Destined (House of Night Series #9)

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Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – as long as he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…

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Overview

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – as long as he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the thrilling ninth chapter of the P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast's House of Night series.

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Editorial Reviews

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Forces of Light and Dark thrash together in the latest installment of the mega-popular Cast family House of Night fantasy series. Like most other great episodes, it begins in relative tranquility. Now revived, 17-year-old Zoey Redbird is back in Tulsa, safe and reunited with Stark, her love interest and Guardian Warrior. But her plans to form a House of Night out of Neferet's path soon become endangered by changes painfully close to home. (P.S. This captivating fantasy series by mother P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin have already sold over 39 million copies.)

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“This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything.” – RT Book Reviews on Destined (4 ½ stars)

“As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining….this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans.” – Kirkus Reviews on Destined

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Praise for the House of Night series:

 

Twilight meets Harry Potter… Zoey Redbird… is basically the most relatable vampire — sorry, fledgling vampyre — I've ever read about.” MTV.com on The House of Night series

 

“This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything.” – RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Destined

“As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining….this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans.” – Kirkus Reviews on Destined

“The mega-selling Cast team continues to reveal its pulse-pounding saga through the viewpoints of multiple characters, giving fresh insight into their hearts and motivations... Tragedy, sacrifice and choice are all themes that make this story gripping.” – RT Book Reviews on Awakened

“The saga of the House of Night series continues to smolder in Burned…The dual story lines create double the tension and conflict in this latest installment; fast paced and packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this book is a hard one to put down.” VOYA, on Burned

 

“Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences!” RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Tempted

 “Move over, Stephenie Meyer.” –People on Hunted

 “The Cast duo has done it again!  These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature…” –TeensReadToo.com (5 stars) on Hunted

"These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly—sometimes all at once.” VOYA on Marked and Betrayed

“Cast reeled me in from paragraph one.  I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting.” –MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of the Undead series, on Marked

Kirkus Reviews
The ninth book in the House of Night series opens with Zoey Redbird, the "Nerd Herd" and the rest of the red fledglings returning to school at the House of Night. Though the High Council decreed that Neferet allow their return, tensions on the Tulsa campus run high. Neferet continues to wage her war of darkness with the help of both the evil White Bull and Aurox, a vessel created to obey her every command. Rephaim, Stevie Rae's Consort and ex–Raven Mocker, struggles to make peace with his decision to choose the Goddess Nyx and a human form over his father Kalona. And Zoey, while she tries to lead her circle in the fight against evil, must again come to terms with loss when her mother is found murdered. As it is told from no fewer than 11 points of view, it is sometimes difficult to envision how all the story threads will ultimately tie together, particularly in the first half of the novel. However, overarching themes about identity and loss help bind the story together and will likely appeal to teen readers. As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining. Though readers must be willing to overlook some seriously cringeworthy dialogue, this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312387983
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: House of Night Series , #9
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 469
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

 #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance writer, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. Her novels have been awarded YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and have received the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, as well as the PRISM, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers Best, Holt Medallion, Beacon, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Affaire de Coeur awards. She lives in Oklahoma with lots of dogs, cats, horses, and a burro. KRISTIN CAST is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams up with her mother to write the House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin is working on her first stand-alone novel, a dark, mysterious fairy tale.

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DESTINED. (Chapter 1)

Aurox

The human male’s flesh had been soft, pulpy.

It had been a surprise how easy it had been to destroy him—to end the beating of his feeble heart.

“Take me to North Tulsa. I want to go out into the night,” she’d said. That was the command that began their evening.

“Yes, Goddess,” he’d responded instantly, coming alive from the corner of the rooftop balcony that he’d made his own.

“Do not call me Goddess. Call me…” She’d looked contemplative. “… Priestess.” Her full lips, slick and reddened, turned up. “I believe it is best if everyone should simply call me Priestess—at least for a short while.”

Aurox had fisted his hand over his heart in a gesture he instinctively knew was ancient, though it somehow felt awkward and forced. “Yes, Priestess.”

Priestess had brushed by him, gesturing imperiously for him to follow her.

He had followed.

He’d been created to follow. To take her orders. To obey her commands.

They’d entered something Priestess had called car, and the world had flown. Priestess had commanded him to understand the workings of it.

He’d watched and learned, just as she’d commanded.

Then they’d stopped and exited the car.

The street had smelled of death and rot, corruption and filth.

“Priestess this place is not—”

“Protect me!” she’d snapped. “But do not be protective of me. I will always go where I wish, when I wish, and do exactly what I wish. It is your job, no, your purpose to defeat my enemies. It is my destiny to create enemies. Watch. React when I command you to protect. That is all I require of you.”

“Yes, Priestess,” he’d said.

The modern world was a confusing place. So many shifting sounds. So much he did not know. He would do as Priestess commanded. He would fulfill his reason for creation and—

A male had stepped out, blocking Priestess’s way.

“You way too pretty to be in this here alley so late with nothin’ but one boy keepin’ ya company.” His eyes widened, as he took in Priestess’s tattoos. “So, vampyre, you stoppin’ here to get you a little snack from this boy? How ’bout you give me that purse then you and me, we’ll talk ’bout what it’s like to be with a real man?”

Priestess sighed and sounded bored. “You’re wrong on both counts: I am not simply a vampyre, and this is no boy.”

“Hey, what you mean by that?”

Priestess ignored the man and looked over her shoulder at Aurox.

Now you should protect me. Show me what kind of weapon I command.”

He obeyed her without conscious thought. Aurox closed on the man with no hesitation. In one swift movement, Aurox plunged his thumbs into the man’s staring eyeballs, which made the screaming begin.

The man’s terror washed over him, feeding him. As simply as drawing a breath, Aurox inhaled the pain he was causing. The power of the man’s terror swelled through him, pumping hot and cold. Aurox felt his hands hardening, changing, becoming more. What had been normal fingers became claws. He pulled them from the man’s eyes when the blood began to seep from his ears. With the borrowed power of pain and fear, Aurox lifted the man, slamming him against the wall of the nearest building.

The man screamed again.

What a wonderful, terrible thrill! Aurox felt more of the change ripple through his body. Mere human feet became cloven hooves. The muscles of his legs thickened. His chest heaved and split the shirt he had been wearing. And most wonderful of all, Aurox felt the thick deadly horns that swelled from his head.

By the time the man’s three friends ran into the alley to help him, he had stopped screaming.

Aurox dropped the man to the filth and turned to place himself between Priestess and those who might believe they could cause her harm.

“What the fuck?” The first man skidded to a halt.

“I ain’t never seen nothin’ like that,” said the second man.

Aurox was already absorbing the fear that was beginning to radiate from them. His skin pulsed with the cold fire of it.

“Is they horns? Ah, hell no! I’m outta here.” The third man turned and scurried back the way he had come. The other two began to back slowly away, eyes wide, shocked and staring.

Aurox looked to Priestess. “What is your command?” In some distant part of his mind, he wondered at the sound of his voice—how it had become so guttural, so bestial.

“Their pain makes you stronger.” Priestess looked pleased. “And different, more fierce.” She looked at the two retreating men and her full upper lip lifted in a sneer. “Isn’t that interesting … Kill them.”

Aurox moved so quickly the nearest man had no chance to escape. He gored him through his chest, lifting him so that he writhed and shrieked and soiled himself.

This made Aurox even more powerful.

With a mighty toss of his head, the skewered man flew into the building to land, crumpled and silent, beside the first man.

The other man didn’t run away. Instead he pulled out a long, dangerous looking knife and charged at Aurox.

Aurox feinted to the side and then, when the man overcompensated, he stomped a cloven hoof through his foot, ripping off his face as the man fell forward.

Breathing hard, Aurox stood over the bodies of his vanquished enemies. He turned to Priestess.

“Very good,” she said in her emotionless voice. “Let us leave this place before the authorities descend.”

Aurox followed her. He walked heavily, his hoofs gouging furrows in the dirty alley. He fisted his claws at his side as he tried to make sense of the emotional storm that flowed through his body, taking with it the power that had fueled his battle frenzy.

Weak. He felt weak. And more. There was something else.

“What is it?” she snapped at him when he hesitated before entering the car again.

He shook his head. “I do not know. I feel—”

She laughed. “You don’t feel at all. You’re obviously overthinking this. My knife doesn’t feel. My gun doesn’t feel. You’re my weapon; you kill. Deal with it.”

“Yes, Priestess.” Aurox got in the car and let the world speed past him. I do not think. I do not feel. I am a weapon.

Aurox

“Why are you standing here looking at me?” Priestess asked him, staring at him with eyes of green ice.

“I await your command, Priestess,” he said automatically, wondering how it was possible to have displeased her. They had just returned to her lair at the top of the magnificent building called Mayo. Aurox had walked to the balcony and simply stood there, quietly, gazing at Priestess.

She blew out a long breath. “I have no command for you at this moment. And must you always stare at me?”

Aurox looked away, focusing on the lights of the city and how they glittered alluringly against the night sky.

“I await your command, Priestess,” he repeated.

“Oh, by all the gods! Who would have known the Vessel created for me would be as mindless as he is beautiful?”

Aurox felt the change in the atmosphere before Darkness materialized from smoke and shadow and night.

“Mindless, beautiful, and deadly…”

The voice rang in his head. The enormous white bull formed fully before him. His breath was fetid, yet sweet. His gaze was horrible and wonderful at the same time. He was mystery and magick and mayhem together.

Aurox dropped to his knees before the creature.

“Get off your knees. Get up and go back there…” She waved her hand in a dismissive gesture toward the shadows that edged the far recesses of the rooftop.

“No, I’d rather he stayed. I enjoy gazing on my creations.”

Aurox didn’t know what to say. This creature commanded his attention, but Priestess commanded his body.

“Creations?” Priestess put a special emphasis on the last part of the word as she moved languidly toward the massive bull. “Do you often make gifts like this to your followers?”

The bull’s laughter was terrible, but Aurox noticed Priestess didn’t flinch at all—that instead she seemed to be drawn closer and closer to the creature as he spoke.

“How interesting! You are actually questioning me. Are you jealous, my heartless one?”

Priestess stroked the bull’s horn. “Do I need to be?”

The bull nuzzled her. Where his muzzle touched Priestess the silk of her gown shriveled, exposing smooth, naked flesh underneath.

“Tell me, what do you believe is the purpose of my gift to you?” The bull answered Priestess’s question with one of his own.

Priestess blinked and shook her head, as if she was confused. Then her gaze found Aurox, still on his knees. “My lord, his purpose is protection, and I am ready to do as you bid to thank you for him.”

“I will accept your lush offerings, but I must explain to you that Aurox is not simply a weapon of protection. Aurox has one purpose, and that is to create chaos.”

Priestess inhaled a deep, shocked breath. She blinked rapidly, and her gaze went from the bull to him, and then returned to the bull.

“Truly?” she asked in a soft, reverent voice. “Through this one creature I can command chaos?”

The bull’s white eyes were like a sick, setting moon. “Truly. He is, indeed, one creature, but his power is vast. He has the ability to leave disaster in his wake. He is the Vessel that is the manifestation of your deepest dreams, and are they not for utter and complete chaos?”

“Yes, oh yes,” Priestess breathed the words. She leaned against the bull’s neck, stroking his side.

“Ah, and what is it you will do with chaos now that it is at your command? Will you take down the cities of humans and rule as vampyre queen?”

Priestess’s smile was beautiful and horrible. “Not queen. Goddess.”

“Goddess? But there is a Goddess of Vampyres. You know that all too well. You used to be in her service.”

“You mean Nyx? The Goddess who allows her minions free choice and a will of their own? The Goddess who will not intercede because she believes so strongly in the myth of freewill?”

Aurox thought he could hear a smile in the beast’s voice, and wondered how that was possible. “I do mean Nyx, Goddess of Vampyres and Night. Would you use chaos to challenge her?”

“No. I would use chaos to defeat her. What if chaos threatens the very fabric of the world? Would Nyx not step in and defy her own rules to save her children? And by doing so wouldn’t the Goddess rescind her edict that grants humans freewill and betray herself? What would happen then to her divine reign if Nyx changes what is destined to be?”

“I cannot say, as that has never before happened.” The bull snorted as if in amusement. “But it is a surprisingly interesting question—and you know how much I enjoy being surprised.”

“I only hope that I can continue to surprise you over and over again, my lord.”

“Only is such a small word…” the bull said.

Aurox continued to kneel on the rooftop long after Priestess and the bull had departed, leaving him discarded and forgotten. He stayed where he had been left, staring up at the sky.

DESTINED. Copyright 2011 by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

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    Needs to come to an end!

    I love this series but it has really started to drag on WAY too long! The last book "Awakened" was completely pointless. I've enjoyed this serious but put it to rest already! 9 books are more than enough!

    125 out of 247 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Can't wait to read it

    Loved the other books. Can't wait to read this one!

    91 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    Love this series-Recommend it

    I love The House of Night Series. It is an amazing story and it entraps you from the very first book. I have read all eight books in a matter of two days because i found myself not being able to let it go and wanting to know what happens next. From the very first book Marked to book eight Awakened the story entraps you and seems to not let you go. Well at least that has been my experience with the series and November can't get here fast enough. For everyone who says the series should end I have to say that I half agree with you and half not. What i mean is, yes every series does have to come to and end but I believe it is up to the author when to end it and say that it is done. I don't think nine books is too much nor do I think Awakened was pointless, none of the books are pointless. I think they are well written and I loved how in the last three books Tempted, Burned and Awakened how they put the chapters into different point of views from certain characters to show what there thoughts were and how they really felt during certain situations. I love this series and hope it doesn't come to and end but like I have said before every series even a great one like this must come to and end but hopefully not too soon. I look very much forward to the ninth book Destined to see how Zoey goes up against Neferet and Kalona and how Heath will do fighting against the vessel to try and help save Zoey. I hope it turns out as amazing as the others and I am very confident that it will be.

    71 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

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    love it

    Beautiful. Breathtaking. The house of night series is awesome!!! hope it's not the last one!!!

    57 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Read It!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't wait to read this book! I really loved awakend and all of the other books and i hope that P.C. and Kristin Cast keep writing the series. I never want it to end.

    49 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

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    Ehhh ok.

    This series was really great in the begining and I was excited for each new one to come out but the last two have been incredibly hard to read. They are so boring and just drag. Yes you want to make more money but end the series already, it's starting to become crap!

    39 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Good series, but too long

    This series is a very good series of books. They are entertaining and a good read, but it needs to end. The books have started to fail in their quality in my opinion and I really think that this should be the last book in the series. These authors need to move on to new books and have a fresh start.

    29 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2011

    I love the house of night series

    Can not wait till Destined comes out. PC Cast and Kristin Cast are wonderful at what they do. I just hope they keep up the good work, and keep the house of night going. I am a fan of the House of night

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Comedy Show, Anyone?

    Quite frankly, this series is way too drawn out. I really enjoyed the first, and even the second, book in the series, but the story line follows a pointless pattern of Zoey and her constantly setting her sights on a new man. Each novel is painted with a mix of pathetic attempts to appeal to teenagers and a whole slew of expletives that rival even the vocabulary that would rival even the most profane comedians. Basically, if your looking for a good laugh, then you should definitely read this and be glad that the Casts don't control how teenagers really act, talk, and live.

    24 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

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    I like this series but it needs to come to an end.

    I like this series, it was different from the conventional view of vampires which I find to be intriguing. I looked forward to the next book in the series up until book 5 and then realized that there was no end in site. I have read the previous 8 books, but that was only because I spent to much time reading the first few books in the series to quite without knowing how it ends. If destined isn't the last book or at least the book before the last I will however stop reading. The very thing which has compelled me to turn the page each time, wanting to know what happens next, has now began to frustrate me because this series is so long and drawn out .

    19 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    soon plzzzzzzzz

    this book better cone out soon or ithink i might just die.......wait nope i will die!

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Amazing...

    Love this book from beginning til... waiting for my pre-order book gets to me. At first I wasn't a big fan of Zoey's insecurities or indecisive on guys. But she won me over with her growth and love for others. I can now understand her and I love her ability to love and to be loved! I'm a sucker for romance and i love my Stark! After Heath's death, now i find his bravery to let go beautiful and romantic! Still would love to see Stark and Zoey but Heath is not a bad optoin either ;o)... WAITING ANXIOUSLY

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    yes!

    can't wait to read it!!!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    OH MY GARSH!!!!!!!

    Im so excited to get my hands on this book. I have read the whole series and let me tellllll ya'll, there are some serious surprises and twists heading our way with Destined. Somethings you wouldn't believe!! If the ending of Awakened is any indication...hold on to your seats people!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    LOVE THE SERIES! but...

    i absolutly love the series but i feel it has dragged on to long. i had hoped the last one would end it, not because i dislike it, like i said i really love the series. i just thought Awankened would tie the knot to an excellent series. but i guess it didn't anyway i'm still excited to read Destined this fall :)

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    the house of night books are a must read!

    When i first got my hands on these books i wasnt really sure i would like them. i was thinking it was going to be a bad cross of twlight and harry potter but it wasnt! i read them in a few days! i love these books and would recommended it to anyone!!!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    PLEASE B THE END!!!!!!

    Seriously this has to end i mean I understand why the series continues, but still please stop there! Im begging you! I was heart broken when Heath died please do not Break Zoey's heart any further! It's too much drama!

    9 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Loved tthe whole series, but i wanted awakened to be the last one. When i first started reading the series, i was laughing all the time, it was so witty and great. But now, its getting darker and sadder with every book! BRING BACK THE JOY!!

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    I+cant+wait

    I+have+already+preordered+and+i+am+so+excited

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Was ok but had a few problems with it.

    *Spoiler alert* if you haven't read Awakened or the other previous books for that matter, don't read this review. Destined is the 9th novel in the House of Night series and I found it lacking in some areas. At the end of Awakened, Zoey finds out through a dream that her mother had been killed. I found that for a teenage girl, she was surprisingly ok for losing a parent. Sure, a large part of the story is Zoey wanting to know what happened to her. However, if I lost my mom in a violent way, even if I was like Zoey and not close to my mother, I would still be sobbing my eyes out, not attending school the next day. Damien's grief over losing Jack seemed much more genuine and how people usually act when they've lost someone they care about. Zoey is way to interested in other things to care and, in my opinion, not normal for her character. Example, Zoey's soul shattered when Heath died. Her mother dies and she acts like it wasn't a huge deal. Sure she want to know why it happened but she doesn't even tell anyone except Stark until her grandma comes to give her the news. In other parts, the situation between the twins is also strange. I wont tell what happens but for 2 people who are as close as they are, its strange that one wouldn't understand the others pain when they are so connected. A lot of people in this book are uncharacteristic from how they've been portrayed in previous novels. Most of the House of Night novels have a twist or cliff hanger at the end. This one however was very very unexpected. Again, very uncharacteristic. I'm not sure where they are taking this but I hope its leading to a conclusion of the story. In the earlier books there were months or weeks between novels. In the last 3 novels its been days. This one starts just after she woke up from the dream of her mothers death and only spans a 5 day period. The story needs to progress or end. I would love to see a new series started of what Zoey's (or any of the other main character's) life will be like after she leaves school. These vampires live for hundreds of years. This story has span 9 novels and has only been about 1 year of a young girls life. If each book progressed in the time sense the first book came out, Zoey would be 21 now. Time to move on to bigger and better things and let this story come to an end.

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