Sunday, November 11, 2012

Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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?  -

There are spoilers here... so if you haven't read the series and/or this book, I wouldn't read further.  Okay, I hope it's not just me but I am so frustrated with this series.  This latest installment followed the same irritating formula I've begun to expect from each book.  It goes something like this:  The kids are the only ones that know Neferet is evil.  Casting a circle solves everything.  We take two steps forward and two steps back.

Let's back up and talk characters for a second.  Obviously I like the majority of the characters, but I felt like in this installment, what I once liked about Zoey was missing.  I felt very separated from her as a character in this book... like there just wasn't much going on with her.  And no wonder!  There were so many points of view in this story that it's hard to know who to care about.  It wasn't exactly confusing to hop into so many heads, but it definitely broke the momentum of the story for me to be moving around in so many heads.

Again, one of the most interesting parts of the story for me were the bad guys and their conflict, and the possibility that they might reconcile and become good again.  Kalona and Raphael are the biggest draws to this book. Although, this too can become overdone.  Aurox is a new character, and a bad one, but guess what? There's a possibility that he will turn good because, surprise, surprise, he's actually Heath and just doesn't know it.  That just became a little too much for me.

It just seems like there are a lot of elements that are overdone, repeated, or just not thought through completely.  And again, just as in the last book, I feel like the series is just being stretched out to keep it going.  I want to see some resolution!

I will keep going with the series, only because I just have to see how this is going to end.  I already have the next installment, so we'll see if we can get into some new territory with it.



  1. I feel like this series has gone downhill but I just have to keep reading them to see what happens! I was doing some blog hopping, found you, and I am now a follower! I would love it if you would stop by my blog for a visit and follow back if you would like! Here's the link: MaMa's Book Corner I hope you are having yourself a great weekend and look forward to reading your reviews! :)

  2. Leigh Ann, I have to agree. Although I just finished reading the book after this one, Hidden, and it actually gave me a little bit of hope that things are getting better. I sure hope it keeps up.

    Thanks for following, and I will stop by your blog too!


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