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Burned takes the House of Night down a darker path, Zoey''s soul has been shattered and she is set on staying in the otherworld forever. She needs to retrieve the pieces of her soul in time to do her usual world saving antics. Stark is the only human who can reach her in the otherworld without losing his soul, but this is not an easy feat and he has to put him self through hell to get to her (which is part of the darkness of this book) but of course he is perfectly happy to do this as it''s Zoey and no matter what Zoey does everyone runs to save and defend her time and again despite the fact she doesn''t seem to do much in return, this is my main issue with this book and the series as a whole.
Stevie Ray and Aphrodite both have big roles in this book as their lives are being thrown on a huge roller-coaster. Stevie Ray is beginning to distrust Dallas her kind of boyfriend, and can''t tell him she may have a chance to save Zoey. Aphrodite is no longer a fledgling, she is now human but for some reason the goddess still chooses to grant her the gift/curse of foresight. She the first of her kind and finding it very hard to deal with not knowing what she is or who to side with.
The tag line for this book is ''Three girls playing with fire...if they don''t watch out they will all get burned'' A bit cheesy but very appropriate.
Now anyone who has read my reviews of the rest of the house of night series will know that I am rapidly going off this series, it seems like it is being dragged out to a painful degree in order to cash in on it''s popularity (there is a movie in the making) which from a business point of view I can understand but from an integrity point of view it is unacceptable. P.C Cast is a fantastic author who is selling herself short to this franchise.
The first half of this book is a couple of hundred pages of Zoey Loving, which is a reoccurring theme in all the later books, Zoey is painted as the ultimate female warrior who is amazing in every way even though she really hasn''t been very amazing and has lucked her way through a lot of the books, winned a lot and had everyone else risking their asses to save her over and over again.
This book is written from everyone else but Zoeys point of view and although this has annoyed a lot of fans I think it was a welcome change as I find it interesting to here the other characters points of views and to get to know there personalities a bit better. Stevie Ray takes even more of a front role in this book which is fab for me as she is my faveourite character.
The Book has all the same flaws as the last one, blatant stereotyping of young black girls and gay boys as well as the added country bumpkins, cringe-worthy pop culture references and mind numbing filler.
I do still enjoy these books but I just think they could be condensed dramatically without loosing anything important, it turns out there may be up to 15 books in total which is serious overkill in my opinion.
The end of the book was good it was dark and action filled which is what I loved about the books to begin with, but I don''t understand why it took 328 pages to get to the conclusion it did.
The book does have some really good points includind the story of Raphaem and Stevie Ray and there struggle to remain good despite there situations. (Really hard to explain without spoilers, but the battle between good and evil has been done really well within each character.) Also the Gaelic Mythology dialect has that is used is really good and shows that the authors have researched the topic really well which is something I find P.C Cast does very well.
Overall the book is Good it has redeemed the series some what but still has a long way to go to get back to how I felt about the first few books.
This review is also on my Ciao account under shellyjaneo
Burned is the seventh book in the House of Night series by mother and daughter duo, PC and Kristin Cast. It is published by Atom Books and is 323 pages long.
Books in the series:
What has happened so far
Zoey Redbird recently got marked by a Tracker, meaning that she had to move to the House of Night in order to maybe become a vampyre. If she doesn't die first. Zoey is unlike any of the other fledglings though. She has been extremely blessed by the Goddess Nyx who gave her powers that she never expected. Zoey can has an affinity for all five elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Spirit.
Zoey has her faithful friends, Stevie Rae, Shaunee, Erin, Damien and Jack to help her out. Zoey has had an array of guys on the go; human Heath, hot and talented Erik and teacher Loren the poet. The new guy Stark turned up and Zoey couldn't help but feel something for him. Football players from Zoey's old school went missing and were murdered so she had to save Heath before he was killed as well. After best friend Stevie Rae died and came back as something else, Zoey wasn't coping very well and managed to annoy everyone she cares about. Neferet turned evil and reawakened an evil immortal who took over the school with her.
A showdown between Zoey and Kalona didn't quite turn out how it should have done. Heath is dead and Zoey's soul is shattered and without her soul, Zoey can't live in the real world and is sent to the Otherworld. Little does she know, Neferet decides to send Kalona there as well to finally finish Zoey off.
Stark is distraught and doesn't know how to cope with what is happening to Zoey. He couldn't save her and now she is in big trouble. Stevie Rae has all sorts of crazy things going on, beginning with being imprinted with a Raven Mocker, a race which nearly destroyed everything. No one knows about Rephaim, especially her boyfriend Dallas but it's looking like this secret wont stay that way for long. The nerd herd are doing everything the can to find a way of saving Zoey before she actually does die but will it be enough?
What I thought
I had initially put off buying this book as the copies that I own of the rest of the series have coloured pages and this one doesn't. I really don't like sets if they don't match but the publishers told me that the coloured page edition hasn't been decided upon yet. So with that in mind, I realised I could be waiting a long time and with book #8 out soon, I decided not to wait any longer.
I had actually quite forgotten what had happened in the previous book, Tempted, so some strong emotions about Zoey and Heath suddenly came back to me. I was sad at the beginning of the book and was really hoping that things were going to at least get a little bit happier this time around. I was half right. I was so happy to see that Zoey wasn't quite the idiot she has been in the past. Stuck in the Otherworld, Zoey is utterly shattered at the death of her human consort, Heath, and I don't blame her for one second. I loved Heath and this certainly wasn't the way in which I wanted his story to go. Zoey really doesn't deal with heartbroken well and even though I have hated her in the past for having too many guys on the go, I couldn't hate her this time. I really ended up feeling sorry for both her and Heath being stuck in the Otherworld and not knowing what to do.
Stark was another character that I loved as soon as he appeared and in Burned, he only gets better! One of the things that annoy me about the other characters in this series is their language. It is really immature and silly for the most part but Stark isn't like the rest of them. Stark's language is actually pretty bad and by bad, I mean great! The back cover of the book does state that it is not suitable for younger readers and that is completely right. Stark has quite a foul mouth but I didn't think this type of language was over done at any point. He has just lost Zoey and is quite destroyed so I thought it was only natural for him to hit out and swearing at everyone seemed to be how he did that. If that had been me in his position, I would have told everyone to F**k off as well.
I loved the whole plot of Burned and the direction in which it is heading. The story moved along at a very strange pace though, due to how it was told. Burned is the first book in the series where multiple POV's are used the whole way through even though Tempted saw this being introduced towards the end of the book. Even though I liked hearing from other characters, especially Stark and Rephaim, I didn't like the way the chapters were laid out. Some chapters saw POVs from different characters which was fine, but then there were chapters solely from one person's POV. I wouldn't have minded this if it had just stated the character at the beginning of that chapter but it wasn't. One chapter, for example, is only told from Stevie Rae's POV but it is broken into three parts. I didn't understand why this was done at all because it made no sense to break it up. Even though that annoyed me, I did like knowing what was going on with everyone else while Zoey was stuck without her soul.
Burned is a fantastic read, apart from a few small niggles that I had. Luckily, those niggles weren't with the story itself or with the characters this time around. I think Zoey is finally beginning to grow up, even if I cant say the same for her friends, and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, Awakened.
Burned is the seventh novel in the successful House of Night series by mother and daughter team P.C. and Kristen Cast. Following on in sharp succesion from the previous novel, it continues to tell the story of Zoey Redbird, a young vampyre High Priestess in training, and her friends in their fight against evil.
While I may have to reveal some elements of the stories of the previous novels, I am determined not to reveal the ending of the sixth novel, Tempted, even though it has a huge bearing on the story of Burned. It was so heartbreaking and shocking that I had to read the pages several times for it to sink in, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.
I'll give you my overall opinion right from the start: I think Burned is the best House of Night novel yet. I have quibbles with some of it, but overall I think the series just gets better as it goes on (with a bit of a bump around books 4 and 5).
The story is gripping. It is not all action packed, but it is certainly packed. The whole series takes place over a short space of time, and each novel over only a few days, so we get a huge amount of detail on everything.
One of my major annoyances to date has been the language and tone of the series. They are written in a teenage manner, with a lot of American teen slang. This was not something I noticed so much in Burned. There is definately the fact that I am more used to it now and able to overlook it, but only to a point; the reason I didn't notice it so much is that it isn't so present.
This gave the book a more mature feel than previous ones. This was added to by the fact that the characters of Damien and the Twins, friends of Zoey's with affinities for various elements, were barely present. They were there - we just didn't get as much of them. Must be honest, I didn't realise I wasn't very keen on them until I realised how much better it was with them in a small role. They are the most immature of the characters, and do not have central roles in the main story. I was glad to see them moved to the side to allow more time for the central (and more interesting) characters.
Aside from the story, the thing I liked most about Burned was that it took what was started in Tempted and expanded it: in Tempted we had sections from characters other than Zoey (although she was the only one in first person). In Burned we have sections from almost all the main characters - Aphrodite, Stevie Rae, Stark, Kalona, Rephaim, you name it they get a say. It gives a much wider view of the story and each character - even the bad guys aren't unlikeable. And are they even bad???
Now, for my quibble. During the course of the story some characters are required to visit a place they call the Isle of Women. To us, the Isle of Skye. It is a magical place with an ancient language. Skye is a magical place. But my first thought on reading the first information given about in Burned was that they had bastardised a beautiful place. That calmed down quite a lot as I read on, but I felt there was a lack of understanding of Skye and its beauty, and of the Gaelic language. The authors note they base the Gaelic used in the book on the language of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. I surprised myself by recognising most of the words used (surprised because despite my best efforts I am only a beginner in Gaelic), and I didn't notice a lot difference from modern Gaelic. Except in the name for Skye - they changed it from an t-Eilean Sgithenach to Eilean nan Sgiath, the Isle of Women. This really annoyed me for some reason - it has a beautiful name already, why change it? Also, one character refers to the language as Gaelic while he is speaking it - even in an ancient dialect I'm sure that is wrong. Gaelic is the English name.
I was also mildly irritated by the written Scots used, which was a bit Americanised. It should be "ye" not "yie", and "uze" (plural you) just irked. I don't any Scot not writing in text chat would write that - I'd write "youse" but it might vary in different parts of Scotland.
And I dread to think how the main readership of these novels - American teens - would pronounce the beautiful Gaelic language!
Anyway, rant over. I can get very worked up over little things. It may seem that i've moaned for a while therefore it is a big deal, but although it did annoy me there wasn't so much of it that it spoiled the novel. Even with this I think it is one of the best.
Burned is more mature and more wide ranging than previous House of Night novels. The series has grown up. I strongly recommend it, but you really must read in order. If you've read up to Tempted - keep going, it just gets better.
After being reasonably unimpressed with the previous book in this series, I was initially dubious about rushing to read the book I will now review for you, the only reason I rushed to read it was due to the fact it was actually a lend off my little sister.
The book I will now review is - "Burned by P.C and Kristen Cast".
Warning!!!! This review will probably contain spoilers for the previous book "Tempted".
The book starts immediately from where Tempted left off.
After witnessing her human boyfriends death at the hands of her mortal enemy and in a previous life partner Kalona, Zoey Redbird, vampire fledgling and high priestess of the "house of night" ( a school for newly turned vampires), finds that her grief has shattered her soul and threw her into the "otherworld" (heaven for vampires).
Due to her being a high priestess she has 7 days grace before her body dies also. Never in vampire records has a high priestess returned from such a tragedy....but Zoey is no ordinary priestess, so there is hope there.
After Kalona has killed Zoey's human consort, he feels something that he thought he would never feel again....regret. He never intentionally wanted to cause harm or distress to Zoey, but felt Heath would get in the way of her eventually giving herself to him and coming over to the dark side.
After Zoey's soul shatters Kalona is then bribed into following her into the afterlife, and to try and prevent her warrior and guardian Stark from working out how to bring Zoey back into her body.
Will Zoey be able to return to her body or will Kalona keep her from returning and saving the world?
As I said earlier the previous book had been a disappointment, but after reading the first few pages I soon realised that I was hooked and the mother and daughter author combo, were back on top form!
The book itself is set out very differently from how I remember the previous books being, with each chapter being told from a different characters point of view.
Although most of the characters are reporting upon the same thing, ie Zoey and getting her back to her high priestess role. It is nice to hear about what is also happening with the "red fledglings" and Stevie Rae (priestess of the red fledglings) and her burgeoning friendship/love with a Raven mocker, which is beast made from evil, but turns out that he has a little humanity within him, enough to form a relationship anyway!
The entire book is set in the space of 7 days, this is to symbolise the days left of Zoey's body, whilst she lies in a catatonic state.
The book is quick paced and full on, but aimed at the slightly younger reader, so there is a little violence, though never really graphic, and the briefest amount of sex.
The characters are by this point, very well established, so reading or starting the series from this book wouldn't be recommended as the authors feel no real need to re-explain who and why the characters are as they are within the story.
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £5.99 plus P&P.
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This is a really good book, that I thoroughly enjoyed and I am now looking forward to the release of the next book in the series - "Awakened".
Thanks for reading x
Burned is the 7th book in the House of Night series.
If you haven't read the first book yet, then I suggest you read no further as there are some spoilers!
I'll give a recap of everything that's happened in Tempted, the book previous to this as it's important:
Zoey Redbird is only a fledgling, but she's very much special to Nyx. Kalona is a fallen angel, an angel who long ago used to be Nyx's personal Warrior, but little did he know that she had to be protected from him. You see, Kalona ended up falling in love with Nyx, thus this meant that he could not do his job properly in protecting her, for his feelings would get in the way. Plus, Nyx already had a consort, Erebus. Anyway, Kalona told Zoey all this in her dream and Zoey believed him, because it was just that, it was the truth. This is an important aspect of Tempted, as it leads on to Zoey trusting him.
Soon after though, Kalona and Neferet are in conversation, and Heath overhears them talking. Heath is bound to Zoey, as he's her consort. He hears things he shouldn't have heard, and calls Zoey through his spirit. Kalona spots him, and breaks his neck, thus killing him. But little did Kalona know that Zoey witnessed the whole thing and she screams and blasts her whole spirit at Kalona, wounding him.
Okay, in Burned, it continues on from there. Zoey's soul is shattered and she's in the Otherworld with Heath. Stark has to let the Warrior in him die to lead onto the Guardian in order to enter the Otherworld after Zoey and protect her there. He also has to ensure that she gets all the pieces of her soul together, for without it, she will surely die. Her time is running out. Neferet has manipulated Kalona and sends his spirit into the Otherworld to ensure that Zoey never makes it out.
Elsewhere, Zoey's friends are mourning and losing hope. They realise that their time is running out and their High Priestess and friend might not make it. Her life lies in Stark's hands.
Stevie Rae has got problems of her own too. She's bound to Rephaim more than ever now. She knows that answers to Zoey's survival lie with him. But he's torn between his dad, Kalona and his love, Stevie.
Will Zoey survive? Does Stark make it in time? Is Kalona as evil as he seems? Is Stevie Rae's secret let loose? Which side does Rephaim end up choosing, Darkness or Light?
So many questions, and not all are answered.
This book is amazing. Personally, I don't think it's as good as other books, but it's good enough that you don't want to put it down. Can't wait for the next.