Friday, January 28, 2011
WARNING: This review is for a book in the House of Night Series and will contain spoilers for the House of Night series if you haven't read them yet though won't contain spoilers for this book specifically.
At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?
To be completely honest, this review is going to be short and to the point. House of Night books have never been completely mind blowing when it came to the writing style or shocking when it came to the plot. They've been my guilty pleasure, though, because of the soap opera style they invoke upon reading. For a couple years now, I've read each book after it's come out only to wait for the next one. I shouldn't have waited for Awakened.
The book Burned was probably the best in the entire series, and to have it followed by Awakened, what I believe to be the worst in the series, is hard. I know I'll read the next book, and the one after that, because I'm addicted to the characters and the plot, but the last book annoyed me. None of the characters seemed real. There were several jumping the shark incidents. The plot was one layer and that one layer was boring. Unfortunately, there was nothing in this book that can justify me reading it.
Rather than rant on about the book and how it wasn't anything worth reading, I will simply leave my review here with a rating of disapproval.