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For fudges sake Zoey, Pick a fella and stick with him .
Hunted - P.C. Cast
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Hunted - P.C. Cast
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-anybod y' and just get on with what are decent action packed stories .
Sadly, for this installment, only 3 stars