The House of Night series is tagged as YA, and they are (lots of teenage angst) - but I enjoyed them all very much, and I am (ahem) mid-30's.
The plot is quite interesting, and I looked forward to each sequel as I listened to all of the books in the series, and can't wait for the next one in the fall. :)
I was really disappointed in this book. It seems like the authors were just wanting to ride off the fame of the Twilight series. And it's a pathetic attempt, at that. It makes sense that it was written by a 16-year old girl but I'm appalled that she wrote it with her mother. The book borderlines on wiccan rituals and I guess if you are into that sort of thing, it's no big deal. But that along with the sexual content of the book in a few places, it just is not appropriate for the audience the book is geared towards.
Oh- and the reader of this book was horrid. I think that it probably made me dislike it even more. When the reader used an imitation southern accent, she sounded like she was impersonating an old lady and not a southern teenager. It was a blaring distraction.
As the previous posts have stated, this book isn't for kids. It does deal with some grown up topics: drugs, sexy, and drinking. I think that it's fine for late teens and 20 somethings.
The book seemed to start off really slow for me. I almost felt like skipping through the book to get to better parts. I'm happy I stuck with it though. After I got through the first third of the book, I really liked it. So...give it a chance...stick to it, I promise that it's a great series.
The writing, the dialog, and even the reading of this story is bad. I became increasingly annoyed as the story went on. There common words the narrator mispronounces, and it is not a dialog or accent issue, just bad narrating. The accents of some characters is also painful to listen to. For the story, have a main character that says "well hell" and "poopy", and seems to know everything already, and other characters that as too over the top in a bad way (Mother and step father). Introduce a gay character that follows a horrible stereotype for gay people. It feels like it was written by a 14 year old girl, which I would imagine would be a good target audience for this story if it didn't go into such sexual situations, and a mother who wanted to act like they are still cool and young. Not a kids book, and not an adults book. Terrible!
Let me start by saying I am not strongly religious, but I do consider myself a Christian. I have read Harry Potter, and many other vampire novels and series and enjoyed them thoroughly (Sookie Stackhouse, Christopher Moore, Twilight, and others), but this book made me squirm with discomfort. I listened to it through the end,though -- I'm not really sure why. I the story line had me hooked in enough to want to know how it ended, which was why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. The goddess worshop and pagan rituals made me uncomfortable. I guess vampire lore doesn't bother me if it's in good fun, but when it becomes religious in nature I find it offensive. The author also made intentional digs at Christianity, although she specifically targeted fundamental Christians (which I am not).
On a totally different note, the narrator was either a poor reader with a limited vocabulary, or a non-native speaker of English without an accent but just didn't know how to pronounce some words. She mispronounced words that are quite common (like drama) and it got really annoying.
Just thought I'd share some things that I would have liked to have known before I chose this title.
I think most of my friends have read this series! They kept trying to get me to read them all but never found the time. Finally I gave in. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Such a great story.
I have to say Stevie Ray. I just love how laid back she is and how true she is.
Backed away from the Mic when swallowing. It really started to get on my nerves after awhile.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yeah, a cool plot with lots of details make it a new listen once I am done with the entire series.
When the main character saved her (almost) Ex-boyfriend.
She did not read. She acted the part
Adults in teen bodies
Unlike Twilight and other series this one was so amazing. It scares me that teens might think this will be something like "Ttwilight" or "Nice girls don't have" a vampire series for me.
I would recommend this book to a friend to read, but not to listen to. The book has some characters that are very likable and I did like the story line. But you hear the narrator take drinks and clear her throat and hear her mouth get dry. I could not stand it at all. It happens multiple times in this book.
Late twenties, mother of 2 love paranormal fantasy and Greek mythology
I liked the different take on vampirism but there was little to no back story explaining how humans knew about vampires and magic if society accepted them or how they really interacted with society.
My favorite character was grandma Redbird she reminds me of my own grandma and was really sweet to Zoey.
omg i hated this narrator!!! what is she Canadian?!!! She sounded totally bored for the first few chapters and i almost quit listening right away. Also, its hard to believe Zoey was a real Star Trek fan when she mispronounced "Bajoran" when talking about her favorite hoodie. Her odd pronunciations of simple words like "been" or "drama" Tavia Gilbert would have done a wayyyy better job. If stuff like that doesn't bother you its a pretty good book not worth the price though.
Probably not im more of a Richelle Mead or Jeaniene Frost fan their stories are way more entralling...well maybe i'd've liked this story better if i didn't have to deal with the crappy narrator.