Hunted - House of Night, Bk 5 Author:Kristin Cast, P. C. 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 and her gang must discover a way to deal with an unexpected danger that might bring them all down. Neferet guards her powerful ne... more »w consort, Kalona, who looks gorgeous and has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading power, but what if it shows Zoey truths she can't face? Meanwhile, the red fledglings have cleaned up well, but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to fix things with her super-hot ex, Erik, but she can't stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms, and she is driven to save him from Neferet's sinister influence. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?« less
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It was great, but it only covered 3 days from the events of the end of "Untamed." Don't get me wrong, the plot developed and changed quite a bit. But the book was over in the blink of an eye. And P.C. Cast hasn't slated a date or name for book 6, which is inevitable because of how things were left. It had the same humor that I noticed Zoey's character possesses. And there was still the complicated web of relationships Zoey has with her men (and boys).
I was looking for a bit more romance, but I view this book as a kind of a in-between book. It covered events that must come to pass for things to get good again. Don't get me wrong, there was action and turmoil, but it ends on kind of a weird note. I hope this doesn't spoil anything for you. But I enjoyed it, all things considered.
This is the fifth book in the House of Night series; all in all this series has been very inconsistent. The third book was kind of ho-hum, the fourth book was excellent, and the fifth book, well, it kind of sucked.
In this book Zoey and friends are hiding in the tunnels with Stevie Rae and her red fledglings. Somehow they need to get back into the House of Night to face Neferet and Kalona and somehow break the influence they are having on the vampires and fledglings of the House of Night.
The above is basically the whole story. Sadly the first 2/3's of the story are spent in the tunnels with not a whole lot happening. Zoey spends a lot of time whining about Erik being too possessive. Then, of course, Zoey has to get involved with Heath...again. And because Zoey wouldn't have enough to whine about without being involved in a love triangle, Stark is drug into the picture too. This story felt like it was almost a repeat of the third book; at least in the relationship aspects. Seriously nothing exciting actually happens until the last section of the book. This section was pretty good and dealt with Zoey and friends going back to the House of Night and facing Neferet and Kalona.
This has been a very inconsistent series for me. Some of the books I love and some I hate. I feel that there has been more hate than love for this series for me. There are so many interesting things that could be happening with these characters and this world; it seems though that the majority of page space is lent to Zoey so she can whine about relationship troubles. All of her whining makes me think that maybe she is not the special Priestess that everyone thinks she is; I mean she is one of the weakest heroines I have ever read about.
I had a tough time getting through this book. I am finding that I don't really care about many of the characters all that much. The plot wasn't very exciting or griping. Believe it or not I though Aphrodite was my favorite character of this book; her actions are much more heroic than any of the others. I am not sure I will read the 6th book. My overall reaction when I finished this book was, "Thank goodness I am done, I can read something good now!"
Sorry this is such a scalding review, but I am sooo disappointed that this series can't be more consistent!
Ok, I have waited a few weeks since I finished the book to review. I love Zoey, and all the HoN characters, but this book was just awful up until the last few chapters. It only covered 2 days, 2 DAYS! That is horrible! Spread it out a little will you? Plus, everytime something happened, they would explain it FULLY to the other charcters several times over. You dont need to do that, I already read it when it happened, shorten it down a bit and you can fit more in.
Even so, I will continue to read. But I was very disappointed in this book. Not worth the hardcover price.
Hunted was OK, but I didn't have high hopes since I was disappointed with Untamed. I was very annoyed with the dialogue in the beginning of the book. I know it's a YA book, but it seemed so juvenile to me. Do teenagers really talk this way? IMO, this was a filler book. There was not much going on through most of the story. The ending was as expected, but it was sort of a let-down. I wanted more action, I guess. I know the thing that bothers me the most is all of Zoey's boyfriends. I just wished she would focus on her craft and realize that she doesn't need a man (or boy) to be complete. I'll read the next in the series whenever it comes out though.
I have been waiting excitedly for this book to debut...but I am kind of over it with this series after reading this book. I feel that the book is very repetative (for example everytime something goes wrong or might go wrong Zoey says "well hell") how annoying. Also Zoey is a big hoe-bag even though she only slept with Loren, and it gets worse in this book by 2 more guys (demon, vampire, dead-kid, what-ever). I will probably get Tempted when it comes out just to see if the authors can clean this up and make another good book or if it will end up rubish like this one....
Hunted is the fifth book for the House of Night series by the mother and daughter Cast team. This books starts off with a fairly steamy dream that Zoey has of her and Kalona, the fallen angel that we met in the last book. The beginning put me off a bit because I don't really like reading erotica in young adult novels. As a young adult teacher, it makes me feel like I should not let me students read this. However, this is a hugely popular series and I think that my students will end up reading this anyway. I just want to remind people who overt sexual instances do not need to be in young adult books, even if there are a lot of young adults that may be intimate with someone.
Away from my rant, Zoey and her gang are in the tunnels and they are finding them to be way more hospitable than they originally thought they were going to be. It seems that Aphrodite went on a spending spree and furnished the tunnels with everything a vampyre might need. The healing begins, but the problems are still right at the surface. After a long night in which Eric and Zoey make-up and become a couple again, Heath shows up at the tunnels. There is a lot of chest pounding and arguing between Heath and Eric, but Zoey ends up going outside the safety of the tunnels with Heath. Of course this means that something bad is going to happen. Zoey ends up injured and the only way to keep her alive is for her and her gang to go back into the House of Night. At the House of Night, Zoey is healed by Neferet because Kalona forces her to. Stark shows up, and everything seems to be changed. It is immediately clear that the gang is not safe at the House of Night, so they must escape, but Kalona is not willing to let Zoey go so easily.
I like these books to a certain extent. I really like the overall mystery and action to each of the House of Night books, but I'm tired of the romance drama. I think that Zoey really needs to stop dating three guys at one time. Is there a point to that? I don't know how many teenage girls are really suffering with that problem. I know that teenagers often like one guy and then someone else, but they are rarely so mixed up in their feelings for multiple people at once. In my experience, they fall in love with one boy and then out of it when they find someone new. With each new love in Zoey's life, she makes me irritated. How does that girl ever get anything done? I think the books would be better if they just stopped the foursome.
This series surprised me. It is marketed to teens and written about teen vampires, but the books have a more mature theme and dialogue to them than most of the books of the teenage genre. Written in the first person, it does give a more clear idea of what is going on in the main character's head. There are a lot of creepy elements including dark magic, invoking evil spirits and blood rituals. Warning: the characters in this book are teenagers who are quite promiscuous (even includes teacher/student and child/adult sexual relationships). Good story, good writing, not a great idea for young teenagers or those that would be offended by the sex and dark magic issues.
after reading some negative reviews, i thought i would hate this installment of the house of night series, but i was wrong. although i wish (as someone else noted) that zoey would learn that she is good by herself and doesn't need a man (or three!) to make her special, i still enjoyed the adventures of her gang.
the only thing i would change is that i feel damien, the twins and jack are all quite one dimensional. i don't know of any gay boys who act like jack (and i know some flaming ones!). there were also a couple of name typos.
Zoey Redbird is back in the fifth installment of the HOUSE OF NIGHT series.
When last we left Zoey, all hell (literally) was breaking loose inside the vampyre school. I am sad to say that her predicament has gone from bad to worse.
Neferet, current High Priestess at the House of Night, has declared war on all human beings. To aid in her quest, Neferet has called forth an ancient evil that cannot be destroyed. Kalona, a fallen angel, has risen from the depths of the earth with Neferet's help. He is an immortal who believes that Zoey is his chosen one - the one who trapped him decades ago inside the confines of the earth.
Zoey's task is great. She and her friends will be forced to use their abilities to help rid the world of Kalona once again, and sabotage Neferet's master plan. By calling the five elements, Zoey, Shaunee, Erin, Stevie Rae, and Damien are declaring a war of their own - to stop Neferet and Kalona, no matter the cost.
The Cast duo has done it again! These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature. The energy and integrity of the first four novels has not been diminished in this fifth installment. The characters' personalities are as vibrant as ever, and the story remains engaging and original.
Teenage readers will be drawn to Zoey's everyday, angst-riddled life. Not only does she need to save the world, Zoey needs to solve some major vampyre/human boy drama. These stories are surreal, yet shockingly accurate when it comes to teenagers and their lives.
Here's to hoping for many more HOUSE OF NIGHT novels to follow!