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The House of Night series was written by a teenage girl (and her mother) for teenage girls. If I were a teenage girl, I would like it better, however; if I were a parent of a teenage girl, I would probably hate it. An extra note. Although it is technically a vampire story, the pagan style of magic would appeal more to those who like witches than those who like vampires.
Zoey the other characters were so distinct, I'm still trying to figure her out. and i have read all the books except Revealed
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Betrayed is the second book in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series by mother/daughter team P.C. and Kristin Cast. In the first book, Marked, Zoey Redbird discovered that she’s a fledgling vampYre, went off to vampyre boarding school, defeated Aphrodite (the beautiful stuck-up popular girl) and her minions, became the most popular (but not stuck-up) girl and set up her own minions friends in a position of power where they will rule the school justly and benevolently.
In this second installment, we find Zoey trying to recast her in-group (called the Dark Daughters) into a peer leadership group (not sure why she doesn’t start by changing the name). As Zoey is in the school library scouring the internet for sample charters, she meets Loren Blake, an adjunct teacher who is even more gorgeous and mysterious (he writes poetry by moonlight) than Erik, Zoey’s new boyfriend who she stole from Aphrodite. Like all heterosexual young men who meet Zoey, the teacher appears to be smitten. Now Zoey is juggling the three hottest guys in the universe.
Too bad that’s not her only problem (though this is good for the reader). More serious is that boys from Zoey’s not-quite-ex-boyfriend Heath’s football team are disappearing and turning up dead days later. The authorities suspect that vampyres might be to blame. Meanwhile, Zoey is seeing the ghosts (or undead bodies) of students who died when they didn’t make the Change. Also, her mentor Neferet is acting decidedly non-mentor-ish and her arch-nemesis Aphrodite is acting non-nemesis-ish. It’s all very strange. Plus, Zoey is increasingly having a problem with bloodlust as she quickly develops into the most powerful vampyre priestess in the world.
I was not impressed with Marked, the first book in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series mostly because P.C. and Kristin Cast brought us nothing new. It felt like nearly every Young Adult boarding school novel I’ve ever read rolled into one (just add vampYres, a weird mishmash of Wiccan and Cherokee rituals, and some almost-oral-sex in the school hallway). The plot was predictable, the characters where stereotypes, and the magic was boring.
Betrayed, at least, begins to deviate slightly from the conventional boarding school plot. It bogs down during the pagan ritual scenes (collecting herbs, casting circles, calling on the goddess and the elements, etc.) but this time there’s a mystery to solve. There are still problems with predictability, obvious foreshadowing, and some really dumb plot elements such as several characters’ tendency to do or say incriminating things in public places where they can be seen or overheard and Zoey’s tendency to confront dangers by herself instead of getting help or reporting it to the authorities.
Fortunately, a few characters become a little more nuanced in Betrayed. Suddenly the dumb jock isn’t quite as dumb as we were led to believe, the stuck-up girl might not be completely evil, and Zoey’s mentor gets a little shady, too. Still, though, most characters feel typecast and the new characters, such as Aphrodite’s power-hungry parents — are complete caricatures.
But I am hard to please and I’m definitely not the target audience. I feel fairly certain that teens who liked Marked are going to like Betrayed at least as well. There’s a twist at the end that we saw coming but that will still make most readers want to move on to book three, Chosen. To those, teens, though, I’d like to say that there are much better Young Adult fantasy novels and we’d love to help you choose some.
I read the audiobook version of Betrayed which was narrated by Edwina Wren. Her Southern accents for a couple of the characters make me cringe, but I like the rest of her reading.
It is not a bad story, a good narrator, you don't have to think too much. Enjoyable and full of action.
I enjoy the writing, very simple.
Her accents are well executed between the characters, she is one of the better narrators.
Yes, worth a listen, not as good as the first in the series but good enough taht I will continue with the series.
I loved the story which is why I was able to finish it. The narrator makes nasty noises that make my hair stand on end.
The narrator needs a drink of water or something, it was horrible. It's like listening to someone smack while eating.
LOVE Pc and her books and would recommend her to anyone.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I do not rank audiobooks because:
A. Since I listen to generes raging from a classic fiction to a field study
B. Different moods means as my mood change so does my genre of the day
C. This is a vampire series: The only suited for me, it might be about teens when we talk about the age they are teens Their actions is NOT suitable for teens below the age of 18.
Stevie-Ray because of her high-speed story
She IS the characters.
Yes: It is always sad when a cool character half-dies.
The perfect vampire book for those who never have found a vampire series for adults.
I love a print book buck everyone like to be read to so I purchase both whenever I can
i dont like her voice
i like all the mystery all the hidden stuff and the subtle foreshadowing
love theseries the book is awesome just couldnt stand that girls voice
While I did enjoy Betrayed more than I initially thought I would, it could do with a bit of housecleaning to rid itself of too much coincidence and too little realistic interaction among the teens. I also think that much of the "vampyre" rituals seem to be more "witch-like" than they should be. But in general I did enjoy the story and I still like the whole idea of The House of Night and creepy undead creatures and people who aren't what they seem to be. I'd love to give this one 3.5 stars for general entertainment.
This book is very detailed and vivid on painting a picture in your head as you listen...... Narrator is vey talented in keeping up with all the different voices of the characters...... I love her Stevie Ray voice.