My mother has struck gold! She recently brought over the first five books in the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast (a mother/daughter writing team). I was hooked immediately and finished all five in less than a week (it would have been even shorter if life didn’t get in the way!) And, now I’m sorta mourning that I don’t have more of them to read. This also happened whenever I finished a new book in the Twilight series. I don’t know what’s with me and young adult vampire series. I think I need therapy!
Anyway, this series of books is about a young fledgling vampire, Zoey Redbird, and her “adventures” at The House of Night, a vampire high school. Zoey is very gifted and starts training to become a High Priestess at school. She is constantly called to fight evil. Fortunately, she has a close group of vampire fledgling friends who are also quite gifted and very loyal. As the series progresses, the dangers become, well, more dangerous. By the fifth book, Zoey is trying to save humankind from a vampire/human war. Very intense!
This is definitely a series that pays to read in order. Thankfully, my mother knew about all the books and gave them to me labeled 1-5. While the authors do try to recap in the beginning of each novel, I’m sure I’d be confused had I not just finished the book right before. So, proceed in this order:
- ****Tempted (due out in October, 2009 YEAH!!)
This book has typical teenage angst. It’s just added to with the whole vampire changing thing. The authors really captured teenagers from thoughts and actions to actually speech. It was fun reading the whole book from Zoey’s point-of-view. The authors definitely succeed in making her authentic.
As for the plot, very engaging. Although, I have to admit it was sometimes a little confusing. A major event would occur and I would just not remember it happening. It turns out, the authors just would throw it in there as Zoey updating someone on what’s been happening at school. That was a little annoying. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the plot lines of all books and I was not putting these books down, if I didn’t have to.
Of course, there is a love triangle (or should I say square or hexagon?) Our little Zoey is quite the amorous one. She seems to fall for several guys and all at the same time. At first, I thought it was getting a little ridiculous when she was onto the third guy, a teacher. But, the resolution of that one kind of helped it out. Plus, I just watched a Hannah Montana with my daughter about Miley being in love with two guys at once. I must have forgotten how these things are for teenagers. Once I got passed that, I starting enjoying the love square.
As for young adult, I’m not sure I’d want my young ones reading this. It is quite sexy. Certain sexual activities are discussed early and there is some erotic scenes (not all with acutal sex, but quite sexual). It’s definitely for an older crowd.
So, I’m waiting patiently (okay, not patiently, but waiting) for the next in this series. Should I head over and pre-order?