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. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.
Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
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Another Great PC Cast novel / series. This is a must if you like paranormal.
Once again I really enjoyed this, Ediwina Wren's narration really makes the story come alive. An excellent audio book.
Going to tear my hair out if she says dipo for depot again! Please - just please - get on with your mis-pronouncing self! See - easy peezy!
The book is good - love the story and it continues well - can't we redo and have a better narrator?
I love to read!
The second book was just as good as the first. At the end, you can't wait to begin reading the third book!
Edwina Wren is a terrible narrator, she cannot pronounce some common words, and she gives Shaunee a character from Connecticut a Southern accent, which makes absolutely no sense and is very distracting.
Good Series though.
The story is good. For the most part the narrator is good but she mispronounces words a lot.
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.
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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.
"Great Vampire Series"
This series is a little different to the normal vampire novels, I.e. twilight, vampire diaries and etc. However, it does not let down. The difference in comparison is brilliant. And Just as good. I am really addicted to this series!
As with Marked, I found this book gripping, although it took a little longer for me to get into. While I appreciate the books are being told from a teenager's point of view and therefore have to sound like that, I think it was over done in certain places. The use of words like 'totally' and 'gazilian' as well as made up words like 'gihugic' did start to grow a bit repetative. While I don't generally approve of books where a girl strings several guys along, I have to accept that it makes for a more interesting story. What I like the most about this series is my inability to predict what will happen at any given moment. I've always hated books where you've worked out the plot long before the big reveal, and these Authors aren't above throwing in the shock factor when it sutes them. Fans who liked Marked will enjoy this title and will eagerly snap up the next in the series.
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