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Destined: House of Night Series, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more - or possibly less - than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him….

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him - and everyone - from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

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©2011 P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    arrisha Sharpe 09-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very captivating, intriguing can't stop listening"

    loved the book and the performance was very believable,kept me on my toes and I didn't want it to end looking forward for the next one

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    Teah Allen 04-12-15
    Teah Allen 04-12-15
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    "Really what has it come to?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone looking to just read a book in a series that's basically filler.


    What could P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't make everything so repetitive. It's almost copy paste of everything they have done in this series.


    What three words best describe Caitlin Davies’s voice?

    She did okay. Nothing special although there were times where she made all the guys sound the exact same.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the fact that Kalona did try and mend things with his son. That was kinda sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    The Cast duo must really not remember what they have characters say. In the second book Stevie Rae say her friends should like a bunch of 'r words' and now she goes around saying it's bad. I don't use the word, but why are you gonna have her use it and then have her jumping down people's throats about it? Is it suppose to be she realized it wasn't a good word? Could you have shown us when that happened?

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    Amber 01-11-15
    Amber 01-11-15
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    "Absolutely AMAZIN!!!!!! Loved it, loved it, loved!"

    Best book outta the ENTIRE House of Night series... So far :) Can't wait to read the next installment

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    Dog Friend 11-22-12
    Dog Friend 11-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Great continuation!"

    Zoey's story continues...along with other plot twists and (former) minor characters develop into characters who will definitely play major roles in the continuing saga. I've heard that there will be a (possible) total of 15 books in this series. So...we'll all have to hang in there, because the end is apparently not in sight.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Douglas Colorado 11-20-12
    Angela Douglas Colorado 11-20-12

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    "Still Liking House of Night!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Destined to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Love Stevie Rae's voice!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destined?

    There were many. And I am not the biggest fan of this series, but this book in particular really kept me interested. When Rafeen's brothers came to talk with him and one was killed was shocking, Dragon's extreme sadness and then his death and reuinting with his mate, Kalona's change of heart.


    Have you listened to any of Caitlin Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I did like this book better than the 3-4 previous in the same story. This one did not drag along - it stayed interesting and I really appreciated the less "twin" thing. That drove me nuts. I have stuck with the series because I like paranormal romance and I really like the stories aimed at young adults because they are less sexual and violent. I did not read the last book, but was still able to pick up the storyline from the one before.


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    TheLadyKT Las Vegas NV 11-12-12
    TheLadyKT Las Vegas NV 11-12-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Better"

    Caitlin is no Edwina Wren, but this is MUCH better than jenna or cassandra (books 4-6). Still think there needs to be more difference in the character voices, but at least her voice and inflection is tolerable. She definitely gets bonus points for mostly correct pronunciations, for example sons of erubis and refeim. Getting used to her voice but I still think she sound too young to the parts.

    Liked the development of the story line, but was left on a huge cliffy at the end.

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    Lizlee 06-15-12
    Lizlee 06-15-12
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    "Excellent series"
    What made the experience of listening to Destined the most enjoyable?

    Start at book one to get the characters. Enjoyable easy reading with a few fun twists to the storyline. A teen book that makes a good transition to adult. Wasn't too sure about the reader on the first book however, she is very consistent and does each character justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destined?

    The way Zoe and friends grew, the fight for good over evil and the dark force in Neferet.


    Which character – as performed by Caitlin Davies – was your favorite?

    Zoe and her grandmother


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The burial


    Any additional comments?

    Will read the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12
    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12
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    "Didnt enjoy this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and a narrator that sounded a bit older


    What was most disappointing about P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast ’s story?

    The story line has gotten increasingly worse, nothing happens. The book goes on about one thing and leads up to one event the whole book long.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series starting out, but its just going on for too long now. The story line is getting increasingly worse and the narrator is terrible.

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    Polly ST. HELENS, OR, United States 05-16-12
    Polly ST. HELENS, OR, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love these stories.. My daughter is the one that got me into the House of Night Series, and I love PC Cast and Kristin Cast.. they are awesome author's.


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    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11
    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Destined for a Long Drawn Out Death"

    With new lows in discrimination tactless and untasteful language Destined tests the boundaries and beyond in terms of YA. The latest edition of HON perfectly demonstrates the frustrations of a great concept being smothered by an overly indulgent publishing contract, unnessarily complex mythologies, world building, and increasingly neglected characters. Yup. It's just as bad as it's predecessors.

    Zoe&Co Inc. are back in yet another been-there-read-that installment of the House of Night. In this episode Scooby Doo and Crew are trying to expose Neferet to the council (yet again) and find out what really happened on the night of Z's mom's murder.

    Surprisingly Destined had an individual story arc. Something that has eluded past installments for quite a few books. Unfortunately good bones aside, Destined is written in the prose of the truly awful. I understand that Zoe and company are supposed to be typical trendy teenagers with relevant age appropriate voices, but the slang only manages to come across immature and ignorant instead of current. I get that the authors are trying to create irony with characters like Kramisha but it just doesn't work and becomes demeaning. The real irony is how an english teacher and an accomplished poet managed to compose the most inelegant, inarticulate, uneducated sounding young people ever immortalized in a published work. Along with bad dialogue the Cast's somehow consistently manages to turn what should be a shared reader/character experience of the emotional upheaval and devastation that occurs after death, into a load of corn and camp. I wish they would stop trying to mix grieving with pop references, not only does it diminish the impact of the situation, but it makes the whole passage awkward to read. The authors were dropping so many brand names that I felt like the book was sponsored by pop culture and local businesses and I was expecting ads to show up between the pages or a commercial to pop up in the middle of my audiobook.

    I started getting the audiobook version a few books back because i just couldn't get through the hardcopy but the language has gotten so bad I'm not sure even that will suffice the next go around. The narration is ok but the horribly stereotypical cliches are infinitely pronounced.

    In other bad news, Destined marks Zoey's return to boyfriend indecision. We are once again subjected to the whims of too many would be suitors. Just when you think the field has been narrowed down, someone's reincarnated, or thrown back into the mix due to some alliance or circumstance. And then we are led to dislike Z's current boy toy (again) in a story line that has no other purpose but to add more fluff now and maybe an out later.

    While I applaud the author's attempt at going green, I would prefer they recycle materials rather than plots. I feel no satisfaction, only dizziness from circling the same themes of give salvation a chance & encroaching darkness this way comes, but it's only temporary because Zoe&Co. still don't trust Erik, Stark, or Raphiam. The whipping boy club and their vows to the goddess don't seem to mean anything since they're the one's the authors' choose to be vulnerable all the time. The main lesson is nothing but a contradiction. I can understand throwing some devolving into the mix but when it's every character in a similar position the device just gets tired and no one seems to grow or learn from past mistakes. Of course it's not like they have very many role models. With the addition of Lenobia's filler side lines they're venturing more and more adult or becoming less and less interested in YA. I think they should just age up the characters already. There's no order or structure for these teens they live more like off-campus college students than high school boarders.

    There was one bright and shining beacon of hope, fresh meat aka a new fledgling. I actually found myself interested. I mean really, really interested in the story since the third book and wanting to invest into this character and her thread. It reminded me why i got so caught up in this series way back before the monstrosity HON has become. I think the authors should make like Mead, end this already, and start fresh. Mead was smart and kept some of the characters we know and love but didn't overkill VA. They need new characters and a new locale. Things that have already been established within the series, so it's all already there. The duo of Cast may have made this kind of transition difficult for themselves though. They have too many new and existing storylines in this book, no doubt to fill their contract quota. So it would be hard to close this wild runaway beast out. The mythology is too diverse and at the same time really specific to the local native american culture, this can help or hinder a spin off series, set at say the Chicago HON. On the one hand they can tailor the ideas to a new heroine on the other there are no rules or boundaries for their belief system which adds to the chaotic jumble already in need of taming. Also they might have made Zoey too special, too powerful, this leaves no room to grow or expand a new lead heroine for a spin off. Where can they really go with it when Z is supposed to be Nix incarnate. But I think these problems could be ironed out, some of the characters salvaged, to remake this series into something good again. Too bad no one listens to me.

    I wish Cast&Cast JR would make a decision and stick with it, pick a path and stay the course. It's no wonder HON has become so stagnant we've been on the same page for the past three books, recycling the same themes with different characters. Funny how Lenobia states in this very book, her like of change, yet we still can't seem to get any.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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