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?
And so continues the story of Idiotic Zoey and her pursuit for truth, justice and every good looking, straight guy who crosses her path.
If I’m being honest, there is a potentially strong plot line hidden beneath layers of the trivial garbage that is the day-to-day life of Zoey Redbird. But as I delve once again into this series, I find myself disliking this wannabe heroine with such a passion, that I can only wish the Casts learn the error of their ways and Neferet wins in the long run, leaving Zoey dead.
First of all, I know teenagers are impulsive and hormonal. But come on. By the end of this book, Zoey is struggling against her attraction for not one, not two, not three, but four of the males highlighted in this book. It’s like this girl has a glaring red “Come and get it” sign, floating above her head. At the beginning of the book, she’s dragged into a dream starring, none other than the super sexy and clearly evil fallen angel, Kalona. Of course, she fails to relate such dreams to any of her friends and why should she? After all, it’s not like her keeping things from them has ever caused trouble before… Oh wait. It has. Every freaking time.
But of course, Idiotic Zoey can’t possibly be single. So despite the fact Erik outed her to all of her friends, behaved cruelly towards her even after learning the truth that she was setup by Neferet and Loren and then embarrassed her in front of her peers, Zoey decides to get back into a relationship with him. Now don’t get me wrong. My first time around with this series, I was a Zoey/Erik shipper (up until about the next book.) That being said, the moment she felt as if he was trying to force himself upon her, she should have blasted him with one (if not all) of the elements she commands, right out the door. But does she? Of course not. Instead, she bites her tongue and lets it pass. But heaven forbid he act like a jealous and possessive boyfriend when her idiotic human ex-boyfriend, Heath shows up.
And of course, there’s that one conversation between Zoey and Stark in the previous book hanging in the air. Because at seventeen, love at first sight (or first semi-deep conversation and dramatic death, in this case) is possible. Never mind the fact Zoey and Darius catch him trying to force himself on one of her fellow classmates. After all, it’s not his fault. He’s suffering from the same lack of humanity Stevie Rae once suffered from.
To be fair, I actually don’t hate the fact Zoey tries to save Stark. It’s probably one of the only somewhat smart things she accomplishes in this book. His behavior is in large part due to his recent change and much like Stevie Rae and the known red fledglings (because lets face it, even we, the readers know Stevie Rae is lying), reclaiming his humanity will prove to show he’s not a complete asshat.
In the end, Idiotic Zoey is cancerous to her group of friends. She never seems to have any sort of brain and it always gets her in trouble. Case in point: Why would she follow Heath outside when she knows those monstrous Ravenmockers are trying to hunt her down? Oh yeah, to set it up for her to reunite with Heath and reestablish the imprint. Aphrodite is right in pointing out that Heath always seems to be in the middle of whatever trouble Zoey winds up in.
In fact, why the hell is this book called Hunted? No one hunted her down. Neferet knew where they were all along and Zoey and her friends return on their own accord to the House of Night. Granted, it’s because she’s a moron who was almost killed by a Ravenmocker. But nonetheless, where was the hunt in this plot?
What can you expect when you read this book? Well, if you liked the previous books and appreciated the rituals and such, you will be greatly disappointed. This book is filled with prophecies and even the circle that is cast in the final moments of the book, wasn’t really cast. Despite my gripes about this book, I did like the incorporation of Sister Mary Angela and Grandma Redbird in the casting out of Kalona and Neferet. But there is nothing in this story that can help smooth over the damage the Casts caused by turning Zoey into Kalona’s “Aya” reincarnated. Yes, I understand they were trying to explain her affinity for the five elements. But as she is touched by Nyx, there was no need for further explanation. Also, it’s like they are trying too hard to make her the heroine and with all of her stupid mistakes and mental ramblings, I just can’t get on the Idiotic Zoey train.
The Zoey Redbird train to success has completely derailed and I can only hope they find a way to bring her back in this series. Because honestly, if I see the word bullpoopie and hear Zoey talk about her brown pop, while naming everyone else’s soda preferences, I’m going to pull my hair out.
Go Team Neferet!