Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review- Hunted (House of Night #5) P.C Cast Kristen Cast

Synopsis: What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?

At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer.  But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses.  Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down.  Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems.  The red fledglings have cleaned up well – they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home – but are they really as friendly as they seem?  On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs.  Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

The Nerd's Ramble: This series is an emotional roller coaster for me, and not in the traditional sense. More of a "Oooh I like this series" and "Let me throw this damn book out the window because no."

First of all I'm getting tired of the love dodecahedron that's building up around Zoey. Can she just have one love interest? The Casts have shown that neither Heath or Eric are really good for her. Aphrodite has even stated how bad Eric is for anyone--yet Zoey continually bounces between the two of them. Enter Stark from the previous book whom she knew for all of 24 hours before he died. And then he 'un-died' and all of a sudden, he's added to the 'to bone' list. And then there's Kalona. The antagonist, the consort of the big bad--who creeps into Zoey's dreams and has naughty sexy times with her because she's the reincarnation of of the Maiden who imprisoned him in the Earth. And yet she calls Aphrodite a 'ho' and talks about 'gross-kissing sounds'.

Yeah. Still with me?

I just wish the Casts would focus on the plot. There's a lot of interesting things going on, and I don't even mind that Zoey's continually gaining powers. From the first book the Casts have made it known that she's specul (tm). I like how the other characters are also developing. Aphrodite is turning out to be one of my favorite characters. Even the twins are changing slowly.

Though, the character development can make me go "ooh yes!" and then "Damn it no." Can we just for a moment talk about Damien and Jack? I applaud the Casts for having homosexual teenage characters in a YA book. It doesn't happen all that often. But-- can we have two gay characters who don't; cry, faint, scream or become emasculated because they are well, gay? Can we also have the characters stop referring to the gay couple as "the gay parade" or "gay boy". I mean really.

Back to the book. Hunted is okay. It's clearly a filler book meant to bridge between the two parts of the series. I have a serious love hate relationship with this series, and I'll continue just because curiosity and stubbornness won't let me let it go.


Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Total Length: 321 pages
Available Format: Kindle, Nook, Epub, Traditional
Publication Date: March 10, 2009 (St. Martin's Griffin.)
Author's Page: House of Night

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