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
This book is available from St. Martin’s Griffin. You can buy it here.