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Authors: P. C. Cast,Kristin Cast / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 14 February 2013 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: Hunted / ISBN 13: 9780349001166 / ISBN 10: 0349001166 / Alternative EAN: 9781905654574

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      27.09.2013 21:05
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      Sets up nicely for the second half of the series

      Kolona has broken free after years of being trapped in the earth for crimes unspeakable, and is passing as Nyx's immortal consort. He is at Neferets side leading the house of night and it is up to Zoey and the gang to find out what is going on, expose Neferet and save Tulsa from the evil Raven Mokers.
      The red fledglings are doing much better and have redecorated the tunnels where they love making it more homely, they are even going back to school. Saying that nobody is 100% certain they can be trusted and that's difficult for the friendship group to deal with especially when it comes to Stevie Ray.

      There are many new characters and enemies introduced in this instalment and although the baddies are really good and very scary they are far to similar to the Formorians from the divine series (also by P.C Cast). I think this is suck a big series she should have put a bit more effort into creating a unique enemy instead of recycling an old one from her adult book hoping no one would notice this was a major flaw of this book.

      This book is a middle book in the series and as is the norm in long book series there is loads going on. Lots of stories from the previous 4 books are coming together and bring resolved, there are a lot of characters to keep up with and there is a lot if plot line cleansing going on ready for the next half of the story to begin a fresh . The next half looks to be a lot note grown up and darker than the first 4 books and is growing with the audience .

      The dialogue continues to be over the top and cheesy but you sort of get used to it and its jot so bad that it ruins the book. Overall this is by far not the best in the series and could have been a lot better, but being a middle book you can sort of forgive it. It is still a great series .

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      14.09.2010 19:54
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      good book

      Hunted is the fifth book of the collection House of Night Novels. In order to be able to understand the whole book I reckon everyone should start with the first book of the series. Even though the author makes small descriptions of past actions, I still think the best way to understand and enjoy a novel is to read it since the very beginning. To be honest this is my major complaint with the book, the remarks made to the past (I reckon they were written so anyone can catch up with the history even if they started by reading from the second, fourth...book) are very boring to a reader that has follow up the series since the beginning.
      The remarks are boring and a bit long. Other famous novels do not follow this way and even though they are remarks to the past, this is only to empathise the importance to the story.
      This is my personal opinion has a fanatic reader. That is why there is a beginning and an ending. How can you completely understand the course of a history if you start by the middle or end?
      Apart from this, I love the series. Zoe is a new fledging with amazing powers, she can control the 5 elements and she has to deal with not only her own boy problems but as well with her amazing powers. She is unique and one the strongest although she is only a teenager on her way to become a full grown up vampire. I also find annoying that she cannot make up her mind about the boys and she always has 3 on the go. Although am a 24 years old and my mind about relationships is much more mature. Am sure if I was just a teenager again I would be unsure all the time, that is how many girls are while teenagers.
      The story is quite interesting as Zoe has to go through many dangerous situations and there is always a lot of suspense of what is happening next.
      In this particular book, Zoe has to find against a dark angel that not only is bad but also connects to her soul of the past. Neferet (the actual high priestess) and the dark angel will be together and plan to take over the Council of Vampires. Zoe ends up hiding with the red fledglings controlled by Steve Rae, Zoe's best friend. Although is Steve Rae being completely honest with her best friend? On top f this she has to deal with all her boy issues. She can finally make up with her ex-boyfriend Erik but she cannot keep her thoughts from the boy that died in her arms asking her never to forget him.
      Zoe has to fight not only against the dark angel and against Neferet but has well against her own feelings towards this amazing, hot dark angel. She will need all her friends by her side, but will they remain by her when they find that she lied to them? Will they understand her reasons? Amazing history and recommend to all above 16 has it has strong language.
      Please read from the first book and you will enjoy it even more.

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        28.08.2010 10:55
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        The Filler..fingers crossed the next one is better

        For those who have been reading some of my reviews, you might've seen my small obsession with "The House of Night" series by mother and daughter duo, PC and Kirsten Cast. "Hunted" is the fifth book in the series and once again the action takes off within what must be hours or a day after the last book, "Untamed" finished. Zoey and her friends are hiding out in the tunnels underground with the newly "outed" red fledglings, trying to think of a way to defeat Neferet and Kalona. At the end of the last book, I was excited to find out what would happen as things around the House of Night (the vampire school that Zoey and her friends attend) had taken a dark, evil and interesting turn!

        Character Development....

        Unfortunately, I remain both frustrated and intrigued by Zoey and her teenage drama. So far, she has had enough teen romance to last her whole lifetime. Despite being seventeen and in training to be the High Priestess of the vampires, she still seems to have very little maturity. It is starting to become ridiculous, almost laughable that this girl can stop evil ancient demons and High Priestess vampires who have turned to "the dark side" yet still her language attitude and emotional state remains like that of a thirteen year old.

        It appears that Zoey is the girl that anyone decent would fall instantly in love with, and Zoey herself doesn't seem to be immune from any boys charms! Luckily, there was a small reprieve in the last book when it came to Josie's never ending list of suitors, there was so much action, that Zoey's annoying ponders over who to chose as her boyfriend came in a distant second place. Unfortunately, Zoey's trio of men continues in this book - it seems that two men aren't enough, despite one being killed off; he was quickly replaced by another in this book.

        I cannot be too harsh however, as it does seem that Zoey has come to some kind of conclusion about at least one of the men in her life, and makes a big decision about another. The authors have also attempted to explain how it comes to be that Zoey can have such attachment to a vampire as well as a human - which, in the realms of this series - does at least make some sense!

        In terms of other characters, I thought that perhaps the red fledglings would've been explained a little more. Unfortunately, like the previous book, the red fledgling's purpose was merely hinted at. From the other reviews I have read on this book, all seem to come for the same conclusion that this book was the weak link - that it is just filler - and I have to agree. Thinking about it, this was more about relationship development between Zoey and Stark rather than progressing the story of Zoey in her training to be High Priestess. It is hard to say more without spoiling the plot.

        However, what storyline is there is not a complete disappointment. The story is set over a couple of days at the very most and because of this, the action moves along nicely and at an excellent pace - ok, so it feels like Zoey and co are no further on by the end, but it was by no means a chore reading about what happens. When it comes to the storyline, all is forgiven with regards to Zoey - she really is the glue that makes all the stories work.

        I will read the rest of the series - I've got this far and I'm still intrigued enough to see it through. However, I have already tried to put aside the awful way it is written in terms of teen slang and childish antics.

        My feelings about this have taken a further downturn after reading an interview on Amazon US by part of the author "duo", PC Cast (the mother). It turns out that far from being a partnership, PC Cast writes the books and gets her daughter to read and inform her of what is the correct slang. Well firstly, how old is Kirsten? Her teen language is so unlike any teen I've ever met and I'm pretty sure that most American teenagers would never speak in the way she does! So what has disappointed me most is this book is actually written by a middle aged woman, and is edited by a teenager who appears to have no clue!
        This revelation might ruin the next book for me, although I'll do my best to ignore it! To conclude - this is a not so essential book in terms of plot development but should be read to understand character development. Hopefully there will be a lot more action and story progression in the next book and this is the last of the "fillers" to get more people buying their books...

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        25.07.2010 00:03
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        Another great book by PC and Kristin Cast

        Hunted is the fifth book in the House of Night series by mother and daughter duo, PC and Kristin Cast. It is published by Atom Books and is 448 pages long.

        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.

        Hunted
        Neferet and Kalona have taken over the House of Night, forcing Zoey and her friends to stay elsewhere for the time being. Luckily, Stevie Rae and the red fledglings are still living down in the tunnels which have been made a lot more home like. No one is exactly happy about sharing living space with the red fledglings because not all of them are as nice as Stevie Rae but what other choice do they have?

        Being down in the tunnels gives Zoey a chance to make up with Erik after their huge break up but Stark is also on her mind. She felt something huge for him before he died and knowing that he came back un-dead gives her hope....until he turns up as one of Neferet and Kalona's minions. Evil has reared its ugly (well ok, he's pretty hot) head and Zoey is completely messed up. How is she going to fix things this time?

        What I thought
        After the events in Untamed, I was really excited to see how things were going to pan out and I wasn't disappointed. There is a lot of mystery in Hunted which builds up so much tension ready for book 6, Tempted. Normally I would complain about this but there are quite a few unanswered questions but I'm not going to this time. I felt like everything that I didn't find out or figure out was done just right so that there would be a lot to address in the next book. Also, all of this mystery adds to the suspense of what is going to happen and kept me guessing the whole way through.

        As the book is only set over the space of two days, everything that happens seems realistic. Books that are set over the space of months can sometimes feel quite unrealistic and rushed, trying to pack as much in as possible in such a short space of time but that isn't what Hunted is like at all. The fact that the story is only spread over two days gives the chance for a lot to be explored and explained properly so that nothing ever felt unclear at any point.

        I'm not too sure how I feel about Kalona. I know he's supposed to be this hugely evil, fallen angel character but he just doesn't seem bad enough to me. Maybe that's because he has so much charm that he wants everyone to follow him and has certain ways of making that happen. He is certainly sleazy and creepy though, making me shudder a little at the thought of him. There are times when he does seem extremely bad but other times where I'm not convinced. He tries to tempt Zoey and make her think that he really isn't the bad guy so I think this is why I feel like this.

        I really enjoyed the inclusion of the red fledglings as so far, we have only really heard from Stevie Rae. It was good to see how the others were coping and alike and different they were at the same time. It was good that some of them were included into the main plot which made their appearance more justified. I would have liked for some of them to have been included a bit more but as there are already so many characters to follow, I can understand why this didn't happen. One thing that I did find to be missing here was the relationship between Stevie Rae and Dallas. It is clear that they have something going on but never really expanded upon and I would have liked to have seen more of this part of the story.

        Some other relationships that are explored in this book are very interesting though so made up for what was missing. Some I cant mention though otherwise it would be giving away too much. What I can say though is that the relationship between Zoey and Stark develops a lot and not in the way that I had expected. It was nice for the repetitiveness of Zoey's bad choices to stop for a little while, at least when it came to Stark anyway. Aphrodite's relationship with Darius is progressing well even when some major problems are thrown in their way.

        If you are just picking up this series then I urge you not to start with this book. House of Night is a series that really does need to be read in order so that you don't get lost and can really follow what is going on. I also think that starting at the beginning gives you the chance to get to know and love the main characters which I don't think you can do by starting anywhere else other than the beginning. Hunted is addictive, interesting, mysterious and funny all at the same time. PC and Kristin Cast are quickly becoming two of my favourite authors.

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          15.05.2010 05:10
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          A good book but in no way the strongest in the series.

          - - PLOT - -

          Hunted is the fifth book in the House of Night series which is centred around a vampyre finishing school. As this book is part of a series there are spoilers in this review so sorry to those who haven't yet read the previous novels. I will try and the spoilers to a minimum.

          Zoey and her friends are currently stuck in the aftermath of the horror that was the re rising of Kalona and his evil Raven Mockers. Forced to hide out underground in the tunnels that are home to Stevie Rae and her interesting new breed of fledglings, Zoey and her friends find themselves battling to decide the best way of dealing with yet another drama filled situation.

          In a race against time, the team must decide the best way to defeat the evil that is Kalona and the person who helped him to rise again the newly very evil high priestess Neferet. Help is at hand in the form of Stevie Rae's fledglings, hot warrior of erebus Darius, a few teachers who managed to resist the power of Kalona, Zoey's Grandma Redbird, and most strangely of all a wonderfully spiritual nun by the name of Sister Mary Angela.

          Will the power of that extraordinary group of fledglings, humans, vampyres and spiritual people help to banish Kalona and Neferet? Or will the control of the House of night school be given over to evil for good?

          And will Zoey finally make a man choice and stick with it?

          - - OPINION - -

          In parts one of the best books of the series, and in others possibly one of the worst, Hunted was definitely a book of two halves.

          I found the character of Kalona interesting in origin, but didn't find that through the book there was much substance to his character, aside from the aspect of divine evil.

          Also with Neferet, there didn't seem to be much more found out about her and why she strayed so far from the goddess Nyx, which I for one would have liked to know. For someone who was so devout in her beliefs in the beginning of the series, or so we are led to believe, it seems strange to me how she swung so far from good to evil.

          I did find that the book could have been condensed a lot from it's 448 pages, and found that the Cast pairing did seem to spend an awful lot of time rehashing parts from the previous books, and if you had moved onto reading this book after reading the first four books of the series you would know most of this information already.

          But on the plus sides of the novel, I did find myself getting very engrossed in the story, especially towards the last 100-150 pages of the book, so much so that I am writing this review at the god unearthly hour of 4am after being up all night reading, to find out how it all ends.

          Again I found that the character of Aphrodite seemed to be a standout among some slightly annoying others in the series, and as the series continues I am finding myself liking her more and more, maybe it's something to do with her weirdly bitchy sense of humour. I think that as a character she is the one we have seen most growth from and who really does add a different dimension to the sometimes grating teenageness of the series.

          Not the strongest book of the series so far, but still a good storyline from the cast pairing, could be improved with some editing to cut out some of the unneeded story rehashing.

          This book is available from Amazon for the price of £3.50

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            22.11.2009 15:12
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            I love this bok and would recommend it to younger reader (above 16)

            Hunted is the fifth book of the collection House of Night Novels. In order to be able to understand the whole book I reckon everyone should start with the first book of the series. Even though the author makes small descriptions of past actions, I still think the best way to understand and enjoy a novel is to read it since the very beginning. To be honest this is my major complaint with the book, the remarks made to the past (I reckon they were written so anyone can catch up with the history even if they started by reading from the second, fourth...book) are very boring to a reader that has follow up the series since the beginning.
            The remarks are boring and a bit long. Other famous novels do not follow this way and even though they are remarks to the past, this is only to empathise the importance to the story.
            This is my personal opinion has a fanatic reader. That is why there is a beginning and an ending. How can you completely understand the course of a history if you start by the middle or end?
            Apart from this, I love the series. Zoe is a new fledging with amazing powers, she can control the 5 elements and she has to deal with not only her own boy problems but as well with her amazing powers. She is unique and one the strongest although she is only a teenager on her way to become a full grown up vampire. I also find annoying that she cannot make up her mind about the boys and she always has 3 on the go. Although am a 24 years old and my mind about relationships is much more mature. Am sure if I was just a teenager again I would be unsure all the time, that is how many girls are while teenagers.
            The story is quite interesting as Zoe has to go through many dangerous situations and there is always a lot of suspense of what is happening next.
            In this particular book, Zoe has to find against a dark angel that not only is bad but also connects to her soul of the past. Neferet (the actual high priestess) and the dark angel will be together and plan to take over the Council of Vampires. Zoe ends up hiding with the red fledglings controlled by Steve Rae, Zoe's best friend. Although is Steve Rae being completely honest with her best friend? On top f this she has to deal with all her boy issues. She can finally make up with her ex-boyfriend Erik but she cannot keep her thoughts from the boy that died in her arms asking her never to forget him.
            Zoe has to fight not only against the dark angel and against Neferet but has well against her own feelings towards this amazing, hot dark angel. She will need all her friends by her side, but will they remain by her when they find that she lied to them? Will they understand her reasons? Amazing history and recommend to all above 16 has it has strong language.
            Please read from the first book and you will enjoy it even more.

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            10.11.2009 22:04
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            Worth reading even if you were disappointed with Untamed

            Hunted is the fifth book in the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast. The series is about Zoey Redbird, a teenager who is Marked to become a vampyre. However, she isn't your average vampyre fledging, as she has special abilities and her vampyre tattoo markings are much more advanced than those of her classmates at the House of Night school.

            I'm going to warn you now, in reviewing this novel I will have to reveal some plot details of the previous novels, particularly the fourth one, Untamed, so please don't read on if you don't want to know!

            In the fourth novel, we saw an ancient fallen angel of Cherokee legends rise, and his nasty minions took over the school and the town. Zoey and her friends escaped, and now they are trying to figure out what to do and how to defeat Kalona.

            I previously reviewed Untamed, and my conclusion wasn't entirely favourable. I felt the story was getting a little farcical now it was bringing Cherokee legends to life - somehow vampyres and everything that comes with them is easier to deal with! Strangely though, I didn't find Hunted to be farcical. The story seemed to fit and make sense, and I think this may be due to the fact that for most of Untamed, the legends were just that - legends, although with the possibility they may be real. Now in Hunted, they are real and something which Zoey and her friends have to deal with. I think this took away the element of farce for me.

            Story-wise, by the time you get to Hunted, it really has taken off. The series up to this point has taken place over the course of only a few months, so each novel really is very detailed and only covers a few days. Hunted takes place over I think about two days, which you only really realise after you finish it - the action is constant that it seems more like a week. The story is very exciting, and almost always on the go - I couldn't stop reading!

            One thing which has remained constant for me throughout the series is the irritation I feel at Zoey's language and style of narration. This lessened with Hunted, and I'm really not sure why. I think the story was so packed that Zoey had less time to be annoying, but I think I also must be getting more used to her style and I went into the novel knowing what it would be like.

            A negative for me is Zoey's love life. She keeps telling us that she is not a "skanky ho" (an example of her lovely teenage language), but somehow she always has three guys on the go and just doesn't know what to do about it! I'm getting a bit tired of it now. I actually thought it would be better after one of the original three died, but of course Zoey has managed to find an even more complicated replacement for him. I rather wish she'd just make a decision, sort things out and cut off the others. This was the same all the way through Hunted, but near the end there is a decision of some sort, and I think she made the right choice - but we'll have to see how that pans out in the sixth instalment. Hopefully we'll get a break from her incessant guy worries.

            I'm going to put in the same warning that I have on my previous House of Night reviews - this book is not suitable for younger readers. It is full of swearing and strong sexual references. Personally I'd say over 16s, but I think I must be getting old because I know I was reading much worse at a younger age than that! But parents, be advised these are not pretty little stories for 12 year olds.

            I would definitely recommend Hunted, but you really do have to read the novels in order as the catch ups that Zoey gives at the start of each novel tend to be a bit vague. However, if like me you were a bit disappointed by Untamed, persevere with Hunted - it does get better again! I'm now off to order book six from Amazon...

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              27.09.2009 16:55
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              This is the fifth book out of a series of six books surrounding the so-called "House of night" books, unfortunately for me the sixth book in the series is not due to be released for at least a month so I will have to consol myself with the new series of vampire books that my sister has lent me (reviews to follow!).

              The book I will now review is - "Hunted by P.C and Kristin Cast"

              A note to mention that this will contain spoilers for the previous books, this is unfortunate but unavoidable as this is a series that follows on.

              The book starts where the previous finished off, anyone familiar with the previous reviews will now the central characters, but for you newbies I will recap!

              After a dark angel, Kalona rises from his earthly tomb, right slap bang in the middle of the house of night grounds, and the high priestess Neferet finally admits that it was she that helped him rise and declares herself his queen, the central characters have to escape from the house of night, knowing that there lives are in danger.

              Zoey Redbird is the main character that is now the groups self declared high priestess, this in laymans terms is a vampire that has immense power, but also the respect and confidence of other vampires. This is Zoey down to a "t", not only was she marked a short while ago (only three months), to become a vampire, but she has been singled out by Nyx (the top vampire goddess), as the most powerful vampire "fledgling" to ever have existed, quite a privilege for the former step daughter of one of the house of nights biggest opposing groups, the people of faith!

              The book starts Zoey and her "circle" hiding out in the tunnels with the new, and yet to be discovered red fledglings (these are previous marked vampires whose bodies rejected the change, died than changed into something else...I know confusing, I promise it's not when you read the book itself!).

              Alongside Zoey is Damian and his boyfriend Jack, Shanuee, Erin, Aphrodite, Erik and Darius, all of whom escaped after Kalona rose and took over the house of night and all the inhabitants, that means that these few are now enemies of Kalona, or that's what you would assume, though Kalona has other ideas, he is a fallen angel whose lust for human woman had him imprisoned once before, but he seems to be unable to get Zoey of his mind.

              Will the group be able to defeat Kalona, will they ever return to the house of night or will they lose their lives in the process..........

              This book was actually the weakest story wise of all the previous books I have read, I didn't feel as into it as the others.
              As with the previous books there always seems to be one pivotal character added that helps the story flow, for this book it was Stark, a very talented archer whose "gift" is that wherever his is and whichever way his arrow is pointing, the arrow will strike true and kill whomever is the intended target.
              I do feel that not enough was made of this character, though I do feel he will be heavily involved in the sixth book as a future love interest for Zoey.

              Alongside Stark, the love stakes are again set high for Zoey, after losing all of her "ménage a trois" of men, one vampire fledgling, one vampire professor and a human she imprinted with, that just happens to be her ex-boyfriend from when she was still human, suddenly it's all back on, this should be annoying to read about, but gives the impression that Zoey, albeit a high priestess of vampires, is still just a 17 year old girl as well, this actually gives the story or at least the characters a bit more believability to them.
              Also the fact that she has got so much going on in her personal life alongside battling with her, not so imaginary demons, gives her a vulnerable side, showing that even someone with so much power still has the ability to cock things up, I think this is a good message to many of the slightly younger readers.

              I say slightly younger, as with the previous books there is quite a lot of sexual content, this is usually written in conjunction with the bloodlust that the vampires feel, when feeding from a human host it feels sexual to them, this is how vampires can feed without the "food" putting up too much of a fight.
              This being the case and also the high level of descriptive text involving murder and in this particular book, a coupe of incidences concerning rape, this text is not suitable for the younger reader.

              As mentioned earlier this is not the best book in the series, though it is still a good read, though not as absorbing as the previous, I would still recommend it though!

              For more information visit - www.houseofnightseries.co.uk

              Pricewise these are available from Asda for the price of £4.00, or for the slightly dearer option, these can be purchased from Waterstones but can then be bought as part of "buy 3 for 2" offer currently running, a good option if you own a loyalty card for them.

              Thanks for reading x

              Pages - 439.
              ISBN 978-1-905654-57-4

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                This is the fifth book in the House of Night series written by mother and daughter duo P.C and Kristin Cast. With it being book 5, there will be some content in this review that will reference back to previous book, so if you intend to read any of the previous books but have not yet done so, you may wish to skip over this review to avoid spoilers .

                Zoey Redbirds life is going from bad to worse - no sooner does she handle one problem than several more pop up . She has all her friends back, and her dead and then un-dead friend Stevie Rae has regained her humanity , and has even managed to instill some humanity in the other un-dead kids who live in the prohibition-era tunnels with her. She's even got a friendship going with Aphrodite .

                And she doesn't have to worry about Neferet reading her friends minds and using the information for Evil anymore - Neferet has officially shown her true colours by murdering the high priestess of all vampires, ressurecting a fallen angel and all his raven children, and having dead-then-undead new boy (and object of at least some small part of Zoeys fickle affections) Jame Stark shoot Stevie Rae in the heart - except he missed . Thats right, her dead-then-undead best friend almost became dead again - except Zoey knows one thing - James Stark cannot miss a target when he sets his mind on it . Therefore, he didn't want to kill Stevie Rae, and therefore maybe he still has some spark of humanity left .

                With all out chaos all around her, with Neferet openly pursuing her evil goals aided by fallen angel Kalona, how can Zoey and her small band of friends restore peace and safety to not just the school, but the world in general . Its a lot for a young girl to take on - but can she do it ?

                The first point I have to make relates to the cover and the story so far - Zoey is a super advanced fledgeling, maturing at a far faster rate than normal . One of the ways this manifests itself is in tattoos in various places on her body. This is the first cover that actually shows her with any of those tattoos ! About time . I mean, she was supposed to have one on her FACE from the start, and that has never been shown on any cover so far . Its about time the cover tied in with the storyline !

                This book starts where the last one finished - right in the middle of a suspense filled moment, with a sense of lives in danger from the very instant you read the first page - a brilliant tactic, as it gets you immediately hooked and wanting to know what action the next page is going to bring.

                The plot also complicates itself pretty quickly, which in this book is a good thing - it took several twists and turns which all make sense if you've paid close attention to the first books, but which also surprise you in the very way they come about.

                After a welcome break from love drama in the last book,once again Zoey finds her love life complicated, again with three different people all jealous of her affections, and to be honest the fact that she's such a fickle tart gets a bit annoying . I know she's a teenager, but I'd love it if she got some kind of handle on her love life - I mean, she's meant to be a High Priestess in training , and all this angst gets in the way of a good story .

                We have one notable new character in this book, Kalona, the fallen angel, as well as his children, the Raven Mockers . Kalona as a character is interesting - we know he's evil, but there is a certain amount of vulnerability to him that suggests all is not neccessarily as it appears!

                We also get to see more of some of the other characters - we get a far deeper understanding of Darius, the Sons of Erebus warrior, as well as a lot more insight into Professor Lenobia and Dragon Lankford the last two having really only been tiny bit-parts in previous books .

                Some of this book is pretty adult (it does come with a not for younger readers advice printed on the back) and luckily the text keeps on that fairly mature level. This book,unlike some others in the series, can not be accused of being immature - the events, the dialogues, and the characters are all far more grown up . With that said, although it seems to be aimed at a slightly older audience than previous books, I certainly couldn't call it well written- there is far too much slang, and too little truly literary content. But the storyline is so good that it manages to make up for these faults .

                I was happy to see less pop culture references too - these have been frequent throughout previous books, and I feel they add nothing to the story and in fact decrease it's longevity - because I'm not sure that in 40 years time anybody is going to know or care who Toby Maguire is!

                This book is action packed, keeping me constantly wanting to know what happens next . Considering the book only actually covers a period of about 48 hours, there is a lot going on .The ending was relatively surprising, but very exciting, and I really can't wait to read the next book. I'm going to have to though, as it isn't going to be released until next month !

                It's an excellent story, although not quite as good as the last one. It's just not that well told - it feels rushed, and not well thought through . In the hands of a really good, creative, imaginative writer this book could be excellent, but sadly stilted, slangy writing , although supported by a great plot, still makes for a weak read .

                Yes, I'll read the next one, if only because I've gotten so far through this series that it would be rude to stop now . But I really hope that we can see less of Zoeys love life, less angst, less 'But-I'm-a-nice-girl-and-don't-want-to-hurt-anybody' and just get on with what are decent action packed stories .

                Sadly, for this installment, only 3 stars

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