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Zoey Redbird pertence à Casa da Noite e sabe que foi abençoada com vastos poderes pela deusa vampyra Nyx. Mas quando começa finalmente a sentir-se integrada entre os amigos e é escolhida para líder das Filhas das Trevas, o impensável acontece: a Casa da Noite é acusada das mortes misteriosas de alguns adolescentes humanos. Mais do que nunca o perigo ronda os amigos de Zoey Zoey Redbird pertence à Casa da Noite e sabe que foi abençoada com vastos poderes pela deusa vampyra Nyx. Mas quando começa finalmente a sentir-se integrada entre os amigos e é escolhida para líder das Filhas das Trevas, o impensável acontece: a Casa da Noite é acusada das mortes misteriosas de alguns adolescentes humanos. Mais do que nunca o perigo ronda os amigos de Zoey - e ela sabe que os poderes que a tornam única também ameaçam aqueles que ama. Quando a tragédia chega à Casa da Noite, a jovem precisará de coragem para enfrentar a traição que ameaça o seu coração, a sua alma... e o próprio mundo que a acolheu.

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Zoey Redbird pertence à Casa da Noite e sabe que foi abençoada com vastos poderes pela deusa vampyra Nyx. Mas quando começa finalmente a sentir-se integrada entre os amigos e é escolhida para líder das Filhas das Trevas, o impensável acontece: a Casa da Noite é acusada das mortes misteriosas de alguns adolescentes humanos. Mais do que nunca o perigo ronda os amigos de Zoey Zoey Redbird pertence à Casa da Noite e sabe que foi abençoada com vastos poderes pela deusa vampyra Nyx. Mas quando começa finalmente a sentir-se integrada entre os amigos e é escolhida para líder das Filhas das Trevas, o impensável acontece: a Casa da Noite é acusada das mortes misteriosas de alguns adolescentes humanos. Mais do que nunca o perigo ronda os amigos de Zoey - e ela sabe que os poderes que a tornam única também ameaçam aqueles que ama. Quando a tragédia chega à Casa da Noite, a jovem precisará de coragem para enfrentar a traição que ameaça o seu coração, a sua alma... e o próprio mundo que a acolheu.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Saniya

    Much, much and much better than Marked. LOL! Just kidding, only 0.5% better. So here's the deal: "Ohh! I see betrayed! Should I read it?" "Maybe I should, what if it turns out to be better?" "But what if it sucks? Maybe I should not..." *10 minutes later...* "Okay, okay! I am reading this!" Now here's the real story: Zoey thinks she's the most amazing person in this world. So wrong. Half of this book is about Zoey waiting for her freaking Superman, Eric. And when he finally arrives, he does N-O-T-H-I-N-G Much, much and much better than Marked. LOL! Just kidding, only 0.5% better. So here's the deal: "Ohh! I see betrayed! Should I read it?" "Maybe I should, what if it turns out to be better?" "But what if it sucks? Maybe I should not..." *10 minutes later...* "Okay, okay! I am reading this!" Now here's the real story: Zoey thinks she's the most amazing person in this world. So wrong. Half of this book is about Zoey waiting for her freaking Superman, Eric. And when he finally arrives, he does N-O-T-H-I-N-G except for maybe being a useless piece of shit. So much for superman... And then comes her to-be-pitied-for friends. They were either her servants in some previous life or some freaks definitely not from this earth. I mean, 1) Zoey speaks rudely to them. 2) Zoey never tells the truth. 3) Zoey never told them about anything. (personal) 4) Zoey disrespects them. 5) Zoey hurts them. But still they have the compassion to call her their "friend". *rolling eyes* *I would have been a pretty popular girl by now if this shit happened in the real world* She, ladies and poor gentlemen, has 3 boyfriends and then has the audacity to call other people sluts. And I actually like Heath a-lot. I just hate Zoey for screwing it all up. Fighting, fighting. (not even fighting) Zoey using the elemental powers made me go like, *Even this baby is fighting better than you...* BUT WAIT! Aphrodite is actually good! and Neferet is now the official enemy! And now I seriously hope and wish from the bottom of my heart that Zoey dies and world comes to peace. Amen. Rating: 2/5 Still going to read Chosen because there is this little hope inside me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    P.C. Cast

    I'm loving rereading the HoN! I'm preparing for a special 10th anniversary surprise for fans, and revisiting Zoey and the Nerd Herd is such fun! And the Stevie Rae scene...sob! I bawled my eyes out. Again. I'd also forgotten how funny Heath is! On to CHOSEN!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alkyoni

    The main character, super special, gifted, popular, admired and generally perfect, newly- turned-vampire Zoey, is torn between three men (two boys and a man to be exact…). 1. Her uber-cute human ex-boyfriend Heath (Ohmygoodness!) whose - I quote - bulge in the pants she finds herself rubbing. 2. Her fellow vampire and uber-handsome current boyfriend Erik (Ohmydearsweetlord) whom the entire school considers to be her boyfriend but she is not really sure because even though they’ve dated a few times The main character, super special, gifted, popular, admired and generally perfect, newly- turned-vampire Zoey, is torn between three men (two boys and a man to be exact…). 1. Her uber-cute human ex-boyfriend Heath (Ohmygoodness!) whose - I quote - bulge in the pants she finds herself rubbing. 2. Her fellow vampire and uber-handsome current boyfriend Erik (Ohmydearsweetlord) whom the entire school considers to be her boyfriend but she is not really sure because even though they’ve dated a few times and kissed and hugged and held hands, they haven’t proceeded any further… 3. And the uber-sexy adult vampire poet and school professor Loren (no words are enough, just fan yourself here) with whom she flirts a couple of times. Her arch nemesis, Aphrodite, who used to date (Ohmydearsweetlord) Erik at some point and had been caught performing a dirty act with him in a dark corner of the school corridor, is under no circumstances to be confused with Zoey, because Zoey is not - I quote - a stank slut like Aphrodite the Ho. Coffee, anyone?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    It's been years since I started this series, and I remember next to nothing, but I do recall something about 4 love interests ? You know how much I enjoy love geometry in my books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    While still a somewhat enjoyable read (if only because I like the idea behind the story & I enjoyed the ending), the overuse of the words (slut, stank slut, hag, hag bitch, skank, ho and ho bitch) was a bit much. It's always bothered me how casually teen girls throw around the word 'slut' as an insult .. not even teen girls, adults constantly toss that word around as well. It seems that if a girl isn't well liked, the automatic insult is to call them a 'slut' and it's really aggravating. I m While still a somewhat enjoyable read (if only because I like the idea behind the story & I enjoyed the ending), the overuse of the words (slut, stank slut, hag, hag bitch, skank, ho and ho bitch) was a bit much. It's always bothered me how casually teen girls throw around the word 'slut' as an insult .. not even teen girls, adults constantly toss that word around as well. It seems that if a girl isn't well liked, the automatic insult is to call them a 'slut' and it's really aggravating. I mean, if you have a vagina chances are somewhere along the line you've been called a slut and honestly, it's getting ridiculous. Of course, these terms are never applied to any of the guys in the series, just the girls. Zoey, the heroine I praised in the last book for being a good role model, seems to use these words a lot to describe one particular girl who she happened to catch once in a slightly compromising position in the first book. Yet, Zoey is confused over not one, not two, but three guys in this book. Does that make her a slut? No, but it does make her extremely hypocritical, and I find it horrible that a book clearly designed for teen girls feels the need to use these words to such an extent. They appear practically every other page and it's highly distracting and preventing me from being able to stay wrapped up in the story. Also, this book constantly kept reviewing what happened in the first book to a point where it was repetitious and annoying. Every single thing from the first book, does not need to be re-explained. We are not idiots. The name dropping also continued into this book.. it's also excessive, like they're trying to say, "Hey, look at us we're relevant to teens today!" but it's having the opposite effect. I'll continue on with the series though. I need to know what Neferet is up to.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Good Lord, was this terrible. It had a great concept: a vampire finishing school. Say it to yourself a few times. Vampire. Finishing. School. I envisioned a dark mirror of Hogwarts, something that would feed my irrational* obsession with boarding schools while twisting it down new, hopefully black-humor-laden pathways. This was not the book I got, but I'm flexible. What I got was a flat, contrived exercise in demonstrating the problems of YA writing, fantasy writing, and romance writing. Zoey never Good Lord, was this terrible. It had a great concept: a vampire finishing school. Say it to yourself a few times. Vampire. Finishing. School. I envisioned a dark mirror of Hogwarts, something that would feed my irrational* obsession with boarding schools while twisting it down new, hopefully black-humor-laden pathways. This was not the book I got, but I'm flexible. What I got was a flat, contrived exercise in demonstrating the problems of YA writing, fantasy writing, and romance writing. Zoey never misses a chance to remind you that she is The Most Powerful Fledgling Ever. She would rather explain to you, in laborious detail, what every event means, instead of letting you judge for yourself from the consequences of each plot turn. She will describe every other character's personality for you, because apparently you're too dumb to draw your own conclusions from their dialogue and behavior (or, rather, the authors are too lazy to give them dialogue and behavior that would limn their natures organically). She rings false as a teenager, and more frustratingly, as a person that anyone would like. There's no magic in Betrayed. You might read it to get your vampire fix (although, truthfully, it doesn't even do that well), but it's not going to give you a reason to keep reading. It seems to assume that teenagers aren't familiar with good writing, so there's no reason to try very hard for them. I disagree. Try Stephanie Meyer. At least you get the impression that she respects you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Avis

    Actual rating: 1.5 stars After I finished this book story piece of poo thingy, I took a step back and thought about all the things it could have been. And let me tell you, it could have been a good book. It could have been a story about a strong, independent heroine who suddenly became a vampire, who had to adapt to her new life and let go of her prejustice towards vampires. It could have been a story about a vampire politican who fights for rights of vampires (this may or may not be a character f Actual rating: 1.5 stars After I finished this book story piece of poo thingy, I took a step back and thought about all the things it could have been. And let me tell you, it could have been a good book. It could have been a story about a strong, independent heroine who suddenly became a vampire, who had to adapt to her new life and let go of her prejustice towards vampires. It could have been a story about a vampire politican who fights for rights of vampires (this may or may not be a character from True Blood). Come fuckin' on, it takes place in a boarding school. A fucking boarding school. For vampires. It could have been Hogwarts, only darker and sexier. Instead it turned out to be a story about one super duper amazing human being vampyre (watch the spelling!) who rides her horse of speshulness along with her little minions in the lands of Double Standards, where everyone else is a hoe. And that's the worst thing about Betrayed and about House of Night, for that matter. It is crawling with unused potential. It wasn't like Halo, that, in my opinion, had absolutely no potential. I could practically feel it in this book, there, somewhere, when Zoey and her friends weren't talking about how awesome Zoey is (gah) and calling other girls 'hoes'. And Cast(s) didn't use any of it. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Instead they used, or so the back cover of the book tells me, 'the real teen language'. Yeah, right. Besides wasted potential, writing was one of the biggest problem this book had. It was just plain shitty. Some actual quotes: "I wanted just exclusive (and not those "alternative academies" that are just places where future criminals gather-gah)." "I continued my search... Exeter... Andover... Taft... At Misses Porter (literally- he he- that's the school's name)... Kent..." "But then that thing with Aphrodite happened... I took over Daughters of Night... started dating Eric... was really busy with school... blah blah." So... Many... Fucking...Elipses... "Come on, please. I'm sixteen. Okay, almost seventeen, but like, whatever." Like, dude, for realz. "[...] they were like mom and dad from Family Brady (hello - I watch reruns on Nickelodeon, like everyone)." "[...] (whatever that means- hello- I'm a teen and a vampyre beginner)." "[...] that Erin, blue-eyed and blond totally WASN'T BLACK." [WHY ARE WE YELLING THAT ERIN IS TOTALLY NOT BLACK] Look, I know that's how some teenagers talk and, hell, even I text like that, but that's not how you write a goddamn book. Which brings us to our second problem, to the author of this wonderful quotes, one and only Zoeybird Redbird. So, Zoey. You guys. Zoey is not like other girls. Zoey is special. Sun shines only for her. Poets compose songs about her beauty. Models hide their face in shame when Zoey's beautifulness walks by, wind is afraid of blowing because it might ruin her perfect hair, when she smiles mountains move, stars fall from the sky and diamonds burst in flames because they're nothing, nothing compared to Zoey's wonderful smile, Megan Fox has nothing on her, everything she wants she can turn into gold and her shit smells like Chanel No. 5. Zoey is beautiful. Zoey is wonderful. Zoey is great. Zoey is amazing. Zoey is a horrible, disgusting, repulsive person that needs to be smacked across the head. Her worst trait is that she is so fucking judgmental. She judges people she knows, wait, no, she even judges people she doesn't know, people she just saw on a street. She was like that in the first book, she is like that here. Everyone outside Zoey's group of friends is a ho, a hag, bitch, whore, racist, homophobe, anorexic, bulimic, stupid, close-minded, loser, etc. Especially Aphrodite. Oh boy, did Aphrodite get trashed in this book. She was called a slut, hoe, hag and it was without any fuckin' reason. (view spoiler)[ Because, as far as we know, Aphrodite had one fucking boyfriend and Zoey had not one, not two, but three boyfriends at the same time. (hide spoiler)] I had two more major problems with Betrayed: one was lack of plot (but I pretty much expected that) and the other was sheer stupidity of this book. Just take a look at this quote: "White guys should date colored woman more often." Colored. Colored. SHE USED THE WORD COLORED. After that lovely statement, Cast(s) wrote something along the lines that it might make them less homophobic and racist. So, if a white man dates a white woman and has no close gay friends, he is immediately a memeber of, I don't know, Westboro Baptist Church? Right. Logic. I gave it an extra half star because I really liked Aphrodite, but everything else was horrible, so yeah. Avoid it like a plague.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikoleta

    Ήμουν αποφασισμένη να του βάλω άσο, καθώς βρίσκω την ηρωίδα εκνευριστική, ανώριμη και λυσσάρα. Μέχρι την μέση το βιβλίο δεν μου άρεσε, το συνέχιζα μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι μικρό κ ήταν κρίμα να το αφήσω για 150 σελίδες, που μου είχαν μείνει. Εκεί λοιπόν, 150 σελίδες πριν το τέλος, επιτέλους απέκτησε ενδιαφέρον!!! Πήρε τα πάνω του κ η πλοκή έγινε γρήγορη και απέκτησε ένταση. Έκανε τέτοιο γύρισμα που για να φανταστείτε ενδιαφέρομαι να μάθω κ τη συνέχεια στο τρίτο βιβλίο! Οπότε 2/5 αστεράκια από Ήμουν αποφασισμένη να του βάλω άσο, καθώς βρίσκω την ηρωίδα εκνευριστική, ανώριμη και λυσσάρα. Μέχρι την μέση το βιβλίο δεν μου άρεσε, το συνέχιζα μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι μικρό κ ήταν κρίμα να το αφήσω για 150 σελίδες, που μου είχαν μείνει. Εκεί λοιπόν, 150 σελίδες πριν το τέλος, επιτέλους απέκτησε ενδιαφέρον!!! Πήρε τα πάνω του κ η πλοκή έγινε γρήγορη και απέκτησε ένταση. Έκανε τέτοιο γύρισμα που για να φανταστείτε ενδιαφέρομαι να μάθω κ τη συνέχεια στο τρίτο βιβλίο! Οπότε 2/5 αστεράκια από εμένα αντί για άσο, χάρη στο κορύφωμα των τελευταίων κεφαλαίων.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm a little frustrated with this series. It has the potential to be good, but it continually falls short. The main reason is the writing. It's horrible! I even added a whole new shelf dedicated to the "worst-reads-ever." Like I said in my review of Marked, "the authors are trying too hard to be hip" and it's not being pulled off very well. Plus, a thesaurus can work miracles to spruce up any writing. I gave this book two stars, because the story started to get more interesting. However, I'm not I'm a little frustrated with this series. It has the potential to be good, but it continually falls short. The main reason is the writing. It's horrible! I even added a whole new shelf dedicated to the "worst-reads-ever." Like I said in my review of Marked, "the authors are trying too hard to be hip" and it's not being pulled off very well. Plus, a thesaurus can work miracles to spruce up any writing. I gave this book two stars, because the story started to get more interesting. However, I'm not connecting to the characters and this is a big deal to me. Even if the writing is bad in a book, as long as, I connect to the characters and the story then, I can look past the painful narration. I'm finding it hard to turn a blind eye to the writing abilities of these authors. Just because there is a large audience out there for vampire novels, doesn't mean that every story should be published. Having a good idea does not equal good writing. So, why did I read the second book after hating the first book? Well, I have a bad habit of buying the whole series, even though I haven't read the first book. In addition, I like to torture myself repeatedly. I may be ridiculous in all my reasoning here, but I like to give things a try and I just can't stand the fact that I already started this series and I have to know where this story and characters are going to lead me... crazy I know.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Aley

    I really enjoy the idea of these books. I CAN'T STAND, however, the authors' tendency to re-tell the reader all of what happened in the previous books. I mean, who is reading book 2 without having read the other book? Do we really have to get the Cherokee translation for daughter again? PLEASE stop treating us like we are total morons with the memory of a two-year-old. The overt sexuality is a bit much for any teens that I teach, and I couldn't safely recommend this to any teens or pre-teens tha I really enjoy the idea of these books. I CAN'T STAND, however, the authors' tendency to re-tell the reader all of what happened in the previous books. I mean, who is reading book 2 without having read the other book? Do we really have to get the Cherokee translation for daughter again? PLEASE stop treating us like we are total morons with the memory of a two-year-old. The overt sexuality is a bit much for any teens that I teach, and I couldn't safely recommend this to any teens or pre-teens that I know. I even skipped over a few scenes. I don't understand why that is necessary in a book that is so clearly aimed at teens. This is definitely not Twilight, even though I find the initial ideas and characters much more intriguing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tattered Cover Book Store

    I liked the Twilight Saga, but I'm CRAZY about The House of Night series. It's also about teenage vampires, but these teenagers are smart and funny and serious for the most part, yet still very believable as teenagers (I didn't really feel that way about Meyer's characters). I'm sure that's helped by the fact this is a mother and young adult daughter writing team who are absolutely fearless about what happens to their characters. Plus it's a new and interesting twist on vampirism, which I always I liked the Twilight Saga, but I'm CRAZY about The House of Night series. It's also about teenage vampires, but these teenagers are smart and funny and serious for the most part, yet still very believable as teenagers (I didn't really feel that way about Meyer's characters). I'm sure that's helped by the fact this is a mother and young adult daughter writing team who are absolutely fearless about what happens to their characters. Plus it's a new and interesting twist on vampirism, which I always appreciate! I cannot recommend this series highly enough--it is addictive!!! The books in the series are: #1 Marked #2 Betrayed #3 Chosen #4 Untamed #5 (coming out in March) Hunted. Jackie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    To see the full drinking game click here I think my local library hates me. There are some books I've been waiting for months to get my hands on and then there's others like P.C. and Kristin Cast's Betrayed that come into my box almost instantaneously-oh, the humanity. The good thing though is that I'm on Spring Break and had nothing to do this weekend other than babysit my father (long story short he decided to climb up a tree to rescued his crashed RC airplane and ended up breaking his foot). Wh To see the full drinking game click here I think my local library hates me. There are some books I've been waiting for months to get my hands on and then there's others like P.C. and Kristin Cast's Betrayed that come into my box almost instantaneously-oh, the humanity. The good thing though is that I'm on Spring Break and had nothing to do this weekend other than babysit my father (long story short he decided to climb up a tree to rescued his crashed RC airplane and ended up breaking his foot). Which meant reading and snarking at the second House of Night book was a way to alleviate my stress of being forced to make coconut praline smoothies every other second. So without further ado let's start drinking to Betrayed by PC and Kristin Cast. Like with the first book a lot of the same drinking rules apply. You can drink every time the Casts embarrass themselves or humanity (that's about every sentence), offend humanity in general (once again every sentence), or go on a spill about how Zoey farts rainbows and poops glitter turds (again, every sentence). I don't like being monotonous and I feel like if I continue with the same format for this drinking game you guys will get bored. So, today I'm going to focus on how to make the most of your drinking (which parts of the book are the most worth getting drunk over). 1) Any Time You Want Sexual Harassment Panda to Make an Appearance: Remember Sexual harassment panda from South Park? Well, he needs to make an appearance here. The teachers and students at House of Night really know nothing about proper behavior. I could not stand Loren despite the fact he's supposedly some "hottie". All I was reminded of was one of those pervy guys who seduces girls with poetry and should be on To Catch a Predator. Seriously, if your under eighteen and he's older don't go there. You may think he's mysterious and hot and age doesn't matter when it comes to romance, but the fact that he's legal and your not has lots of ramifications. Plus, don't you think if he was that great of a catch he's already have a girlfriend his age already? So yeah, Loren he might be described as looking like a model but I bet the character really isn't that hot. 2) Every Time the Casts make an ass of themselves involving LGBTs (this originally involved all humanity in general, but they really did a number to LGBTs in this book that they get their own drinking category): The Casts offend lots of people: Christians, conservatives, blondes, Native Americans, vampires (if they count as people), anyone who has a brain...but I have to say LBGTs got it the worst in this book. I really feel sorry for the character Damien he's a token character if there ever was one. I literally drank a sip of my chocolate chai every time he appeared because the Casts would make some comment about his sexuality. That he smiled gayly, or that he looked gayer than usual, that he looks like one of those old gay movie stars (Rock Hudson I'm presuming) or that he falls in love with the first gay kid that comes to school, or that he wears pink pajamas. Enough already. Damien is gay. Yes. But that doesn't mean he needs to be a walking stereotype. Write him like you'd write any character except that he dates guys not girls. It's not that difficult. 3) Every time you just roll your eyes at the "romance" in this book. Yes, I know it's YA and romance in YA can be flimsy at best but I have to say the romance in the House of Series makes Twilight look like the best love story ever told. There's hardly any interaction between Zoey and the boys who are all in love with her. Out of all of them I probably like Erik the best and that's only because he's hardly appears and when he does I just see my Disney crush (Prince Eric) so that makes him okay (though he is ruining that cartoon crush and that isn't okay). As for Heath, well, he deserves his own drinking game (see 6) an Loren just makes me want to bathe in bleach (see 1). Really, all the romance that's in this book is Zoey trying to figure out who she loves the best and I could care less who she ends up with. 4) Every time you swear that this series is a rework of that epically challenged fan fic, My Immortal: Last time, I jokingly mentioned that I thought this series could be based off of a rather infamous fan fic. Now, I'm starting to really wonder. Let's talk about My Immortal for a minute. Once again, I've provided a link to its Wikia page but unless you've actually experienced the eye bleeding that this fan fic causes and then read The House of Night you're not going to notice the similarities. Honestly, a lot of this story reads as a clean up version of the fan fic: the romance is as senseless at the story, there's a lot of talk about coffins, Count Chocola, about the snow making the character feel depressed, evil and pervy teachers, and a super powered Mary Sue. Heck, there's even the same generalizations about LGBTS made. Considering that the author, Tera Gillespie is reportedly from Dubai and that the Casts are from Oklahoma maybe it's just a coincidence. But you never know.... 5) Anytime the Casts talk about poetry or try to teach any sort of English lesson whatsoever: Look, I get that Cast Senior is a teacher in real life (though if my kid got in her class and I read these books, I'd be getting them transferred quicker than you can say Zoey Redbird), but I can guarantee you kids don't read the House of Night series to learn. Or at least I would hope not. I have not learned a single thing from these books except for the lows that humanity can stoop to. 6) Heath pimping: Okay, so this sort of goes with category three, but I think it sort of deserves it's own category. Heath is just unlikeable. The Casts can do nothing to make him likable. I could care less if he smokes or drinks. His addiction issues weren't what makes him a deplorable character. He's immature and stupid. And honestly I think this quote says just about everything you need to know about him: "Erik wasn't like that at all, and I couldn't help but compare him to Heath, who would probably have been freaked that he had to room with a gay kid. Not that Heath was hateful or anything like that, but he was a typical teenage Okie boy, which tended to mean narrow minded homophobe." (Casts 186). Um, so was that quote suppose to make me like Heath because it doesn't? In fact, it pretty much seals my feelings for him. Obnoxious tool who just happens to be a homophobe. You know who Heath reminds me of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. And so ends another chapter of The Unofficial House of Night Drinking Game brought to you by MJ's liver. I'll probably be reading another one of these books, Chosen, in the next month (or whenever it shows up in my reserve box). What will happen next? Will Zoey find out that she's the Nyx's long lost more powerful daughter? Will Grandma Redbird embezzle from the Cherokee bingo parlor's funds to feed her Etsy habit? Will Heath write a sad country song called "Imprinting Why It's Not a Legitimate Excuse for Statutory Rape"--oh wait, that's the wrong type of imprinting? Or will they all go flying in a Mercedes with the license plate 666 (if it's truly based on My Immortal that could actually happen)?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Really great sequel! Can't wait to read the third one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jane (PS)

    This book decided me against reading any more by these authors, even though I have the third book waiting. It is all just too painful and, I know this will sound ridiculous, unbelievable (Zoey had only been marked as a vampire fledgling one month earlier!). I just can't be bothered with the purile writing style, pathetic 'slut/ho/gay' references, allusions to current celebrities, double standards, etc. Eg. 3 boys on the go at once and she can't decide on one but she thinks nearly every other girl This book decided me against reading any more by these authors, even though I have the third book waiting. It is all just too painful and, I know this will sound ridiculous, unbelievable (Zoey had only been marked as a vampire fledgling one month earlier!). I just can't be bothered with the purile writing style, pathetic 'slut/ho/gay' references, allusions to current celebrities, double standards, etc. Eg. 3 boys on the go at once and she can't decide on one but she thinks nearly every other girl with one boyfriend is a slut??? HUH? (To utilise their stupid writing style!!) And the supposedly advanced vocabulary used by Damian? Basic!! I had to keep re-reading the sentences to try and work out what was 'advanced'. Also, I may be cynical, but it seems to me that the authors are planning to churn out book after book (equating to month by month of Zoey's life) rather than give faithful readers a decent story (eg JK Rowlings). At the rate they are going, there are close to 50 books in waiting. I'm going to see if my nieces are interested in reading these books, otherwise, they are going to the book exchange...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am sure some of you are wondering: "Melina, why the hell did you read this book when you hated the first one?" The answer is that I have a crippling disability that forces me to finish a series once I've started it. Plus, since I am listening to the audiobook (because reading it is just too painful), the pain is lessened...slightly. For me House of Night is the ultimate example of how a decent story can be ruined by a bad cast of characters. Zoe and her group are straight up hag-bitches-from-he I am sure some of you are wondering: "Melina, why the hell did you read this book when you hated the first one?" The answer is that I have a crippling disability that forces me to finish a series once I've started it. Plus, since I am listening to the audiobook (because reading it is just too painful), the pain is lessened...slightly. For me House of Night is the ultimate example of how a decent story can be ruined by a bad cast of characters. Zoe and her group are straight up hag-bitches-from-hell, to use a phrase they love to spew. They are hateful, cruel and just shallow and all holy hell. There is not a redeemable quality about any of them! Not a one. The fact that they are "loyal friends" means nothing to me, because there is no way I would be loyal to a girl who calls other girls sluts based on their sexuality and dress. Especially, when said girl (ZOE) then decides to string along three guys at the exact same time with her "supposedly" best friend telling her to do so! Are you serious Cast & Cast? The only decent character in the books is Aphrodite and that is because she actually gets called out on her flaws. I felt bas for her shitty situation with her family because you see that she tries to make the best out of a bad situation. Zoe, who has an equally tragic household, would be sympathetic if her attitude wasn't filled with so much superiority. Listening to this book was noticeably less painful than the first book, which was so filled with vile it should be labeled toxic, but it did make Zoe's hypocrisy ever clearer than usual. Thanks to my acute note-taking I can give you a multitude of examples: (p. 2) Damien sniffed, looking offended and superior and gayer than he usually looked (even though he is definitely gay). (Thank you Zoe for that tidbit, I would have forgotten the only defining thing about Damien's character if not for you) (p. 10) Okay, I should leave. I should turn around and walk quickly and quietly out of the courtyard. Aphrodite was probably my least favorite person at school. Actually, Aphrodite was probably my least favorite person anywhere, but purposefully listening in on what was clearly an ugly scene with her parents was just wrong wrong wrong. So I tiptoed a few feet off the path where I could hide more easily behind a big ornamental bush and have a decent view of what was going on. Aphrodite was sitting on the stone bench closest to the fountain. Her parents were standing in front of her. Well, her mom was standing. Her dad was pacing. (OMG Zoe you are such a decent person acknowledging how bad it would be to ease drop...right...before...moving to get a better look....hmm) (p. 10) Erik was the hottest guy at our school. Hell, Erik Night might be the hottest guy at any school. (Wait for it...) (p. 17) Okay, I needed to think and talk. Be normal. Forget that he was easily the most heart-stoppingly beautiful man I'd ever been near in my entire life. [...] Erik was hot and handsome and very cool. Loren Blake was a whole other universe. (Sorry Eric...) (p. 20) I didn't take over the Dark Daughters to start a war at school. I took over because Aphrodite was a bully, and she had to be stopped.(Um, I don't recall you wanting to take it over like it was given to you...) (p. 27) I could feel myself leaning into him, and I swear his body re sponded. I may not be highly experienced. And, hell yes, I'm still a virgin. But I'm not an utter moron (most of the time). I know when a guy is into me. And this guy—for that moment—was def initely into me. I covered his hand with my own, and forgetting about everything, including Erik and the fact that Loren was an adult vamp and I was a fledgling, I willed him to kiss me, willed him to touch me more. (And you wanna talk about Aphrodite.) (p. 28) "Damn shame when something bad happens to a cute brother," Shaunee said, shaking her head sadly. "Damn shame when something happens to any cute guy—no matter what color, Twin,” Erin said. "We shouldn't discriminate. Cuteness is cuteness.” "You're right, as usual, Twin.” "I don't like marijuana,” Stevie Rae piped in. "It smells bad. I tried it once and it made me cough my head off and burned my throat. Plus I got some of the weed in my mouth. It was just nasty.” "We don't do ugly," Shaunee said. "Yeah, and pot's ugly. Plus it makes you eat for no good reason. It's a shame the hottie football players are into that," Erin said. "Makes them less hottie," Shaunee said. (This whole line of dialogue make me want to kick someone...) (p. 38) "What do you mean, what about Erik?” "He's your boyfriend, Zoey.” "Not officially," I said sheepishly. "Well, shoot, what does the kid have to do to make it `official'? Get down on one knee? It's been pretty obvious this past month that y'all are dating.” "I know," I said miserably. "So do you like Loren more than you like Erik?” "No! Yes. Oh, hell, I don't know. It's like Loren's in a whole other world. And it's not like he and I can really date, or what ever." But I wasn't so sure about the whatever. Could Loren and I see each other secretly? Did I want to? As if she could read my thoughts Stevie Rae said, "You could sneak around and see Loren.” (Jesus Christ Stevie Rae!) (p 45) Aphrodite shrugged. "I told you my vision was confusing. I couldn't tell exactly where it was, and the only reason I knew when is because I saw the date and time on your grandma's dash.” "So you're just going to let the rest of those people die?” "What do you care? Your grandma's going to be okay.” "You make me sick, Aphrodite. Do you care about anyone but yourself?” "Whatever, Zoey. Like you're so perfect? I didn't hear you caring about anyone else except your grandma.”(You tell her Aphrodite) (p. 46) "You know, having crappy parents isn't an excuse to be heart less,” I said. She'd turned away and I saw her pause. Her back got really straight and when she looked over her shoulder at me I could see that her eyes were narrowed in anger. "What would you know about it?” "About your parents? Not much except that they're controlling and your mom's a nightmare. About screwed-up parents in gen eral? Plenty. I've been living with pain-in-the-ass parent issues since my mom remarried three years ago. It sucks, but it's not an excuse to be a bitch.” "Try eighteen years of a lot more than just 'pain-in-the-ass parent issues' and maybe you'll start to get something about it. Until then, you don't know shit." (p. 65) His touch only made it better. Heat slammed through my body, setting me on fire. Like someone else was in control of my movements, my hand slid from Heath's shoulder, down his chest, to rub over the hard lump that was in the front of his jeans. I sucked on his neck. Rational thought flew from my mind. All I could do was feel and taste and touch. Somewhere in the depths of my mind I knew I was reacting on a level that was almost ani malistic in its need and ferocity, but I didn't care. I wanted Heath. I wanted him like I'd never wanted anything in my life. (Ahem...you have a boyfriend!!!!!) (p. 71) "Stevie Rae, she is not my friend. I just … I dunno ..." I floundered, trying to put the instinct that so often whispered to me and goaded me to do, or not to do, things into words. "I guess I really do feel sorry for her sometimes. And I also think I under stand her a little. Aphrodite just wants to be accepted, but she goes about it all wrong. She thinks manipulation and lies mixed with control can force people to like her. It's what she saw at home, and that's what made her like she is now.” "Sorry, Zoey, but that's bullshit," Shaunee said. "She's way too old to be acting a fool because she has a screwed-up mommy.” "Please. Just please with the blame-my-mommy-'cause-I'm-a-bitch crap," Erin said. "Not to be mean or anything, but you have a screwed-up mama, too, Zoey, and you didn't let her, or your step-loser of a dad, mess you up," Stevie Rae said. "And Damien has a mama who doesn't like him anymore because he's gay.” "Yeah, and he didn't turn into a hateful slut hag," Shaunee said. (This is exactly why I hate this bunch of bitches). (p. 93) The next performer was a kid I knew because he was a friend of Erik's. Cole Clifton was tall, blond, and totally cute. He'd fin ished twenty-second with his rendition of Romeo's "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks …" speech. Okay, he was good. Really, really good. I heard Shaunee and Erin (espe cially Shaunee) making lots of appreciative noises, and the clap ping was furious from them when he finished. Hum ... I'd have to talk to Erik about fixing Shaunee up with Cole. In my opinion more white boys should date women of color. It was good for ex panding their horizons (especially true in Oklahoma white boys). (As a woman of color all: Say what?) (p. 101) "Superb! Glorious! Wondrous!" Damien made use of his large vocabulary (Oh yeah those are huge....) And finally: (108-9) "My friend Damien is the most authentic per son I know, even when being true to himself has been a hard thing to be. He represents air well." ""My friend Shaunee is the most faith ful person I know. If she's on your side, she's there whether you're right or wrong—and if you're wrong she'll tell you about yourself, but she won't desert you. She represents fire well." "My friend Erin's beauty sometimes fools people into thinking she has great hair, but no brains. It's not true. She is one of the wisest people I know, and Nyx proved that she looks to the interior when she chose Erin. She represents water well." My friend Stevie Rae always knows when I'm happy or sad, stressed or relaxed. She worries about me; she worries about all of her friends, sometimes she is too empathetic, and I'm glad that now she has the earth she can draw strength from. She represents earth well." "I'm not perfect, and I'm not going to pretend to be. What I promise you is that I sincerely want what is best for the Dark Daughters and Sons, and for all of the fledglings at the House of Night." I was getting ready to say that I hoped I would represent spirit well when Erik's voice rang across the circle. "She represents spirit well!" My four friends agreed loudly, -I would just like to call bullshit on that whole section. They are not authentic, faithful, wise, empathetic or sincere in the least. They are elitists who think they are better than everyone else, but still like to look down on other people. The only think interesting about this book is the story of the missing boys, but even that is touched on few and in-between. Plus, the reveal is so expected by any smart reader that it doesn't even qualify as a twist. Final Grade: D+ If this series did not have Aphrodite and the High Priestess, I might not even want to listen to the next book, but I will because it is just perfect to make fun of. Also, these are NOT vampires! They are backwards witches whose magic works faster than a speeding bullet. Melina out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    Re-read: 9/5/2015 Ahhh so many memories flooded back when re-reading this book! I'm really getting back into the series. My aim for this year is to finish it finally. I remember being so obsessed years ago. This book has loss and betrayal involved. Zoe does annoy me with her constant hoe-ness. She needs to just pick a guy and stay with them!! This series is very hit and miss with a lot of people. Personally I love it as it's fun, the characters are awesome and it's oddly addictive. Can't wait to re-read Re-read: 9/5/2015 Ahhh so many memories flooded back when re-reading this book! I'm really getting back into the series. My aim for this year is to finish it finally. I remember being so obsessed years ago. This book has loss and betrayal involved. Zoe does annoy me with her constant hoe-ness. She needs to just pick a guy and stay with them!! This series is very hit and miss with a lot of people. Personally I love it as it's fun, the characters are awesome and it's oddly addictive. Can't wait to re-read the next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Princess Gabriel The Bookish Bookaholic of the Western Timbers of Librarianland (aka Gabriel the Bookaholic)

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had read the first book in the House of Night and didn't actually feel inclined to read any of the others. But I got a good deal on a set of 5 and thought I'd give it another chance. This book had less about the mythology of "vampyres" than the first one. Honestly, without the occasional mention of drinking blood, I would have assumed it was a book about witches. There was a lot of talk about rituals, elements, and the Daughters of Darkness or whatever they were called. Still, Zoey talked on an I had read the first book in the House of Night and didn't actually feel inclined to read any of the others. But I got a good deal on a set of 5 and thought I'd give it another chance. This book had less about the mythology of "vampyres" than the first one. Honestly, without the occasional mention of drinking blood, I would have assumed it was a book about witches. There was a lot of talk about rituals, elements, and the Daughters of Darkness or whatever they were called. Still, Zoey talked on and on about her super specialness and, unlike the first book, didn't seem to want to be normal. It had been a month since the end of the first book. That's not enough time to become comfortable with being different, no matter how awesome the difference might be. There were also a lot of parentheses. This popped up every time Zoey was trying to justify some thought or action, let us know that she knew what she was talking about, or to be snarky. This was just annoying. This is a first person story. We don't need the narrator to give commentary on her narration. The authors definitely let us know how they feel about drugs and alcohol use in this book. One of the more memorable lines for me was when Stevie Rae says "I don't like marijuana. It smells bad." Blah Blah all the other stuff that you tell kids when you don't want them smoking pot. I'm not saying they should, but it was so PSA. It reminds me of how parents try to casually sneak in the sex talk. It just doesn't work because you damn well know it wasn't just a casual conversation. The authors also implied that drinking was more than enough reason that someone might end up dead in the river with cuts all over them and drained of blood. Zoey is so good that she only met the dead boys once because they drank and she didn't want to be around that. But Zoey the virtuous doesn't see anything wrong with flirting with a teacher. Or with having 3 boyfriends. Or with those guys not knowing she has 3 boyfriends. Because she's not giving bj's in the hallway, she's not the ho that Aphrodite is. And that word is used a lot- along with slut, bitch and tons of other derogatory terms for girls. The authors won't let Zoey say "shit". She has to say "poo." Yet they let her walk around calling other girls derogatory names. Anyway, to the actual story. Zoey has to do her first full moon ritual and much of the book is spent with her working on it at odd hours and walking around in desolate areas of the school where she continuously happens to find people to eavesdrop on. This is actually how Zoey finds out practically everything in this book. Any plot progression happens because Zoey inadvertently eavesdrops on conversations. Zoey is so self-absorbed that she doesn't notice her bestest friend of a month, Stevie Rae, isn't looking so hot. Despite several instances of Zoey thinking about how illness is one of the signs of rejecting the change, she doesn't seem to be concerned with Stevie Rae's obvious sickness. I, on the other hand, saw this coming a mile away. Just after her super special first ritual in which all her friends become super special too, Stevie Rae dies. But Zoey doesn't have much time to grieve because Heath, Zoey's human ex that she imprinted with, goes missing. She had to find him before he dies and her imprint allows her to do so. She runs off without telling anyone to save the day. She finds him still alive because the blood of an imprinted human tastes bad. She also finds Stevie Rae, not quite dead. She kind of knew but had confirmed that the high priestess she looked up to and thought of as a second mother was really an evil bitch. The high priestess blocks her memory but Zoey gets a super special visit from Nyx and remembers everything. The book ends with whispered threats between Zoey and the high priestess. I knew the high priestess was evil in the last one. I knew the dead students weren't dead. This one did not shed any more light on that. We don't know why or how. Overall, no plot progression. I don't know if I can bring myself to read the rest. Usually if I get involved in a series, I can't wait to read the next. With this one, I actually didn't want to go right into the next book. I felt like I needed to read something that was much better. It's books like this that make me feel like the teen vamp thing has kind of jumped the shark. And I love vampire books. 2.5 from me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jackie "the Librarian"

    This second book of the House of Night series gets deeper into the creepy potential set up by the first book. Zoey Redbird, vampire fledgling, has unusual abilities for a fledgling, and her powers (and her attraction to the opposite sex) seem to be growing in this book. Zoey has taken over as the head of the Daughters of Darkness, and wants to make it into something akin to a service club like you find at other schools. She researches ways to change the rituals into something positive and inclusi This second book of the House of Night series gets deeper into the creepy potential set up by the first book. Zoey Redbird, vampire fledgling, has unusual abilities for a fledgling, and her powers (and her attraction to the opposite sex) seem to be growing in this book. Zoey has taken over as the head of the Daughters of Darkness, and wants to make it into something akin to a service club like you find at other schools. She researches ways to change the rituals into something positive and inclusive. In the meantime, she can't seem to drop her old human boyfriend, she feels guilty about neglecting her current vampire boyfriend, and hey! is the hot guest lecturer vampire attracted to Zoey, or what? Aphrodite, the former leader of the Dark Daughters, may not be as bad as she seemed, and Zoey can't help but have sympathy for her after she overhears her getting chewed out by her parents. And why is Neferet, head priestess of the school, saying Aphrodite's visions are false, when they're not? Neferet might not be as perfectly wonderful as Zoey originally thought... But most important, football players that Zoey knew are getting killed, and it looks like Heath might be next. Can she figure out who or what is killing them before it's too late? Zoey has seen what she is calling "ghosts", two students who have supposedly died, wandering around near the stone wall in black cloaks, and with red glowing eyes. Could they have something to do with the murders? I'm doing a series swap with Cleo, teen extraordinaire. I'm lending her my Charlaine Harris "Southern Vampire" series, and she's lending me this "House of Night" series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    This one started off slow, but after about fifty pages, I was captivated. I believe the reason the beginning was slow was because it basically just went over everything that happened it the last book. However, once the story got going, I couldn't put the book down. It's a really emotional book, and deals with a wide range of themes including death, and as the title suggests, betrayal. The loyalty among Zoey's group never falters though, and it really strengthens the book. I thought this one was This one started off slow, but after about fifty pages, I was captivated. I believe the reason the beginning was slow was because it basically just went over everything that happened it the last book. However, once the story got going, I couldn't put the book down. It's a really emotional book, and deals with a wide range of themes including death, and as the title suggests, betrayal. The loyalty among Zoey's group never falters though, and it really strengthens the book. I thought this one was a lot better than the first, and it'll be great if the series keeps getting better. For more of my reviews and recommendations, visit my blog: here

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    this book is where it all starts to go wrong for this series. and btw does zoey seem like the sluty virgin or is that just me?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I truly wish that I had something better to say about this book or the series for that matter. I am currently reading the third book because I really am interested as to where this series is going. I have a couple of things that really make me mad: Brown pop is the first. The term "brown pop" is used several times. Every time I see "brown pop" I think, brown poop. It's childish, I know; however, that is exactly what I first think every time the main character wants a drink. Perhaps its a issue wi I truly wish that I had something better to say about this book or the series for that matter. I am currently reading the third book because I really am interested as to where this series is going. I have a couple of things that really make me mad: Brown pop is the first. The term "brown pop" is used several times. Every time I see "brown pop" I think, brown poop. It's childish, I know; however, that is exactly what I first think every time the main character wants a drink. Perhaps its a issue with not broadcasting a certain company, but American Eagle was mentioned by name in the book so I don't know why Coke or Pepsi wasn't. This girl loves brown pop...ugh. Also, Damien. He's gay, did you know that? How could you not when its mentioned over and over again. I like to think as Damien as more than just a homosexual, but the Cast's cannot stop bringing it up. Apparently that is all there is to this character. Some of what is said is almost insulting. People who treat Damien as an actual person are made out to be the best people ever. It goes a little like this: "Damien is gay, but we treat him like a regular friend. Isn't that nice, that we treat our gay friend like any other person, oh by the way he's gay, but he's also our friend. He's our gay friend that we accept as being gay. He's gay. We are good people. THE END" JUST STOP! Please. I consider this series like a train wreck I cannot look away from. I'm going to finish the third book, but that will probably be the last one for me. SPOILER: Damien is gay.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jitka

    Uvažovala jsem o jedné hvězdičce, ale je fakt, že tahle kniha měla o něco propracovanější příběh než první díl...takže by bylo nespravedlivé hodnotit jí hůř. V téhle knížce ubyla spousta těch legračních na hlavu padlých situací a frází, které mě v prvním díle docela bavily. Co ale zůstalo, je autorčina snaha označovat víru v Boha za nebezpečnou úchylku. To je docela legrační, když uvážíme, že její hrdinové uctívají feministickou bohyni (ano, autorka je lehce zaujatá i proti mužům), která ve své n Uvažovala jsem o jedné hvězdičce, ale je fakt, že tahle kniha měla o něco propracovanější příběh než první díl...takže by bylo nespravedlivé hodnotit jí hůř. V téhle knížce ubyla spousta těch legračních na hlavu padlých situací a frází, které mě v prvním díle docela bavily. Co ale zůstalo, je autorčina snaha označovat víru v Boha za nebezpečnou úchylku. To je docela legrační, když uvážíme, že její hrdinové uctívají feministickou bohyni (ano, autorka je lehce zaujatá i proti mužům), která ve své nekonečné lásce a dobrotě nechá prostě sem tam umřít nějaké to upíří mládě. A zůstává i autorčina snaha moralizovat (nekuřte a nepijte alkohol, děti, je to špatné!), kterou trochu vyvrací fakt, že Zoey skočí po každém dobře vypadajícím klukovi, který jí složí nějaký kompliment (pokud jsem dobře počítala, chodí rovnou se 3 najednou!). Ano, kola je nezdravá, ale založit si takový menší harém není nikdy na škodu...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    "You deserve to be shown respect," Damien said in his school-teacher voice. "You're the only third former ever to have been made leader of the Dark Daughters and the only fledgling or vampyre in history who has shown an affinity for all five of the elements." "Face it, Z," Shaunee said around a bite of salad while she gestured at me with her fork. "You're special." Erin finished for her (as usual). I am going to go ahead and admit something right now: I didn't go into Betrayed with high expectation "You deserve to be shown respect," Damien said in his school-teacher voice. "You're the only third former ever to have been made leader of the Dark Daughters and the only fledgling or vampyre in history who has shown an affinity for all five of the elements." "Face it, Z," Shaunee said around a bite of salad while she gestured at me with her fork. "You're special." Erin finished for her (as usual). I am going to go ahead and admit something right now: I didn't go into Betrayed with high expectations. After all, I read and reviewed Marked about a month ago. I hadn't forgotten how much it made me cringe; the writing was poor, the plot was barely existent, and the characters were flat, stereotyped and annoying- especially our leading lady, Zoey Montgomery Redbird, who is without a doubt the most infuriating fictional character I have ever come across. Still, I was (and still am) determined to finish what I began. A long time ago I made a resolution to finish every book series I start, so that I may never be told "Your opinion doesn't count because you didn't read all the books." Because I'll be damned if I'm ever told I can't dislike the House of Night series because I didn't "stick with it." And, of course, there's the off chance that somewhere along the line, this series will actually manage to get better. Betrayed took five days for me to read, despite it being only 310 pages long. I had to put it down several times because I just couldn't deal with its incessant douchebaggery. All of the last book's problems had come back for an encore, along with several brand new issues. It was like a poor writing party. The story starts off by furiously recapping the last book like there's no tomorrow. Zoey wangsts about how hard it is to be as special as she is, while her friends gush over how amazing she is. She's the new leader of the "Dark Daughters", having deposed Aphrodite of her Alpha Female throne at the end of the last book. Coupling that with her magical "filled in" mark, affinity for all five of the elements, and not one but two boys who masturbate to the ground she walks on. Oh woe is Zoey Redbird, High Priestess in training! It takes a while for things to get rolling. We're treated to a nice reminder that Zoey's mom and step-father (or "step-loser", as Zoey so clevely puts it) are assholes and that she is to be pitied for having such a horrible home life. Only, apparently all fledglings are legally emancipated from their parents upon entering the House of Night, so it's not exactly an issue, is it? Plus, Zoey has her loving grandmother who more than makes up for her mother, so what is the problem? (view spoiler)[I've also been informed that Zoey's mother is killed at some point in the series, so there's really no point at all, is there? (hide spoiler)] Zoey's (main) boyfriend Erik is absent for about 70% of the novel (only showing up to read some poetry, comfort Zoey, and be totally fine with her emotional/physical cheating on him with Heath). To fill his absence, Zoey is given a new admirer in the form of a teacher named Loren. This is about as creepy as you'd expect; there is a lot of "sexual tension" (or, what I suppose was meant to be received as sexual tension) that mostly revolves around Loren inappropriately touching Zoey's face/shoulders, and writing "romantic haikus" for her. As someone who is dating a student teacher, he and I can both tell you right now that Loren comes off as the biggest creeper. I know the relationship is clearly meant to appeal to fans of "taboo" relationships- but it's not sexy. It's awkward and cringe-inducing and only makes me dislike Zoey more. This isn't mentioning Heath, who makes a reappearance by taking advantage of Zoey's addiction for blood by carrying a flipping knife around with him on the off chance he would run into her so, if he did run into her he could promptly SLICE HIMSELF OPEN and let her drink from him. There's a particularly embarrassing scene where they have a "moment" in Zoey's car where she drinks his blood and rubs his crotch while he desperately thrusts his hips back against her hand. I had to laugh to keep from physically wincing at the awkward. Zoey constantly moans about how hard it is to juggle three guys. Stevie-Rae at some point says that it's okay for Zoey to cheat because she's so special; how could the same rules that apply to other people apply to Zoey? I couldn't help but gag at that part. What the fuck? All this boyfriend drama makes up for about thirty or forty percent of the plot. While Zoey is out "slutting it up" (all the while slut-shaming Aphrodite for being with Erik in the last book. Hypocrisy much?) two male teenagers from her high-school have gone missing, and evidence points to the culprit being someone from the House of Night. This results in some inept detectives showing up for about eight pages to accuse Zoey of being the murderer, leaving, and then coming back at the end of the book to tie the plot together in a flim-flam sort of way. Oh, and Zoey calls the FBI to leave a fake bomb-threat. RESPONSIBLE PROTAGONIST! The other two plot things include Zoey preparing for her first ritual as leader of the Dark Daughters, and setting Neferet up to be the bad guy by having Zoey discover her sneaking around with the supposedly "dead" fledglings. Yeah. Riveting book. Yawn. Oh wait, one thing happens. Stevie-Rae dies... for like fifteen pages (all of which Zoey spends wangsting, despite only having known Stevie-Rae for about a month. Wut?). Then she's back, as one of the "undead" fledglings. To be honest, the most exciting thing of the book was seeing the "ugly" fledgling Elliot from the last book, and he was yet again called "gross" and "hideous" because he's not gorgeous like the rest of the cast. I have a feeling the Casts have something against ugly people? As I said before, all the problems from the last book are still hanging around. Bad syntax and grammar, poor pacing, racism, sexism, awful characters and immature writing. Zoey enjoys saying things like "scared poo-less" or "I almost peed myself!" I understand wanting to tone the language down, but Shaunee says fuck at one point- so what's the point of avoiding the word "shit"? I could understand avoiding the "three big swears" (view spoiler)[Cunt, Nigger and Faggot, if you're curious (although, faggot was used in Marked now that I think about it...) (hide spoiler)] but if you're saying fuck, you can say shit. Common sense. Have some. Not to mention that any time Shaunee shows up, everything stops to remind us that she's black. Oh, but don't say the word "black!" Call her "mocha" coloured, or "cafe-latte", or some other coffee flavor instead! This happened on the first damn page. There's also more of this crap later on in the book where a dude flirts with Shaunee saying that he's "colorful" which made me drop the book and push it away. Why? Then there's Damien. Can we leave the poor gay kid alone? Why does every time he show up we have to be reminded that he loves the D? There's a part in the book where the other girls taunt him and call him "Majesty" and "Your Highness", and it's not treated as bullying. I understand that friends tease friends, but this was awful. I have a gay friend who would punch you in the face for that kind of dickery. This book added the character "Jack Twist", who is immediately revealed to be gay without any characterization because he's named after a character from Brokeback Mountain. Casts, you're not clever. We all know that you added this flat, faceless gay character so Damien could be paired up like the rest of the characters are being paired up, and you're not doing it well. All of this added together for one mess of a book. I don't have any fond moments to recall. I don't think I enjoyed any part of this except when I read it aloud to my boyfriend to laugh about how much of a fail we thought it was. Basically, I did not like this book. Again, I would like to end this review by saying it's perfectly alright for other people to like this book. And yes, good on the Casts for doing something with their lives and writing a series of books- but these books have serious problems. The messages they send are really hurtful and... bad. If I could sum them up, it'd be "judge others; be childish and disrespectful; get butthurt when people don't show you respect; lie, lie and lie some more- friends don't deserve the truth!" and several others. This book is not a good book. It was annoying and bad and creepy and bad. I'm honestly doubting that any of these books will be any good. Regardless, I'm going to keep reading them and see it through to the end like I swore I would, because even if they aren't great literature, they're still really hilarious to snark at with my friends.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    This one picks up not far where Marked left off. Zoey is now in charge of the Daughters of Darkness. Aphrodite is now old news and her 'evil' ways are done. Even Neferet has said that the Goddess has taken away Aphrodite's gift of seeing the future... or has she? Human Teenagers that Zoey used to know are dying and Aphrodite has a vision that ends up saving Zoey's grandmama. So if Aphrodite still has her gift... why would Neferet lie? What's really going on in the House of Night? Who can Zoey tr This one picks up not far where Marked left off. Zoey is now in charge of the Daughters of Darkness. Aphrodite is now old news and her 'evil' ways are done. Even Neferet has said that the Goddess has taken away Aphrodite's gift of seeing the future... or has she? Human Teenagers that Zoey used to know are dying and Aphrodite has a vision that ends up saving Zoey's grandmama. So if Aphrodite still has her gift... why would Neferet lie? What's really going on in the House of Night? Who can Zoey trust? Not only is Zoey dealing with all that but her parents aren't helping anything at all... then something really happens that will shake Zoey up for sure. Darkness isn't always evil and light isn't always good. I can be the first one to admit that these aren't the best books out there. While I think there are some great things about this series, I can also say there are some things that could be done better. Much better. My biggest gripe with this series is just how whiny all the characters are. I know that some people have said that this is how teenagers are... and while that is true. Some teenagers can be whiney. Not every single freaking teenager is that way. I wasn't that way. So that being said, I like the writing style. It's fun and fast to read. It's an engaging story. Also, I'm vampire trash so.... anything with vampires, I may just be biased about. Crap, let's just be honest, I've very biased when it comes to vampire novels. I just love it all so much. I like how witchcraft plays a part in this novel. As a Pagan, this is just so cool to me. I love how the ones we think maybe 'evil' characters, aren't always evil. Good isn't always good. There can be this grey area and I feel like this mirrors the real world greatly. I started this series back when only the first three or four were out and I never finished it. So this is a reread so I can finally finish this series and jump into Loved.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Marie

    *****You can read the full review at Darling & Co.***** The exciting sequel to Marked! This one is exciting for a few reasons. There's a lot of action, it gets extremely steamy, and it delves a little more into the vampyre world and learn so much more stuff. In this book, the series really starts moving and setting everything up for later books. Also, in this book, a few of the things I know happened from my first time reading happened, so it's nice getting some clarity on my vague memories. *****You can read the full review at Darling & Co.***** The exciting sequel to Marked! This one is exciting for a few reasons. There's a lot of action, it gets extremely steamy, and it delves a little more into the vampyre world and learn so much more stuff. In this book, the series really starts moving and setting everything up for later books. Also, in this book, a few of the things I know happened from my first time reading happened, so it's nice getting some clarity on my vague memories. I'm still really glad that I'm re-reading this series. So like I said, this one has a little bit more going on in it, which makes sense; you expect that each book has a little more drama as you become more familiar with the world it takes place in and more characters are introduced. The big things in this one are: Zoey's love rectangle (since it's 3 guys, not two); Zoey and Aphrodite; the gang and their affinities; Neferet; and Stevie Rae. All I remember from the next book is that everything intensifies even more, and I think I remember a character that is introduced, but other than that, I don't know what I'm getting into, and I'm excited to find out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Astoria

    Still trying to figure out what's so good about a girl who can't say 'shit' but can call someone Slut and hag with the blink of an eye, for having sex with her own boy friend (or ex-boyfriend). And yet she is dating 2 boys at the same time, and having sex with the one that is not her boyfriend. Also The writing is pitiful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

    I am totally ashamed of myself. When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’t flip anymore pages. I thought the writing was for too-young adults. I thought I would be generous and give it two stars. But dang, I am eating what I said. Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C and Kristin Cast started out slow, but, somewhere in the middle, I began liking the book. I can’t point to the exact page, but somewhere, things were becoming I am totally ashamed of myself. When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’t flip anymore pages. I thought the writing was for too-young adults. I thought I would be generous and give it two stars. But dang, I am eating what I said. Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C and Kristin Cast started out slow, but, somewhere in the middle, I began liking the book. I can’t point to the exact page, but somewhere, things were becoming interesting. Despite the mediocre writing, the plot, I admit is good. I actually think of the authors as brave for having straying so much from the vampire norms. Zoey Redbird, is still likable for me. She always has the best interests of everyone is heart. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fail trying. Despite being advanced for a fledgling, she’s still struggling to maintain normalcy. She just wants to fit in. And experience the same stuff other normal teenagers do. Probably having a little boylet, here and there. Despite her having three love interests, I don’t take it against her. I even wish I had three boylets hunkering over me. But dah, I’m no Zoey Redbird. Anyway, this book makes me want to pick up the next one, as in now. I’ve betrayed myself. I swore it couldn’t pick my fancy, but now, karma’s eating at me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allison ☾

    "I wanted Heath. I needed Erik. I was intrigued by Loren. I had no damn idea what I was going to do about the mess that my life had become" That pretty much sums up the book! I went into this knowing what to expect after reading the first book, so I overlooked the ignorant 'teen' dialogue and the fact that Zoey is apparently the greatest thing to walk the earth. Overlooking these truly helped me focus on the plot. There are a lot of negative things I could say. Like Zoey being 'sexually liberat "I wanted Heath. I needed Erik. I was intrigued by Loren. I had no damn idea what I was going to do about the mess that my life had become" That pretty much sums up the book! I went into this knowing what to expect after reading the first book, so I overlooked the ignorant 'teen' dialogue and the fact that Zoey is apparently the greatest thing to walk the earth. Overlooking these truly helped me focus on the plot. There are a lot of negative things I could say. Like Zoey being 'sexually liberated' aka cheating on her boyfriend: "... and I didn't want there to be any confusion on Erik's part that I was definitely not a stank slut like Aphrodite the Ho. (I ignored the memory of my rubbing the bulge in Heath's pants.)" Pg. 149 Or like everyone treating Zoey like a female Jesus come back to earth: "I've never seen anything like this. It's as if you're an ancient priestess who has materialized in our time. How blessed we are to have you, Zoey Redbird." Pg. 52 Or like Zoey thinking she's uber chic because she shops at the Utica Square American Eagle instead of the American Eagle at the mall uptown (apparently that's what cutting-edge girls do): "I was the one my high school friends had called "weird" and "out there" because I liked to shop in the chic midtown stores versus the loud, boring, food court-smelling mall." Pg. 113 But honestly Zoey's man drama was the most interesting and relatable thing about her. I enjoyed seeing her stumble, get confused, make mistakes, because that's reality. She also does something selfless at the end of the book, putting herself in danger to save someone who needs her. She redeemed herself just a bit in my eyes, despite still being her problematic self. I also felt that this book was less ignorant than the first, as far as mentions of homosexuality and race. The slut-shaming and name-calling is still very present. The words "ho" and "hag" are overused, these girls at this school are just throwing the hot slugs at each other left and right, even thought they're supposed to be embodiments of Vampyric wisdom. That's all I really have to say about this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Wow... Great second edition to the House of Night series..I liked the first book but this book was even better in my opinion. Mostly because your already settled with the characters and new locations so you get into it more.Events in Betrayed continue from about month after the events in Marked (the first book in this series) finished.The book is narrated in first person by sixteen-year old Zoey a fledgling vampyre who has been gifted with unusual powers by the vampyre goddess Nyx. Betrayed sees Wow... Great second edition to the House of Night series..I liked the first book but this book was even better in my opinion. Mostly because your already settled with the characters and new locations so you get into it more.Events in Betrayed continue from about month after the events in Marked (the first book in this series) finished.The book is narrated in first person by sixteen-year old Zoey a fledgling vampyre who has been gifted with unusual powers by the vampyre goddess Nyx. Betrayed sees a more confident Zoey. There is still plenty of confusion in store for Zoey though, as she deals with her feelings for her human ex-boyfriend who she has accidentally Imprinted, while she has her new vampyre fledgling bf Erik who is more of a mate for her. He suits her better. I really love ths characters and their relationships with each other. Zoey's group of friends are amazing and are friends to hope for. Her new bf Erik and her are more introduced and some conflict happens that make her think..Theres a vampyre teacher at the House of night that is flirting with Zoey and making her weak at the knees. There is great dialogue and an amazing plot that even at one point I couldn't stop crying.. it was so sad, but also written so wonderful, I felt like was there with the characters. I'm officially a fan of this series and will countdown the days for each new edition! Synopsis: Summary (from the book jacket) Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night finishing school. She finally feels like she belongs, even gets chosen as the Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, 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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