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Thursday, July 16, 2009

P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast: Betrayed

My Mom, who is also reading the House of Night series, insisted that the second book was really good and that I should stick with it. I stayed up late reading Betrayed by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast, and Mom was right-- things got really exciting!


Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night finishing school. She finally feels like she belongs, even gets chosen as the Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, she actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Betrayed, the second book in the House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and thrilling as it is utterly shocking.

This sequel took a while to get going and jumps all over the place.

It begins with parent visitation, moves to Zoey's many teenage lusts (current vamp boyfriend Erik, human ex-boyfriend Heath, and a teacher, Loren Blake, Vampyre Poet Laureate), and follows Zoey as she prepares to take over the Dark Daugters and lead her first Full Moon Ritual.

In addition, football players that Zoey knew before the Change are disappearing, including Heath.

Meanwhile, Aphrodite-- the former Leader of the Dark Daughters and Zoey's sworn enemy-- has fallen from power and is no longer favored by by Neferet, High Priestess of the House of Night. Zoey feels sorry for her and they end up working together to keep tragedy from strking Zoey's loved ones.

Zoey soon fears that maybe she trusts the wrong people, especially when Neferet takes credit for plans to reorganize the Dark Daughters.

And, if all that weren't enough, Zoey has to deal with a very shocking fledgling death.

For so much action, the book dragged until the last 100 pages. I usually skipped the ongoing descriptions and Zoey's never-ending thoughts and went right for the dialogue. If I saw quotations, I read what was said. Otherwise, I really didn't care. Still, at the end, I couldn't put it down-- the fledgling death completely floored me! I was angry, sad, you name it.

Despite, being bored, I honestly want to know what happens next. Maybe the next book won't take so long to get exciting. Hey, it might even give me a little more vamp action, which I still feel is lacking in this witchcraft-centered series.

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