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This installment sees Zoey being temptedby the evil Kalona's lure, and the focu of the book is the gang trying to prevent Zoey from going over to the dark side so to speak. Mainly acting on Aphrodities visions which warn against Zoey falling for Kalona, they also show that she is the only one that can stop him.
You get much more information about Kalonaa in this book and you get a glimpse into his past and how he was before he fell from the goddesses good graces and become evil.
Zoey is still juggling many men, including her 'previously dead' human boyfriend Heath, her 'used to be awesome but is now horrible' ex boyfriend Erik and her Warrior boyfriend Stark who is so attached to her he can feel her emotions and as a result has become really ovr protective and paranoid. Which all sounds very annoying.
The plot line is the main problem with these books as I am beginning to feel it has been dragged out for far to long now which is starting to spoil it, I think the story so far could have been condensed into around 4 books comfortably instead of the 6 we are at so far.
Zoey as a character is also starting to grate on me a little bit whereas I did used to really like her, she always blames one of her three boyfriends on everything that happens and never looks at her self and the love mess she created. This is the sort of behavior you would expect from the young teenager with no life experience you met in book one but by now you would think she would have matured significantly, she seems to be getting less mature as the books on.
Stevie Ray on the other hand is developing into a really strong character and sections of this book are written from her perspective which is nice because you get to learn more about her personality and get a better idea of what being a red vampyre is like.
The plot line with Stevie Ray is fantastic and could really develop in anyway so it's realy exciting to see where they are going to take her throughout the series.
There are a lot of other side characters in the book that are becoming overly stereotypical which is disappointing. This includes the overly emotional, dramatic camp gay couple, and the super gangsta speaking black girl who I believe is the only black person in the book , she is meant to be a poet but talks like she is from the bronx. It's like they were desperately trying not to stereotype by making her the poet but just couldn't help themselves.
Overall I am going off these books rapidly which is a huge shame as they were my favorite series for a while, I am only still reading for the side characters stories and I hope something better develops soon with the main plot.
This Review is also on my ciao account under shellyjaneo
BEFORE I BEGIN, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS THE 6TH BOOK IN THE SERIES AND THEREFORE THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN INFORMATION REVEALED IN THE BOOKS LEADING UP TO THIS POINT - I'LL TRY NOT TO SPOIL TOO MUCH, BUT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO REVIEW A BOOK WITHOUT REFERRING TO STUFF THATS HAPPENED PREVIOUSLY!
~~~What Is Zoey Up To Now?~~~
It feels like Zoey and gang have come a long way from the very first (cringeworthy) books in this series, especially since, when you look at the timeline a bit closer, she could only have been in the vampire school a mere couple of months!
Zoey has had to deal with a great deal in this time frame, and despite sending Neferet and kalona away from the house of night (and it appears out of the Country) Zoey and her fledgeling gang are far from safe.
THis story picks up mere few minutes after the drama ends in the 5th book and Zoey and friends are left exhausted but relieved but knowing the war is still on. The Cherokee legend continues in this book and remains its central focus, with Zoey coming to terms with the fact that she is the reincarnation of A-Ya (created by the Cherokee women out of clay to trap Kalona). With this knowledge comes a problem not even Zoey thinks she can fix - due to her ties with A-ya, she isn't sure how long she can resist him, as A-ya was created to love Kalona as well as trap him.
With Kalona getting into her dreams and with him teaming up with Neferet to take over the world (oh so cliched baddies but it works!) how will Zoey sort this mess out?
~~~Oh, Zoey Et Al, How You Have Grown!!~~~
One of my first thoughts when reading this book was how far the character development has come along in some places. Now that we are on the sixth book in the series, there is less need to return to previous plot lines, spending pages at a time going over the characters personalities, their relationships and plot lines. By this point, it is a given that by reading this book, most people would know the basic storyline and the majority would have read most of the books leading up until this point. It is a blessing, as the two writers have in the past had a cringey way of going over the old story lines, pulling out cliches and stereotypes about Zoeys friends that could be quite hard to read at times and had me embarrassed that I was reading this series at all!
~~~Mother/Daughter Duo Wisen Up to Criticisms?~~~
For those who didnt know, the daughter part of this duo was brought on board to make sure that her mother was writing authentically enough about teenagers and that the language was sufficiently "cool" enough. By this point in the series, I felt like there was a slight change in writing tactics and It makes me think that the writers have actually listened to (reluctant) fans of the book like myself and realised how far the characters in the book contradict themselves in terms of what they say.
Despite some grown-up dialogue about sex and dealing with world - affecting issues (in the vampire world that is!) the language and attitude of Zoey is often embarrassingly childish. This book is a bit of a departure from that, perhaps to do with listening to the fans but also because of the serious nature and action filled plot line that has developed over the past two books.
Some of the characters have developed quite successfully during this book too, showing sides that we hadn't previously seen and opening up the book to different avenues. Firstly, there is Eric. With Zoeys never-ending trail of admirers, the two authors did well in sewing the seeds of Eric downfall in the last book. Without down-right turning him to a baddie , they did enough to successfully make the reader care very little about him which doesn't damage a fans point of view of the characters in the book, careful laying of these foundations were important to make sure there was no backlash!!
Secondly, Aphrodite's softer side has flowered even more and continues to become a good draw to this series, eclipsing almost the role of the rest of Zoey's gang (excluding Stevie-Rae). Perhaps not featured a huge amount in this book, her influence and story lines are still the important ones in Zoey's journey, and there is no doubt that this will continue in the rest of the book.
Stevie-Rae is a character that is hard to fathom, but I appreciated her full return to the series in this book. At first confused by the way in which the books blurb makes out she is a baddy, I wasn't sure if I was disappointed or pleased to find that her secrets in this book served a genuine purpose and is further proof of her humanity despite first being dead, and then "un-dead".
~~~The Usual Love Life Dramas But With An Explained Twist~~~
As for Zoey's love-life, this continues to be a drama, but at least in this book, partly to do with Erics relationship with Zoey, it doesn't become the main focus of the book. The continued presence of Kalona in Zoey's dreams add a new and dangerous dimension to Zoey's man issues but I liked the development of her relationship with Stark, her new warrior. More than this, my affection for her human "consort" , heath has grown immensely. Heath must be the most unrealistic teenager on earth, coming across as almost perfect when it comes to anything to do with Zoey, but still he is one of my favourite characters of this series after reading this book. The whole love circle that Zoey finds herself in with all of the men who like her is almost explained away as normal by this book, again, the authors having sewn the seeds of how zoey can have so many relationships in the previous book.
As for the plot, well it is successful and readable because, having got to this stage in the series, all of us readers just want to see how it pans out. The last book was pretty action packed, and this book takes us on a journey out of America, but I would say it is not as jammed full of action as the previous book. The ending of this however, makes me believe that in the next book, we are in for a treat...at least that is what I hope!
Tempted is the sixth book in the House of Night series by mother and daughter duo, PC and Kristin Cast. It is published by Atom Books and is 336 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. 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, a red fledgling who turned into a full vampyre. Neferet turned evil and reawakened an evil immortal called Kalona who took over the school with her but Zoey managed to banish them for a little while. New guy Stark pledged himself and Zoey's warrior after she saved him from himself.
After banishing Neferet and Kalona, Zoey and her friends must figure out how to get rid of them both once and for all but things are far from simple. Neferet and Kalona are seeking help from the highest place possible, the Vampyre High Council and Kalona seems to be convincing them to follow his ways.
Everyone seems to be pulling together to find a way out of the current problem but Stevie Rae is keeping something from Zoey but what isn't she sharing? Zoey may have gotten around a couple of Aphrodite's visions but the most recent is one that could mark the end of the world. Zoey's boy troubles are extremely out of control this time as her past forces her to feel drawn towards Kalona as well as being imprinted with Heath and having Stark has her warrior.
Of course, it isn't going to be easy to kill an immortal fallen angel, even for the 'Nerd Herd'!
What I thought
Again, the events of this book are only set over a couple of days but this is something that I really like about the series. So much is packed into such a short space of time that there is never really any time to get bored with the story. There are a lot of conversations between characters but they are mixed in so well with the action and excitement that I was never annoyed by this. To begin with, I thought that maybe this would overpower the story in places but it only enhances it.
Knowing that Neferet has gone over to the bad side with Kalona, I was hoping for a little more actual action in this book. The war has been coming for a while now but nothing has actually happened yet. I thought that this was going to be the book full of fighting and magical happenings but unfortunately, it wasn't. That doesn't mean that there isn't a lot going on though because there is, just not in the way that I wanted. Although I was slightly disappointed with this aspect of the book, I still loved it and how the story is progressing.
Tempted is the first book in the series that is not solely told from Zoey's point of view. When I got to chapter 2 and found that it was going to be told by Stevie Rae, I wasn't sure what to think about this new idea as so many others do this in their books. In the other 5 books I had really liked that it was only told from Zoey's point of view. Rephaim, Heath, Stark and Aphrodite also get their own voice in Tempted but when I reached each characters own chapters, I realise that the story had needed to be written this way in order to really know what was happening. This format made it possible for me to find out what was going on behind the scenes and put all of the little pieces together to figure things out.
Zoey has a lot of doubt in herself this time around. There is very little of the determined and strong Zoey that I have grown to love over the series but I think changing her was justified enough. One of her biggest problems about facing Kalona is the fact that she knows of her past but also what she is right now. Zoey is still only a fledgling, not a full vampyre, even though she is acting as High Priestess. She knows that she isn't strong enough to conquer evil this time around, which is where her doubts come from. Although Zoey has never been full of herself, it was good to see her really realise that she cant do everything, no matter what her friends think she is capable of.
Finally, we get to see a different setting in Tempted as the gang go to Italy to meet with the Vampyre High Council and address the problem of Kalona and Neferet. I did find it a little bit silly when the private jet came into play but that was mainly because I had never really thought about how much money the House of Night really had. I would have liked to have seen a bit more interaction from the council members and to learn a little bit more about them but maybe this will happen in the next book, considering the outcomes of Tempted.
The ending came as a complete shock to me and I don't think that I would have seen it coming in a million years. A word of warning though, DO NOT read the synopsis for book 7 in the series before you have finished this one as there are major spoilers. This is the only book in the series with a real cliff-hanger. Some pretty bad things have happened towards the ends of the other books but they were nothing like this. As I read the last chapter, I gasped and shouted at the book because I just couldn't believe what was happening. Tempted left me speechless and unable to think because the ending was that good. I am so desperate to get my hands on the 7th book but I refuse to buy it until it is out in paperback so it doesn't look out of place.
Each book in this series gets better than the last which makes me wonder about how utterly fantastic Burned is going to be. I know I'll be buying it as soon as it comes out in paperback! I bet you're all glad that these reviews have ended for a while now right?
*WARNING this review may contain spoilers from previous books although I do try to keep them to a minimum.*
Having read all five of the House of Night books, I was overjoyed when this first came out. The often hilarious dialogue and fast paced action had kept me gripped, until now.
Unfortunately I felt that this book was a bit of a letdown compared to others in the series. The plot has become meaninglessly over-complicated and the writing style awkward and completely different from previous books by this author.
The House of Night novels (of which there are currently seven) revolve around typical teenage Zoey. Well that is until she was marked and transformed into a vampyre. She must adapt to her new lifestyle and keep up with her boyfriends(!) whilst trying to deal with her many enemies, (most noticably Kalona, Neferet and the Raven Mockers) Luckily though she does have her friends on hand to help, all of whom, like her, are gifted with affinities for the elements.
In the sixth House of Night novel, Zoey and her undead best friend, Stevie Rae, develop trust issues. Their secrets endanger not only their school but also the entire world as the fallen immortal, Kalona, (who Zoey just banished) longs for control on the highest levels. He seeks the Vampyre High Council's approval as they fall under his thrall.
Luckily, there were some good aspects to this book. The witty dialogue between characters still plays a part. However, as the characters' situation spirals out of control, the casual chat lessens, making it less repetitive than the books before this one.
There are also some huge character developments, most noticeably from Stark. Once holding a small role as the new kid, and then becoming Kalona's right hand man with conflicting emotions. Stark is now Zoey's sworn warrior. Throughout the book, Stark's priorities change from loving Zoey to fiercely protecting her. This can most obviously be seen at the end of the book.
Despite these qualities, the book does have some major faults. Perhaps most importantly is the different and far worse writing style. Between chapters the perspective of the story is changed. Normally this would be fine and a brilliant device to build suspense. However, in this book first person is only used when a chapter is focused on Zoey. So when a chapter is centred around Stevie Rae for example, it becomes rather awkward with sentences along the lines of 'she was scared.' Making the book feel almost as if a child had written it.
The story being told from different perspectives also makes it far too complicated. Each character seems to have at least one subplot resulting in too many to keep track of. Therefore the book becomes boring as you read storylines you've forgotten the beginning of and can't wait to get back to the main plot.
I'd say this book is probably best for teenagers- young adults as they can best relate to the characters and there are also some sexual scenes and strong language.
Overall, it's not a great read for me but if you've read the previous books it's worth reading this even if it is just to find out what happens.
Tempted is the sixth novel in the House of Night series written by mother and daughter team P.C and Kristen Cast. With it being the sixth book in a series that really does need to be read in order if it's to make any sense, I'll include a short recap of some of the events so far in the series. I'll try to avoid any serious spoilers.
After being marked as a vampire, Zoey Redbird tranferred to the House of Night, where she soon made friends - and enemies . It was in dealing with one of these enemies that Zoey discovered she had unusual powers for such a young fledgeling, and set out on the path to become a vampire high priestess . However, life just got harder for Zoey, with her best friend dyng, un-dying, and then becoming a new kind of vampire, and at the end of the last novel she had just defeated her evil former mentor Neferet, and evil fallen angel Kalona and his half man half bird minions . All is quite on the streets of Tulsa, but for how long ?
Well, not very long clearly, otherwise this wouldn't be a particularly interesting book at all .This book starts just after the events in the last book, as Zoey and the gang are sighing a huge sigh of relief about having temporarily at least restored calm and order. However, Zoey and her friends know that Kalona and Neferet are still about somewhere, continuing their plans to take over, and Zoey is still having disturbing dreams where she feels drawn against her will to bad boy Kalona . Could this be the spirit of earth maiden A-ya taking over, or is Zoey herself starting to fall for Kalona herself? Can Zoey and her friends battle Kalona and Neferet once again and win once and for all, and what will happen when Stevie Raes secrets become known to the rest of the gang?
The interesting thing about this book is that Zoey is no longer the sole focus of the narrative, with different people taking a turn telling different parts of the story . This actually adds something quite interesting to the book, as we get to see more than one point of view on certain situations, and makes the story feel a lot more involving .
Zoeys narrative is still as irritatingly teenage as ever - full f teen slang and pop-culture references that will make little or no sense in 10 years time (not that I expect these books to last that long) but I suppose considering that these books are aimed at teenage girls and not 27 year old who should know better, I shouldn't complain . However, while the narrative is easily understandable to teenagers, I still do find the amound of reference to sex, and the occasional swearword may make some parents think twice about buying this for younger teens . The book does have a warning on the cover that it isn't for younger readers though, so they have covered their bums .
The story itself is, in my opinion, the best so far in the series, with a lot less focus on teenage drama and Zoeys overcomplicated love life, and a constant feeling of danger and threat keeps the book moving at a good pace . The book built up to a really good climax, and then ended just when I didn't want it to - a clever ploy to get me to buy the next book, Burned, I think .
This is a good book so long as your bear in mind that it is teenage fiction and isn't going to do anything overcomplicated or have the most intelligent narrative. I very much enjoyed it, and am very much looking forward to getting my hands on the next one.
4 stars .
Tempted is the latest and sixth novel in the House of Night series by P.C and Kristen Cast. It continues the story of Zoey, a sixteen year who was Marked to become a vampyre in the first novel and went off to live at the House of Night school for fledgling vampyres. She soon discovered she has special gifts, and has since been fighting evil in the form of a former mentor, Neferet, and a fallen angel turned bad, Kalona.
First things first - I'm going to do my best not to give away too much of the previous novels for those who haven't read them, but in order to review this, the sixth, some revelations may be necessary. This is very much a series, and needs to be read in order, each novel continuing from the one before.
Tempted starts exactly where Hunted ended, with Zoey and friends having just banished Kalona. It continues the story as they return to the House of Night and look for a way to get rid of Kalona for good.
The style of Zoey's narration remains much the same, and irritating with it. It is in the first person, and chock full of daft American teen slang. One new feature in Tempted is how Zoey expresses she cares about people - she doesn't love or adore the, she "hearts" them. As in "I heart Heath". That grates after a short time.
However, an interesting new feature in Tempted is that Zoey is not the only storyteller. Her best friend Stevie Rae, the only known fully changed "red" vampyre (most have blue marks, she has red marks and sunlight kills her) also tells her story. Her sections are in third person unlike Zoey, and Zoey still tells more of the novel, but its refreshing to get another viewpoint, particularly as Stevie Rae's story really takes off in Tempted. There is also a small section from Aphrodite, which is very revealing and really made me warm to her character, something which has not been easy given her bitchy manner.
The story itself is just as gripping as previous novels. We get a lot more insight into who exactly Kalona is, and there are revelations I would never have seen coming. The ending however, is absolutely heartbreaking. I wasn't entirely surprised, as it was something I had thought might happen, but it really is sad, and almost had me in tears.
Despite Zoey's narrative style annoying me, I can't stop reading the House of Night novels. The story is gripping, and really very imaginative. Again though, they are not for younger readers, because despite the teenage style which annoys me as a grown up reader, Tempted is full of swearing and explicit sexual references. There is a very interesting revelation about Aphrodite though, the main source of bad language and vulgarity.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tempted, but now I'm up to date with the series I'm frustrated because the next novel isn't out yet so I'll have to wait! I would recommend the House of Night, but you have to read it in order, because the story continues right through the series.
I would like to say that after finishing all the books (that are available for now anyway!) from the Sookie Stackhouse series (the books behind the TrueBlood series on the television), that I would finally start to read something other than vampire lit.....sorry, but I didn't!
The book I will now review is "Tempted by P.C and Kirsten Cast".
I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed the previous books to this series, as it seems like a lifetime of waiting for this book to be released, but thanks to much wrangling of my sister and her boyfriend over Christmas presents (don't ask, it involved this and call of duty!), I have managed to borrow this book and read it entirely before Christmas even arrived!
Tempted is book six in the series of books which centres around the "House of night", a school for newly marked vampire children, and a place they can be taught vampire skills and kept safe.
But after the high priestess Neferet, joined forces with an age old fallen angel/demon Kalona, the house of night was not the safest place to be.
The book starts back with the main character Zoey Redbird, newly marked fledgling vampire/newly appointed vampire high priestess and somehow joined with the fallen angel Kalona from a previous life.......stick with me, it does get a little more complicated!
After banishing Kalona and Nepheret from the school, Zoey and her self appointed "circle of elements" and best friends, find themselves within the local convent with al the new, and recently undead fledgling vampires from school, the red ones.
After foreseeing Kalona's plan to sell himself to the vampire high council as a fallen god Zoey knows she must stop him, in anyway she can.
Will she be able to stop him and thwart his and Neferets plan or will she be unable to do so falling back into her former life's role as Kalona's one true love............
This book is a really nice read, if not somewhat involved!
To read this book you will of course have to have read the previous five books in the series, or in fairness you will not have a clue as to what is happening, but when you have read them a lot of the information in this book will already be known to you, making it much less complicated to read.
All the characters are cleverly written, not only interspersing he fact that they have been newly marked as vampire fledglings, but also the fact that they are only kids themselves, so the fear of what they know they must do against the fear of being a teenager is tangible to the reader.
The book is what I would deem as a teenager book, very much in the same vein as the Twilight books, though with a it more action, though none of it overtly sexual, probably no more than a typical teenager would be thinking about anyway, but caution should be exercised anyway!
This is a lovely book, though after reading various other vampire books, not quite as good as I remember, not bad though!
For more information visit - www.atombooks.co.uk
Pricewise this was purchased for the sum of £9.99 hardback, but I am sure wold be available for much less on www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x