"Y’all need to get yourselves together. Here’s a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn’t dead. And believe me, I know dead. I’ve been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt." - Stevie Rae
Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person – vamp or fledgling – that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn’t so busy being dead.
Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it’s going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own . . .
**Summary taken from Goodreads**
I didn't review the last two House of Night Books, because i felt i'd said everything in the first 3book review, pretty much the same storylines, good battling evil, Zoey struggling with her boyfriend issues (she did kick Erik to the curb though in the last book!) So Burned by PC & Kristen Cast picks up where Tempted left off (Heath dead, Zoey's soul shattered) and just like it was done in Tempted, this book has multiple POV each chapter with the name of the person on each chapter. I liked that aspect, I like Zoey, but her teenage angst over all her boyfriends gets a little nerve grating after 6 books, so it was nice to see the others POV. Stevie Rae and Aphrodite take centre stage for most of the book, with Stark a close third. I've really enjoyed seeing Aphrodite's progression from book one, she still has that bite to her words and snarky attitude but she is a "STFU and get it done" kind of girl, i liked that!
Having to figure out in 7 days or less how to get to the Otherworld where Zoey is with dead Heath to save or to watch her body die Stark her Warrior
Heath got the scene of the book, i wont spoiler but it had me sniffling at 2am this morning as i read it, he really is a great 'boy next door' kind of character, never wavering in his love for the girl, despite when she takes up with more boys at the same time.
My one big problem with the book if i had to pick one, was Stevie Rae, yeah i like her, she has funny quirks but it seems with Zoey out of commission and hardly featuring in the book, Stevie Rae picks up her angst baton and boyfriend drama and ran with it. Torn between love for Dallas a fellow red vampire and her growing feelings for bird man/bad guy Raphaim it all came to the same collusion as Zoey's love triangle involving Erik did in the last book, it was a bit yawn fest for me, The world is in turmoil, ready to be taken over by the crazy nutjob that is Neferet and her sidekick Kalona and Zoey and Stevie Rae make it worse by imprinting with anything that lets them suck neck.
Having said that, i DO like Stevie Rae. HA! And i actually thought Raphaim falling in love was so sweet, so i'm interested to see how that progresses.
Few quick points about the book:
Kalona and Nerferet didn't feature much at all, i was disappointed with that since Neferet has been a big aspect of each book so far.
It was set mostly in Scotland (the written accents made me giggle)
I was hoping for a POV from the evil Neferet, but alas not this book.
Stark, i haz crush on him. (did i say that already?)
There wasn't much feature for the "twins" Shaunee and Erin which i was actually glad about, i find they don't bring anything to the storylines except to bitch at Aphrodite and to call each other "twin" every sentence, after 6 books that is annoying!
Overall it was an enjoyable read, i like (most of) this group of people and watching them grow has been a good read, some irritating points, some yawn worthy but on the whole i'd recommend the entire series. I don't think this is a stand alone book, so if you haven't read books 1 through 6 you're going to be lost.
I give Burned by PC & Kristen Cast 4 Sparkles out of 5 - A Magical read!
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