Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Betrayed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Betrayed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published: October 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 310
Challenge: Off the Shelf!, 100+ Reading Challenge
Age Group: Young Adult
Other: Second book in the House of Night Series. There's expected to be 12 books in the entire series. The eighth installment, Awakened, was published on January 4th - the ninth book, Destined, will be published in November 2011. 
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two.
Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

Betrayed is the second book in the House of Night series and takes off where Marked ended. Zoey is now the leader of the new Dark Daughters and she's determined to make it a better society. She finally feels she fits in at the House of Night, until there are teenagers disappearing. Everything points to the House of Night and Zoey has to find out what is happening before it gets even more out of hand.

Let me start off by saying that I think Marked had a better plot, and that I think Betrayed was less engaging as the first book. However, it was a great, quick and easy read and I enjoyed myself very much, but I have to get it out there that this book was not as good as the first one.

There were some strong scenes in the book though, dat impressed me. I really liked the whole scene of Zoey's first Full Moon Ritual, and yes, I also liked the whole scene of what happened with Stevie Rae. I thought it was beautifully written and I think that this was the strongest scene of the whole book. I liked what they figured out with the plot and the reference to what Nyx said to Zoey when she hit her head in Marked though. I think the betrayal can be something really good in the next books and I'm looking forward to reading what the authors of the series will do with it.

I can't help but thinking that House of Night is like the Hogwarts for vampyres and there were some elements that I recognized from Twilight, too, even if it was only from the name. I do, however, still like the series and I guess I will have to order myself the last four books as well, so I can fully catch up with the series - I'm kinda late to the party.

My overall rating:

Four stars - but only because I upped the amount of stars. I don't do half stars, but this one would have gotten 3,5 stars from me if I had. I liked it, but I hope that Chosen will be up to the same level of enjoyment I had while reading Marked. 

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