So we all know by my review of Hunted that I have a love / hate relationship with the House of Night novels. I felt that book five spent too much time rehashing books one through four and the amount of relationships Zoey holds onto became annoying. When other characters though she was a ho, I tended to agree. Book six however was a major improvement.
Cast begins Tempted right where Hunted left off. Kalona and Neferet are banished from Tulsa and the fledglings red and blue are looking to Zoey to lead them back to the House of Night. Zoey although she still has the major boy problems and too many relationships does grow up a bit in this book and her character becomes mildly likable for me again. I was going to rail against this book also. Although it wasn’t just a rehash of the other novels, I felt it dragged quite a bit. If you aren’t a fan of the series or haven’t read any of the other books, I do not recommend you start, but if you are vampire crazy and reading House of Night then Tempted is not to be missed! The last three chapters brings so much together and a major event happens that I still cannot believe happened, and I never saw it coming! Let me know if you have read it and what you think.
I have read all of the House of Night novels, and was super psyched to get my hands on the latest one. The last book left off with such a cliff hanger, I couldn’t wait to sink my mental fangs into this highly anticipated 5th book from P.C. and Kristin Cast. What I got was a disappointing short novel that spent the first 1/4th going over what already has happened, and the rest slowly moving in a way I felt was forced to a conclusion that didn’t make me want to read the next one if there is one.
The House of Night books were never literary genuis. I did however like to read them because you could be done with them in one day, and they moved and flowed well. The story was simple and predictable but fun, a great way to wind down or have some relaxation.
That being said I really think if you have not picking up the first four books is a good idea. You can make the decision for yourself if you want to read the 5th but I don’t recommend wasting the time on it. I am a bit sad to say if there are new books I won’t be reading them. I think this is some kind of classic example of the writers trying to force out one or two more novels out of their money making series when maybe just concluding it would have been best for the memory and resale of the book in later times to new generations of teens.
Again these are just my humble thoughts, why don’t some of you lurkers here on the site (that’s right I see you right there mmhm) give me your ideas, tell me I am right or that I am wrong and why. Mostly I like hearing that I am right, but I love some constructive (constructive being the key word) criticism also. For those who have read the book here are my questions.
- Do you feel Zoey has way too many romantic interests that make no sense whatsoever? Stark, Eric, or Heath who do you see her with? For me it’s not a red fledgling.
- Aphrodite being human, I think it adds to the chaos of ideas they have and can’t make their mind up where the story is going. Does this annoy you?
- They leave again a lot of mystery with the red fledglings and vamps, the secrets Stevie Rae are keeping are in no way revealed, they hint to several things through the novel but cannot seem to tie it into Zoey’s story. Agree?