Author- P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Series- House of Night
Book #- Two
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night finishing school. She finally feels like she belongs, even gets chosen as the Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, she actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Betrayed, the second book in the House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.
I read the first book yesterday. I'll probably read the next book tomorrow. This is becoming a serious problem....
But, I digress. I absolutely despised Zoey's (and Aphrodite's) parents in the earlier chapters, and am unsure how I would feel about their presence in later books. Zoey's step-father is a piece of work. The anti-drug and drinking 'subliminal messages' from the last book were continued in this book, with one character saying, "I don't like marijuana...It smells bad," (p.56).
Throughout the entire reading of this book I was getting incredibly weird vibes from Neferet. They way she yelled at Aphrodite and slandered her name by saying Nyx took away her gift and was giving her false prophecies. When Zoey had her 'sleep sheep' dream was a monumental point in the changing of my view of Neferet, though I personally am still unsure why Loren was in the dream.
The whole 'liking three guys' thing was pretty annoying to be honest. Nathan is kind of stuck with her to be honest, taking the lovely imprint into consideration. Erik is adorable and seems like a complete sweetheart, and it was annoying to see her flirting with Loren while he was gone. I'm not sure what role Loren has to play in the books at the moment, to be honest.
I must admit, I absolutely hated the book when Stevie Rae died. She was my favorite character, and I am hoping her role in the books (which continued after her death in the creepy tunnels) continues!
All in all, this book answered one major question of mine...but I ended up with more questions than answers! In the last book I was unsure why Zoey was reluctant to completely trust Neferet, and the reason for that was mostly answered in this book. However, the next book will hopefully answer a few of the others: What has Stevie Rae become? Why is Neferet suddenly evil? What role does Loren have to play, considering his involvement in the 'sleep sheep' dream? And what in the world is going on with the whole Zoey/Nathan/Erik triangle?
Side Bar: FAVORITE QUOTES!
1. Stevie Rae -"We'd make dorky terrorists." referring to Nature's Jihad
2. Zoey Redbird - "It's a brown-pop-for-breakfast kid of day," p.131