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Destined (House of Night Novels) Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“Twilight meets Harry Potter… Zoey Redbird… is basically the most relatable vampire ― sorry, fledgling vampyre ― I've ever read about.” ―MTV.com on The House of Night series
“This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Destined
“As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining….this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Destined
“The mega-selling Cast team continues to reveal its pulse-pounding saga through the viewpoints of multiple characters, giving fresh insight into their hearts and motivations... Tragedy, sacrifice and choice are all themes that make this story gripping.” ―RT Book Reviews on Awakened
“The saga of the House of Night series continues to smolder in Burned…The dual story lines create double the tension and conflict in this latest installment; fast paced and packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this book is a hard one to put down.” ―VOYA, on Burned
“Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences!” ―RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Tempted
“Move over, Stephenie Meyer.” ―People on Hunted
“The Cast duo has done it again! These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature…” ―TeensReadToo.com (5 stars) on Hunted
“These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly―sometimes all at once.” ―VOYA on Marked and Betrayed
“Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting.” ―MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of the Undead series, on Marked
About the Author
P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night novels, including Awakened, Burned and Hunted. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force, then taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Cast's novels are New York Times bestsellers and have been awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma, where she is a member of the Oklahoma Writers' Hall of Fame. She splits her time between her ranch and midtown Tulsa where she has a home just down the street from the House of Night...
Kristin Cast has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends college in Tulsa.
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I can't tell you how many hours I've spent reading this story when I should have been sleeping or spending time with my family, but time and time again I found that I just couldn't put any them down. To tell you a little about myself and my preferred reading tastes, I have many different genres of books ranging from young adult romance to fantasy and also to crime mystery. So if you enjoy reading any of those types of novels, then you are sure to enjoy this series! I just have to reiterate that I found myself not being able to put these books down time and time again. You are so guaranteed to enjoy them! Any of my friends that I have recommended this series to had to go out and buy the whole series themselves.
Sort may appear to be a whiner to some older readers but unfortunately she is acting like many young people act at 16 just having to deal with school, their parents who they proclaim are in their business (which in my humble opinion no 16 year old has personal business when there is an adult has to support them); feeling school, chores and other things parents try to teach them so that they will hopefully be productive citizens someday.
Now many may not want to believe it but the language used by the young fledgling are exactly how young ppl speak. And yes the are constantly making up new words I.e., ginormous, gimomgous, thot and other words that although they may not speak in the presence of a parent ...most certainly do say.
The fact that the Casts had guts enough to put pen to paper where all could see would has not turn me against them, it actually causes me to commend their boldness in doing so. I myself cringe when I hear young ppl speak in such a manner or at the dress code of today but I will not lash out at the books writers for that.
As a Native American Cherokee, I do not find Grandma Record's speech stereotypical...I applaud. I am actually ashamed that I do not speak the old ways or tongue of my ancestors. Had the Casts presented Grandma as a typical northern/southern/western or Eastern speaker I would have been upset. I actually take trips to the Reservation yearly in hopes of learning the old ways of my people.
As for Zoey/Neferet - the typical thing which occurs in today's society when she made attempts to expose her...adults did not believe which has allowed Neferet to morf from being just a mean high priestess to an immortal and since Zoey IS NOT Nyx incarnate she just can't beat her down - end of story.
Imho also, I don't believe there is one person who has not had boyfriend (s) problems at 16. However, if there is someone out there who is a young adult and is blessed enough to have never had Zoey's similar issue with boys/young men, then I both apologize and commend you.
Brown soda pop - yep that term is used by quite a few of us because most eaterys cater to coke, Pepsi, dr. Pepper, mr. Pins depending on the location and as stated they all are fully loaded with caffeine and sugar so what is the problem with that. For myself however, I am partial to the brown pop I drink so I call it by name (won't do it here.
Having read the book that followed this, I felt on track with the series (but I've also read the novellas which helped me understand certain characters better) but again thats just me.
Lastly, the blood lust or lack of that is mentioned - these are youngsters newly marked and early on in the series they mentioned that the time would come when they are full vampires that this will occur. So imho they are trying to guide the young fledgings on the path to to hopefully making the change to vampyres so that they don't have a school of full of youngsters going through two type of puberty at the same time and eating up the town as Neferet red fledglings who she raised on blood lust to the point they were feral and lacked humanity.
For one who loves all books, movies and anything about wolves (my spirit guide) and vampyres (mythical or not), I like the direction the Casts have took regarding the characters; especially Kalona, Rhapheim, Stevie Rae and Auto. I can only suggest revisiting the previous books and reading the novellas in between -even if from your liveary- and perhaps you might or might not change your feelings. Things sometimes look different the second time around.
Cover: Beautiful like the rest of them. I love that the hardback editions have posters with them.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Plot: Zoey has talked her way back into taking classes at House Of Night after being expelled with her friends. Can she survive classes and the struggle against darkness and what it has in store for her?
Characters: The characters are amazing! I love that we got to see more of Shaunee's personality shining in this one. She's one of my favorite characters. I love all the female leads, but Aphrodite will always be my favorite. It's just her snarky manner that gets to me completely!
General Thoughts: I loved this book. It's the ninth book in the series, so I wouldn't recommend starting with this book if you haven't read the first eight books. It's a great series and I definitely recommend reading it if you're into this genre. I've read the beginning of the series more than once. I'll probably read them again some point later in the future!