Hunted by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Hunted by PC and Kristin CastHunted (House of Night, #5) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 10, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
four-stars

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

This book series, to me, seems like it could be a good one if they tried to make it go through the different years at the House of Night instead of all in one year. I mean how much stuff can a seventeen year old third former is excepted to go through after just being marked? Okay I know I shouldn’t do that to the Casts who are amazing writers but I’m just saying how much better it would be. It would make more sense. I believe that this series started out in 2007 and this is the fifth book of the series which was published in 2009. I mean three years have passed and a whole lot of things changed. I mean for one Project Runway? I believe that wasn’t out in 2007 but then again I don’t watch reality television. I think that they, the Casts, should at least try to keep with what year they are supposedly writing in. I mean this whole series I’m guessing is going to be in Zoey’s third former year and maybe her fourth former year but still that would mean 2007 and 2008 and maybe a little bit in 2009 once they get passed December 31 in Zoey’s fourth former year.

Anyways back to the reason for this blog post…..the fifth book. It took me a little bit to get into it since my inner editor kept on finding mistakes and I had to read out what would have made sense before continuing on with the sentence. I mean the Casts are really good writers but they must have gotten a crappy editor for this book or they might not have had an editor. I mean there are a lot of mistakes and mistaking Darius and Damien up on us. I guess I’m going to say that this book for me is 3 1/2 stars but since I am also posting this review, both on my blog and on my Goodreads account, that it will be a 4 stars on there. I mean it’s good but I had to wait until the middle of the book to get really into it.

Further on about the book is that I wish that the Casts would stop giving Zoey boyfriends all the time. I mean yeah I get it that she is a teenager but when I was a teenager I didn’t have this many boys, okay so I didn’t have any boyfriends but still, this girl has way too many. Even more so that they have it where Zoey is A-ya but then again I guess I should have seen that coming. So let’s recount how many boys Zoey has/had, even though I still believe that she isn’t a ho or a slut, Heath – Imprinted again with Zoey, Erik – her boyfriend vampyre once again, Loren – her dead Imprinter, Kalona – the one that she was created for in another lifetime, and Stark – her undead dead crush that is know the second red vampyre. Okay yeah I know I have revealed some stuff in this review but I don’t really do that often and I thought it was necessary to get my point across on some of the things that the Casts did.

I believe that the Casts have an interesting plot/idea but I would love it if they tried to keep with the year that they are supposedly writing in and not make Zoey seem so Mary-Sue. I know that is the first time I badmouthed the main character but Zoey seems kind of full of herself in this book. I mean yeah in the other books she did too but she kept on looking at the scar she got from a Raven Mocker in the beginning and can’t help but think what would any guy she is with would see her naked and with that scar. I mean come on I know that it must be bad but that is what you get for trying to save Heath and being all angry at Erik for being all possessive of you. Then again what else can I say but the Casts should really try working a little bit more on sounding more teenagerish or try writing in third person since that seems to work more on a book series like this one.

And I think that is it that I want to say about this book please comment or something with this review. Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet again on my next review for Tempted. Yup I am going to be reading and reviewing this whole series. Though I believe that I only have the second to last book but I don’t mind since I can easily get the other one soon I hope. And now farewell my fellow readers and bloggers.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Untamed by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Untamed by PC and Kristin CastUntamed by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 23, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she's become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel. (Recommended for readers age 13 and older)

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

Okay so here is the fourth book in the House of Night book series. The last two books in my mind were just like little filler books to keep the plot of the whole series going through our heads as we waited to see what Zoey and her group of friends well do. I only say that the second and third books are fillers because we don’t really see all that much going on. I mean yeah we find out that Zoey is a slut, even though that is the wrong use of the word, for having three boyfriends and for keeping Stevie Rae’s return from the dead a secret from her “nerd herd” as Aphrodite calls Zoey’s group of friends. We are able to see Neferet grow more and more into her role as the villain of the story.

In this book we can clearly see some spelling errors but I am quite glad to see that it is still going. For some reason I think that this book would have done well if the Casts made some of the books into one big one for the third former year at the House and so forth but I guess they didn’t think about that.

Then again I guess writing about being a vampyre fledgling is different than say writing about a young wizard going to Hogwarts every year and has to deal with whatever is thrown at him from Voldemort. And yes I realized that I made a Harry Potter reference but it was the only one I can think of. Anyways this book in my mind is awesome and I don’t wanna give a whole lot of it away though as I am looking at what I have wrote I am not spoiling anything but oh well. This book is a good one and one that made me rethink the series….well again. Yeah I already read most of them but I don’t remember much.

Though this book was originally a zero because of it being so slow in the beginning but as I got farther in the book gradually got a higher rating. I mean at least Zoey isn’t saying bad stuff about Catholicism anymore thanks to a certain group of nuns and that is all I am willing to tell you. Hope this review has helped you with deciding on to read this book and if so then I am glad.

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Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Chosen by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Chosen by PC and Kristin CastChosen by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 4, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
four-stars

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth…

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

To me I feel like this book, and the last one as I am now thinking about it, are just filler books. Made to keep their fans thinking about the book series. This one is mostly just Zoey talking about how much of a “slut and hoe bag” she is turning into. Even though if you look up the definition of those two words you will know that she isn’t. I didn’t like the part where she Imprinted with someone else besides Heath. I mean even Imprinting with Heath is just messed up to me since if you want to get rid of him don’t suck his blood. I just don’t get with why she would even suck on anyone’s blood just quite yet.

Through the whole thing that the only one that does end up liking Zoey throughout the book is someone that she doesn’t even like. I do think though that her fledging vampyre boyfriend could have took something a little bit better but then again I always thought that maybe Erik was just too good to be true for Zoey and I was right. Then again so far I have been right for some things that have been happening in the series. Throughout the whole book though there is only one thing that I like about it is that something good happens to Stevie Rae which I love.

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Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Betrayed by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Betrayed by PC and Kristin CastBetrayed by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 2nd 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
four-stars

Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
ACE #1

Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

I read this book in thirteen days even though I was pretty busy. Anyways I am going to do a different way of doing this review and I hope that you guys like it.

The things I like about this book were that it was the second book and we got to see more on Zoey finding out who the bad guy is. We also get to see with what happens when Zoey’s family, aka her mom and step-loser, goes to the House of Night and we get to meet Stevie Rae’s mom and dad who are so cool. This book has a whole lot of good things but also bad things. Like another good thing is that of maybe Damien getting a boyfriend and maybe one of the twins.

The things that I didn’t like about this book are how Zoey kept on thinking about how Aphrodite is a hoe and other things. Though also I think that the word “slut” isn’t used correct in any of the ways that Zoey says in the book. Since the word “slut” means a woman or girl that sleeps with more than one man and Zoey hasn’t at all. This book is a really good book though and I am giving it a four point five stars.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Marked by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Marked by PC and Kristin CastMarked by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 1, 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
ACE #1

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

I read this book back in my sophomore year of high school and I thought it was good. I still think that thought today after I just finished this book once again. I mean the main character is only SIXTEEN-YEARS-OLD so of course she would be dealing with some weird things in the book. Especially with being a new kid at a new school in the middle of the new school year. I know about this because I had to deal with that too but then again I also didn’t have to deal with a new boarding school or being a vampyre as well. This book series shouldn’t get hate just because of how the writing seems to be like what a normal teenage girl would write when she is experiencing new things in her diary or anything like that. I think that this mother and daughter duo did a good job on capturing the teenage voice.

I mean every teenager let it be girl or guy goes through issues on boyfriends and learning new things and trying to fit in. I mean I know I sure did even if I never had a boyfriend since I had to deal with friends and other things that a normal teenagers go through.

Zoey is a young teenage girl in Tulsa, Oklahoma who looks more of her Cherokee heritage than anyone else of her family. She got Marked toward the end of the school day one day at her old high school and she didn’t want it to happen. But her grandma’s family came from a Wise Women line and so she has that in her blood as well.

She is just mostly worried about what will happen throughout the whole book after she met the Goddess Nyx and ended up getting her Marked filled in already. She just wants to make it through the school and through the Change.

This book is pretty good and I recommended it to anyone that loves Young Adult paranormal books. I also gave this book a five star review because granted I could put it down while not worrying about my place but that is mostly because I was also thinking about what would happen when I start to read it again. I started to do that a lot today and yesterday and even more on the night I started it as I was dreaming about the book. Yes I know it’s weird to dream about a book but I do that on occasion. Especially if I am writing one. I did that a lot in my high school years and I am trying to do it again now. But yes please comment about this review if you want to.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.