Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Destined , by P.C. Cast

Destined (House of Night, #9)
Hardcover, UK, 325 pages
Published October 25th 2011
1905654871 (ISBN13: 9781905654871)
edition language
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Oklahoma (United States)

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow...

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more - or possibly less - than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him...

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him - and everyone - from his own fate? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series
My Review
Book nine, the suspense is almost over for we are so very close to the end. Its an ending that not many of us are actually wanting to come to because the series has been that good, but never fear for we always have the co series that goes alongside this series. But back to the point, to the review of this book. I think in general, this book is not as dramatic in comparrisons to the others in the series, but this could just be because we are building up to something towards the end of the next book in the series. Only time will actually tell what is to occur. But yes, anyway, this book is actually quite tamed, not a lot really goes on other than the main characters all sneaking around each other to discover the truth from the lies, and the fact that we really get more in touch with a few other characters. In some ways this dead leave the novel a little dull and boring because there didnt seem to be that much that left you needing like you had to get to the end to know what would happen next, but at the same time you did read on because you just had to understand the whole concept of what was going on and why it was happening in the first place. It was a must and yet it wasnt a must sort of read on book.
There are a few shocks that are here within the book, such as neferet employing humans to work on the school grounds, thantos from the high council coming to teach at the school and the rouge red fledgings also being invited into the school. It really seemed to show that more things were going down and this automatically made me think that these must be key parts to the next book and that everything that is happening is all going to come down to the big battle that we have all been eagerly awaiting. Of course neferet still has everyone twisted around her little finger, making them think that she is a good person and that she has been forgiven by Nyx. Of course, Zoey sets the high council straight without outting neferet. Perhaps this is because she doesnt want everyone to ruin any plans, or because she doesnt want neferets plan of making her look like a stupid little girl in front of everyone, coming true. Either way, zoey seems to be working on a very clever plan that does work out in the end.
I think the one thing that seemed to bother me the most though was the lack of emotion that we see from zoey in regards to her mothers death. We seem to see the odd spurt of emotion every so often but only when it seems that her mothers death is mentioned. Other than that there isnt really a lot going on, which when you think about it is wrong because we saw plenty of emotion for Heath, Jack and anatasia. So why not her mum. Yes she may not have been a big part of the novels, but nor was anastatsia and we still sore and read more about the emotional depth of her depth than her mothers death. perhaps this is just me being picky but it just didnt seem to be all that important, which regarding to the ending of the book, should have been, because it was the very thing that truly outted neferet for what she is and what she is actually doing to the school.
I do think that most of the books stood out much better than this one but this could just be due to the fact that we are actually use to the drama that we read within the books. Yes I think I enjoyed the fact that this was more toned down, but was it a little tooo toned down? Who knows. regardless of that fact though it was still a good book and now I can finally read book ten, hidden, the one I have been waiting for, for a very long time. lets see how this series ends, lets hope the entire reading of the series was worth it.
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing

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