Series: House of Night #10
Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Genre: YA 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?
Okay so this is the tenth book already. I seriously want to finish this series but it’s getting too much now. End the damn thing! But when I got a copy of it from Penguin Books SA I decided to read it just to get it out of the way. The series is getting too long. It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t bothered to buy the last two books of Morganville Vampires. I got sick of it. Luckily, Hidden actually didn’t fail to hold my attention. A lot of things happened that left me going: “Excuse me? What the hell just happened?!” So I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I don’t regret that I read it at all and I just want the next book, but it really should be the last book.
The story literally begins where it was left off. Neferet has finally been outed and has been shunned by the high council. It follows to show how Zoey and her gang with the kelp of Thanatos has to deal with the chaos Neferet is trying to create. I know, what’s new right? Well Zoey’s grandma gets kidnapped by Neferet and basically the entire book is how she needs to be saved. It’s quite interesting on how they do it.
You also find out that they have a traitor in their midst and honestly that was the WTF moment for me. It was like WOW. It happened so sudden and really without any explanation, so I’m hoping for one in the next book.
Aphrodite is by far my favourite character of them all. She made me laugh so much and I like that I haven’t gotten tired of her. She still comes up with new things that made me giggle. I think if there was no Aphrodite, I would have suffered tremendously throughout the book. She also finally learns how to use her gift of prophecy correctly.
Zoey finally grew up. After ten books it has finally happened people, and I literally heard an angle choir singing hallelujah. I don’t like calling female characters annoying because everyone does that and I really hate it because they never give a reason. It’s so easy to say ‘oh she is so annoying.’ I however do not find Zoey annoying, what grates my nerves is how she substitutes swear words for other words. She would use bullpoopie instead of bullshit. I mean honestly? You just don’t have to swear then, there are so many other words you can use instead of a substitute. After a while I wanted to rip out every page with that word in, but she does grow up and she finally takes a stand and acts like a high priestess of Nyx should, so I am very proud of her.
It felt to me like everyone basically grew up in this book. I saw more of mature thinking and decision making than bumbling idiotic teenage drama and silly decisions. I’m really proud of the people the characters turned out to be or who they are starting to become.
All in all this wasn’t a total train wreck. Those of you, who want to give up on the series, don’t. It might be long but I think the end result will be worth it. I really enjoyed this book.