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Untamed (House of Night, Book 4) Paperback – September 23, 2008
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“Jenna Lamia's narration contributes atmosphere, meaning, and focus to the complex plot and characters. She uses an array of voices and accents to allow listeners to envision male and female vampyres, fledglings, cats, regular humans, undead teens, and more.” ―School Library Journal
“Jenna Lamia's young voice transports us back to high school complete with the mental eye rolls, angst and fashion problems that consume all teenagers…Definitely ear candy.” ―SoundLibrary.com--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you.
Just ask Zoey Redbird – she's become an undisputed expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a tight-knit group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. And the worst part is, she knows it's her own fault. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead, unMarked, and unable to stop bickering with each other. So who can blame her for befriending the House of Night's newest transfer student, the majorly hot Olympic archer, James Stark?
Meanwhile, Neferet has declared a war on humans after it appears that the People of the Faith have murdered two vampyres. But Aphrodite's latest visions show a world completely different from the High Priestess's promises, a world full of violence, hatred, and darkness, all because of Zoey's death―and the only way it seems she can prevent it from happening is to make things right with her friends. Zoey knows in her heart that fighting with humans is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Untamed definitely continues the darker themes that gathered steam in Chosen. After Aphrodite shares her visions that show Zoey dying and Zoey is attacked in the night by unseen forces, the group moves forward in trying to discover what Neferet is planning and how the red fledglings will fit into it. The arrival of High Priestess Shakinah brings Zoey some sense of comfort because Neferet has someone to answer to, but soon things become even more tense with the death of yet another fledgling and the arrival of Erik as a teacher at the House of Night. When Zoey's Grandma becomes a target of the darkness, Zoey brings her to stay at the House of Night as both a help and a comfort. While all of this takes place, Zoey also discovers help from a most unusual place: a Benedictine nun named Sister Mary Angela becomes not only a source of comfort but a strong ally against the coming Evil.
While Zoey's romantic struggles take a back seat to the events taking place during Untamed, the friendships become stronger. I love the developing bonds between Zoey and Aphrodite; I think they need each other.Read more ›
Erik has become the new drama teacher since the death of their Professor in the last book. He still hasn't forgiven Zoey for cheating on him, and is still heartbroken. Heath, her once human familiar, is no longer her imprinted, and is also deeply hurt. Her one time lover is dead by human hands and everyone is looking at Zoey, including the High Priestess of all vampyres, an unexpected guest to the school. Zoey has to save the world and fight for the forces of good, prevent an old angel/demon from breaking free of his prison and protect her loved ones.
This book was an extremely quick read and I am pleased to say was deeper and grittier than the last three books. Zoey has finally drawn a line and is gathering her protectors/loved ones/vampyres to her like moths to flames. This is a definite addition to the series. The only bad thing I can say is that the newest novel, which will be released in March of 2009, will be released in hardcover.
The best part of the novel was Zoey was left with just two friends who are complete polar opposites of each other. It was great seeing her struggle to regain their trust, and actually earn something in the series instead of just being handed everything. However, the reason she gains their trust back, is a joke. It's borderline laughable. As well the story revolves around her getting back together with her friends, if she hadn't, the whole world would've been dead. It doesn't say much for Zoey's character and what few strengths she has. Its to the point in the series where I'm expecting more out of her than just some wishy-washy, who expects people to grovel at her feet or be her friend.
The story was rather mediocre as, there wasn't depth or really anything that I wanted to go tell my friends about. It was the generic run of the mill YA story, that is used over and over. "I need my friends to come together and shape up, or the world is going to explode and we all die." Put some more thought into it, give us a reason to believe the world is actually going to end, other than some premonition, on wait that happens all the time in this series.Read more ›
In addition to all that stress, Zoey is also dealing with the Stevie Rae/Aphrodite issue. By casting her circle for Stevie Rae, she is no longer undead, but has transformed into some kind of other vampyre. Her mark is now colored in just like the adult vamps, but it is red. But with Stevie Rae gaining her humanity back, it caused Aphrodite to lose her mark. Now she is no longer a vampyre, although only Zoey and Stevie Rae know. But she is still having visions. And now her visions include Zoey's death and an all out war between the vampyres and the humans. And it looks like it is up to Zoey to stop it.
Book 4 starts a few days after Book 3 ended. And it is way darker and more sinister than any of the preceding books. Zoey is way less whiny in this book. And it looks like she is stepping up her game. It's going to come down to a battle between good vs. evil, and Zoey is finally becoming the Priestess she was chosen to be.Read more ›
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