A House of Night NovelBook - 2009
With ancient evil loose in the world, Zoey's entire existence is on shaky ground and so when a seductive force makes its presence known to her, she must find the strength to reveal the truth or risk losing everything that matters--including her very own soul.
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?
With ancient evil loose in the world, Zoey's very existence is on shaky ground, so when a seductive force is revealed to her, she must find the strength to reveal the truth or lose everything that matters, including her soul.
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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.