Author: Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night, #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: September 23rd, 2008
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey’s adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast’s spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! The previous books in the series have been okay, but what has really been bugging me is the maturity level of Zoey as well as a few other issues. These issues have kept me from giving any of the books more than three stars. While entertaining, the issues that stood out to me prevented me from loving the books.
This book I loved though. I felt like a lot of things were resolved and the characters, primarily Zoey and Aphrodite, have started to mature and grow. I love that and it’s what I’ve been waiting for all along! I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t really liked Zoey at all so far in this series. But, you can read about that in my reviews for the previous books. In this book I saw tremendous change and growth in her and it has made me appreciate the changes in her all the more. I don’t so much mind when a character starts off immature, and grows throughout a series. What I don’t like is when the obstacles and events that happen to them throughout the books don’t change them; and now I can finally say that is not the case with Zoey.
Aphrodite as well has made huge changes and I find myself really loving her character. Actually, I think she is probably my favorite character in the series because she is very real, but we are still able to see the multiple sides of her, and we’re given glimpses into why she acts the way she does.
Another huge change for the better in this book is the introduction of the message that all Christians are not bad people. The previous books have bashed the “People of Faith” (as they are called in this world), and have portrayed Christians as being hateful and single-minded people. I have disliked this message from the beginning and found it extremely offensive. But in this book, Zoey and other characters expand their point of views and learn that just like there are bad vampyres, there are bad Christians too, and they do not represent the group as a whole.
Aside from the big changes which left a big impression on me for the better, I just all around loved the book. It was entertaining and kept me turning the page to see what would happen next. I find myself increasingly more attached to the characters and wanting to know how they will overcome the huge obstacles they’re facing at the end of this book. There were also a lot of feel good moments that were a huge relief from the overall depressing theme of the last book. So overall, this was a great book. In my opinion, this is the best and strongest book in the series so far, and I can’t wait to read the next one!