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

Book Information:

Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780312650254
325 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 09

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

In order to face off against Neferet, Zoey has finally come home to Tulsa with Stark. Not only that, Rephaim has been “disowned” by Kalona and gifted by Nyx, however, Neferet won’t let that piece of piece last. Neferet starts her evil plan with Aurox, a boy who she claims is a gift from Nyx. Zoey better watch out when she begins to feel drawn to him because there is more to this “gift” than what meets the eye.

For Destined, we still have different points of view, however, Zoey is back to doing most of the narrating. :| Though we do get Aurox, Dragon, Neferet, Shaunee, Rephaim, Kalona, Erik, and Stevie Rae as narrators too. :) It was pretty interesting to read some of the new additions to the point of views. :D You also get some more information on Neferet and Lenobia and their past, which was kind of interesting to read. :P

Despite the little piece of information I enjoyed reading, there was still a lot that I didn’t really like or haven’t liked since the beginning of the series. Of course the first thing that really irritates the hell of me is Zoey and her personality, especially since she hasn’t really changed since the beginning of the series. I find her childish, selfish, and too dependable on her friends and boyfriends. :| Also, I hate how the authors keep pairing her with so many boys. Now Zoey also seems to like to be more sexual as well since I’m seeing more (not detailed) sex or making out scenes. I don’t mind the sexual parts, but she puts Aphrodite to shame with how slutty she acts. Plus, the “bond” Zoey and Stark they say they have is more than sex, but that seems to be the only thing they do together. >.>” Next, I hate how the authors allows the characters to wash away with their feelings they are supposed to feel simply by using powers. I found that very unrealistic and irritating at the “quick fix” to stop their true feelings.

Now for the other issues I have with this book since I could probably go on and on about Zoey. I find it contradictory at how everyone treats Rephaim with distrust, when with Zoey, she tells them to trust her about Stark and most likely Aurox, they do; even though they didn’t prove to be good like how Rephaim did when Nyx asked and gifted him. It was very irritating at how Zoey gets all the special treatment and trust, but no one really gets the trust they deserve. Next thing I always hate in this series is the bringing back characters (like Heath), even though they are dead, it seems to be the theme of these last couple of books. =___=  It’s like, come on, stop pulling away characters just to bring them back in the next book. Urgh! Anyways, other things I found annoying are the constant need to make everyone too perfect, which makes the books a little bit too predictable. Also, it mentions too many other books/shows almost like a hidden ad and the vocabulary words they have trouble with in this book are words everyone should know by at least high school. Oh, one last issue I had with this book, how come Aphrodite hasn’t gone blind from all of the visions when they cause blood to come from her eyes? >.>” Normally, when you bleed from the eyes, it could cause you to be blind or you have something serious going on. xD Oh, well…

There are a couple of things I did like though, not a lot however. One of the things I liked was the interaction between Lenobia and Travis — it was interesting to read. It was pretty much the only thing that kept me from throwing the book across the room. Anyways, the next thing I liked was how Erin and Shaunee become more like individuals than the constant “Twin” thing. Though, I didn’t really like how Erin had a knee jerk reaction (being a brat basically) towards Shaunee wanting to grow as an individual and be by herself. Oh, and the ending was also pretty good — I enjoyed that part as well.

Overall, the characters’ personalities are overpowering the plot, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if they weren’t so annoying and perfect. Also, the storyline is starting to get a little bit too predicable and too “teen” for me to even enjoy. Plus, I find most of the characters’ behavior unbelievable since I never have seen any teen acting or speaking like them. After I finish the books that I have been released so far, I’m dropping this series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

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

Book Information:

Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312650247
290 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 08

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Zoey has returned from the Otherworld, but she has decided to stay on the Isle of Skye for what she calls a “break”. On the other side of the world, Neferet is back in Tulsa and she is set on bringing Zoey back. And if that’s not enough, Rephaim must choose between Stevie Rae and his father.

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, but if there are, I’ll put a spoiler mark new it.

The plot and everything else becomes predictable in this series, especially after Aurox shows up. And if you remember the last part of the previous book or the beginning part of this book, I don’t remember that much, it’s definitely predictable. xD *SPOILER START* I predict Aurox and/or Zoey will start to fall in love with each other because of who is “inside” Aurox. *SPOILER END* And that leaves me with another rant, which I will do later in this review. Anyways, there are still POVs, but it is mostly Zoey telling the story this time. :| Oh, and Zoey has (not detailed) sex in this book as well, and I bet you can guess who she did. So, yes, still sexual themes in this series. The only thing I really like was the bulls and the switched color meanings. ;)

As for the characters, I still feel the same for all the characters, though my hate for Zoey (and maybe Stark) is increasing. Stark’s Scottish accent is a little bit better in this book, but not by much. :S That’s pretty much the only thing that has improved with Stark. Also, he still mentions the “honor” thing and yet has sex with her. =___= As for Zoey, she is getting worse and pissing me off. First of all, how is she a leader when she can’t handle the stress of being “special” to Nyx and take a break? I mean, I get the new to being special, but it’s been long enough for her to get her act together and not be a complete wimp. She cries and whines more than other character in the book, and they have to go through about as much as her. Next, stop with the freaking boyfriends! Why can’t she be single and not having sex or pretend sex with or be sexual with each new guy that comes into the book?! She “loves” too many guys and doesn’t even know what the word means — just picks a guy and puts a “connection” on them. Also, I hated that the authors brought her back to life. When will one of your main characters just die and stay dead? :| Last thing, she very hypocritical, *SPOILER START* like why can’t Dragon stay mad on Rephaim for killing his mate, but she can never forgive Kalona over Heath. *SPOILER END*

Overall, I think the plot and everything else is becoming too predictable and not even interesting anymore. Plus, the characters are less than stellar, especially the main ones. *SPOILER START* Also, in this book, the authors kill off a lot of the characters either because they don’t know who’s who anymore or they need to develop the plot or both. I wonder if they will actually stay dead — unlike the other characters so far. *SPOILER END* Basically, I’m not that impressed so far for this series and think the authors should work on the character development more than the plot for a little bit.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

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

Book Information:

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312606169
323 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 07

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

With Heath’s death, Zoey’s soul has shattered and is on the brink of death herself. In order to help her, her friends must explore ancient vampyre history. Then there’s Stevie Rae, who’s keeping a secret from everyone. And lastly there’s Aphrodite, who has been blessed by Nyx with the gift of seeing the future, a Prophetess. All three of these girls will need to deal with their problems before they and the whole world gets burned.

There will be some spoilers, but I will mark them so that you get a little warning before coming to it. ;)

Like the previous book, this book is told with different point of views, which has actually tone down on the whining that I deplored. You still hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. However, there is one more point of view, Kalona now also tells the story, which was pretty interesting to read. ;) Also, the plot and character developments are getting much better — except for Zoey, of course. :S

Anyways, for the characters, I’m really starting to love Rephaim and Stevie Rae as a couple. They act so cute together without all of the sex and whining that Zoey’s relationships seems to end up with. Another couple development that I’m starting to love a lot is Aphrodite and Darius. I love how they accept each other as they are and don’t try to change each other. However, the Zoey and Stark “couple” is really annoying. Why pair her up with so many different boys? It makes her sound more like the slut than Aphrodite, and I don’t care how the authors try to spin it. When I got to the part where Stark is talking about being a “Guardian” was about honor, not love, I nearly barfed. Especially when you read about them kissing, possibly having sex with her, and basically saying, “I love you,” it stops being honor and changes to love (or horniness at least). URGH! That part annoyed me so much.

As for character development, I still like the side characters more (besides Stark) than Zoey. I haven’t really seen any real development in Zoey — only degrading. *SPOILER WARNING* Also, now that Stark calls her “Queen” because he thinks so, I think that Zoey is going to be much more bossy compared to the other books because she also thinks like that. *WARNING END* Another thing that was a pretty annoying development was the phony and freaky Scottish accent Stark seems to automatically develop after becoming a Guardian. What I want to know is how the hell a person can get an accent in such a short amount of time? I don’t know anyone who has developed an accent that quickly after one single event. And with the new addition of characters, you will still see that the authors are still obsessed with making every character in this book “beautiful”.

Overall, the plot is getting pretty interesting; it’s the main characters that I have a problem with. I also really hated the ending :( — *SPOILER WARNING* why do the authors keep bringing her back, when all she does is whines and tries to pretend she is a leader. *WARNING END* I don’t know how much more I can take of these characters or books when I’m getting annoyed all over again just by typing this. ~__~

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

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

Book Information:

Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780312567484
319 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 06

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Stevie Rae has been keeping things from Zoey, and Zoey’s beginning to wonder exactly what she has been up to. And not only that, A-ya’s pull starts getting stronger. How will their choices on how to deal with these things affect not only the House of Night, but also the whole world?

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, so beware of those. It’s mostly towards the end of my review. ;)

This plot was a little bit more interesting than the other books in this series so far, mostly because there are different points of view. Yes, instead of hearing just from Zoey about how much responsibility she has to deal with, you also get to hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. Also, you get to know a little bit more about Kalona’s past, and it was really interesting to read and find out about that. ;) Oh, and it is getting a little bit more sexual because it describes Kalona cupping Zoey’s breasts in a dream. xD And yes, that’s my warning to you about the sexual themes in the book. *laughs*

Anyways, the different points of view is the only thing that kept me from throwing the books — Zoey’s attitude and personality still hasn’t changed and was really annoying the hell out of me. *coughs* Especially since the authors have once again put her with a lot of boyfriends. -__- I like how the authors started using different POVs because now we get to know more about the other characters’ personality. Like for Stevie Rae, I like how much stronger she is compared to Zoey — she knows she can’t be prefect and doesn’t really try to be. Also, I love reading some of the story in Aphrodite’s view, mostly because her personality seems more realistic. Another thing I like is how there is much less reminding about the character’s personality/history than the other books. :D

Overall, I really like how the POVs bring the plot and side characters into a different light. And the ending is kind of sad with a certain death of someone and kind of “Yay! I hope she stays that way!” :D Basically, though, the ending is pretty good. ;) The series is definitely starting to turn for the better, and I hope it stays that way for the rest of the House of Night series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780312379827
323 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 05

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Kalona and Nefert start to take control of the House of Night while Zoey and the other escape underground. Not only must Zoey find a way to break the spell Kalona has placed on the House of Night, she must deal with three boyfriends again, saving Stark from Neferet, and several other things. Will anything ever be normal again?

This book starts off almost immediately where the previous book has left off — Zoey and the others are in the tunnels with the civilized version of the red fledglings, waiting to form a plan to stop Kalona and Neferet. However, when something happens to Zoey, they have to plan for a confrontation sooner than they all would like. There is a little bit more supernatural in the book than all of the others, but it still has a little bit of Zoey’s drama that I have. Oh, and there are still some sexual themes in this book, so beware of that. ;)

Let’s start with the things I didn’t like about this book. One, I’m starting to hate how the authors keep on describing the characters as “handsome” and “beautiful”. *rolls eyes* Also, they keep on saying the same exact things about the same character. :| I do not need to know that Damien is a fan of vocabulary or that the Twins aren’t really “twins” since I’ve already read that in the other books of the series. Anyways, another thing that is getting annoying is that Zoey has a lot of boyfriends or a boyfriend in almost all of the books. :| Even in Untamed, Zoey wasn’t without a boyfriend for long since she became attached to Stark and called him her “soul mate”. What is wrong with having the same boy as a boyfriend throughout the whole series? Or even having no boyfriend? Do the authors really think that teenagers always need a boyfriend or a love life? Three, this series is starting to get very predictable. :( And lastly, did none of the authors, publisher, editor, etc notice the mistakes in this book? It says something about them if they didn’t notice these mistakes — and no, I’m not talking about grammar or spelling. I’ll go over them later on.

Now for the things I liked about the book. The first thing I liked was the development of Aphrodite and how much her attitude and personality has changed and grown since the beginning of the series. Out of all of the characters, I think the authors did a much better job at developing Aphrodite than almost all of the other characters. Three, more supernatural than high school drama and whining of Zoey, which is one of the things that has been bugging me a lot. And lastly, continuing to merge mythology and Cherokee legends in a very creative way.

Anyways, let’s start with some of the errors that I found, there are about five of them. :|

#1: For the hardcover jacket summary, someone spelled Erik as Eric. :S
#2: Page 141. Why would Darius tell Jack, “I want you to come, too”? Especially when Darius left in the last chapter to go take Heath to his car?
#3: Page 146. When Aphrodite asks about the poems that Zoey, Erik, and Jack found in Kramisha room, Erin says that they found them “written on the wall’s of Aphrodite’s room”. One, last time I checked Aphrodite doesn’t have a room in the underground tunnels. Two, pages 65-67 states that it was Kramisha’s room where they found them.
#4: Page 247. Zoey uses an “advanced” vocabulary word and says that Darius would be pleased at her use of vocabulary. One, Damien is the vocabulary freak, not Darius. With as many times the authors repeat that fact, you would think they know it by now. ~__~
#5: Page 312. When Sister Mary Angela tells Kramisha to get Stevie Rae’s grandmother. First, we haven’t even seen Stevie Rae’s grandmother in any of the books, so how can Kramisha get Stevie Rae’s grandmother. I know some people will call non-relatives “grandma”, but that’s after a long time of knowing them — not a little less than a year or so.

Overall, I’m really starting to like having more supernatural in this series, but it was really hard to enjoy something with so many errors. :| With all of these errors, I’m rating this book a low to middle two stars. If it weren’t for all of the errors, I would have rated it at least a three star. :(

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
She Loves Books
Quick & Dirty Book Reviews

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2nd Review: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780312596309
338 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Zoey’s friends are pissed at her at the wrong time, especially since Aphrodite has a vision of her dying alone. And if she dies, a war will break out between humans and vampyres. Will anyone listen to her when all hell is about to break loose?

Things are starting to heat up even more for Zoey in this book and it all blows up in her face. Okay, even though there is a little bit more supernatural than high school drama, there is still too much whining from Zoey for me to really get into this series. It is starting to make me go, “When will this freaking series end?! The main character is starting to piss me off!” :| The plot this time is a little bit more interesting since it goes over Kalona and a Cherokee legend, but I don’t know if it is a real legend. So I like how the authors are merging mythology (Nyx) with Cherokee legend. :) Also, they still have some sexual themes in the book.

However, there still is the little issue of Zoey’s personality and high school drama. I know books need action, but couldn’t the authors think of way to get that action than the, “Wah~ My friends hate me because I lied to them, but I need them to stay alive and save the world from a war”. Okay, I get the saving the world parts, I do, but I hate how Zoey has to whine in order to get her friends back from something she did. Also, she still is very bossy and hypocritical towards everything, especially towards her “friends”. Zoey’s attitude of calling one of her friends “holier than thou” when she is one who says, “I’m going to be their high priestess, so they have to listen to me”. -__- Another thing I find annoying is how she tries to lie again for the reason of “for their own good”. URGH! :| Oh, and the falling in love and calling a new guy her “soul mate” is also kind of annoying. When will Zoey just have one or no boyfriends? :(

Anyways, for the other characters, I love how Aphrodite’s personality is turning out — a little nicer, but they use her “mean” attitude as a comic relief. :D Another thing I like is Darius and how he loves Aphrodite the way she is. Oh, and I like Aphrodite’s cat and how she went up against Stark’s dog. xD Also, the name is creative and fits the attitude of the cat perfectly. ;) A couple of last things for the characters: One, there is a new character — Stark. Two, stop with the beauty obsessed descriptions for the characters. Three stop making Zoey so annoying!

Overall, the plot is much better than what it was in the other books, but Zoey is more annoying in this book than in the others. I wish that the book were more centered on Zoey’s friends than Zoey and her growing powers. Also, I would like this book more if Zoey’s personality was better and more likeable, and if there was a lot less drama. So, I love the plot, but hate the main character — that’s why I’m giving it a low to middle four stars.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
Shide Vicious Reviews

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2nd Review: Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780312360306
307 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 03

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Stevie Rae is struggling to hold onto the last of her humanity, but Zoey has a plan to bring her humanity bring. However, the problem is how to get her friends, who are currently pissed at her for lying, to help her with this plan. And if that’s not enough, vampyres are starting to turn up dead — and the evidence is pointing towards the People of Faith.

Like I said in the last review, after I finish reading/re-reading all the books, I’m dropping this series. I just can’t take how the main character is developing. Anyways, there might be some slight spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the other books in this series.

As usual, Zoey is faced with more challenges: Stevie Rae about to lose the last of her humanity, friends becoming enemies, enemies becoming friends, having three boyfriends, and adult vampyres are turning up dead on the House of Night campus. There is a little bit more supernatural, but there still is the high school drama and a lot of teenage (Zoey) whining. Now things are starting to get a little interesting now that there is a little bit more supernatural action and personality changes in some of the characters. :) Also, Zoey is now more of intimate relationship with most of the “boyfriends”, and there is one sex scene. Don’t worry too much about it, though, it is not detailed — just a lot of kissing and cuddling afterwards. However, it still feels like the authors squished all of this into a less than 400-page book. :(

Anyways, some of the characters are starting to change for the better, but the main character is starting to change for the worse. I’m starting to like Aphrodite even more because she has courage and starting to have more feelings. ;) For Neferet, even though I already kind of figured she was evil, I like that she’s starting to show more of her true self. :P Also, I love how sweet Heath is becoming, and I think Zoey is stupid to let him go. As for Stevie Rae, I like that she’s back in this book. :D Oh, and I think I will love Darius as well. :P Now that the series is starting to move along, I don’t really like Erik because now he is much more jealous and possessive — and not in the good way either. :| As for Zoey, urgh, her disbelief or surprise over her friends being mad at her for lying is so annoying and irritating. Even though she is the one who lied, she whines and complains that her friends are pissed at her for everything. -___- I definitely find her personality to be less than stellar, and her constant way to avoid cussing is also very unbelievable. Her personality is not developing at all, if anything, it’s degrading to something even more irritating. Also, the authors still describe the characters with beauty and handsome, and centered on a world of people who’s beautiful and handsome. :|

Overall, I love how the series is going toward more a supernatural theme, but the main character is starting to get on my nerves. In each book so far, the authors have decided to waste space with re-stating things that we already from other books. Like about the cats, when Nala sneezes on Zoey, and general information about the characters. With all of these things, I consider this book an every low four star.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
What to Read After Twilight

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2nd Review: Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780312360283
310 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 02

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Zoey has a lot on her hands — being special to Nyx, having two or three boyfriends, being the new leader of the Dark Daughters, and dealing with a couple of murders and the evidence is pointing towards the House of Night. However, before she has a chance to solve that mystery, someone close to her dies. And if that’s not enough, Zoey will also have to deal with a betrayal that will hurt everyone close to her.

Like I said in the last review, after I finish reading/re-reading all the books that have been released, I’m most likely dropping this series. I just can’t take how the main character behaves and her personality.

Anyways, the plot begins to thicken with Zoey falling in love with at least three guys, humans from her old life dying, death of someone close to her, seeing “ghosts” of the dead fledglings, her powers growing, and a betrayal. So a lot more supernatural drama, however, the “high school” overruns the increase of supernatural. I know it takes place in a high school, but the teenage whining annoys me — a lot. Especially since the main character acts more like a baby than the other characters. However, I feel that the authors crammed all of this action into just a 400-page book. :(

After you skip over the high school drama and annoying main character, it is a pretty good read. The side characters in this book are so much more memorable and less annoying. However, the author describes the characters in the same way over and over again, like how the Twins aren’t really twins. *rolls eyes* Also, we get to see two more characters, Jack and Detective Marx, and they leave more of an impression than Zoey as well. And yes, this book is still using beauty and handsome as descriptions and very obsessed with that notion. In this book, I love how Heath acts — so sweet! I’m starting to like Aphrodite even more now, and I feel a little sorry for her. Oh, and there are now two gay characters, for those of you who don’t even want to see homosexual characters. Also, they still have a lot of talking about sex and other sexual themes.

Anyways, for the main character, Zoey, I think she’s even worse than Aphrodite, despite her saying that she is not like Aphrodite, mostly because she is messing/playing around with three guys — Heath, Loren, and Erik. :S Urgh! Zoey also doesn’t trust her instincts like she said she does, and I find her more judgmental and hypocritical than the other characters. Like how Zoey says she will trust others, but not Aphrodite — only her ability to see the future. I found her most bossy than even Aphrodite. Also, her friends are too starry eyed, even though she lies to them most of the time and snaps at them. Basically, I don’t like how her personality is turning out to be — judgmental, whiny, and hypocritical. :|

Overall, it was a pretty good read, but one of the parts is sad — almost made me cry. Anyways, this is rated a very low three star because I just can’t stand the main character. Also, it was only because the events are interesting and an original take on vampires that it made it to the very low three star.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
What to Read After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780312360269
306 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 01

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Zoey Redbird has always thought of herself as a normal teenage girl, that is, until she got Marked. Now she is a fledging vampyre, training to become an adult vampyre at the House of Night. She will soon discover that she has she has more special powers than the average fledging. So, when she sees the leader of the Dark Daughters is misusing her powers, Zoey starts planning ways on how to bring her down.

I started to re-read this series, but I’m starting to regret it. After I finish the two novellas and the new release, I’m most likely dropping this series. This book is still as boring and irritating, if not more, as I remember. :|

For this series, it starts out pretty good and interesting by letting us know about her life before she is Marked and then how people treat her after being Marked by the Tracker. However, she soon goes through all of the teenage problems and complaints about her family. Let’s just say that it definitely sounds like a teenager wrote it — whiny, irritating, and thinks the world revolves around them. *rolls eyes* It’s supposed to be a young adult supernatural, but it feels like high school meets supernatural — emphasis on the high school part. All of those parts were very boring and irritate the hell out of me, and I wish it was a little bit less high school.

Anyways, out of the characters, I love the side characters and hate the main one. Zoey’s personality is so irritating and a hypocrite that it was kind of hard to make it through the book. Especially how even though she’s new to being a vampyre, she uses the “I have more power than you” card. Urgh! :| Zoey’s personality is one reason why I will be dropping this series after I finish what has been released so far. Also, one of the characters is gay, for those who don’t like that kind of thing. And for the descriptions of the characters, the authors tend to use beauty, handsome, and good-looking. I don’t know where they got the idea that those words describe a character, but oh well. It does say that this book is beauty and handsome obsessed. The descriptions for events are all right, and the events in general (except the high school teenage whining) were kind of interesting. :) Oh, and there is also a lot of talking about sex, kissing, and things like that, so beware of that.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting read, if you can past the teenage whining and annoying main character. :| Also, it would have been rated a two star, if it weren’t for the new take on vampires and mythology. But I would recommend this to people looking for a new take on vampires, as long as you can get past the high school. ;) So for me, think of this as a very low three star. :S

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
A Bookaholic’s Review
What to Read After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Review: Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY

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Book Information:

Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY
Harper Teen
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061956973
262 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Academy Book 0.5 (Sunshine)

Edison Group Experiments Book ??
Kat Book 02 (Hunting Kat)

Not a series. (Bring Me to Life, Above, and Lilith)

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

An anthology of five different stories from five different authors. Click on the links to go directly to the review you want to read.

  1. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  2. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  3. Cast, Kristin – Above
  4. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  5. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  6. Feelings about the Book Overall

Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine

2 out of 5

Eric Dragomir has a reputation of being a player, and he has no intention of settling down. That is, until he meets Rhea Daniels, will she be able to tame the player within Eric? This is a prequel of Vampire Academy. Story about Lissa’s (Vasilisa) parents and how they met.

First of all, I have never read the Vampire Academy series, but I have heard that the series is good. Now if I were to base whether or not I would read the series from this short story, I would say no and run away from it.

The plot of this short story was so dull that it shouldn’t be put into a book. Maybe a free read, but not a book you have to pay money for. That was my very first issue with this story.

The second thing I didn’t like in this short was the characters’ personalities. They were all so very annoying and irritating. Rhea was very weak and docile, and that irritated me so much I nearly threw the book at one point. And Eric’s personality wasn’t much better. His “never had loved anyone” and player personality was teeth gritting and annoyed me further. Sure, I have read other books with these types of personalities, but the author was able to make the characters appear appealing to me – this story didn’t.

There are several other things I didn’t like about this short story like it lacked events and details, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying this book just to have a Vampire Academy series story to read. Borrow it from your library or friend first before you buy it.

So far, I am recommending staying far, far away from this book, and this is based only on this one story.

Oh, well. Onto the next story, even though I’m kind of not looking forward to reading it. >.>”

Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life

4 out of 5

Danika wins a contest to go to Sunderland Manor Art Academy, which is located in the UK. Forgetting the life she leaves behind, she finds the manor creepy, yet familiar. Not only that, she meets Braum there. Is there more to this manor, servants, and guy than what meets the eye?

I kind of got a feeling, while reading it, that this story’s plot was a spin-off of Dracula, but I don’t know for sure since I tend to not to read that many classics. ^^;

While reading it, this story was sometimes a little hard to follow, or it was for me (maybe I was sleepy), but it is pretty much explained towards the end of the short story. However, you might still have some questions about the story, characters, etc.

The characters’ personalities were all right, but you couldn’t really categorize the personalities they had since they were pretty much had many personalities that were well blended.

Also, this story had good enough details and descriptions, but I wish this story were a little bit longer (about as a long a novel). :P So far, I think that this story is the best one in this book. Definitely very good read, but I want to know and read more about it.

It would be worth the money to buy this book, if all the stories were like this one. ;) Oh, well. Onto the next story, but I’m definitely not looking forward to reading it since it is by Kristin Cast. :(

Cast, Kristin – Above

1 out of 5

Sol is an Other (vampire) from Above, and Rheena is from Below. However, Rheena has never fit in Below, so her parents allow her to go live Above. Shen then meets Sol Above. They find that they have similar feelings for each other, but how long will it last?

One thing, what the hell is with this story?! The author tries (and fails) in writing it like a poem, and it shows ever so well that it was badly written. Not only that, but the plot is definitely confusing at first, but it turns into something… awful? Strange? All together horrible? Take your pick.

The author also tries to take a new approach at describing events, characters, etc, but I hardly noticed them because I was too busy figuring out what the point of the story. It finally dawned to me who wrote the House of Night series, during the beginning books, her mother. This story was too horrible to even see how she even manages to write anything good and worthwhile.

Also, it is sheer luck I was able to make a summary about this short story.  I really wanted to rip and burn the pages. Yes, I was that irritated with it. It may seem gruesome, if you can actually figure out what the author was trying to say, but I hardly noticed because of my headache. I would have give it a 0 star rating, but I don’t have one. :(

This was by far the worst story in this book. Run far away from this story, and stay away from it.

*BREATHES* On to the next story. If this one irritates me, I’m turning it back into the library today.

Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat

4 out of 5

Kat, now a full vampire, is trying to get used to her instincts as a huntress. However, when she goes somewhere without Marguerite, she gets kidnapped by bounty hunters. During that time, she meets two boys, but are they there to help or hurt her?

After reading the free short story, I was hoping to see a little bit more information on everything, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Also, there is very little romance, but there isn’t so much to be really happy or excited about. I wish I could have seen more romance develop between Kat and one of the boys. (I’m not saying his name because it might spoil the short story a little. :P )

Anyways, the short story was still pretty good, but I think it would be better if the author did some full novels along with the short stories. The characters are still pretty interesting, like in the free short story, but I wish their personalities were a little bit more developed from the free short story I read.

I really do wish there was more to Kat’s part of the Edison Group Experiments, like the author does for Chloe and Maya (which I yet to read). This felt like a very short read, but this one is the other story I like in this book.

Well, onto the last story in this anthology. Wish me luck~

Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith

1 out of 5

Paul wishes to escape his reality full of people bullying and teasing him. And Lilith might have a way for him, but will he like the choice she will give him?

Disappointed, very disappointed. Meh, I guess I have to add more things to make it more like a review now. :(

Things I didn’t like is well, everything and anything. One, the plot reminded me of another supernatural book that I didn’t like that much – I don’t remember the title right at this moment. Two, this short story was too creepy and strange for me to really enjoy.

*SPOILER* It really reminded me about how depressed teenager commits suicide, but this story kind of adds a twist to it by adding supernatural characters to it. *END SPOILER* Also, the personality of Paul is so stereotypical for most other characters in his position.  And it is kind of hard to write characters like him and make them appealing to readers.

Anyways, overall, I was very disappointed in the story and the character’s personalities. I had trouble reading it because it was so bad. Now, it isn’t the worst story in this book, but it is still pretty bad.

Feelings about the Book Overall

Overall, this book is definitely not worth buying, much less reading. If you really want to read it, here is what I suggest (in order from what I like the most to what I liked the least):

  1. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  2. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  3. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  4. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  5. Cast, Kristin – Above

Only one or two stories are worth reading and paying for. The rest, I think they should be free reads or burned.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Richelle Mead
$New_Bullet Alyson Noel
$New_Bullet Kristin Cast
$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Francesca Lia Block
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble