Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Review: Destined by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

Publish Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 325
Series: House of Night, Book #9
ISBN: 978-0-312-65025-4
Source: Bought

Goodread Synopsis:
Breathing hard, Aurox stood there over the bodies of his vanquished enemies. He turned to Neferet.

"Very good," she said in her emotionless voice. "Let us leave this place before the authorities descend."

Aurox followed her. He walked heavily, his hooves gouging furrows in the dirty alley.

Weak. He felt weak. And more. There was something else.

"What is it?" She snapped at him when he hesitated before entering the car again.

"I do not know. I feel--"

She laughed. "You don't feel at all. You're obviously overthinking this."

"Yes, Priestess." Aurox got in the car and let the world speed past him.
I do not think. I do not feel. I am a weapon.
Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet -- which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together -- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.
But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more -- or possibly less -- than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him . . .
Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect them all? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

My Review:
Dear oh dear, where do I start with this book? It's book nine in the House of Night series. NINE!
I do like these books, the story is good, the writing it decent and the characters are fun. But I think the series should have been wrapped up in the 3rd book. It seems the authors are just trying to drag it on and on, like they don't want to give up. But seriously, what more can you write? If you haven't read all the books up to Destined, then maybe you shouldn't read my review, I dont want to spoil anything for you.

Here we go, first off, the fact that they are bringing Heath back into the mix is proof that they are running out of original ideas. I mean, he died, let him be dead and move on. And this "I used to be bad, and now I'm good" characteristic that half of the characters have, needs to be done. Neferet is back and still be head hancho of the House of Night, the nerd herd is living in the depot with Rephiam who is now human half the time, and lo and behold, Kalona is rethinking his badassness. *sigh*
I'm having a hard time writing this review, because it's a love / hate relationship. I want to be done with this series, but the darn cliffhangers that they have at the end of EACH (of the NINE books) is too much! I think they are the only thing that brings me back each time. I seriously curse myself while reading these books up until the last chapters, because I just can't stop. Good for you P.C. and Kristin for being able to get us hooked each and every time.
Zoey and her friends haven't changed much. They're still on each others case, Aprodite still the smart-ass, Stevie-Rae still the country girl and so on. Characters are being killed off and Zoey is trying to defeat Neferet, nothing new.
Honestly, I didn't find this book kept me interested as much as the previous others. But once again, I've been pulled in, and I am (not without reluctance) anticipating the book that will put this series up into the whooping double digits, Hidden, #10.

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