Not my favorite of the series, but still a good one. Zoey and her circle face another battle with Neferet while facing loss and hardship. This book takes a very hard road in the series, and you may not like all the events that happen, but they are (I'm sure) crucial to the series as a whole. Choices are made, sides are aligned, and Neferet can not turn back from her path now. Zoey and Stark are a strong team now, and all your questions about Stevie Rae and Rephaim are answered. As always, P.C. Cast leaves us circling the mailbox impatiently waiting for the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next.....
I wasn't totally crazy about this book. I feel like this series just keeps going in circles and keeps repeating stuff we already know, or stuff we just don't care about.
A lot of important and exciting stuff happened in this book (especially at the end), and that I think was the only reasoned I 'liked' this book instead of 'hated' it. But the important stuff only lasted 50 pages or so. Which was kind of a bummer, because I think they could have fitted a lot more in to replace the useless crap that the authors seemed to just put it to fill in space!
I'm going to continue with this series until the end ! Because sometimes this series seems like it's never ending, so I'm anxious to see how it all turns out. So I will be purchasing Destined, I just hope its worth buying.
Welcome to House of Night #8. In this book, Zoey and Stark are back from the Otherworld. They have some battle scars and are trying to hide out, but they are alive and completely in love. With this information in hand, the nerd herd starts to plan a welcome back party. Jack, of course, is in charge of decorations. He is disappointed when Zoey and Stark push back their departure from The Isle of Women, but he understands. Meanwhile, Neferet gets Kalona back and since he failed, she has dominion over his immortal soul, or at least she thinks she does. She has him lashed by darkness and supposedly banished from her side, so the council forgives her and she returns to Tulsa. In Tulsa, Stevie Rae has to figure out what she is going to do with Rephiam. They are in love, but he is still bond to his father. Everything seems to be coming to a head, what paths are all of these well-known characters going to take?
I gave this two stars because of three main things. First, this has just as much sex in it as an adult romance novel. As a teacher, I am completely appalled by the amount of sex and the descriptions used in the sex scenes. Plus, Neferet does not seem to own clothing. I can't hand this book to a student without thinking that a parent would have the right to file a complaint against me recommending this type of book. I think the story could be told with much less intercourse involved. Second, I am tired of the word snot. We all know that when Zoey cries, she seems to get all snotty. Heath carried around tissues because of this. It seems like whenever anyone cries within the novel, which happens a ton, they are all snot tears. How many times do you have to say the same thing? Is there another way you can describe the type of tears that are falling? I feel like the authors just want to use the word snot because it has a tendency to make young adults giggle. Although, I don't think anyone needs to be giggling when something that is obviously sad just happened. Last but not least, especially from an English teacher's point of view, I miss foreshadowing. I enjoy the hints that are given in novels, but in Awakened, they don't give you subtle hints. The hints are more like freight trains running at you. Its like, "Oh, that ladder doesn't look too sturdy." Then they say that about four more times, and guess what, someone falls off the ladder. I feel like the authors believe that their audience is stupid and can't think for themselves, so they are telling you everything and not letting you infer. It makes me lose my interest and stop caring when actual events happen, since they have already been shoved down my throat.
So, you may start to wonder why I gave this a two instead of a one. The biggest reason for this is because Stevie Rae plays a very important role throughout this novel and she is my favorite character. I may not really like where her character is going, but I like her personality and jokes. The fact that I know she will be majorly important in the future books may keep me reading, but it's really hard to tell at this point in time.
I was too excited to wait for this book (I was currently #30 or less when I decided to just buy it). Don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it does answer a lot of questions regarding Stevie Rae & Rephaim, as well as a couple of deaths. :(
Was very heart wrenching at times. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book. Neferet just keeps getting more & more evil... She will just NOT stop. Zoey and the gang will also stop at nothing to stop her though.... I have eleased my copy into the population today. Enjoy readers!
While not my favorite of the series, this book was definitely better than the past several books, which, to me, were just meh. I actually became weepy at times.
Zoey's teenager lingo is still annoying (seriously? Who says bullpoopie. At least there is no mention of brown pop) but the shift from character point of view is less jarring in this book than in Burned.