Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Awakened by P.C. Cast

Book Blurb

“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?

My Review
I just love this series.  I read each new installment praying that it won't disappoint (it seems inevitable in a series that one of the books doesn't resonate with you).  This book I really enjoyed.

This book gives you a taste of most of the characters we have grown to love, with alternating narratives.  I wouldn't say any of the characters make any giant leaps in their development, except possibly Stevie Rae.  I missed some of the characters in this book- I don't want to spoil, so I'll just say some are in the background of the action instead of the forefront like I had hoped. Also, our villain Neferet continues to be pretty flat in terms of being evil incarnate- I wish we could see a more human side of her.

I continue to be surprised in this series.   I had a vague recollection of the series when I started the book, but within the first few chapters I felt caught up.  I really liked that the female characters made less ridiculous slurs against women (i.e. calling other characters "hoes")- that was one part of the series that never sat well with me.  There is one plot line that I was confused about as it played out- I had no idea where it was going, but then it was dropped in the second half of the book.  I guess we'll see if it gets picked up in the next installment. The book ends on a cliffhanger (of course!), and I am very intrigued to see how it plays out.  

Even if in my heart I know these aren't the most sophisticated books, I still really enjoy them.  4 Stars, and I'll be waiting for the next one.

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