OMG! OMG! OMG! Are you freaking kidding me? WTF? No… seriously… WTF!
Ok, now that I have gotten that out of my system let me tell you the reason for it. I have been waiting for book # 6 in the “House of Night” series for MONTHS! And WOW was it worth the excruciating wait.
“Tempted” started off a little slow, I’m not going to lie, but in similar fashion to the previous 5 novels, once the train finally left the station it was full steam ahead.
“P.C. Cast” and “Kristen Cast” however, did something brilliant with this book that they DID NOT do in the first 5. They introduced a narrative circle. This book was written from several different perspectives, each being clearly identified at the beginning of each chapter. While previously we were only allowed a one sided view from Zoey, in “Tempted” we are welcomed into the minds of Stevie Rae, Aphrodite, Stark, Heath and Rephaim.
The story picks up immediately where “Hunted” ended, and continues the story of Kalona,and (the now completely psychotic) Neferet (who by the way decides to tell everyone she is Nyx reincarnated…can we say “needs medication”?)
Zoey is still struggling to find her place, stuck in the unwanted position of “High Priestess” and surrounded by a group of highly dedicated fledgings that, for a lack of a better description, see her as the “light.” She is saddled with not 1 but 3 boys…a Vampyre, a Consort and a Warrior, and to add icing to the metaphorical cake, she has now been commissioned to speak in front of the High Council, sent to convince them of Kalona’s evil ways and ultimately…save the world. (No pressure there.)
Stevie Rae, on the other hand is not struggling with the world around her, but more the world within herself. She is hiding things from the “nerd herd”, she is sneaking injured Raven Mockers into underground hidey holes, and for one very terrifying moment (for Aphrodite as well) she is stuck on a hot roof, slowly bursting into flames.
There were pissed off zombie fledgings, evil red ones come for revenge, 1 very arrogant boy who needs a good butt kicking, a suicide attempt from the top of a castle, a very sad moment with a Dragon, and the most UPSETTING ending of a book I have read in quite some time.
I loved this book and hated the book, I thought this book was brilliant and frustrating, I wanted to cry and throw my Kindle at the wall, this was… THE BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES! and it left me crushed at the end.
If you have yet to read the first 5, do not pass go, do not collect $200, get them immediately and catch up. You will not regret it. Get it, live it, love it…pass it on.
Happy reading my fellow fledgings, and remember, “We are all affected by our pasts, but it is within our power not to let what we have done dictate what we will do.”
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