Vic spinoff....I am serious here Claudia, that boy rocks. He could start his own fashion label.
AND!! Miss out on reading about the true Psycho Goldilocks character that Claudia shows us in Charity, the girl is tame compared to how she behaves in Hourglass. People I am remembering scenes as we speak, that girl is nasssssttttyyyy...hehe!!

Do I recommend reading Evernight series before cracking open Balthazar, should be the question I get asked and the answer would be a resounding, YES!
Claudia has written four books before Balthy, this is probably why Balthy got written, I am using my psychic abilities here...hehe!!
Hence the book cover has the blurb down the bottom...'It's finally his turn.' ( Thankyou Miss Claudia xxxxx)

The readers fell sooooooo in love with him in the Evernight series, sure he wasn't right for Bianca, but he was selfless and beautiful and soooooooo much more than Claudia shows us in Balthazar. I am not saying that is a bad thing, because you are supposed to have been up to speed and read Evernight series so she didn't have to retell what most of us already knew.

Balthy aka Bath Tub boy, whatever endearment as the reader you have for him, he has a story that makes your heart break for him in the previous four books.
Not to mention the wraiths, and all those Nummy Num Num scenes...* waggles eyebrows*.
Claudia blew my mind with her twists and characters in the Evernight series. I nearly fell off the bed when I got my first POW ( didn't see that one coming) in Evernight. I was like WT!!! Stargazer ( the astronomy scene observatory thingy) , Hourglass ( Blackcross, Psycho Goldilocks , that kid needed therapy, BIG TIME!!) I haven't even gotten started. Afterlife, although Claudia surprised the heck a doo out of me with where she took that storyline, it was a quieter book, but it suited where she was going. I personally was going somewhere completely else in my head after Hourglass...cause after some of those scenes * face plant *, who knew ?
The scenes between Bianca and Balthy.....oh yeah there was a scene, * fans one self* , but if you have only read Balthy or just touched on Evernight series, then you have missed out on what I am talking about * fans one self again* .
Everybody loves a good Ball scene, and the Autumn Ball and the dancing and Balthy.....* sigh* . I know I am not mentioning Lucas, but I am trying to explain why you should read Evernight, whole series before Balthy . Lucas well he is a whole 4 books.

I suppose I should talk about Balthazar the book now.

I LOVED IT!!! Claudia knows how to give us faithful Evernight series readers the Balthy we have been waiting for.....yup!!!! Naked! Visually I tried real hard to squint and see that scene..hehe!! Not that he is squint worthy....maybe as this is YA I shall leave that alone. * cough*

Skye is a gorgeous character that only gets touched on in Evernight series, but she is soooooo good for him. I like that she takes charge a little as Balthy is quite damaged from all those centuries ago , not to mention the handful Charity is. Like , Psycho Goldilocks is truly a handful. Claudia let's you get a little hint of it at end of Balthy when Skye's parents surface. I was giggling as I thought those who don't know Charity, have no idea what she is capable of.....shall I mention that diving board scene....*wink*

Balthy is fighting his fears in his book, but I am so glad to see that he is breaking through them.

Claudia is again making rather wonderful use of stakes and beheadings. A smaller amount of Nummy Num Numming ( think fangs and I want to suuuucccckkk your blood) , but a whole lot of Balthy kissing....hi five Claudia!

Claudia kept Balthazar interesting to those of us who are up to speed by bringing in a tribe of vampires, new to us. I think I could have almost liked Redgrave, if he wasn't a baddie. Finding a bit more out about Jane was putting a little puzzle piece to bed for me and Balthy's pain and finding more out about how Balthy's torturous change came about and the demise of Charity's sanity, cause that girl is sooooo not all there.

I tweeted Claudia asking if this was stand alone as I have read via Goodreads reviews, but I think Claudia has ended Balthy so she can continue if she wants. I personally want!!


She reached out blindly with one hand, and Balthazar's arms went around her, enveloping her in his embrace. Skye didn't cry, didn't speak. Instead she gripped the lapels of his coat as she buried her face in the curve of his neck. He held her tightly as she breathed in and out, steady and slow, calming herself.

Balthazar's eyes were locked on her bare neck, which Skye figured she should have found unnerving, but didn't. His black T-shirt fitted his broad chest and taut abdominal muscles like so much body paint.

"Wait." Balthazar pushed away her hands. "Shouldn't."
"I'm not molesting you. I'm putting you in a hot shower. You can't do it yourself." Skye tugged off his wet coat, then got to work unbuttoning his shirt. The damp fabric stuck to his skin. "I've seen a naked man before, you know. I'm not a virgin. My eyes aren't going to fall out in astonishment or anything."
.........Okay, she thought. Deep breaths........

Charity whisper - sang, "We all - fall - down!"