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Sunday, 4 October 2009

Review: Chosen (Book Three of the House of Night series)

Author: P.C. and Kristin Cast
Release date: 2008
Genre: Urban fantasy/ Vampire fiction
Target audience: 15+

WARNING: Spoiler Alert!
If you haven't read Marked and Betrayed, do not read on unless you want some plotlines revealed.

Amazon says:
"I guess it had gone okay with Stevie Rae. I mean, she had agreed to meet me tomorrow. And she hadn't tried to bite me, which was a plus. Of course, the whole trying-to-eat-the-street-person thing was highly disturbing..." Zoey's best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead - in an eww! zombie! kind-of-way, not in a cool vampire kind-of-way. She's struggling to retain her humanity and Zoey doesn't have a clue how to help. But she does know that anything they discover must be kept secret. Trust has become a rare commodity. Sinister forces are at work at the House of Night, where the line between friend and enemy is becoming dangerously blurred. Not suitable for younger readers.

Chosen, the third book in the House of Night series continues right from the point where Betrayed ended. Zoey is trying to find a way to help her undead best friend find her humanity. She is also trying to find a way out of having two boyfriends - one human and one fledging vampyre - not to mention deal with her attraction to the adult Vampyre Loren. Zoey's life is frustratingly complicated as she continues to adjust to being the leader of the Dark Sons and Daughters and a Priestess in training.

Like the other novels in this series, Chosen is full of teenage angst. The novel draws you into Zoey's troubled life and share with her even the more human aspects - like her painful realtionship with her mother. At times as I read this particular House of Night Novel, I found Zoey's naivity extraordinarily aggravating. Particularly when her head is turned by Loren and his poetic seduction. Her ignorance made me want to tell her to wake up and smell the coffee! Anyhow, that's just me.

The other very irritating issue I have with the writing in this series is the use of so-called "teen speak". Does anyone you know refer to their parents as "'rentals"? I seriously doubt it. I just find this use of language insulting. Again, maybe that is just me.

Having said those criticisms, I have to say that I really enjoy reading these novels. I find myself instantly transported to the House of Night and "live" with Zoey as she has the highs and lows of first love(s). I found myself really warming to Aphrodite in this book and suddenly she is my favourite character in the series. Once I let go of my hang-ups about the Casts' writing style I raced through the pages and soon found myself at the end. I can't wait to start reading Untamed now. Overall, I recommend these books to fans of vampire stories, urban fantasy and novels that are a little raunchy. Brace yourself for the blood lust!


GardenofEdee said...

I read the first 3 House of Night books last summer (2008) and I have to say I wasn't a huge fan. I had to push through them. But now everyone seems to think they're great so I'm considering giving them another try. I have so many other books to read first though...

Great review =)

Lauren said...

Had to laugh at your comment about 'rentals'. I've read the first two of these and had the same problems with the teen speak. I found the 'raunch' a little off-putting too for some reason. Completely *love* the premise though.

readwhatyouknow said...

I love the idea of these books, but they are just going down the tubes, in my opinion. And no, teens don't say "rentals" around here.

They're still really popular around here, but I wonder if it's just part of the trend.

(Popped over here from Steph Su's blog! I am always looking for librarian bloggers, so you'll be seeing me around, ha.)

- Katie

Adele said...

I am totally with you on the teen speak. I read half of the first in this series until it annoyed me so much that I had to put the book down. You are a brave woman

Amanda said...

I have the two first books in the series, but I just couldn't finish the first book. So I think I'll have to give it another try sometime. And I'm with you on the teen speak. I'm a teen, and I can't even imagine teens talking like that, it just annoyed me.