Hunted (House of Night Series #5)

Hunted (House of Night Series #5)

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by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

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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

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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?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa's Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down. Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems. The red fledglings have cleaned up well – they've even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home – but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Erik, but she can't stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet's sinister influence at all costs. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Chosen

Teenage issues can seem like life or death, but in this haunting series, House of Night, that's really the case. Through Zoey's eyes readers are led into a world that's getting more complicated by the minute, where friends and enemies can switch positions in a heartbeat. The remarkable Cast duo continues to build a world that you won't soon forget!
House of Night Book 1 on MARKED

Zoey Redbird… is basically the most relatable vampire -- sorry, fledgling vampyre -- I've ever read about.
RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Hunted

Zoey Redbird's first-person adventures take on added danger and importance in the latest House of Night release. Forced by circumstance to grow up quickly, Zoey's emotional and spiritual evolution is fascinating. The Cast duo breathes life and vibrancy into the characters and makes each one an integral part of the saga. Awesome and unforgettable as always!
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Praise for The House of Night:

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

“Zoey Redbird's first-person adventures take on added danger and importance in the latest House of Night release. Forced by circumstance to grow up quickly, Zoey's emotional and spiritual evolution is fascinating. The Cast duo breathes life and vibrancy into the characters and makes each one an integral part of the saga. Awesome and unforgettable as always!” —RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Hunted

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

“Teenage issues can seem like life or death, but in this haunting series, House of Night, that’s really the case. Through Zoey’s eyes readers are led into a world that’s getting more complicated by the minute, where friends and enemies can switch positions in a heartbeat. The remarkable Cast duo continues to build a world that you won’t soon forget!” –RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Chosen

This highly addicting series offers a unique twist on the standard vampyre story....These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly –sometimes all at once.” –VOYA on both Marked and Betrayed


Marked is one of the best coming of age stories to come out of Oklahoma since S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. It teaches about the beauty of being a social outcast, friendship, and finding your own inner spirituality.” –The Beltane Papers


“Zoey Redbird… is basically the most relatable vampire — sorry, fledgling vampyre — I've ever read about.” –


“Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist.” –Library Journal on Marked

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Mother-daughter writing team P.C. and Kristin Cast open up a whole new chapter in Zoey Redbird's complicated life with their fifth "House of Night" novel (St. Martin's Press, 2009). Zoey is a powerful fledging who is training for her conversion to vampyrism at a private boarding school. Zoey and her circle are currently battling evil high priestess Neferet and fallen angel Kalona, who have taken over the Oklahoma House of Night. She is also dealing with power struggles among the other fledglings along with the usual teenage angst that accompanies multiple boyfriends. The plot is zingy and so, for the most part, is the dialogue. The authors go out of their way to recap previous events, which is great for listeners new to the series, but may be annoying to those who already know the back story. They also unnecessarily emphasize gay characters by attaching the adjective "gay" to all of their actions. Narrator Jenna Lamia does a good job, giving each character a distinctive voice and personality, especially Stevie Rae's Oklahoma twang and Aphrodite's very bored delivery. Teens who like vampire stories, romantic triangles, and the backbiting of Gossip Girl will find this title very satisfying.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI on Untamed

This audiobook BLEW ME AWAY... If you are already a fan of the House of Night series, you will love this audiobook... I'm getting the next one, no question, as I am now a fan of the series and the audiobook!

This is a series that should not be missed!
Paranormal Romance Reviews

Betrayed continues the House of Night series in a chilling fashion. PC and Kristin Cast once again prove their talent in telling a tale filled with all the normal teenage angst compounded with becoming a Vampyre….If you liked the first book in the series, you'll love this one!
The Beltane Papers

Marked is one of the best coming of age stories to come out of Oklahoma since S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. It teaches about the beauty of being a social outcast, friendship, and finding your own inner spirituality.

If Jenna Lamia isn't a teenager, she certainly remembers being one. She channels teen angst as though it was her own life she was narrating. on Untamed

Jenna Lamia's young voice transports us back to high school complete with the mental eye rolls, angst and fashion problems that consume all teenagers…Definitely ear candy.
Romantic Times (4 ½ stars) on Tempted

Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences! (5 stars) on Tempted

P. C. And Kristin Cast have made an absolutely amazing [YA] series. The visuals offered by this fantastic duo are entertaining and imaginative, with nonstop action… This is easily a [YA] series that can entertain adults with action, hot Vampyres, true friendship, budding romance, a loving Goddess, and a twist of the unexpected.
Teen review on on Tempted

I loved every one of the books in the [House of Night] series. Tempted is my definite favorite…. This book had me ripping through the pages.
People on Hunted

Move over, Stephenie Meyer.
Romantic Times (4.5 stars) on Hunted

Zoey Redbird's first-person adventures take on added danger and importance in the latest House of Night release. Forced by circumstance to grow up quickly, Zoey's emotional and spiritual evolution is fascinating. The Cast duo breathes life and vibrancy into the characters and makes each one an integral part of the saga. Awesome and unforgettable as always! (5 stars) on Hunted

The Cast duo has done it again! These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature… 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.
Tulsa World on Hunted

The most masterful part of the writing lies in how the authors take on serious issues sex, peer pressure, bullying, parental alienation, religion, and substance abuse and weave them into the text. It is a refreshing perspective that doesn't feel like preaching.
Teen review on on Hunted

I absolutely loved this book…. I enjoyed the story line very much and thought that the authors had correctly portrayed the mind of a teenager…. I would recommend this book to vampyre fans and anyone who would enjoy a wondrous fantasy story. on Hunted

An exceptional vampire tale… P.C. and Kristin Cast do a phenomenal job. on Hunted

Hunted is an appealing supernatural thriller… The exciting storyline is filled with teenage angst as Zoey struggles with choices that would cause PTSD in most adults…. This fine entry casts a strong spell on readers. on Hunted

A richly nuanced standout… Even when she's confused, even when she's embroiled in teen-angst, Zoey's choices, delivered in fresh first person, seem believable. Even better? They seem smart…. This series has dark themes and subject matter, but the Cast team delivers them with sparkling dialogue, wry humor, and realistic characters driven by genuine humanity.

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St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
House of Night Series, #5
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

The dream began with the sound of wings. In retrospect I realize I should have known that was a bad sign, what with the Raven Mockers being set loose and all, but in my dream it was just background noise, kinda like a fan whirring or the TV turned on to the QVC.

In my dream I was standing in the middle of a beautiful meadow. It was night, but there was an enormous full moon hovering just above the trees that framed the meadow. It cast a silver blue light strong enough to throw shadows and made everything look like it was underwater, an impression that was strengthened by the gentle breeze blowing the soft grasses against my bare legs in sweeps and whirls like waves lapping sweetly against a shore. That same wind was lifting my thick dark hair from my naked shoulders and it felt like silk floating against my skin.

Bare legs? Naked shoulders?

I looked down and let out a little yip of surprise. I was wearing a seriously short buckskin minidress. The top of it was cut in a wide V, front and back, so that it hung off my shoulders, leaving lots of skin visible. The dress itself was amazing. It was white and decorated with fringe, feathers, and shells and seemed to glow in the moonlight. All over it was beaded with intricate designs that were impossibly beautiful.

My imagination is so darn cool!

The dress tickled a memory, but I ignored it. I didn't want to think too hard -- I was dreaming! Instead of pondering déjà vu moments I danced gracefully through the meadow, wondering if Zac Efron or even Johnny Depp was going to suddenly appear and flirt outrageously with me.

I peeked around as I twirled and swayed with the wind and thought I saw the shadows flicker and move oddly within the massive trees. I stopped and was trying to squint so I could get a closer look at what was going on in the darkness. Knowing me and my weird dreams, I'd created bottles of brown pop hanging from the limbs like bizarre fruit, just waiting for me to pick them.

That's when he appeared.

At the edge of the meadow, just inside the shadows of the trees, a shape materialized. I could see his body because the moonlight caught the smooth, naked lines of his skin.


I stopped. Had my imagination lost its mind? I wasn't really up to frolicking around a meadow with a naked guy, even if he was the amazingly mysterious Mr. Johnny Depp.

"You hesitate, my love?"

At the sound of his voice a shiver passed through my body, and terrible, mocking laughter whispered through the leaves of the trees. "Who are you?" I was glad that my dream voice didn't betray the fear I was feeling.

His laughter was as deep and beautiful as his voice, and as frightening. It echoed in the limbs of the watching trees until it drifted almost visible in the air around me.

"Do you pretend you do not know me?"

His voice brushed against my body, making the little hairs on my arms stand up.

"Yeah, I know you. I made you up. This is my dream. You're a mixture of Zac and Johnny." I hesitated, peering at him. I spoke nonchalantly even though my heart was beating like crazy because it was already obvious this guy was not a mixture of those two actors. "Well, maybe you're Superman or Prince Charming," I said, reaching for anything but the truth.

"I am no figment of your imagination. You know me. Your soul knows me."

I hadn't moved my feet, but my body was slowly being drawn toward him, like his voice was pulling me. I reached him and looked up and up . . .

It was Kalona. I'd known him from the first words he'd spoken. I just hadn't wanted to admit it to myself. How could I have dreamed him?

Nightmare -- this had to be a nightmare and not a dream.

His body was naked, but it wasn't completely substantial. His form wavered and shifted in time with the caressing breeze. Behind him, in the dark green shadows of the trees, I could see the ghostly shapes of his children, the Raven Mockers, as they clung to the limbs with the hands and feet of men and stared at me with men's eyes from the mutated faces of birds.

"Do you still claim not to know me?"

His eyes were dark -- a starless sky. They seemed the most substantial thing about him. That and his liquid voice. Even though this is a nightmare, it's still mine. I can just wake up! I want to wake up! I want to wake up!

But I didn't. I couldn't. I wasn't in control. Kalona was. He'd built this dream, this dark, nightmare meadow, and somehow brought me there, closing the door to reality behind us.

"What do you want?" I said the words quickly so he couldn't hear my voice shaking.

"You 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."

A-ya had been the name of the maiden the Cherokee Wise Women had created to trap him centuries ago. Panic spiked through me. "I'm not A-ya!"

"You command the elements," his voice was a caress, awful and wonderful, compelling and terrifying.

"Gifts from my Goddess," I said.

"Once before you commanded the elements. You were made from them. Fashioned to love me." His massive dark wings stirred and lifted. Beating forward softly, they enfolded me in a spectral embrace that was cold as frost.

"No! You must have me mixed up with someone else. I'm not A-ya."

"You're wrong, my love. I feel her within you."

His wings pressed against my body, drawing me closer to him. Even though his physical form was only semi-substantial, I could feel him. His wings were soft. Winter cold against the warmth of my dreaming self. The outline of his body was frigid mist. It burned my skin, sending electric currents through me, heating me with a desire I didn't want to feel but was powerless to resist.

His laugh was seductive. I wanted to drown in it. I leaned forward, closing my eyes and gasping aloud as the chill of his spirit brushed against my breasts, sending shooting sensations that were painful but deliciously erotic to places in my body that made me feel out of control.

"You like the pain. It brings you pleasure." His wings got more insistent, his body harder and colder and more passionately painful as it pressed against mine. "Surrender to me." His voice, already beautiful, was unimaginably seductive as he became aroused. "I spent centuries in your arms. This time our joining will be controlled by me, and you will revel in the plea sure I can bring you. Throw off the shackles of your distant goddess and come to me. Be my love, truly, in body as well as soul and I will give you the world!"

The meaning of his words penetrated through the haze of pain and pleasure like sunlight burning away dew. I found my will again, and stumbled out of the embrace of his wings. Tendrils of icy black smoke snaked around my body, clinging . . . touching . . . caressing . . .

I shook myself like a pissed cat shaking off rain and the dark wisps slid from my body. "No! I'm not your love. I'm not A-ya. And I'll never turn my back on Nyx!"

When I spoke Nyx's name, the nightmare shattered. I sat straight up in bed, shaking and gasping. Stevie Rae was sleeping soundly beside me, but Nala was wide awake. She was growling softly. Her back was arched, her body was totally puffed up, and she was staring slit-eyed at the air above me.

"Ah, hell!" I shrieked and bounded off the bed, spinning around and looking up, expecting to see Kalona hovering like a giant batbird over us.

Nothing. There was nothing there.

I grabbed Nala and sat on the bed. With trembling hands I petted her over and over. "It was just a bad dream . . . it was just a bad dream . . . it was just a bad dream," I told her, but I knew it was a lie. Kalona was real, and somehow he was able to reach me through my dreams.

Copyright © 2009 by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast. All rights reserved.

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Hunted (House of Night Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2934 reviews.
Thirsty4more More than 1 year ago
I am one of those girls that loves every book that involves fantasy and folklore-vampires,dragons,witches,werewolves, fairies, ect- I have read the Twilight series, Harry Potter, all of Tamora Peirce's books, The Blue Bloods series and any book imaginable involving fiction. This series reminded me of Twilight only because they both involved vampires, The House of Night series was more mature, had more developed characters, harder more elaborate plots and did a good job with it's invented religion. I received this series on Christmas Day, four days ago and already I have completed it along with another vampire series. I tried to slow down as I read them in order to savor them but found I could hardly put any of the books down for more than a couple minutes. If you like fantasy and fiction then this series is definitively for you. If you read Twilight or Blue Bloods and wanted more romance and emotion then this series will have you reeling and thirstily awaiting the next book.
AngelsTouch More than 1 year ago
I know this book is written with a realistic sense that there is more than one boy in her life rather than finding your one true love like most other books. It seems Zoey's lack of father figure in her life has left her a little emotionally disabled once it comes to men. I mean she gets back together with Erik and what, 4 hrs later she's telling Heath she loves him still??? I won't say anymore details but seriously this whole boy drama needs to be toned down. It almost seems that the boy drama is filling in the story to make the books longer. I loved this series when I first started reading it but enough is enough! It's to the point where I don't like Zoey anymore and even her friends find her a little ridiculous. I really want to fall back in love with this series again so I'm praying the next book is a little more mature than the last. Otherwise I liked the book. It did leave a lot of things unanswered but it keeps you guessing and wondering what the red fledglings are really like. You get a little teaser on their true nature that keeps you sitting on the edge waiting for something bad to happen. I can't wait till the next book comes out but if it's the same as Hunted then I'm retiring the series to my shelf.
mrsluver More than 1 year ago
This book is not what i expected it to be. I had thought the boy trouble was over but i was wrong. Shes back with eric who i dont like anymore idk why he just seems annoying to me now. Shes back with heath who reminds me of an annoying fly that doesnt understand what no means. And shes in love with stark, who she kisses while she goes out with the same two guys AGAIN. And then we have the dude with wings who i forgot his name who wants zoey. Then she has a bad feeling bout stevie rae and even aphrodite told her about stevie rae and shes to darn stuborn to listen... ugh zoey what am i gonna do with u??
Brittxoxo8 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first four books, but the last one was disappointing. I was hoping it would have a more developed plot. I was annoyed that Zoey has yet to make a decision about her love triangle. Afte a while, it just feels like it is just being drawn out... its hard to pick a character to root for when she keeps hopping from guy to guy. I find myself slowly losing respect for the main character Zoey... it's like c'mon, enough is enough. How can you possibly love four different guys? If the whole love triangle thing doesnt get resolved by the next book, I'm going to stop reading. I'm hoping that they will get rid of the annoying meat head Heath. I am definately a fan of Erik Night. Also, I am beginning to find Zoey's character a little airheaded which is frustrating. She is constantly saying things like "OMG, like I can even stand to do that" etc. In my mind, she is suppose to be a strong minded young teen that has been chosen specially from the goddess Nyx, so having her talk like a valley girl with a low IQ just ruins that persona for me. I'm not trying to be a negative Nancy, but I just hope the next book is a much better improvement.
TheBloodLustQueen More than 1 year ago
This book is not wat I expected. Im really upset with how ditsy and retarded zoey sounds. Its like shes some annoying perky slut instead of an awesome vampire high preistest to be. The boy drama is really getting old and boring. What else is there? Im upset i paid 19 bux for this book the first 4 were awesome this one is a huge dispointment!!
RosaHorrorShow More than 1 year ago
When I first started the series, I loved it, and kept waiting for more and more books to come out. Now on the fifth book, and soon the sixth, I have to say, I'm getting tired of it. The main character, has around four or five love interests throughout the whole book, and it's exhausting. Her human boyfriend is annoying and I wish he would just drop dead or something. All in all, i feel like the whole story is going on forever, and it's not as much fun to read them anymore. The only thing pushing me on is that I have to know the ending. Haha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was hooked on the house of night series, and was super excited to get ma hands on the 5th book. i cant believe i paid 20 dollars for a crappy book like this. i mean don't get me wrong, the entire series was AMAZING! i love it so much! this is ma top series on my reading list. but HUNTED was a huge disappointment. first of all the boy drama lasted way too long. its getting real old and it needs to stop! its just getting childish. 3 guys that she's in love with? this book should have focused on her fighting evil and becoming a high priestess instead of finding new ways to kiss her 3 lovers. The story was dragged out way to long. there was some unnecessary chapters that were pointless. but i guess she wanted to keep the book going. it is addictive but not the best as in the other 4 books. plus the ending ended way too quick. i expect the ending to be fantastic and full of excitement but it left me bored. i hope the next book TEMPTED come out much better than HUNTED.
veddergirl187 More than 1 year ago
....except give Zoey one more guy to worry about. None of the questions posed by the last book were answered, the plot was thin and predictable, and the fact that Zoey is always fretting over guys is getting a little annoying. The story could go in a very cool direction, but as an avid reader, it seems that the author is trying to spread the plot thin enough to keep the story going, when in reality, the characters could do that. I was very disappointed in this book, as I loved the others in the series.I must always keep in mind, though, that these were written for teens and I am 30. Enjoy!
bookiebaby More than 1 year ago
I became hooked after reading the second one. And the only reason i really did like it was because I just badly wanted to know what was going to happen next. I didn't read it because i thought the witting was good, no. Because the witting for this book was as if a 6 grader wrote it. The character Zoey is really not bright and makes the same mistake over and over again. But when she makes the same mistake she hurting people around her. The sad part is I do like her friends but she is horrible to them. When someone was really not doing good in this book, she was asking if she really had to stick around and watch her get healed. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Gosh, and how she over and over and over again walks all over every single guy that likes her! And they always like her again. I don't really know, I just liked it but didn't like it at the same time!
_ReadSydRead_ More than 1 year ago
I personally fell in love with the cover when I was searching through books after I finished all of the books I found interesting at school. I LOVE to read. After I finished the Twilight Sega I was in the mood for more vampire stories and fantasy and things like that, even though I loved the thought of vampires before then. And at first I had saw the book CHOSEN at Barns and Noble and bought it and waited months and months to read it for some strange reason and then I was at a local target and I found two covers that seemed similar to CHOSEN and I read the backs and it told me it was part of the series and I literally screamed and ran to buy the books like they were going to run away or something.
I immediately started reading them in order and I quickly fell in love with each book. I became so attached the characters and how these amazing authors described them, I cried like a baby during so many parts I'm embarrassed to even count how often I did.
I thought that, though the book was about vampires that it was completely and utterly different from the Twilight Sega and it my opinion, better.
I loved how there was a new twist on everything and it kept me reading and reading and I was finished with the books in no time and I've been shaking in anticipation for months waiting for HUNTED to come out and it's killing me.
I think that the House of Night series is probably the best series I've ever read and that I feel it can suck any reader into it's pages of excitement and adventure. I would totally recommend this series to older teens and even adults! It's a great read for anyone really.
The books are amazing and I'm waiting to see the fifth book HUNTED next to the other four on my bookshelf.
JennyJC More than 1 year ago
I will come back for the next book, but was really disappointed in this book. I had a hard time staying with the story line, because I am so tired of Zoey and her inability to pick between the two guys. She has been going back and forth for two books. I hope she picks one at the beginning of the next book and grows up and finds her strenght inside of her.
Anassa More than 1 year ago
Something I just have to say off the there a male character in this series that doesn't have a "connection" with Zoey?!?! It is getting extremely lame, and boring that every male is a love interest. There are more ways to throw a twist in a plot than to just add another love interest. Grow the story, not her libido. Other than that, its a progession of the story, and I'll have to read the upcoming book, cause I'm curious to what happens. I'm having a hard time with the whole "risen angel" thing, but I'm hoping it all pans out and comes together. I also hope they par down the romance in this coming one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed this series since it came out, and I have to say the previous books in this series were better written than this one. I think that the authors "dumbed down" this book, and I didn't like it. The whole time I was reading it felt like a cheesy gothic version of Clueless; pretty asinine. As far as the character development...I didn't like the way they depicted Zoey in this book; she was basically acting like a boy-crazy flake the whole time. It definitely detracted from the whole "future high priestess" track she had previously been on. I understand that the authors may have been trying to connect with the teens who read these books, but in my opinion most would rather read about a heroine they can look up to. All in all, this book was a quick read; good for some mild entertainment, but definitely not the best book in the series.
Daisy_MaeMB More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the House of Night Series this past winter, I anticipated Hunted, and couldn't wait to see what would happen with Zoey and her gang. I couldn't believe how Zoey's character didn't progress in the book but regressed! What I liked about Zoey in the first few books was that she was a strong character who seemed pretty with it, however in this book, it is as if she lost her mind! I believe more emphasis should have been placed on Zoey's heritage and the importance of how the various characters were needed at the end to dismiss Kolona. However, Zoey was more concerned with falling in love with yet another boyfriend. How in the world did Zoey fall in love with Stark when they had about 3 conversations together and he shot her best friend to raise Kolona from his imprisonment? Zoey keeps stating throughout the book that she isn't a "skank" well the way she is acting and treating men, she is, whether she wants to believe it or not. I would have also liked to see more emphasis on the development of the other characters, the Twins, Damien, Jack, Erik, Stevie Rae and Aphrodite. Aphrodite's character was the only character who progressed at all in this book, the other's remained stagnant. This is an easy light read, but if you wanted some more depth of the characters I suggest rereading the first 4 books in the series instead of this one.
rebourne More than 1 year ago
This was one of my most anticipated book this year and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed but I still really enjoyed it. I'll probably like it more the second time through but I don't think this one lives up to its potential. Cast introduces new characters and scenerios with a lot of promise but then never does much with them, at least not compared with things I could anticipate each time. She apparently had three major things planned for Zoey and the gang to accomplish (move, face Kalona, save someone) and anything else was just filler. I never felt that with the first four books but I read them back to back and this is the first one I had to wait a while for; maybe anticipation drove my expectations too high. My biggest disappointment was no deepening of relations with Erik or Heath and no closure either, just more of the same. I'm very happy with most everything that passes between Zoey and Stark but I wanted more before the book was over. Even the big bad fallen angel Kalona doesn't live up to his potential as a scary powerful provacative villian (yet?) Neither Kalona or Neferet seemed much of a threat to Zoey or the "nerd herd" after all they've been through in the past. And why not a couple more dream encounters with Kalona, intensifying fear each time? Zoey spends more time thinking about Kalona's intentions than interacting with him - true for other story parts too. We read more thoughts than her real experiences this time (or maybe high expectations tainted my experience). Overall, Zoey had none of her past struggles with powers, friends, or the guys in her life - not really, not even with lust or bloodlust, just her feelings about everyone and what to do about them. Zoeys acts like her virgin self again only with less sensual hunger than before which isn't realistic unless you've been traumatized (Loren didn't rape just misled). I AM glad she finally resists Heath's manipulation though! I love how true Heath has been but cutting to keep her tied to him's gotta go!) Odd that she struggles more with WHO to be with than HOW to be with any of them, or HOW MUCH to be with any of them and not even craving someone touch and allowing some by this point is truely weird since she's been there before. Her sudden lack of longing just doesn't work for me. She may be conquering bloodlust as she matures but lust should be an issue. To me, this story reads more like a vampire mystery than a paranormal or vampire romance this time. With more clue-finding, mystery-solving and strategy-planning; less character development and personal interactions even among all the friends. I wonder if Cast wrote more and the editor ripped stuff out to ensure its YA rating? If so I hope she'll post some of that on her website later, like deleted scenes in a movie. For now, I'm unfortunately already anticipating the next book like this one didn't exist. My favorite part of this one was anytime spent with James Stark.
Blaquestarr More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The Cast women have done a remarkable job making the supernatural of vampires seem approachable in our very real world. Plus with the Native American background, it gives their main character a bit of depth that most vamp novels leave out. Writing is much better than Twilight, but just as fun. This particular book in the series saw much more action, more irritation at Heath AND Eric, and although one problme gets solved, there are still many more mysteries to be revealed. Quick read from start to finish - you won't want to put it down. P.S. - I wish Zoey would stop attracting guys like a stinky garbage attracts flies...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I like this series ok the books are way to short. Truthfully she could have put all 5 books into 1. I will probably read the next one even though I know it will be just as short and unrewarding.
UnderTheMoon More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying, I am not a book reader. NOTHING ever drew me in...until I easily got into the Twilight Saga, but after finishing the series (as well as Stephenie Meyer's THE HOST) I craved something more, still of the vampire theme, and I am really glad that after a short search I ran across MARKED, and it's a good thing the cover drew me in...I never read a book review or the back cover of a book before I read it, I let it all suprise me (that's if I like the first chapter)...So I had not known what anything was going to be like. I am very pleased that in a day, I finished MARKED...And went to Barnes & Noble to buy the next book BETRAYED...and the next book CHOSEN...and the next book UNTAMED...and I am excited (and can't wait) for the release of HUNTED (or the next three, or more, after that). Great series! Wish every book was out already, so I wouldn't have to wait so long! P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin Cast did a great job drawing the attention of me, as well as other young adults. GREAT SERIES! And I not only reccommend Vamp-lovers but to everybody who enjoys a great series of books that keep you up and keep you wandering.
VampQueenLovrGurl More than 1 year ago
OK, I'm the type of person who likes to read alot of fictional books with magic, wizards, vampires, werewolves, etc. I've read the whole Harry Potter collection, i've read all four House of Night Series, and sadly only the first Twilight saga book. But out of all of them The House of Night series kept me interseted the whole time and made me keep reading. i read the first one the day before April vaca. '08 and right before i went away the next day i was telling my parents that we had to buy Betrayed and Chosen before we went away and it was a good choose during the three days that we were away all three of the books were read I waited excitedly for Untamed to come out three months later and it was worth the wait it was so good.Now im eagerly awaiting for Hunted to come out i hope as well as the fourth it will be worth the wait P.C. and Kristin Cast I LOVE YOUR BOOKS SO MUCH KEEP WRITING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
............. >-.-< I am sleeping. Why am I being ambushed? (XD) *yawns* but good to see you, Ashcloud.......... you too, Dawnheart. (Emberfoot-SCARRRRRRY!! THEY SOUND MESSED UP!!! +O+) Jaguarpounce- *looks up* oh, hi, Emberfoot. Both- be back later. Brinner's coming! Toast.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I skillfully stalk a mouse and kill it with a quick swipe of my paw.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am the type of girl that reads a lot and then gets hooked on a series. With these books I found myself reading one of these books every day. Zoey's amazing adventures drive you into the book and won't let you let go of the book until it is over. Overall, these books are plain out brilliant. P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast are the best authors you can find in book stores. Highly recommened books!
Intrigued_by_Romance More than 1 year ago
Ok, I must admit The house of night series is one of the best series I have read in a long time. I am a true Twilight Saga Fan, However this series is definately a close second in my book. When you read this book, you will be held captive! The House of Night Series is definately a series that anyone can enjoy! It is truely amazing all of the things that Zoey has to face in this book, but with the help of her friends and a few others, she is willing to do what has to be done. This young lady has so much courage and is willing to to what has to be done no matter the cost. I truely loved the way this particular book was captured and held my attenion from the beginning of the book through out the end. I went through so many different emotions through the book. I was so engrossed with the book, that I finished the book in 1 day! It left me wanting more! I am so hooked on the series that I will continue to read all the books until the end. In fact I truely like the series so much that I would be willing to read the books again! I would definately would give P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast 6 GOLD stars for this book! It was the best one so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems that each time a new book comes out in this series, they just keep getting better and better. There is so much more action, adventure, romance, and so much more than the other books. The authors have really stepped their game up. This book is about Zoey and her gang fighting the evil that keeps corrupting their grounds at school. It seems once they fight it off something else evil keeps coming back. During this book she has to chose what man she wants to be with. Either tall, dark, handsome Erik, yummy, human, American boy Heath, or mysterious, kind, and adventurous Stark. She has to chose and she has to chose who she trust. Evil is coming, who's gonna help her stop it?
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I confess, I'm probably hooked. Hunted, by PC Cast and Kristin Cast is the fifth of the House of Night Novels, and it's just come out in paperback. It resolves the issues left unfinished in the previous novel and ends at a much more satisfying point, so maybe I'll cope better with the wait for number six (i.e. for the paperback number six). I like the way the authors (a mother and daughter) have created a world in these books that's only slightly offset from our own. Comparisons are encouraged as the story progresses. Catholic nuns prove themselves open to seeing there's more to eternity than they fully understand. Other groups view divergence from religious norm as pure evil. And the heroic vampyres, far from being one-dimensional good or bad guys, are painted with mixed temptations and abilities, to heal or destroy the world. Indian culture and myth weave in and out the tale, and the whole is a delightfully intriguing, thought-provoking creation, nestling under a story of teen angst, teen love and rejection. "Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?" the back cover asks-a question as valid perhaps of our own reality as of this fictional one, and one that lends strength and depth to the story and characters, raising this series above other books of its genre. Yes, I'm definitely hooked.