Book Review: House Of Night (Series)

Author: PC & Kirsten Cast
Title: The House Of Night: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Destined, Hunted, Tempted & Burned
Genre: Young Adult
‘If you are Marked, you must leave your home and move into the House of Night school, where you will take your place as a fledgling and live for four years….’

I thought I was at the end of the series with Burned, but it seems that this mother daughter team are still going. That means I have more of the story to pick up. However, in the meantime, it seems that I have more than enough to talk about.

I’ve talked about this series before and even back then I was thrilled to read something so damn cool. Since then, I won’t take back my glee at the first book in the series, but I can see how my reading tastes have matured.

This series is young adult (YA) and I have to remember that. Its not going to have the levels of sophistication that I’ve recently enjoyed because the audience is significantly different. The language, style and pace are not for me even though I have no problem reading them. But from a critical point of view, I really do feel this series has so much more to give and it would have been able to take advantage of that in a much more comprehensive way if it was aimed at adults.

That aside… I’m still loving it! I powered through these books on my Kindle while at the hospital and then when I left and I’d pretty much finish one and dive straight into the next. Zoey Redbird’s adventures continue to hook me and have me straining to see what’s coming next. Her love life is in shreds and the source of more than a little irritation for me (seriously, how wrong can you get it, over and over and over?!) but at the end of the day she’s seventeen. I certainly wasn’t handling ‘boy problems’ very well when I was seventeen. Couple that with the good vs evil war she’s right in the middle of and the incredible responsibility she has to deal with, she’s not doing all that bad.

The cast of sidekicks (The Nerd Herd) continues to delight me with the colourful personalities and the comings and goings of bit characters do keep the story moving rather than distract from it by giving you a bunch more names to remember.

All in all, I am going to keep reading. It would be a shame to get this far and then not finish the series and, frankly put, I really want to see how the hell Zoey plans to save the world from her crazed nemesis. I just need to fit that in around sleepless nights and mad-busy days.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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6 Responses to Book Review: House Of Night (Series)

  1. Kana Tyler says:

    Any book populated by a “Nerd Herd” sounds delightful to me! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂


  2. 4amWriter says:

    Good rec, thanks. I love series, and although YA is not my genre of choice I did enjoy Hunger Games so I’d be willing to try new books in that genre if they’re well written with a great story.


  3. Writerlious says:

    I’m so glad you reviewed this series, Ileandra! I recently read the first book and liked it, but didn’t “love” it. After reading this post, I’m convinced I need to keep reading. Honestly, my only complaints were that I wanted more to happen with the love interest side of the story because the writing was excellent and the MC’s voice was great. The tension/conflict was kept well-paced as well. Why couldn’t she have some serious makeout sessions with the boys though?!

    I’m hoping there’s more of that in the later books. Maybe I’m just a sucker for romance. 🙂


    • Teehee, well I won’t give you any spoilers, but her love life certainly goes get interesting, poor thing. I wanted to see more of her relative fights, so I was satisfied on that score, though now I need to see how she resolves the various points of her love life.


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