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

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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

Places to Buy From:

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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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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:

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