Author: Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night, #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: September 29th, 2009
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity.
Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth…
While this book was very hard for me to put down (good thing), it also left me with a pit in my stomach. I felt like at every turn Zoey was just making absolutely awful decisions that didn’t portray the supposed “High Priestess in Training”, but the teenager she is. No, I take that back. Not even just the teenager she is, actually. Because when I was a teenager, I KNOW I had better sense than Zoey has. *sigh*
Good things are that this book seemed to be faster paced than the previous books and there’s a lot going on to keep you turning the page. Secrets and just stuff (as Zoey would say) in general that have been building up for awhile have finally been laid on the table. The book is very easy to get through and is pretty entertaining. I’m also looking forward to the next book and seeing what happens a lot more than with the first couple books, so it’s got me a bit hooked, which is good.
Overall though, I just could not help but shake my head at Zoey throughout this book. She’s just a terrible heroine. I hate to say it, but she is. She’s not relatable, she’s selfish and conceited, and she believes in the double standard (I can tell lies left and right, but other people have to trust me). I honestly, as mean as it sounds, wasn’t even sad for her when all the shit hit the fan at the end of this book. My first thought was “well, she got what she deserved”. But I still find myself curious if she will ever grow up. Will she ever come into her own skin and find out that the world does not revolve around her and that she cannot control every situation? Probably not, but I’m curious nonetheless.
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