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Friday, 18 December 2009

Review: Tempted (House of Night Book 6)

Authors: P.C. and Kristin Cast

Release date: 2009 UK/US
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Vampire fiction
Target audience: 15+

The House of Night Series
Book 1: Marked
Book 2: Betrayed
Book 3: Chosen (my review here)
Book 4: Untamed (my review here)
Book 5: Hunted (my review here)

Amazon says:
Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn't feature breaks on its curriculum - even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he's sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa's tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite's visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure - but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She's not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey don't go to Kalona he'll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what's necessary, or everything that's important to her will be destroyed. - Not suitable for younger readers -

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the series

When you get to the sixth book in a series, you've committed yourself to seeing it through to the very end. You've grown to accept the annoying traits of the characters you dislike and grown to love the traits of those you do. It's a difficult place to be in to write yet another review. I don't want to regurgitate the reviews I've already written for the previous three books. So, this review will be short and focus on how Tempted differs from other books in the House of Night Series.

When I heard that Tempted was going to be told from six different characters' viewpoints, I was a little apprehensive. As I've already said, you've come this far in the series, why change what is obviously successful? However, even though Tempted focuses on different characters, it still feels as if Zoey is narrating. At least this is how it was for me. It didn't feel like reading the story from six perspectives. It felt just like reading all the other House of Night books and it felt good.

Certainly, we get to see and hear from Stark which is my favourite aspect of this book. I really like where the Casts are taking him and I could have read about him all day. Rephaim was a slightly disconcerting addition and I'm interested to see where the story goes with him in Burned. I get the feeling that his journey could be highly predictable. Sadly, there was not so much of Aphrodite in this book and that was disappointing because I love the spark that her witty and sarcastic voice brings.

Finally, I just have to mention the ending because it was a complete cliffhanger. I really didn't see it coming. I cannot wait for the next instalment which according to Amazon is released on April 27th 2010. Finally, I have a question for fellow House of Night fans: how many books are planned for the series? I want to know there is an end in sight. Overall, the quality of the writing seemed to improve in this book and the story was full of twists and turns. It was awesome! My rating is going up for this book because the ending was a complete shocker!

If you've read House of Night books, tell me in the comments who your favourite character is and why. I'm just curious!


The Book Bug said...

Great review. You make it sound so interesting. I must read the first one. After I go out in the snow.

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Nice review ! Not my kind of book-thing, but like The Book Bug said, you make it sound interesting ! Love the girl's earings on the cover. :)

Nina said...

I havent read your review, but giving it four stars i should try and read the first book of this series.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Can I just tell you how cute your profile is? I love it!

Book Snob said...

I've been reading so many mixed reviews about this series but mostly that its getting kind of annoying. I've read the other five and I've pretty much committed myself to reading through the end. Knowing that the last part of Tempted is really good is going to get me through the first part of the book. Thanks for the review!

Becky said...

Book Bug - snow is not all it is cracked up to be. It is too cold in my house today. Marked is not the best of the HofN series, so you have to grit your teeth through it.

Charlotte - indeed HofN are an acquired taste for sure.

Nina - I have to give the book four stars because I seriously have to keep reading to the end but we aren't talking about the best of Vampire fiction here.

Juju - You are too kind. Your comment made me smile.

Book Snob - I love your pen name. I hope you see HofN through to the end. I honestly think this one is an improvement.

Followers, I love your comments!

I Want To Read That said...

Well I still haven't read Betrayal ... I'm so behind:( Glad you are enjoying the series:)

Lauren said...

I get really confused by your love for this series! I wasn't all that impressed by the first two books, and haven't picked up another one since... but every time you review them I start wondering if I should read maybe one more, just to see.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Shoot, I was scrolling through, then saw the name Stark. Stark comes back... what?! I'm so out of the loop with the House of Night series, lol. But I'm sure your review was as great as always. ;)

Lynn said...

To be honest I've lost where I'm up to with this series now - I think Tempted was the last book I read and Burned is still sat waiting. I've become disillusioned with this particular series and the way it's moving. I probably will eventually read Burned but not in my present mindset! Have you read Burned? Can't see it on your reviews - interested to know what you think if you have???