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Review: Tempted by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

TemptedSo…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.

Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?

One mustn’t underestimate a series’ ability to delve into the senseless and idiotic minds of teenagers. As with the last few books in the House of Night series, Tempted is full of mind numbing moments of teenage stupidity. However, the one thing the Casts managed to do this book, is divert my hatred for Idiot Zoey to Moronic Stevie Rae. At least temporarily.

Yes, you read that right and I realize Stevie Rae fans will raise their pitchforks at such blasphemy. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change the fact that Stevie Rae is probably an even less likeable character than Zoey is at this point. Especially in regards to her sudden desire to be so virtuous that she saves Kalona’s beloved son, Rephaim. Just like Zoey, she feels that pull within her loins to save this little lost dove (or more accurately, large, hideous and murderous Raven Mocker.) This begins her journey of lies, deception and betrayal that is ironically similar to the path Zoey followed when she was sneaking around with Loren Blake. In truth, one can’t blame her for being kind hearted. You can’t even hate on the fact she’s trying to save the other red fledglings. But must she try to imitate Zoey so much that not only does she start with the multiple guy scenarios, but she’s even trying to be the HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge)?

If the Casts were so determined to redeem Rephaim, (and let’s be honest, they were) they could have differed Stevie Rae’s part in it all, just enough, so it didn’t feel like you are rereading a book they already published. Urgh. This frustrated me when I first read this book and it frustrates me now.

Don’t think all of my hatred is reserved for Stevie Rae. In fact, there’s plenty to go around. I could easily rant about Damien’s constant need to “educate” the group or how if I hear brown pop or bullpoopie one more time, I’ll just proceed to pull my hair out. But I won’t. Instead I will discuss Idiot Zoey’s constant need to think with her vajayjay.

Idiot Zoey gives female heroines a bad name and her ex, Erik Night speaks the truth when he points out it’s always crowded around Zoey. True, Erik’s a possessive (and jealous) asshat, but Zoey practically jumps on anything with a penis and it’s beyond annoy at this point. Now that Stark has sworn his Warrior’s Oath to her, she can’t help but to go all weak in the knees. And once Heath proclaims his virgin status and his undying love for her, yup, you guessed it. She’s a Zoey puddle of LUV. Nevermind the fact there are serious things going on in the world around them. Stopping to help some injured fledglings that actually stayed a fought when Zoey and her crew fled, is truly just a nuisance. Nope. Instead she begins pondering on how she can save the sexy Kalona from the big bad Neferet.

Honestly, if the Casts are trying to make a heroine that everyone will hate, they’ve succeeded. At this point, I think Zoey Redbird is deserving of at least a thousand tortuous deaths. This isn’t the kind of person I want to see save the world. This is exactly the kind of character that causes the world to blow up, lord knows my head hurts from each and every brain cell I am losing by reading this.

Ah… but then why do I continue, right? Don’t get me wrong. I do hate Idiot Zoey. But as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been able to see tiny glimmers of something special beneath all of the trivial mess. And at times, I find myself rooting for Neferet. So I continue to trek through the series so I can get the closure I need on a series I had, at one time, enjoyed.


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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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