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Guest Review: Destined by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Posted January 20, 2012 by TG in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

TG’s review of Destined (House of Night, Book 9 ) by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the high council saw the ex- High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But there are new forces at work in the house of night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more-or possibly less-that human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something familiar strangely familiar about him. . . .

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect them all? You’ll just have to wait to find out. . .

In this novel, P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast tried to tell the story by switching back and forth between each of the character’s points of view. They have done this with the last few books in this series successfully, but it just didn’t work with this one. The plot line got muddled and it was difficult to keep up with all of the information they were giving. While each of the chapters were clear and well defined, they did not merge together like they had in previous books. That is not to say that the book is not enjoyable, because it is.

It still tells Zoey’s story, and it sets up for the next book really well, but it was just a little difficult to keep up with.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Griffin. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Book Watch: Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Posted December 3, 2010 by Rowena in Promotions | 4 Comments

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

I’ve got the last two books in this series in my TBR pile and I have yet to open them. The whole Hoey Zoey thing got on my nerves and so I needed a break from the series and while time has passed since both Tempted and Burned came out, I’m still following this series around like a puppet on a string.

This is the cover and blurb for Book 8 in the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. The book comes out on 1/4/11 so be sure to mark your calendar my friends. There’s more Hoey Zoey goodness on the horizon. =)

..and that’s your scoop!

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Review: Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Posted November 30, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Main Character: Zoey Redbird
Love Interest: Heath, Eric
Series: House of Night, Book 1
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Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

When I first read this book, I was trying to keep up with both Ames and my cousin Domi. My cousin Domi was reading them and she absolutely adored all of them so I was all about reading them. You should have seen us at the girl’s basketball games. Her younger sister plays on the same basketball team that Brenna plays on and every weekend while we were making our way through this series, we should be on those bleachers chopping it up.

We were super addicted to this series and when I did a quick re-read of the book so that I could review here on this blog, I could totally see why I was so addicted. The Cast writing duo did such a phenomenal job of world building in this first book without overdoing it that it was so easy to fall into the characters and the story.

In this book, we meet Zoey Redbird who is marked a vampyre while she’s at school and you see her as a scared young woman who doesn’t know what to do or think now that she’s not “normal” anymore. We follow her as she makes her way over to the House of Night, where she’ll go to school and learn how to be a vampyre and we see her leave behind her life that she knew before the mark appeared and walk into a life where she’s the new kid in school. It’s hard for her to start this new kid status under the radar because her mark has already filled in, which is something that only happens to adult vampyres.

Watching Zoey maneuver her way through the House of Nights and make her mark on the school made for some entertaining reading. Between her new blossoming friendships with Stevie Rae, the twins and Damien and then her stuff with her human boyfriend Heath, not to mention the drama that pops off at every turn it seems made this book was fast, action packed story that leads perfectly into the next book.

This book is a great start to a series that is easy to become addicted/obsessed with and I enjoyed it a great deal. If you haven’t started this series, you totally should because you’ll definitely want to know why I call Zoey…Hoey Zoey. =)

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Book Watch: Fledglings Handbook 101 by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Posted July 15, 2010 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well…

Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101, and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition. Inside you’ll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.

I’ve read all of the books in this series except for the last two. I had to take a break from them because Hoey Zoey was driving me bat fricking crazy with all of her ho-ing around. I kept thinking that she needs to quit drinking so much whore-chata because it was ruining the story for me.

Why I want to read this book is totally beyond me but there you go, I want to read this book only because maybe it’ll shed some light on the series again since it’s been so long since I’ve read Burned. Oh and the cover is pretty awesome.

And that’s all.

Who else is reading this? It comes out in October so here’s your heads up.

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Review: Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Posted January 21, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Rowena’s review of Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil and all he wanted was you?

At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down. Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems. The red fledglings have cleaned up well–they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home–but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Eric, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

Book 5, I should be tired of reading these books but for some reason, I cannot stop reading them. We’re still following Hoey Zoey around as she continues to fight evil in the form of that whore bag of a High Priestess Neferet and the evil King that she made rise from the earth, Kalona. Kalona is like older than dirt (hehe) and yet when he appears to Zoey in her dreams, he’s no older than about 19. Ewww.

Anyway, Zoey and her band of merry fledglings are hiding out in Stevie Rae’s tunnels and Zoey’s trying to figure out how the hell she’s going to take Kalona and Neferet down. She’s got a Son of Erebus warrior, Darius who is trying to help her out plus a human in Aphrodite, a handful of red fledglings that are like dead undeads and then a handful of blue fledglings and her ex-boyfriend, Erik in the tunnels with her. Then her human boyfriend comes running to make sure that Zoey’s okay so add another human to the mix and things are just about as crazy as they can be. Her grandmother is safely tucked away with the nuns from the cat charity and so Zoey at least doesn’t have to worry about them even though she still does.

Neferet has turned into something that is more evil and more powerful than anything they know of and Kalona has an army of Raven Mockers who are like half human, half bird things and they’re deadly creatures. Things are definitely heating up in the tunnels as Zoey gets back with Erik and then we find out that Stevie Rae might have a little boyfriend of her own and not to mention Darius and Aphrodite. But then Zoey is hurt and the only way she’ll be able to make a full recovery is to go back to the House of Night. She goes back over there and finds that Kalona has everyone under his control and it’s just not home to her anymore. She also comes across Stark again and the pull she thought she was developing in the hour or so that she spent with Stark before he died is heating back up again leaving Zoey torn all over again because her two boyfriends back in the tunnels are frickin’ going at it like it’s the coolest things to do and now she’s got another boyfriend….again.

This thing that Zoey has for having too many boyfriends at one time is getting old. It’s stupid and she needs to hurry up and make up her damn mind and choose one to be her boyfriend. I mean she likes to think all these bad thoughts about Aphrodite and she lets everyone call Aphrodite the hoe cake when in actuality the only one whoring around is…ZOEY!

Another thing that is driving me bat shit crazy in this series right now are the Twins. The way that those two call each other Twin each and every single time they speak to each other. It makes me want to cut their throats so that they can’t talk at all.

Erik’s jealousy isn’t even that bad, I don’t think but I can tell that I’m not going to like him for very much longer. I just have this sixth sense that he’s going to turn all Jacob Black whiny baby and that’s going to suck because I liked him but hell, I liked Loren too so what do I know? Haha. In this book, we see the battle between good and evil go down and friendships are tested and things are just all over the place but I could not read fast enough to suit me. Like I’ve said time and time again, these books are addicting and I can’t stop reading them. I have one more book before I have to wait until April so I’m savoring that book. This was another good addition to the series but it still didn’t take Chosen’s place as my favorite of the bunch.

Grade: 3.75 out of 5

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