Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chosen by P.C Cast and Kristen Cast.

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity. Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth…(

The third volume in the House of Night series held both ups and downs for me. I really liked where the plot was going with Stevie Rae's character. I was interested in learning what was happening with her and what would become of her and whether or not she would turn completely 'dark' or if there was a chance she could be saved by her friends. What I didn't enjoy, however, was Zoey's costant descriptions of how smelly and gross she was. Something about that girl's tone just really grates on my nerves.

I enjoyed Aphrodite in this book. I found her a nice relief from Zoey's whining about her three boyfriends and how stressful it is to be chosen by the goddess. Aphrodite is blunt and headstrong, and I was excited by the twist she was involved in at the end of the novel. What the future holds for her is one of the things I'm looking forward to most in the next installments.
I always enjoy the romantic aspect of any book, including the one in this series. I'll admit that I'd like to see Zoey and up with Erik. While I liked the tension happening between the two (tension and angst is a must in any novel!), I feel that throwing Loren into the equation was just too much. It doesn't speak well of a girl who's juggling too many boyfriends. I prefer my female leads to be strong and intelligent enough to not be led around by that many men.

I'm honestly very torn when it comes to this series. As I've said before, I think the plot is wonderful and I really love the idea behind it. I want to know what's going to happen with Neferet, and if there will be some sort of epic battle at the end. I want to know if Zoey will find real love, and I hope that it would be with Erik. It's just that the childish language and the constant repetition really get in the way of me loving it is much as I`d like to. In fact, I'm so torn that writing this review was difficult. Looking it over now it looks choppy and confusing.

More reviews to come in the future though not as soon/as often as I would love to be able to.
Emergency family situations are making life a little hectic right now.


  1. I have to start this series soon.
    I've been looking forward to it for a long time.

  2. I love Aphrodite! I agree with you about Zoey too.

  3. Aphrodite is the best. Great review, but the other novels just get worse from here.

  4. Great review! Also, there is an award for you at my blog!

  5. I hope your family issues become easier to deal with!