Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

Burned (House of Night Series, book 7)by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (323 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Suns
Reviewed by Peppermint

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, 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 Vampyre 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.

Zoey what have you gotten yourself into now? If you have previous followed the other House of Night books you know what I am taking about. This book picks up exactly where Tempted left off. So if you have not read any of the previous books you should go back and start from the beginning and believe me, it is worth it.

This story featured a lot of Aphrodite which I was very pleased about. She has always been one of my favorite characters in this series so I was happy that she seemed to get quite a bit of story time in this book. For all of you Aphrodite fans she was her typical sarcastic self throughout the entire story. Another character that you get a lot of — more than in the previous stories — was Stark. He is a character that I always wanted to read more about and I finally got my wish. Of all Zoey’s male followers he quickly won my heart. He is the only one who seems to really understand Zoey and want her happiness and safety above his own. In my opinion it was great to see so much of these two characters and I hope we continue to see them more and more.

The story line with Stevie Rae was also a good one. I liked the direction these authors are taking her in, not only with Rephaim, but also the other Red fledglings that are out of control. Add in the twist with Damien at the end and you cannot help but feel bad for poor Stevie Rae. The poor girl has so much on her plate!

The only negative thing I really have to say about this book and a few others in the series, is that the development of the story drags in some places. We keep getting introduced to so many conflicts within each story without really getting any conclusion from the already existing ones. The authors introduce four or five new conflicts while only concluding one or two.

This series always keeps me on the edge of my seat. From book one, Zoey and her pack has amused me. After finishing this story you can tell this series is far from over, so I look forward to more from this authors.

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