Pub. Date: October 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover, 319pp
Age Range: Young Adult
So…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? Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.
I enjoyed Tempted a little more than its predecessor Hunted which really left me frustrated with the direction this series had taken. I did enjoy reading this book from Zoey’s and Stevie Ray’s point of view. It was nice to read Stevie Ray's perspective and I had some good laughs at the dialogue in this book.
I was a little disappointed in Eric's characterizaton. He went from being a possible crush to a childish jerk. I didn't get how he was perfect in the beginning of the series then there’s a complete 180 on his character. I loved Stark in this installment, he is swoon worthy but Heath is a complete DUD!! I just don’t get him, some of the things that came out of his mouth made me cringe and in his case, a HOT BOD = DENSE. I did find myself wanting to read more about Kalona and it was a nice contrast to see into his past and see how he used to be.
I'm still trying to get use to the slang in this series but sometimes it seemed a bit juvenile and the repetitiveness of Zoey's Cherokee name ut-te-wi-ta- sa-ga was quite annoying. Although there were plenty of things I disliked about the book, there were also parts that were really entertaining and held my attention long enough to find out how it would end. The ending was unexpected and I’m crossing my fingers that Burned will exceed my expectations.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars