Sunday, April 10th 2011

Review: Betrayed, P. C. & Kristin Cast.

Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: February 5, 2009
Received From: Bought
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781905654321

All any of us could talk about was Chris’s disappearance and how bizarre it was that he had last been seen close to the House of Night. I didn’t want to believe it. But everything inside me said that the kid would be found, but he’d be found dead…

Things seem to be going pretty well for Zoey Redbird. She’s settled in at the House of Night finishing school and is coming to terms with her incredible new powers. It all seems too good to be true. And guess what?

Someone has begun murdering human teenagers, and all evidence points to the vampyres at Zoey’s school. Which means her first assignment as the leader of the Dark Daughters is finding out which one of her classmates or – gulp – teachers is a killer.

Sigh. And she thought her boyfriends (yes: plural) were going to be her biggest problem this year…

The second novel in the House of Night series, written by Mother and Daughter, P.C. and Kristin Cast, continues a month after the events of ‘Marked’ concluded. It is important to read the first novel ‘Marked’ before reading ‘Betrayed’ in order for it to be a coherent read.

‘Betrayed’ is narrated in the first person perspective of Zoey Redbird, a fledging vampire at the House of Night. Zoey is different to her peers and most vampires, in that she has been marked generously by the vampire goddess Nyx with the ability to call all five of the elements; air, earth, fire, water and spirit. ‘Betrayed’ sees Zoey becoming more confident in herself and her goddess-given abilities, which results in her being a lot more self-assured in an admiring way.

The darkness which surrounded the House of Night in ‘Marked’ increasingly intensifies in ‘Betrayed’. We learn there is something wrong occurring at the school, yet it seems that it’s only Zoey who’s aware of this. If the prospect of danger wasn’t enough for Zoey to deal with, her love life definitely arises some problems! Zoey has not one but three love interests in this novel. There is: Heath, her human ex-boyfriend who she imprinted with in the first novel; Erik, a fellow fledging who seems perfect for Zoey; and Loren, a teacher at the school who seems to enjoy flirting with her. This makes an interesting read to find out who Zoey ends up with.

The plot is at a constant pace which means there is a lot of new ideas and events which occur in the novel and it kept me enthralled page-by-page. For me, I felt Zoeys dialogue improved from the first novel. (I found that in ‘Marked’ she came across a bit immature with her choice of words). I have began to appreciate Zoey for her humour and likeability.

‘Betrayed’ doesn’t end with a cliff hanger, yet it still leaves the readers questioning what the future will be like for Zoey and her friends. The novel is never absent of twists and turns and I guarantee it will have you buying book three of the series in no time.

Overall, an excellent continuation of the House of Night series!

One Response to “Review: Betrayed, P. C. & Kristin Cast.”

  1. Miss. Lucinda Fountain says:

    I have seen “The house of Night” series everywhere – in bookstores & second-hand bookshops this series seems to pop-up everywhere! I presumed this was because it was a very popular series, and so i was eager to find out more.
    You can definately spot these books due to their distinctive covers and colorful paper, and so i shall not hesitate in future to find one.

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