Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Review: Tempted (House of Night Series #6) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

I threw the book across the room when I turned the last page. Those of you who have read Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast already know exactly why I did this.

Since I have a very strict "no spoiler" rule in my reviews, you can trust that I will not give anything away. Not a whole lot happens TO give what little there is, I promise to keep to myself.

What I can reveal is that we see the story not only from Zoey's point of view this time, but also from other characters' perspectives. While this is not the first book I've read that uses this technique, it is a first for this series. I am not sure it was the right approach -- at least not with so many points of view. Zoey is the new High Priestess for the regular vamps and fledglings, and we continue to read the story from her first-person narrative. There is a whole other side to the story now with the red vamps, so we get to take a fly-on-the-wall look at what Stevie Rae is up to, as she is considered the new High Priestess of the Red Vamps and Fledgelings. Outside of these two characters' points of view, the others are unnecessary.

Tempted picks up on the same night where Hunted left off. I don't think Tempted spans more than a few days at most, and there is not a lot of action. For example, Zoey will get an urgent message that people are waiting for her in the cafeteria; meanwhile, she will stop and chat with 3 people on her way. Was each of these conversations critical to the plot? No. Did it kill the anticipation of the meeting in the cafeteria? You bet.

Zoey may be the most decorated vampyre fledgling in history, but she is still a teenager. There is more wishy-washy drama between Z and the men in her life. While I had high expectations of her new role as High Priestess, Zoey's character does not seem to grow in this book at all -- and it was not as if she didn't have opportunities to show her maturity!

All in all, I thought Tempted was just okay. That being said, I'm sure that when I need something light and supernatural to read, I will still pick up Burned (The House of Night Series #7) which is due out May 2010.

Tempted is the 6th book in The House of Night series by the Casts. You can read my reviews of Marked (House of Night #1) and Untamed (House of Night #4). I read, but did not review, Hunted (House of Night #5).

For more, visit The House of Night website.

About the Book:
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 27, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312567480
ISBN-13: 978-0312567484

This book came from my own library.


Nely said...

I've only read Marked in this series and own the second one but haven't gotten around to it yet. I have to start reading these again :D


Alison said...

Nely, of the books I've read so far, I really liked books 1 and 2. The 3rd one was a mess for me, but 4 picked up steam. Unfortunately, Books 5 and 6 were just okay. I feel like I'm invested now, and I'm stil interested to see what happens to Zoey, Stevie Rae, Erik, and the rest of the gang. :)

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books said...

I have read first and second editions but third one yet to read...

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