Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Burned (House of Night #7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

*Warning: Spoilers if you have not read the rest of the House of Night series*

Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart 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 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 Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 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 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 Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she 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.


Burned picks up right where Tempted ended. Zoey's soul has been shattered, and Stark, Aphrodite, and the rest of the gang are doing everything they can to restore her soul before it is too late.

Surprisingly, there is not a lot of Zoey in this book. In fact, I found it to focus mainly on Stevie Rae and her situation with the raven mocker, Rephaim. I really enjoyed Stevie Rae's story, and I am looking forward to seeing where it leads. Unlike in the last book where I found Rephaim to be repulsive, I actually started to like him. In this book, you get to know Rephaim on a more personal level. His relationship with Stevie Rae has grown, and I loved watching the two of them bond. Rephaim has definitely grown on me in a good way, and I hope to see more of him in future books.

Stark is still my favorite of all of Zoey's boys. I thought he has grown as a character in this book. Eric is pretty much MIA in this book, which I definitely enjoyed since he began annoying me in the last few books with all of his possessiveness. Heath's story in Burned is bittersweet. That is all I can say.

Aphrodite has to be my favorite character now. I liked her more than ever in Burned! She is such a strong character that is not afraid to speak her mind. I definitely did not like her in the beginning of the series, but she quickly grew on me.

I found the way that the characters speak to be funny sometimes, but other times it just got annoying. Their "cool" lingo seemed forced at times and completely unnatural. Other than that, I thought Burned was a fun read. I did not think it was the best book in the House of Night series, but it was still enjoyable.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swords are for fighting,

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