Hey people of earth, I’m back! Again. With another House of Night review. Are you getting tired of these yet? Please don’t be. I’ll get sad if you are.
So, if you don’t already know this, I’m re-reading and re-reviewing my favorite author’s series the House of Night. Every week, I talk a little bit about the book, do a non-spoiler overview, and then I dive in and expose all of the important details after that. The reason being, the House of Night series is 10 years old, and to celebrate, PC and Kristen are releasing a NEW BOOK for a NEW SERIES, which is kinda like a spinoff, but more of a revival because it focuses on the same characters! I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself.
This series is fantastic. Am I biased because I’m a PC Cast superfan and would literally read anything she writes? Yes. But does that matter? No.
Forget about Twilight, forget about the Vampire Diaries. Ditch that, and grab a House of Night novel (particularly the first one, unless you’ve already read it).
As we get closer and closer to release date, my excitement grows. You guys have no idea what this series means to me. For some people, Harry Potter or Twilight is their go-to series for dark times. But the House of Night is mine. It is vampire trash in the best of ways. It has everything we love to hate. Love triangles (squares? rectangles?), horrible betrayals, sexy bad guys, and cats. Not that we love to hate cats. Although honestly, do we really love cats or are we just their eternal slaves?
Alright, so enough with the mush and gush. I’m here to talk about book 4 in the series, Untamed. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Series: House of Night
Book Number: 4
Authors: PC and Kristin Cast
Published: September 2008, by St. Martin’s Griffin
Non Spoiler Overview
So congratulations! If you’re reading this, this means that you probably got through book 3 and decided to continue on with the series. GOOD CHOICE.
Book 4 is by far one of my favorites, if only for the new character introduced, who btw, is my book boyfriend. I’m not going to tell you anything else. But I love my book boyfriend.
So Neferet has decided to declare war on the humans, and Zoey and her friends are trying to stop her. Drama, fighting, circle casting, nuns, and cats. That’s what book 4 has in store for you.
There is SO MUCH character development for Zoey, Aphrodite, and Neferet in this book. It’s insane how different each of them is now, compared to book 1. The pace of the plot picks up a lot too, and there are several new characters introduced as well. Some of them I love, and some of them I don’t love.
The weird and crazy boy drama that I mentioned about the last book has dissipated for the most part, and we focus more on the evil problems, and less on the boys. Which is fantastic.
Overall, book 4 is one of my favorites. Like I said, mainly because of one of the characters introduced, but also because this is where the good stuff (bad stuff?) starts to happen, and this is where the story really picks up. Books 1-3 are really introductions for what goes down in book 4+.
I give book 4 a 4.99 out of 5. Because I love it. Things are happening, and evil is coming, and Zoey is gearing up to kick ass, and I LOVE IT.
I hope you love it too.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
The plot has definitely picked up and become more fast paced in this book. We uncover so many things, and some really important things take place. We meet new characters, Grandma Redbird spends more time at the House of Night and becomes a big part of the team. Oh, and we’re not calling Zoey and her friends a “team” anymore. They’re a circle, and they’re affectionately called the Nerd Herd by Aphrodite.
So sure, lets start with Aphrodite. At the end of Book 3, Aphrodite ran off because she became human. She comes back at the beginning of book 1, and is still human, but she draws on her Mark, so the House of Night still accepts her. Although she’s a human, she’s still gifted by Nyx, and we get confirmation of that when Nyx appears in front of Zoey and Aphrodite. Nyx explains why Aphrodite was gifted with the element earth before, and why the affinity is no longer hers. She also explains why she’s a human and no longer a vampyre fledgling. I think that Aphrodite has done a lot of growing up. There is so much character development and Aphrodite has grown to be one of my favorite characters. I honestly love her. She’s loyal, and she loves Grandma Redbird, and she’s definitely going to play a huge role in the time to come.
At the very beginning of the book, Zoey is isolated, and Aphrodite has 2 visions of Zoey’s death. She said that because Zoey’s friends were mad at her, she was vulnerable. The visions of Zoey dying were just the precursors to visions of all out end-of-the-world human vs vampyre wars. So the bottom line is, Zoey can’t be alone. Aphrodite talks sense into the nerd herd, and Z’s friends forgive her. Zoey explains that the reason she kept so many secrets (book 3 was all about secrets) is because Neferet is evil, and she can read minds. The only minds Neferet can’t read, are Zoey and Aphrodites. Which is why Aphrodite and Zoey have become such good friends.
Let’s talk Stark. James Stark is a vampyre fledgling that Zoey meets in the beginning of book 4. I love him. He seems to be a really great guy, and I love how he has a dog instead of a cat. And I love how confident and arrogant he is, while also being a sweet guy. Stark also has a Gift from Nyx. When he shoots an arrow, he doesn’t miss his true target. He can’t miss. So he explains that to Z, and makes sure she understands that he’s dangerous and he wants to make sure that she can protect her friends if he accidentally does something bad. But then Stark dies, in Zoeys arms.
With all of the fledglings that have died and come back as Red Fledglings, Zoey has Jack (Damien’s boyfriend) hook up a nanny cam to watch and make sure that if Stark wakes up, he can be saved. She wants to make sure that he can be like Stevie Rae, and hopefully gain his humanity back.
Speaking of Stevie Rae, although we saw her more in this book, we didn’t see her a ton. She made a few appearances, but now that she’s the only adult Red Vampyre, she’s in charge of the Red Fledglings, and seems to have a full plate. When we do see her though, she seems like her perky self, and there are some funny moments when her fledglings call her, and we get to hear some one sided commentary.
Moving on, the major crisis in this book is the Prophecy. Aphrodite has a vision of a prophecy that foretells the return of a Cherokee demon called Kalona. For 2/3s of the book, the herd is trying to figure out the prophecy and stop it from coming true.
Here’s the thing. We all pretty much knew that Neferet was evil. But she’s involved in this Kalona stuff, and it’s pretty scary. Neferets character has done a complete 180 from book 1. But the question is, how long has this been going on? We learn that Neferet hates humans, and now it’s starting to look like the People of Faith didn’t kill professor Nolan and Loren Blake, but that Neferet did it, in order to have a reason to declare war on the humans.
OH that’s another thing! Shekinah, the High Priestess over ALL vamps, SHOWS UP at the HoN to stop Neferet from declaring war. So now Neferet is trying to raise Kalona, she might be an evil psychic queen, and Shekinah is there to keep her at bay.
Kalonas evil children, Raven Mockers, are regaining their physical forms, and were able to do some damage to grandma Redbird which is stressful. Zoey has Sister Mary Angela, a sweet and sassy nun who believes Nyx is the Virgin Mary, sit with her for protection. Also, when all hell breaks loose at the end, Sister Mary Angela promises to take care of Grandma.
Sister Mary Angela is a nun. More specifically, she is a nun who runs the charity and rescue, Street Cats, where the Dark Daughters are now volunteering. Zoey trusts Sister Mary Angela, and Sister Mary Angela is more than willing to help Zoey.
That’s pretty much everything. I’ll see you next week to talk about the next book in this series!