Tempted: House of Night Series, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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So...you'd think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark's life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.
Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite's visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.
Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn't go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul? Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 2 minutes|
|Author||P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 27, 2009|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,788 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#18 in Contemporary Fantasy for Teens
#50 in Epic Fantasy for Teens
#206 in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
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First off, this series is incredibly imaginative, so I don't want to come off sounding like the book is, well... "poopie". It's not - it's just nowhere near on par with the other books in the series. On it's own I would say it's more like a high 2 or low 3, but with so much invested in the characters, Tempted may not pull its own weight but is entertaining nonetheless.
Tempted leaves off where we left off with Neferet ushering fallen angel, Kalona, (now calling himself Nyx's consort, Erebus) into the spotlight with a grand entrance at the House of Night. Zoey and friends have escaped to the relative safety of the convent belonging to the City Cats nuns only to have to fight the Raven Mockers. Tempted begins with the clean-up and most of the book is devoted to the reorganization of Clan Zoey and planning of Kalona's downfall (they don't get that far). Much time is focused on Stevie Rae and the secrets she keeps - especially one involving Kalona's firstborn - the Raven Mocker Rephaim.
This goes on and on until 20 pages to the end when the action starts up again building up to a showdown between Kalona and Zoey. The ending comes in a rush of confusion (not at all what I was expecting) leading to a promise of answers in the next installment. So, on its own Tempted read like one big build-up to the next book with far too much time spent to building up relationships between other characters (Stevie Rae with her "Red Vampyres" and Rephaim, Aphrodite and Darius, sheesh - even Stark and Heath).
POV: One of the reasons this book felt like one big build-up and a bit disjointed was the removal of focus from Zoey. Unlike the prior books, the POV shifts between characters. Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the characters, so indicated under the Chapter heading. I see why the authors are doing this, but I don't think it was pulled off quite as elegantly as it could have. See Shiver for an example of a book where joint POV is used to further the story telling a near singular story line. In Tempted, too many story lines are followed to give the book a cohesive feel. Whereas other books have flowed naturally, this one really felt a little more forced from the authors rather than a force of its own.
Language: It's beginning to grate on me. In any other situation, when teens (or anyone) begin hanging out together for extended periods of time, they start sounding like each other. Not here! No, we have every dialect (even made up!) from the U.S. - poor grammar included. It felt stronger (and it could have been because of the multiple POV) in Tempted than in other installments. However, the regional colloquialisms are starting to sound forced and a bit much. I would love to know from Middle America teens if they REALLY sound like this ALL the time, because I doubt it. Also, it feels like all of these really intense life experiences should be shaping and maturing the teens, and yet when Zoey faces an immortal out pops "poopie" - most people I know relax around their friends but have a different language/presentation that they may use around others. My feeling is that the authors are trying to present the characters as incredibly strong individuals that do not yield to peer pressure, but it doesn't feel true. Plus, I am tired of all the bowel movement talk.
Characters: Little character development has occurred. However, this is in part because the events in Hunted and Tempted are both about a week apart (for the whole books). However, I am having a really hard time imagining a full-fledged vampyre like Darius falling for Aphrodite with all her juvenile melodrama. Stark has probably demonstrated the most character development and maturity. Sylvia Redbird appears briefly but is still a strong influence on Zoey and her choices (she's my favorite character). Heath has turned into a shell of a stereotypical football jock fused with a lap dog. The "Reds" versus "Blues" thing going on between the vampyres is getting a bit labored.
Story Line Turns: At the end of Tempted, Zoey's circle flies to Italy to meet with the Vampyre High Council and this is where the book leaves us. Neferet and Kalona are also there and the issue of free will/free choice becomes critical. So, it seems that at least the next installment of the House of Night will not be happening at the House of Night. This may not be a bad thing. The ending was just too rushed and TOO confusing/shocking. Rather than end as a really good cliffhanger, this makes the whole book feel like one big set-up for the next novel. Since nothing really happened until the last 50 pages, I have to wonder if I would not have missed anything if I skipped this one.
Bottom line: Only read it if you are addicted to the series. Wait to read it until right before the next book is released if you can. You will either love or hate the ending (I don't think there is a middle ground), which is ridiculously abrupt. In fact, it's not even an ending. Here is where Team Cast could take a hint from the Twilight series - use a natural ending to your advantage. If the characters seemed immature and unrealistic before, expect their language to grate on you in Tempted.
Anyways, still a good book! Great series. I am looking forward to listening or reading the next book.
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Ive been buying this series ceap from amazon as im all to aware of the authors main intent on getting money from the readers -by writing about nothing then adding a tad of something you want to know about near the end- and im reading through them quickly and in this one they are just having a break from war, but i think the purpose of this book that many call a filler is to patch up zoeys personal life so she can develop more as a character, which she does.
I absolutly love stevie rea and rephaims parts in the series from here on out and even if main character zoey is a boring no fun priestess stevie rae and stark and lets not forget aphrodite pull out a few comments to get a smile across my face like a dork.
Unlike many reviews of this book i disagree with zoey being immature and slutty, she is finally making the right choices and showing a bit of back bone towards people. and i just cant understand why you wouldnt like stevie rea's chapters, they make the book worth the read being all dark and mysterious with the raven mocker she has befriended. even if you skim read zoeys parts to get to them!
After Kalona was banished, and Neferet going with him, Zoey and her gang begin to assess their current situation. As Zoey's dreams involving Kalona begin to scare her, and when Aphrodite has a violent vision they decide to return to The House of Night. This is where they discover some devastating news, and with the help of a professor they uncover the truth about the visions. It isn't long before they realize they must go to Italy to meet with the vampyre council and discuss Neferet and Kalona.
In the book each chapter focuses on one specific character at a time. As the whole story is written in first person, from Zoey's point of view, these character changes give us the opportunity to carry on the story without Zoey present. Most of the chapters are Zoey's however some are Stevie Ray, Aphrodite, and Heath etc.
Tempted was a really fast paced book based over about 3 days. My only disappointment was that they didn't spend much time at The House of Night. I look forward to the next in the series.
Never expected the ending! wow. The only reason it wasn't a 5 star was to me it felt slightly rushed... although in saying that the rush at the end made it much more dramatic, and shocking in a way - read it and you shall understand! :)
really good, currently on the next one BURNED, praise to the Cast's! xx