Sunday, May 2, 2010

Review: Burned by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Authors: P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)

Product Description: When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames….

Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…

Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world.

In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.

Three girls… playing with fire… if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.

My Thoughts: This was a great addition to the House of Night series. I liked that the viewpoint kept shifting from character to character as we moved through the story. Since Zoey was dead(ish) for a good part of the story, the bulk of the story was from Stevie Rae and Aprodite's points of view. We also got a good portion of Stark's point of view. We also had a chance to watch Rephaim grow and choose and change.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. I will just say this: get this book and read it now. You will laugh and you will cry and you will sigh with relief. I found the story to be emotionally engaging. I felt for the characters as they made their difficult choices. The story does not end on a cliffhanger but I am still eager to find out what happens next for Zoey and company. The next book - Awakening - can't come soon enough for me.

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Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Funnily enough, only today somebody recommended I try books by P.C. Cast.

    Great review :)


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