Sunday, September 28, 2008

Untamed by PC & Kristin Cast

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird--she's become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, of the two Zoey has left, one is undead and one is unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened...

I have been waiting ever so impatiently for this book since the end of Chosen. The events at the end of that book are the main issues Zoey has to deal with in this one. Whoo-boy, her life is one giant piece of messed up.

At the end of Chosen, some major secrets were unveiled and major drama ensued. Zoey found herself losing everyone she held dear due to decisions she had made. The hardest part was dealing with the loss of Erik...and Heath.

Now, it's only a few weeks later, and Zoey is still trying to deal with the aftermath of those events. She knows what she did is right, but it is hard to convince herself when everything is going to pot. What should she do?

Thankfully, Aphrodite is there to lend a hand and to have a major vision that catapults Zoey back into her job as one of the most powerful fledglings in vampyre history. She knows that she needs to figure out a way to overthrow Neferet and get her out of the school, but with her friends hating her, she's stuck.

Wow...that's all I can say about this book. It's not as heartbreaking as Betrayed or as frustrating as Chosen, but it is deep in its own way. The Cast's have created a world that is multi-layered and fascinating. Watching Zoey struggle to overcome her figuritive and literal demons is a wonderful journey.

This book is dark and it is creepy, but it's also just about a young woman who has awful choices to make and who has to deal with the repercussions of those decisions. You forget that she's only 17. That she's still just a kid. She deals with things with a maturity that belies her young years and makes you hope for her future.

And the end? Wow! I cannot wait to read Hunted. I don't know if it's the last book in the series, but I can't wait to see how they wrap up the insanity that they've created.

My Rating: A very solid A

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