Review: Awakened, by Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast

29 Apr

Image Publication date: January 4, 2011

Series: House of Night (8)

Summary:

“My love, speak to me.  Tell me everything.”  Neferet went to Kalona, kneeling before him, stroking the soft, dark wings that unfurled loosely around the immortal. 
“What would you have me say?”  He didn’t meet her eyes.  
 “Zoey lives.” Neferet’s voice was flat, cold, lifeless.
“She does.”
“Then you owe me the subservience of your immortal soul.”  She started to walk away from him.
“Where are you going?  What will happen next?”
 “It is quite simple.  I will ensure Zoey is drawn back to Oklahoma.  There, on my own terms, I will complete the task you failed.”
Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey.  Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z.  But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there.  Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it?  Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim?  The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship?  Does he betray his father or his heart?
In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

I’ve been a fan of the House of Night series since the first book was published. I was at the time a big fan of vampire books, but after a while became tired of that sort of books. There was a time, around the 6th book when I completely lost track of the series (I didn’t use Goodreads at the time). So, I didn’t know if it had been finished, or anything, so for about a year, or more, I saw that the rest had been published. However, I thought there were just too many. I know there are series that have like 20 books or more, but for this one specifically, I think it should’ve ended a long time ago. By the time I started reading Awakened, I’d completely forgotten a lot of things about the plot, and I hadn’t liked the series that much to re-read it. It’s a good series, but I’m not very motivated to read the rest, unfortunately. Which I HATE doing.

To start off, Zoey is a character I usually like a lot, but it seems to me that she’s always SURVIVING. I know she must, since she’s the hero, but those have been way too many survivals. I don’t want to reveal a lot here, but… I don’t know, it’s just so weird reviewing this book. First off, the writing flows with ease, but at some points it seems to me the authors are only bringing in surprising events to keep the book interesting.

In all honesty, I don’t want to ramble about the things I didn’t like. And I guess this book was not for me… There were too many things happening at once. I think the authors should’ve written less books, if they joined the plots of at least two of them. The overall events and conclusions happening in ONE book are extremely short.

 But all in all, it was a good book if you’re a big fan of the series. I lost my love for this series, but I can say it was one of the best books in the series.

But like always, to each their own. I’m sure many people found this book amazing, as it has like a 4 star rating on Goodreads.

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