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…
Once again, I find myself struggling to sympathize with Zoey during the book. The first time I read it, I actually was fond of Zoey and Loren. After all, who didn’t fantasize about an somewhat older sexy guy when they were sixteen? I also remember being torn because I, too, thought Erik was a good guy and probably the best choice for Zoey. In fact, I held on to the idea of them for several books into the series.
The good thing about knowing what happens further on in the series is that I am more astute to the little nuisances I missed the first time around. For example, Erik is extremely controlling and it’s clear his interest in Zoey is more because she’s the most powerful (and seemingly influential) fledgling. Had she just been ordinary, I highly doubt he would have ever been interested in her.
Also, as for Loren, how did I not realize what a creeper he was? Perhaps I was still young enough and naive enough not to realize, but this guy reeks of bad news from the very get go. For one, there’s nothing sexy about the poems he is constantly reciting. In fact, it’s just kind of pathetic and weird. Also, from the beginning, he’s pushing for sex and that should normally set off some form alarms in Zoey’s head.
But does any of this register in her head? When you’re too busy lying to all of your friends all the time (about Neferet, about Stevie Rae, about the guys you are messing around, etc.) and constantly sneaking around, I suppose it’s too much to ask to actually think before doing something stupid. And honestly, I feel NO sympathy for Zoey or the predicament she finds herself in at the end. I mean, for someone who is supposed to be the heroine, Zoey is completely self-obsessed and inconsiderate to anyone who is supposed to mean something to her. She’s rude to her friends when they try to celebrate her birthday, she’s constantly throwing up the “Stevie Rae is dead” card as a means of getting away with whatever nonsense she’s up to and honestly, she’s quite pathetic. For example, who loses the virginity minutes after thinking your boyfriend was dying (though he was just completely his change.)? Well, Miss Zoey Redbird. That’s who.
And you want me to buy that she’s mature enough, smart enough and skilled enough to battle and defeat Neferet? Not going to happen. Even though I know it won’t happen, I’ll be routing for Neferet from now on during my reread.