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  • Betrayed: House of Night Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (578)

    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.

    A User says: "Great Series"
    "This is NOT Audible KIDS: still."
    Overall

    There were still some serious issues that I have with the book, and possibly the series. The "This is Audible kids" introduction is inappropriate for such a sexually charged novel, and is geared more to the emotionally advanced young adults. The first issue is that we understand that the character of Damien is gay. I however find it repugnant to make every adjective, or adverb from the word 'gay'. Damien does x like a gay ballerina, or Damien ran into the room like a gay tornado got old really, really fast. I like Damien as a character but the unimaginative writing about Damien does such a well developed character no justice.

    Then their is Zoey herself who seems unable to go more than ten steps without soaking her underwear over a new boy. This isn't the fault of Zoey, though I admit to being frustrated that two seconds after her beau was gone she is running overtime at the laundry mat because she is running short on underwear. This reflects poorly on the authors who repetior of story lines seems severely lacking unless someone 9021H0ES their way through the book. If Zoey were a male character, he would be an untrustworthy slime. Unfortunately she is a female character and thus subsequent characteristically appropriate names are very foul, and I wouldn't sully myself with using them. These characters are well developed and you quickly become overly empathetic with them. It just doesn't help the plot, or the characters that Zoey seems unable to control herself for her two already boyfriends. She went from being in high school with her sort of ex-boyfriend who was the dreamboat, to being the boy collector. I seriously hope these two women (authors) can pull away from their own Marry Ellen dirty dreams and get about the business of telling a great story, which this series has every hallmark of being.

    I hope the authors of the series can get over these books being their naughty girl play land, and get to the business of good writing.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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