Book Review #7: Burned by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

“When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames…”

“Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able to pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only seven days left. Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z, but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home-but it also threatens to explode her whole world. In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems that Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether Aphrodite wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance. Three girls, playing with fire…if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.” 

(Spoilers!!!)

It is sort of odd that Kalona did not appear till near the end of the story, even though he was released into the Otherworld at the very beginning of the novel. I was surprised how much of Stevie Rae’s storyline appeared in the story. I love Rephaim and Stevie Rae as a couple as much as the next House of Night fan, but it’s a little much considering Zoey’s the main character. Regardless, Zoey is unable to keep things very interesting in the Otherworld. I thought it was okay. Also, I’m not sure what I think about this one. I think the girl on the cover’s supposed to be Stevie Rae, but I don’t think I really imagine her as a blonde even though she is described as such.

Here’s what I’m on the fence about. The whole thing with Raven Mockers. Here is what Cherokee legends depicted them to be.

Photo Source: http://victoriamckinney.com/whiteraven.php

See, I’ve never really pictured Rephaim with a beak or feathers on his body. I pictured him more like this:

Photo Source: http://amorimortall.blogspot.com/2010/12/house-of-night-kalona.html

Since he’s his father’s favourite son, he would look more like Kalona. The other ones I picture, look more like Ravens because they are the evil ones.

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