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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Title: Tempted: a house of night novel
Author: P.C. and Kristin Cast
ISBN: 9780312567484
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

"So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.

Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings.

Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?

I have been a fan of the House of Night series since the beginning. Each book builds on the story perfectly and always leaves me surprised. Tempted is no different.

The story of Zoey and her friends picks up exactly where Hunted left off - the instant after a battle. I almost felt like I needed to re-read the last chapter of the last book in order to be in the right mindset for where the story started. But after a second, getting back into the story was just like returning to a conversation with your best friend - easily restarted and always comfortable, but interesting.

Of course, to say these stories are comfortable is a bit of a stretch. They are comfortable in that I know they will be written well and that the story will be amazing and worth discussing with others who have read it. But it definitely keeps me on my toes! I was so surprised at the ending... shocked, really. I'm not going to spoil that here for you, but just be aware that it will be more than you would have expected. Cliffhanger, much? And now I have months to wait. Arg! :).

If you haven't read the House of Night series, I highly recommend you do. Especially for people who are looking to get out of the Twilight era into a place where women are strong and in charge :). That always makes for an interesting story, no? Enjoy it and good luck finding them all!

P.C. Cast's website!

*update* After finding some reviews for the book, I have to agree with one spot of irritation for the book Tempted. See, it really does feel like a set up for the next book... a little like it's throwing info at you so you can get to the next bit of story. I don't say that in a disappointed way, just a realization. And it's not going to keep me from reading the next book... and the next... and the next :). Just an observation! */update*
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