What If The Hottest Guy In The World Was Hiding A Nameless Evil, And All He Wanted Was You At The Start Of This Heart Pounding New Installment Of The Bestselling House Of Night Series, Zoey S Friends Have Her Back Again And Stevie Rae And The Red Fledglings Aren T Neferet S Secrets Any Longer But An Unexpected Danger Has Emerged Neferet Guards Her Powerful New Consort, Kalona, And No One At The House Of Night Seems To Understand The Threat He Poses Kalona Looks Gorgeous, And He Has The House Of Night Under His Spell A Past Life Holds The Key To Breaking His Rapidly Spreading Influence, But What If This Past Life Shows Zoey Secrets She Doesn T Want To Hear And Truths She Can T Face I enjoy the House of Night series but the repetitiveness is starting to get really annoying.Yes we know Jack and Damien are gay Yes we know Shaunee and Erin are twins ,one black and the other white.Yes we know Aphrodite is a bitch and that Stevie Ray is a country girl.We DON T need to be reminded of it every other page of every freaking book.Not to mention i fear that Zoey is turning into a giant ho cake with ho icing And all the men she thinks she wants loves are little ho sprinkles on top. This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the series and mild spoilers for HUNTED HUNTED is very much a middle book in the House of Night Series, a bridge between the first and second halves of Zoey s story Zoey and her friends are hiding from the reincarnated fallen angel Kalona ad his evil Raven Mockers, as well as Neferet, who has become the Queen Tsi Sgili Zoey will need to use all her power and lean on her friends if she means to defeat Kalona But does she want to She s been dreaming of himTo quote Zoey, well, hell For all of HUNTED, Zoey and company are between rocks and hard places, usually a wall or a creature of some sort.The trouble that came to light in UNTAMED comes to a peak in HUNTED, although there can be no doubt that the next four books are needed to finish the story I think it might have been possible to finish the series here, although it would have been a longer novel then And honestly, do we want it to end No.I did feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of characters and plot threads and built up gunk from the past four novels, but the end of HUNTED looks as though much of that will be wiped away The writing is just as fresh and informed as ever, Kristin Cast s in touch ness with real teens showing through Definitely a must read for fans of House of Night or vampire fiction in general. Condensed, edited version taken from my blog.Not long ago I finished reading the fifth instalment in the Cast s House of Night Series, Hunted.This is about the point where I give a frustrated sigh Oh my, is it a frustrated sigh.First of, there is a story in there somewhere An interesting story that could potentially make a good novel but it s been swallowed by chaotic, repetitive, stereotypical, shallow muck I really hope that this novel is only the stepping stone to another part of the story because if this is setting the tone for the future of the series then it s going to get far worse.Not that the previous novels in the series were master pieces with the repetition, stereotyping and all the other faults but it was interesting and the main story wasn t lost or marred as much by all the triviality Plus the characters changed and you didn t always know who was bad and who was good.The book continues on from the last quite well with Zoey recounting how they made it to their particular location That part isn t too bad because you expect a bit of explanation about the previous novels in the series but soon you realise that doesn t stop there, it carries on but with the present novel Through out the story, almost all the characters, have to explain everything that has happened to each other repeatedly There s no short catch up explaining the main character just caught whoever up on the news so the reader doesn t have to read it over and over again No, none of that.Then there is the obsession with the gay characters I m bisexual, I love gay characters but that doesn t mean we have to be reminded every few lines or have the reference gay this and gay that so much.It s fine if it s just pointed out that there s a gay couple but it s followed by gay comments about them cooking, squealing etcetera with gay tacked in front of it and at some point in the previous novels I started to wonder if the writer was giving her self a pat on the back because she included homosexual characters and wanted to make sure we knew.Just like she had to make sure we knew everything else by explaining it to us For instance, words damn it, write a dictionary if you want to explain words , the storyline over and over and over and over , how hot everyone is or at least how perfect and then there s the love triangles.This is one of the main things that takes away from the interesting story and just turns it into being about boys and the character being a whingy, whimpy idiot She can t seem to make up her mind about any boys that she likes and guess what All the hot guys want a piece of her and so far there is really only one guy who isn t considered hot So most of the story is her obsessing over all these boys and what she is going to do about them when the world as she knows it is coming to an end and everyone is in danger.Way to get the priorities sorted.If you knew nothing about teenagers maybe you slept through your teen years and then have been living on Mars since and this was your only reference to them then you d come away thinking they were boy obsessed, daft because the characters take a long time to figure things out , have bad memories because they repeat themselves so much, are really, really shallow and that teenage girls can go around cheating on their boyfriends, stringing boys along and eventually getting away with it because the boys will still love them.So basically it was entertaining trash given the underlying story but really annoying at the same time Not that I m really annoyed with the story, it s the authors that have done my head in so I ll be reading the next one because I want to know what happens with the bigger picture and to see if this is only a transition novel. To see full review and to vote on whether or not I continue my quest to read this series click here.Sometimes I don t even know why I bother.I am a goal oriented person Seriously, I have like post it notes on my desk with day goals, week goals, year goals, life goalsyou get the picture And being goal oriented is a good thing But at this point with the House of Night booksI don t know if I can continue it guys I really don t Not after I read Hunted.This bookI understand why many people have quit the series after this installment And it s not because this book is any offensive than the rest though if the character Karmisha would ve been highlighted any I think it could ve approached that territory It s just that this installmentit just showcases what s wrong with this series I thought of reviewing this book several ways interviewing characters from the book, writing a letter to Mrs and Ms Cast expressing my disdain, writing a review where I praise this book for doing what it is.essentially shitting on the written word But all those ideas, they were too good for this book And since this is supposed to be a drinking game feature, I just decided to list some things you could drink for Specifically, the top ten things that offended me the most about Hunted.10 Not so subtle My Immortal references Just admit your Tara Gillesbie, Kristin The evidence is all there Count Chocola, a main character that looks like Michelle Bombshell McGee, multiple characters in love with the MC, perverts on campus Heck, there s even a scene where Zoey s running around campus naked like Ebony And one of the love interests has red eyes like vampire God, if you haven t read this fan fic Read it The grammar s atrocious hence, why PC probably had to help write this book , but it s all there I swear Okay, it s just my opinion and I know in reality that Kristin Cast and Tara Gilesbie are two different individuals, but I just can t help but wonder I just can t.9 Brand Spanking New Characters There were like fifteen or so new characters introduced in this installment I really can t remember who was who and don t care They serve no purpose just like most of those characters they forced upon us in the second season of Young Justice just to sell toys and look what happened to that showseriously, Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle okay, I got Blue s role, but I never liked him I d rather focus on the characters we were introduced to in season one.8 The Entire Plot What There is of it The first one hundred and forty pages are a complete waste And when they go back to the schoolit doesn t even make sense Couldn t they like get a vampyre healer I mean, they re getting everything else brought into those tunnels Heck, they even have running water Is it really that hard to find some sort of medicine woman like Dr Quinn to come and cure Zoey Or better yet let Zoey die That would ve made a lot sense than what did happen and been quasi poignant Honestly, the plot holes are what made the plot and that s just sort of sad.7 Bastardizing Religions Mythologies Cultures History a.k.a being a Cast with imagination You might think taking different mythologies and mixing them together would be a smart thing to do I guess if you did it correctly, it would But when mess up certain aspects about some of the mythology your using and have no explanation say for the fact your using a Cherokee legend that took place thousands of years ago and try to make it take place in Oklahoma when it s historically known that a part of the Cherokee tribe only moved to Oklahoma because of Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears while small portions of the tribe hid in the North Carolina mountains and still reside in the state today , you have one big mess Then again, calling every celebrity and their mother sort of gives you a clue of credibility of your made up mythology.6 ContradictionsThe Casts love to contradict themselves and they love to do it through long info dumps Honestly, at this pointanything goes and I no longer even care But I hate having to read these convoluted explanations And I m like, why even bother you ll just contradict yourself whenever you find it necessary.5 Useless DialogueIt s not offensive, so much as annoying But really, really, half of this book could ve been edited out That s how useless some if not most of the dialogue is It just got really annoying after awhile.4 Rape Culture There s an attempted rape in this book And the way it s handled is disgusting First of all, it was okay for the victim to be almost assaulted because the character that attempted to rape her was hot And for that, she endures slut slamming by are sanctimonious heroine Oh, and did I mention the attempted rapist barely got his hand slap Nope, it s his victim who faces the consequences.3 The Love Interests Seems a weird thing to be offended by But the love interests are pathetic All of them And what would that be five no six if you count dead Loren at this point in time Let me list them Heath Sir Douche Appears randomly, cals Zoey Z, we re told he s a gentleman, but it s obviously he s really a douche Oh, and he and Zoey shared or share an imprint and you know how I feel about imprinting.Erik Prince Eric He s too good for Zoey Obviously And there s really not much to him, he s like a Disney character Though he s always described as looking like Superman Guess the Casts never heard that Batman is the hot DC character not Superman, but whatever.Loren Mr Mary Kay Laterno He s dead now But he and Zoey had sex He claimed to really love Neferet, but we all know what he was probably thinking..Stark Iron Man New kid in school who Zoey has an insta connection too He dies comes back evil but through the power of love hey.don t get drunk while reading this review.Kalona Kocoum This fallen angel based on Native American legend who apparently thinks Zoey is Wonder Woman well, a maiden made of clay that s close enough or something He s completely evil, but because he s hot Zoey thinks she likes him.2 Zoey Is she supposed to be likable I don t know what I m supposed to get out of my main character Honestly, the only thing Zoey talks about other than brown pop is her pathetic love life And as you cans see from my list I drink just whenever that s talked about So yeah, that makes her offensive in that regard And then there s the fact that she s just so judgmental, bitchy, and just unlikeable in general I can t believe anyone would like this bitch given some of the things she has said.1 Stereotypes This is a reoccurring problem throughout the series, but it grated on my nerves a little bit this time around Probably because of the character Karmisha who is supposed to be the sassy African American from the ghetto stereotype It s disgusting how the Casts portray her And to make matters worse, they completely shove her in our faces so that we have to like her I think that was probably my biggest issue because with Damen even though they stereotype him in the fullest seriously, in every book we re told in some not so obvious way that he s gay , they don t spend a full twenty minutes trying to get us to instantly like him like they did with Karmisha Plus, there was no need for the Karmisha character in this book They already had a poet, but I guess the Casts just wanted to add token characters in their book and token characters they have a plenty Let s look at some of the stereotyping that goes on here, specifically concerning her Introduction to Karmisha A black girl twitched out of the group It was a testament to how distracted I d been with Venus and Aphrodite and Stevie Rae that I hadn t noticed her before then She had on a form fitting bright yellow shirt cut low to show the top of her black lace bra and a pair of high waisted, skintight cropped jeans that were cinched up with a wide leather belt that matched her chunky gold shoes Her hair was cut geometrically into a short poof on her head, and half of it was dyed bright orange Cast and Cast 35.Karmisha s first line Let s get it straight right now that I m not sharin my bed with no one, Karmisha said, weaving her head around and looking bored and pissed off at the same time 35 And another brilliant quote of Karmisha s Look, he had wings That ain t right, Kramisha added, fragmenting my attention My mma told me don t trust no white boy, even a pretty one I m thin a pretty white boy with wings explodin up form the ground in a mess of blood and ugly ass bird things is double trouble 42.I d like to interject at this point that the guy she s talking about is Kalona who originates from an Native American folklore and is described looking like a Native American And as far as I know, Native Americans aren t white.So, I want your thoughts Should I continue or not I really hate giving up on a goal but after reading this maybemaybe you can understand if this is the last time I ever read about Zoey Redbird and her shitious life. Okay, so the House of Night series is seriously one of the most guilty pleasure ish young adult series I ve read Emphasis on the guilty part.You know when you go to the airport, and you re waiting at your gate for your flight, and you look over at the little old lady sitting next to you She might be reading a book, but she s angled it so that you can t quite see what it is But she seems really into it, and you start to wonder what she s reading Then maybe something happens and she readjusts herself, and the cover of her book flashes into view, and you see a shirtless Fabio type man with long, flowy hair holding a busty woman whose corset dress is looking rather askew It has a title like Seduced by a Rogue Lord or The Virgin s Wicked Deed , and you feel a blush rising to your cheeks, and you think to yourself, Why the hell would she be reading that in public Well, that s kind of how I feel about House of Night.Let s be honest with ourselves here House of Night is hardly a work of ground breaking literature It s pure and utter book candy, something you know is bad for you, but you just keep eating and eating because you can t stop And oh, how delicious the candy is.Which brings me to Hunted, the fifth installment of the series I ll admit, I actually wasn t really looking forward to this book that much, just because I felt that Untamed was quite a bit of a letdown, both story wise and writing wise After three completely squee worthy books, the fourth just wasn t up to par So, then came this one And I m pleased to say that Cast and Cast are finally back on their game Well, as much as one can be on their game when writing a series with a fairly ridiculous premise, and complete Mary Sue of a main character, and cookie cutter villains.But you know what All of that doesn t really bother me that much Because honestly The books are just so entertaining to read For the most part Yes, Zoey is absolutely perfect She s been blessed with these powers that nobody else has, she s destined for great things, she makes stupid mistakes and faces pretty much no consequences for them, and she s definitely got the Anita Blake factor going for her everybody wants to sleep with her Erik wants to sleep with her, even though he spent most of book four simultaneously hating her and trying to make her miserable Heath wants to sleep with her even though he pretty explicitly said in book four that he never wanted to be with her again Stark wants to sleep with her, even though they ve only known each other for like, one day Kalona wants to sleep with her because she s A ya reincarnated Hell, I bet Loren Blake still wants to sleep with her from beyond the grave The only males who don t want to sleep with Zoey are the gay ones.Speaking of gay, I don t really know why, but Cast and Cast seem to think that they have to make Damien and Jack really, really gay I mean, so stereotypically gay that you wonder if they re going to strap a rainbow banner on their chests and start marching through the streets As someone who knows several gay people, I can say with a fair amount of certainty that not all of them get really emotional every time something moderately frightening occurs, are obsessed with clothes and shopping, can cook really well, and basically act like they re the equivalent of a 12 year old girl with menstrual cramps I think pretty much everyone is familiar with homosexuals we don t need Cast and Cast to overdo it like they are.As for the plot, it was pretty solid Slow at first, but definitely picked itself up It was fairly predictable, but what else can you expect from the book equivalent of marshmallow pudding The only gripe I have is that it wasn t edited properly in a couple places There were a few grammatical errors, and sometimes the authors mixed up Darius and Damien Also, at the very end, they call Zoey s grandmother Stevie Rae s grandmother But it wasn t too distracting.All in all, as much as I m embarrassed to admit it, I had fun with Hunted I wouldn t whip it out at the airport because I d be a bit worried about what people would think of me, but I can safely enjoy it in private.4 out of 5 stars for really guilty entertainment but not really much else This is the book in which Kalona pretends to be a good guy And he also wants ZoeyYou know what I want, my love I want you I am not your love Of course you are He moved this time, stepping so close to me that I could feel the chill that came from his unsubstantial body My A ya But Zoey does not want himMoreover, Heath is backWe re good at being together We ve had lots of practice at it Erik is backI don t know how much of your human boyfriend I can stand And Stark is backStark Don t shoot him Thankfully Zoey is about to make the correct choiceThe House of Night is under the control of something that s probably a demon Neferet has turned into something that s probably a lot worse than a demon My friends and I are not safe I have no idea how to do what I need to do to begin to make this mess right, and to top it all off I m falling for a guy who s been with a crapload of the girls on campus and used mind control on them You re falling for me And another favourite character is making a grand entranceSon of man, you may call me Rephaim Rephaim is one of the Raven Mockers and he has already shown an interest in Stevie RaeIs the Red One with you One of the most beautiful love stories between Rephaim and Stevie Rae will soon begin in the next books. Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.comZoey Redbird is back in the fifth installment of the HOUSE OF NIGHT series When last we left Zoey, all hell literally was breaking loose inside the vampyre school I am sad to say that her predicament has gone from bad to worse Neferet, current High Priestess at the House of Night, has declared war on all human beings To aid in her quest, Neferet has called forth an ancient evil that cannot be destroyed Kalona, a fallen angel, has risen from the depths of the earth with Neferet s help He is an immortal who believes that Zoey is his chosen one the one who trapped him decades ago inside the confines of the earth Zoey s task is great She and her friends will be forced to use their abilities to help rid the world of Kalona once again, and sabotage Neferet s master plan By calling the five elements, Zoey, Shaunee, Erin, Stevie Rae, and Damien are declaring a war of their own to stop Neferet and Kalona, no matter the cost The Cast duo has done it again These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature The energy and integrity of the first four novels has not been diminished in this fifth installment The characters personalities are as vibrant as ever, and the story remains engaging and original Teenage readers will be drawn to Zoey s everyday, angst riddled life Not only does she need to save the world, Zoey needs to solve some major vampyre human boy drama These stories are surreal, yet shockingly accurate when it comes to teenagers and their lives Here s to hoping for many HOUSE OF NIGHT novels to follow Maybe I m just not in my normal teenage girl state of mid the moement but I did not like this book Seriously, the writing annoyed me ALOT for the first hundred pages like, you know how they re always talking about how Zoey never curses, well she cursed a little bit in a beginning and they ALL still acted like it was totally normal for her to be cursing when you know Aphrodite would ve been like whoa And what was with all the Damien an Jack are gay parade in the beginning Really, we ve read about it for the past 4 books I think we re over it, and the gays are good cooks joke was really annoying And it seemed like they were trying WAY TOO HARD to get the characters to sound like normal teenagers Honestly Casts, just because they talk like us doesn t make them LIKE us and it doesn t convince your READERS that the characters are all confused about lots of things They re supposed to NOT be like us They re supposed to be vastly mature and maybe nervous and a little scared And the dialogue was crap I know you re supposed to fit a lot of info in a little space but it seemed like they were going through like 3 different personality changes while they talked for one paragraph.And what was with the Kalona You re my A ya..my love thing I know PC is a romance novelist but COME ON Does Zoe REALLY have to have every kind of important figure guy that stumbles into the plot Also, I know people say that she wasn t as hoe ish as she was in Chosen and she wasn t but she did have her moments Like now she has three boyfriends AGAIN And it seems like the Casts have invented a way for her to keep her whore urges excusable She can have a Vamp Mate AND a human consort AND Stark is her Warrior so she gets to keep ALL of them Instead of, I don t know, DUMPING Erik leaving him to be with one of the many girls who like him or Trying to Successfully get the idea that her and Heath are only friends through Heath s head or letting Stark go be some kind of manwhore at the House of Night. I tried to finish this I really did But when the main character of a book annoys you so much you can hardly stand turning the page, something s got to give I mean, COME ON How many guys does Zoey need It was just getting a bit ridiculous I was happy when it seemed that Zoey was happily dating Erik who is pretty irritating anyway, but whatever, it s not my fictional life in this book Then Heath pops back up again.It s not only the fact that every single guy character in this series apart from the painfully stereotypical gay friends seems to fall instantly in love with Zoey that annoys me It s the fact that she can t just pick one and be done with it Heath s been following her around for four books now Cut the guy a break Tell him you re not interested, even if it s not completely true Stop leading him on.I can appreciate a love triangle as much as the next person, but considering Zoey s love life doesn t come close to resembling something as logical as a three sided plane shape, Hunted was just too much for me to handle.Definitely not continuing with the rest of this series.