Thursday, May 6, 2010

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Review of Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Published: April 27, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

“When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames….
Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It seems more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…

Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kind of boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world.

In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.”

So this House of Night Book was not my favorite, but it was good enough to keep me in a transfixed state until I finished the entire thing. Burned had a lot more points of views in it which I totally liked, but really I just wanted to hear from Stark and Zoey. Burned also played a really good part in setting up for the next book, giving information I am sure will be prudent in the next installment. What was missing for me in Burned was the romance, love that Zoey seems to have for at least two guys at a time, and I really wanted this book to explore more of a relationship with Stark.

The really great aspect of Burned was the fact we as readers got to experience how Stark was feeling the whole time Zoey’s soul was shattered. It was really an eye opening occurrence to see how Stark felt so much for Zoey in general, it was almost like he was made to find her. And ok, I admit it, I have a huge crush on Stark and was really only interested in what his point of view was because it was exciting and thrilling. I also liked the whole Otherworld aspect of the story as well how Zoey’s soul shattered and became stuck there.

All in all, it was not my favorite House of Night book but it did have its perks, which is getting me prepared for the next installment. Burned was very different from the other House of Night Series books in the most surprising way. It dealt with a lot of the other characters and what they were going through as appose to just telling Zoey’s side of the story. It shows how truly dedicated Zoey’s friends were in saving her and even her enemies who really deep down need her to stay alive. I recommend The House of Night Series, all the books have a different aspect and are really enjoyable to read.

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