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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Review: Untamed (House of Night Book 4)

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

The House of Night Series
Book 1: Marked
Book 2: Betrayed
Book 3: Chosen

WARNING: Contains spoilers

Amazon says:
A week ago Zoey had a group of special friends, three boyfriends and a (kinda) clear conscience. Now she has none of the above. Luckily ice-queen Aphrodite is showing signs of melting and ex-roomie Stevie Rae isn't as dead as she'd thought. Though Stevie's now hanging out in tunnels with freaks - gross. If she can get them to listen, Zoey will need all her friends as events take a frightening turn at the House of Night school for vampyres. Shocking true intentions are about to come to light, loyalties will be tested and an ancient evil is about to rise again. Some days being special just doesn't seem all that ...- Not suitable for younger readers -

Untamed, book four in the House of Night series, begins where Chosen ended. Zoey is struggling to face up to her momentus mistakes - particularly in relation to the fact that she attempted to date (sort of) three guys at once. So naturally, another potential love interest - Stark - makes an entrance in this book. His story is a very intriguing one and I can't wait to find out how he develops in the next book.

I am now at the point in the series where I'm immune to the annoying teen speak. I just laugh and read out the phrasing to my husband when I come across something ludicrous and then carry on. The plot moves swiftly and I have to confess I really didn't want to put this book down. Zoey's Cherokee Grandma features a little more in this book and we are introduced to Sister Mary Angela (a Benedictine Nun). Both add an interesting dimension to an otherwise very teen populated landscape. Aphrodite is officially my favourite character of the series. We also learn a little more about the Sons of Erebus in Untamed.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading it. This book was far less raunchy than the previous novels in the series as Zoey has to deal with the fall out from her previous exploits. Yes, there are lots of annoying things about these books. But there are also some good things - fun characterisation and a gripping plot line. I can't wait to read Hunted and I hear that Tempted is different from the previous books because it is written from more than one perspective.


LovesSam said...

I know what you mean, I bought the first 3 books on a 3 for 2 offer and the first one really intrigued me. It did take me a while to get used to the teenage phrases and slang, but maybe thats because of my age. After I read them I really needed to know what was going on next because they all have cliffhanger endings. I'm drawn in now and will most definately following this till the end. Fab review :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Thanks for the review. :)

prophecygirl said...

I haven't read this on yet, but I'm glad to hear it's so good!

Chicklish said...

I skim-read this review because I've only read the first book, but I still found it intriguing! Thanks a lot.