Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hidden by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast Review

(House of Night #10)
Author: P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

ISBN: 0312594429 (ISBN13: 9780312594428)
Release Date:  October 16th 2012
Format: HardcoverPages: 320 Pages
Young Adult, Paranormal,


At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet's evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side -- but she's far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all.

With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together -- but that's proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night's former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey's so intrigued by Aurox, when it's so obvious that he's dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she's wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her.

With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it's too late?

WARNING!!! This is a review for book 10 of 12. There are no other reviews to go with it.

When I first began to read this series, I was in high school and I never expected it to be a long series. 'Hidden' is the tenth book, and I feel that it needed to end back at book 6. However, there are still two more books to it. Yep, a 12 book series.

That being said, I love the style of writing the two authors put into their books. The different characters have their own views of what’s going on. It gives more depth to what's going on. This style goes too far at times, and entire chapters are retold from the POV of a different characters. This happens a few times in 'Hidden'. I found that a lot of this book just filler. The book takes place right after the events of  the ninth book, but nothing new or exciting happened. Even the few actions scenes that did happen were mundane. It was just a lot of unneeded repetition.

What kind of repetition? It was just a guessing game of who was going to die this time, what good guy is going to turn evil, and what villain is suddenly going to be a hero. The side swaps made no sense, and there's no surprise when a character does die. The big surprise was that no characters died in this book, but there was an uninteresting kidnapping. The kidnapped just walked right up to her kidnapper and let herself be taken. No fight, no struggle, just a pointless stand off. I've never done a review for the 'House of Night' series before, and I will finish the series, but I hope that the last two books are much more exciting. After all this build up, I hope I'm not disappointed. 

The setting hasn't changed at all. Zoey and crew are still at the House of Night, busing back and forth between there and the underground area in which they live.

Zoey, our main heroine, hasn’t grown at all. Sure, she's come to trust herself more, but she still acts like a child. She’s a high priestess, and yet she doesn’t act like one. She lets a high priestess called Thanatos command her, even though Nex (the vampire’s goddess) gave her the markings to be a high priestess. She knows that she doesn't have to obey anyone's commands, that she's the one who's supposed to be in charge. Yes, Zoey is still young and needs to learn, but can she get through one book without crying?! She cries in every book! She isn't a strong character at all.

Since this book is all over the place, not much else has changed between our main characters. Though we get to learn that Erin (who has an affinity for water) has somehow switch sides. Um… When, why and how are my questions. This came out of no where! If the authors had written a chapter from Erin's POV to explain this, I'm sure the change would have made sense, but they didn't. It would be like a vegan suddenly chowing down on a steak. NO logic behind it. What’s the point of her going to the dark side? I just don’t see it. Erin turned bad, and a red fledging (Nicole) who was bad is turning good... I still don’t see a point to this. And Shaylin (who is new and has the gift of True sight) takes her place as having somehow the water affinity… This has become a drinking game series.
A lot of this book was about Aurox, and how he wants to be good. He doesn’t want to be a monster who kills people. I’m surprised with how he proves he can be good towards Zoey and her crew. Zoey’s grandmother trusts him first, and after proving himself to Zoey and her friends, he is now somewhat trusted. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with him, since he has something hidden inside him that may influence Zoey to look to him a lot more in the later books. Guess we’ll wait and see.

3 out of 5 Howling Wolves

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