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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

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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:

3 out of 5

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After Kalona, Neferet’s consort, appears from underneath the Earth, Neferet, Kalona, and Kalona’s sons start destroying the House of Night. However, Zoey and the gang escape their destruction by going into the underground tunnels, where the red fledglings live. Now, Zoey and the gang must come up with a plan to prevent the world from becoming a violent and chaotic one, but that stops when Zoey gets injured and must go back to the House of Night. There she has to fight with Neferet more head-on than she would like, and not only that, are the red fledglings really as civilized as they appear? And will Zoey be able to bring Stark away from Neferet’s sinister side? What will they do when the evil has hidden among them?

I actually finished this book faster than the others because my computer died. x_x The  motherboard went ka-plooey, so I was able to read until Black Friday, which was today, in order to get a new computer. :) Anyways, isn’t it amazing what you get done with when computers (mostly the Internet) are down? ;) Oh, there might be some spoilers below. :X

Hunted starts off almost immediately where Untamed left off – Zoey and the gang are now in the tunnels with the kind of civilized version of the red fledglings, waiting for Kalona and Neferet’s invasion to calm down or at least wait until they have a plan on how to deal with the new threat. However, when Zoey gets injured, she has to fight more head on than she would like.

All right, let’s start with the things I didn’t like about this book. One, the authors keep on describing the same characters with almost the exact same words as the other books. I know it is good to remind readers on what the characters look like, but don’t do it in every single book, unless they somehow changed their appearance between the last book and the beginning of book they are going to read. Two, can Zoey ever NOT have a boyfriend or boyfriends in a book? Even in Untamed, Zoey wasn’t without a boy/boyfriend for long since she became attached to Stark. She even went as far as calling him her “soul mate”. What the hell is wrong with having one boyfriend throughout the series? Or even having no boyfriend? Do those two authors really think that teenagers are all like that – always needing a boyfriend/love? Three, it is getting very predictable and is almost like all the other books I have read.

Now for the things I liked about the book. One, all the new descriptions and having so many of them was definitely more enjoyable. :D Two, the development of Aphrodite and how much she has changed (attitude wise). Out of all the characters, I think the authors did a better job at making Aphrodite develop as a character than almost all the others. Three, there was a lot more supernatural, but there was still some drama in there. UGH! Four, using Cherokee legends in a very creative way.

One last bit of interesting information. Erik’s name is spelled wrong in the summary. Oh, and also, on one of the pages (247), it says that Darius would be pleased about the vocabulary words she has been using. Isn’t it Damien who is the vocabulary nerd, or did I miss something?

Anyways, overall the book is good for a quick read, but it is getting a little tiresome since it is becoming a little bit predictable. :X Just a warning, there is a gay character in the book, and they talk about sex, kissing, and things like that a couple of times.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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

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

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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


Zoey’s problems have just recently blown up in her face, so now she has to deal with the consequences of her actions. Her friends all hate her, she no longer has any boyfriends, Neferet has declared war on the humans, and now Aphrodite has a vision that Zoey’s death will bring violence, hatred, and darkness to the world. Zoey knows what she has to do, but how can she do it when even her friends don’t want to listen to her? Also, how will she be able stop Neferet’s new plan of destroying the world they all know?

Okay, it has been over a year since I have read the last book of this series, so I kind of had to reread all three of the books I have already read. Why? So I can remember how the series was liked — I don’t have that good of a memory, people.

Anyways, in the fourth book of the House of Night series, things are heating up for Zoey and it all blows up in her face in this book. *SIGHS* This book is starting to be like all the other supernatural young adult books I have read. Yeah, I’m starting to go, “When will this freaking series ends, the high school drama is getting on my freaking nerves!” Though, there is a little bit more supernatural in this book than the last one, but not as much as I would like it to be. There are a couple of things that annoy me in this book. First, all the drama, I know you need action, but can’t the authors think of a better way of getting action and attention the, “Booo hooo, my friends don’t like me, but I need them in order to save the world,” is a little unbelieving. I also hate the bossy attitude of Zoey’s, the “I’m going to be their high priestess, so they have to listen to me,” is a little *BARF*. I like that kind of attitude (kind of) in the male characters, but in females, I find it bitchy. ^^; Yes, I’m vain.

One thing I like in this book is how Aphrodite is turning out — nicer, but still uses her attitude as comic relief, almost like Erin, Shaunee, Damien, and Jack. I also like Darius and how he can appreciate Aphrodite. :) Yes, I like the other characters more Zoey. Let’s see, what else do I like. Hmmm… Oh, I also like how the authors are starting to merge Cherokee legends into the book. Also, the descriptions are done very well. In this series, descriptions are a little bit better than most other series. :D

After you skip over the high school drama, this book is pretty good, but the page amount for this book is pretty all right. If there were a little bit less high school drama, I would most likely like this series better. Also, Zoey is definitely annoying in this book. *SIGHS* I wish the book was more centered on her friends than Zoey and her growing powers and how she will be a priestess. Other than the high school drama and Zoey’s attitude, this book is great for a quick read. Though, it is kind of turning a little boring with all of the high school drama. ^^ Just a warning, there is a gay character in the book, and they talk about sex, kissing, and things like that a couple of times.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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

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Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Book Information:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781416989417
391 Pages

Series Information:

Hush, Hush Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Nora Grey has always been a normal girl: trying to get into a good college, a worried and overprotective mother, and a best friend who thinks she needs a little spice and a man in her life. Nora has never thought about boys or even romance, to the disappointment of her best friend, Vee, at least, not until Patch comes along. Then after meeting him, strange and terrifying things start to happen to her: Patch turning up almost everywhere she is, a strange figure following her and attacking her, and Patch’s mysterious ways that make her unable to decide to love him or run away. As she discovers the truth behind her attacker, Patch, and herself, she finds herself her in the battle between fallen angels and immortal beings called the Nephilium. Will she choose the right path that will keep her alive and next to Patch?

Ahhh… another fallen angel book. Is it me or are novels with fallen angels getting popular? >.>” Well, at least with this novel, it was a lot better than Fallen, which completely reminded me of Twilight. Good news, this one only sort of reminds me of Twilight. Though the way Patch acts like sort of reminds me of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, where Lucius acts with mysteriousness and what seems like verbal abuse.

Unlike Fallen and Twilight, the lead female character acts with both strength and weakness, which makes her out as a believable teenage girl. Also, the lead guy character, even though he’s still mysterious, he acts almost like Lucius, a bad boy character, but without showing that much violence towards the one he loves. Another thing that made this book better than Twilight was the humor attempts were actually kind of funny, and it reminded me of how I was as a teenager. Unlike with Twilight and Fallen, you were actually able to tell the characters were all teenagers without having to remind yourself — which was the main things that made it better than Twilight, despite the similarities they still kind of share.

Even though it was better than Twilight and Fallen, you still couldn’t miss how some things were kind of similar. Like, how Nora discovers she’s not completely human and has a side to her she doesn’t understand. Also, how there are some plot holes and didn’t explain the past of Chauncey’s/Jules’s that much, or explain more about the Book of Enoch. However, unlike the Twilight saga, which is completed, I’m willing to wait until the series are completed before I judge on plot holes.

I thought the descriptions were kind of okay and had enough to make the first book interesting, but I’m going to expect much more in the second book. Go ahead and read it.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Becca Fitzpatrick
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The Crescive Library
$New_Bullet What to Read After Twilight
$New_Bullet After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

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Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Book Information:

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Delacorte Press
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780385738934
452 Pages

Series Information:

Fallen Book 01

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

After an accidental death of a friend, Luce Price is forced to go to Sword & Cross, a boarding school where problem students go. There she meets the mysterious Daniel Grigori, and she is immediately drawn to him. In a world of no outside communication, Daniel is the only good thing about her being forced to go to Sword & Cross. However, she’s confused as to why Daniel goes out of his way to avoid her. Though, that won’t stop her from pursuing or thinking about him. Luce is dying to find out why, but will she even live long to regret it?

Okay, a fallen angel book. I mostly read adult fiction books that have fallen angels in it, so this will be the second “angel” book that I have read that’s young adult. Compared to Eternal, this book and series is definitely lacking in details and exciting events at the moment.

This book starts out with a prologue, which isn’t really needed, so it was kind of boring at first. Why? Because later on in the book it talks about Luce’s past lives, so the beginning is just something that will confuse you more. Also, it takes out some of the suspense as to why he doesn’t want to kiss her later on. So, it starts out with something that’s not needed, but with the book, it doesn’t have enough details — and it gave me a headache with all of the useless and lack of details.

Also, it reminded me so much of Twilight, and no that is not a compliment, that it wasn’t funny. The way that Luce just obsesses over Daniel and doesn’t really care or notice anything else was creepily like Twilight, so I sort of lost my patience with this book.  One thing I really hope with this book is that it doesn’t end up like Twilight, where it doesn’t tell you why the girl is different from others.

Translation: I really didn’t like this book. The only reason why I would read the sequel to this book is to see if more details are more thoroughly explained than it was in this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lauren Kate
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet All Things Urban Fantasy
$New_Bullet All Things Urban Fantasy: 2nd Opinion Review
$New_Bullet 365 Days of Reading

Places to Buy From:

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