Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Destined (House of Night #9) P.C. and Kristin Cast

Disclaimer: This review will contain spoilers for the first 8 books in the House of Night series.

Breathing hard, Aurox stood there over the bodies of his vanquished enemies. He turned to Neferet. "Very good," she said in her emotionless voice. "Let us leave this place before the authorities descend."

Aurox followed her. He walked heavily, his hooves gouging furrows in the dirty alley.

Weak. He felt weak. And more. There was something else.

"What is it?" She snapped at him when he hesitated before entering the car again.

"I do not know. I feel--"

She laughed. "You don't feel at all. You're obviously overthinking this."

"Yes, Priestess." Aurox got in the car and let the world speed past him.I do not think. I do not feel. I am a weapon.

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet -- which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together -- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more -- or possibly less -- than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him . . .

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect them all? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to read this book or not. I really think that this series should end soon, not because the characters are horrible or anything, I just think that it's time. There are currently nine books in this series, and its hard to keep up with the plot. We know that Zoe and friends don't like Neferet because she's evil and all. But, I'm starting to find it hard to remember exactly why Neferet is so evil. I know that she's power hungry and that she wants to take over the "government," but this whole Neferet-is-trying-to-take-over-the-world thing is really getting on my nerves. The plot is just so...boring--for lack of a better word. Yeah, I know that there are more things going on in this series, but that is the main thing. It's just really tiresome after a while. There will be a tenth book in the House of Night series, Hidden although, I'm not sure when it is coming out, or if I'm even going to read it.

That being said, I really didn't find much entertainment in this book. The plot was bland and old characters are brought back but weren't explained. I really don't know what else to say about it. Except that I'd give it a 2/5. I'm really not sure if I'm going to read the next installment, Hidden. I believe that this series has reached it's end


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