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Hunted - P.C. Cast
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Hunted - P.C. Cast
Advantages: Im still enjoying the series and Ill now read til the end!
Disadvantages: the story doesn't move on very much & Zoey is back to her old boyfriend tricks!
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!
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...
Summary: The Filler..fingers crossed the next one is better