A House of Night NovelBook - 2010
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“Zo, I'm not a damn pussy!'
Erik, looking very tall and full-grown, kick-your-butt vampyre-like, snorted sarcastically and then said, 'No, you're a damn human. Wait, that does make you a pussy!”
“I'm her protection! I don't care if it's in this world or the next. Just show me how to get where she is, and I'll be there for her. ~Stark”
“My mama told me don't trust no white boy, even a pretty one. I'm thinkin' a pretty white boy with wings explodin' up from the ground in a mess of blood and ugly-ass bird things is double trouble." - Kramisha (Ch 5)”
“I should have kissed more than your hand...thought I'd have more time," he whispered between liquid, panting breaths. "...too late now."
I looked into his eyes and completely forgot the rest of the world. In that moment, all I knew was that I was holding Stark in my arms, and I was going to lose him very, very soon.”
“Actually, since I'm gay I think I should count for two guys instead of just one. I mean, in me you get the male point of view and you don't have to worry about me wanting to touch your boobies.”
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Zoey and her friends help Stevie Rae heal after the events at the end of Untamed. The arrow did not kill Stevie Rae, but took most of her lifeblood so Kalona could be freed from the earth. Zoey and Stevie Rae reconcile, and the latter introduces Zoey's group to some of the red vampyre fledglings. Aphrodite lets Stevie Rae feed on her to heal, which forms an Imprint between them. When Erik follows Zoey on her way to her room they kiss, but then Erik gets too rough and scares her. Erik and Zoey get back together, though Zoey's not entirely sure about dating him due to his possessiveness. Kalona starts getting into Zoey's dreams to seduce her, and calls her A-ya.
Kramisha, a red fledgling, is revealed to also express prophecies through her poetry, and Zoey gives her the title of Poet Laureate. This is how they find their first clue. One of Kramisha's poems states that Kalona and Neferet will be banished when Night, Humanity, Blood, Spirit and Earth come together, but Zoey doesn't know who will represent these elements.
I really like the storyline concept, so it's quite a shame that the quality in writing just isn't there.
This book is much like the others, picking up where the last left off as the evil fallen angel, Kalona, attempts to take over the House of Night (and probably ultimately, the World *insert evil laugh*). It draws heavily on spiritual themes borrowed from the Native Americans. Zoey, the main character and most talented fledgling vampire, must solve the riddle of how to rid them of Kalona and save her friends using clues given to her through visions of the future and poetry.
The authors did a good job of creating the mystery and slowly revealing the clues to its solution. The story moves quickly through the action and keeps the reader entertained throughout.
My gripe is with the side stories that keep resurfacing without much change. Zoey is at it again with the love triangles, imprints, and forbiden fruit desires. The boys/men are all still as gaga over her as ever, and her bad habit of kissing whomever she feels like at the moment continues to get her into trouble.
The story takes place over approximately 24 hours, which makes me think that this school year may drag on for another 5 or so books.
All in all, I enjoyed the story, but was unsatisfied. I feel that not much is revealed, explained, or resolved in the overall book.