Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Burned - Review

"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 who i kind of have a crush on has to undergo a harrowing painful bloody quest in order to get there to save his High Priestess. Those scenes i found captivating, if not a little long, it went over many chapters. 

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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Minx said...

I am pleased you liked it, sadly I sometimes find that I enjoy the first YA book, and possibly the second, but after that.... they sometimes are a similar plot, but then a teen audience like that and they are a target audience. I guess that is why I don't read a lot of YA.

Great review BearBoo

Sparklybearsy said...

Im the same babes! But i like to dip into YA when my palette needs a clensing from paranormal and smut HAHA! and this series has been pleasantly surprising, some of the plot is same same, some of it is a bit boring, over all its enjoyable, and i love the magical aspect of spells and goddesses, and a different slant on vampires. =)


Glory said...

I havent read it, yet. Bah. Im stop to fourth book Chosen.

Sparklybearsy said...

Do you like the series ? this last book was really good, you must hurry to read it =D

Glory said...

I have a love-hate for this series...xD

Sparklybearsy said...

lol yeah i can understand that, theres a few things i dont like about the series, on the whole i enjoy it and look forward to the new book. :)

jaymzangel said...

lovely review bearsy, I tend to palate cleanse with historicals rather than YA. I think cause I still need sex in my books *iz slutty* =)

Sparklybearsy said...

HAHA! im usually the same bt, except not many historicals blow my skirt up so i turn to contemporary, im just lucky ive found some really good YAs to get into, you should give them a try!

Cari said...

Great review! I was not happy with the book but with PC Cast it feels like a hit or miss. I'll still read the next book.

Sparklybearsy said...

Hi Cari! Yeah some of the books have been hit or miss, i think if it hadn't been for Aphrodite or Stark this book wouldn't have rated so high with me, but im invested in the series now so i have to keep reading lol :P

thanks for stopping by =)

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