Hunted (House of Night Series #5)

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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

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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.” –TeensReadToo.com (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.” –MTV.com

 

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410419514
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Series: House of Night Series , #5
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 625
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (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 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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HUNTED (Chapter 1)

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.

Naked?

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 pleasure 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 bat-bird 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.

HUNTED. Copyright 2009 by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

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First Chapter

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. Naked? 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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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    House of Night!! Read it and love it!

    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.

    40 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    UGH

    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??

    19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Boy Drama Needs to Stop!!!

    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.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Bummer

    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!!

    15 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Disappointed

    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.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    The Fifth House of Night novel

    The first book--took forever for me to read, but I was hooked by the second book. The first remmained my least favorite--Until now. This was the worst book of the series, and I pray it stays the worst. I cannot handle another book with Zoey being a tramp and going around with three guys again. I thought we were passed this, from Untamed, Zoey seemed like she matured (both with her powers, and the fact that she seemed to grow as a leader, romantically--she seemed to recognize she had something more with Stark), then the fifth book happens and within the first few chapters, she's in Eric's arms...Followed by Heath's...Followed by Kalona's...Followed by Stark's...And she hasn't learned her lesson, she's keeping the fact that she may love Stark, from her friends--it's like Zoey took two steps forward, and twelve steps back.

    If it wasn't for Aphrodite, Stevie Rae, and Stark, I probably would have quit reading the book.

    Zoey was totally juvenile and indecisive--and pretty much unlikable as a main heroine. The only time she was tolerable was when she was with Stark (which trust me--was not a lot).

    Honestly, the writing was not the best as well. I felt like I was reading a work of fanfiction, from a group of unexperienced teenagers, rather than an actual author. It was emotional because Zoey couldn't make up her mind, and it was unforgettable because it was the worst book of the series.

    On the brightside, I can't be disappointed again--hopefully the Cast's can improve and redeem themselves from this book and surprise me.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Zoey is a Disappointment!

    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.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    Hunted = series downgrade

    I had been looking forward to 'Hunted' and ended up disappointed. The story line dragged, the writing was sloppy, the characters didn't seem to have the depth they'd had in the previous books.

    It read like more focus was being put on hip dialog than the actual story. And belaboring the point - how many times do we need a recap of the stress Zoey is under (listed out repeatedly)? What happened to our star? I don't like her as much as I used to. And I had a hard time mustering up any sympathy or empathy for her.

    Had to put the book down after reading about 2/3's of it, and I haven't been that disappointed in a book in years.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    This book didn't accomplish anything...

    ....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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

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    What i think.

    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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    House Of night Series

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2009

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    Disappointment!

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

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    Simply Amazing.

    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.<BR/>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. <BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>The books are amazing and I'm waiting to see the fifth book HUNTED next to the other four on my bookshelf.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Love the series, but could leave this book.

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    Just want to finish the story already.

    Something I just have to say off the bat...is 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2009

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    Omgee You're Stupid If You Don't Read This Boook Series¿

    The momnent i opened the first book Marked it wsa a little boring because I didn't understand what was going on, but that's what made it a little mysterious and it made me want to read more. Then I couldn't stop reading after I understood what was going on and when I finished Marked I grabbed Betrayed and read that book too. In the end I ended up buying Chosen and Untamed and finishing them in two days. I was so upset when P.C. Kast and Kristen Cast ended Untamed at such a good part. Luckily it's February and i wont have to wait that long but it still is going to be painful waiting for it to come out. I even got my mom hooked on it and she read all the books in two days tops. I couldnt get her to put the book down for one minute. It was crazy. The only thing she didnt like was all the sex related stuff. Typical Mom. ;) But she did love them alot. And both of us cant wait until Hunted comes out March 10th. So do I recommend this book? Yes, of course. If you want a thrill, mystery, romance, and down to earth book series this is definitely the book series to get. Although I wouldnt recommend this book for younger audiences under 15. Thanks for reading my review¿

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Bitten and Hooked

    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...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    Too Immature

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    My Least Favorite of the Series so far...

    I like this series, I really do. But I liked the first three books the best, the last two have been disappointments. In my opinion, the series is not as strong as Twilight - but still a good, fun read. Hunted, however, was my least favorite of the series so far. And is it just me, but it seems too rushed and busy. Like the last two books have each taken place in a 12-hour time span, with little-to-no slow down. Seriously, when do these kids get to sleep? There was just so much going on with this book; first they were in the tunnels, then back at the school, then together again, then alone, then back outside. It was too busy. What I liked about the first two books was that we got more insight into Zoey really thinking things through. And I'm all for suspending my belief system for books (i.e: reading about vampires), but the fact that Z could rise in the ranks so quickly, make so many enemies and carry such clout and power in a few short weeks is highly unbelievable. Let's remember that it was only book 3 that had Z's B-day in it on Christmas Eve.

    Zoey and her boyfriends. ARRGGGHH! This is getting so very tiresome. In my opinion (and in my perfect world) Heath would be gone, history, only to be referenced and not heard from or seen again. The bad turn in the relationship (or non-existence of one) with Erik seems too forced by the authors in this book. I didn't see his need to kiss and be with Zoey as possessive. Rather, I felt that the authors were trying to make the audience think that with Zoey's thoughts, but the actions weren't matching. They're together, she wants him back, he wants her, he kisses her, she thinks he's too aggressive and pushes away; Repeat again two chapters later. Over and over it went. Stark; what can I say. I knew he would be coming into the picture, but the love-triangle is turning into a love-pentagon now with Kalena, Heath, Erik, Stark and Zoey. It's just too much! I'm not sayign she needs to choose one and settle down, but choose one to get to know, and stop stringing the others along.

    Overall, I was initially excited for this book to be released. The previous four had kept me entertained enough that I was excited to see what would happen. But after this one, I'm not that excited for Tempted, which is due out in October. I'll still read it, but I won't be staying up late to get through it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    worst book of the series

    I just finished Hunted. I was a little disappointed in this book. P.C & Kristin Cast held me attention throughout the whole book I was just a little confused in the end.. I felt like a lot of things were not resolved.. But hey that leaves us with another book to look forward to.. If you like the series than read this book, but you will more than likely be disappointed in the end.. I won't give away any spoilers you will just see what I mean in the end I just think that they could have come up with a better one. This book was the worst of the series. I hope the next one knocks me off my feet like the first 4 did.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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