Wednesday, February 9, 2011

House of Night Novel #8: Awakened - P.C. and Kristin Cast

               So. Novel #8. For those of you who don’t know, the House of Night novels are written by well-renowned romance author P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin. Everything you need to know about this series can be found here.

                At the brink of destruction, what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?
                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 her immortal consort 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 [SUPERHOTEXTREMELYSEXY] 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?
Err, okay. First things first. Things REALLY start smoking up between Zoey and Stark, and I’m left wondering how a MOTHER and DAUGHTER can write these kinds of [explicit] scenes TOGETHER! Seriously! Of course, I’m totally Team Stark when it comes to Zoey’s [extremely complicated] love life (screw Heath), but forreals! Isn’t it just a LITTLE awkward? o_O
Second thing: this book is actually quite sad because… well, more lives are lost, but I’m not saying who. All I CAN say is that the good guys don’t do so well in this book. If you are the emotional type, you may cry!
Anyway, other than those aspects, the book mainly focuses on Stevie Rae and Rephaim’s complicated relationship. To be honest, this novel was in Stevie Rae’s perspective a lot of the time, and I almost began to speak with an Oklahoman accent!! So Stevie Rae and Rephaim are Imprinted but no one knows which is a HUGE issue because, well, Rephaim’s “bad” and Stevie Rae is “good”… etc. So will Rephaim choose Darkness (aka his loyalty to daddy Kalona) or Light (aka Stevie Rae and LOVE)?
All I CAN say is that love is better. ‘Nuff said. ;)
- sm:)e


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