April 15, 2012

Review: Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Series: House of Night 3
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 4, 2008
Purchase: Amazon
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity. Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having threeboyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth
It was so hard for me to empathize with Zoey Redbird on this book. I'd like to agree with her and say that she was indeed ho-ish on this one... actually you can drop the -ish. Juggling three guys: (1) Human Heath, (2) Vampire hottie Erik, (3) Vampire poet laureate Loren and succumbing to the latter's Cassanova's moves is just low. And Neferet is behind all that betrayal, no surprise there. I guess Zoey finally crossed the "coming of age" thing and finally reached "of age" status on this one.

And what's up with Zoey's mom? Her mother and her step-loser of a dad puts CHarri's Fellowship of the Sun's Newlins to shame.

One redeeming factor is that Zoey finally managed to cure Stevie Rae but the price in exchange for that is high. I felt bad for Aphrodite, she is a nightmare of a Queen Bee but her personal struggle and her road to redemption is strait and narrow. Her bitchy attitude is her only defense left after falling from grace in Marked.

This book made me wonder about P.C. and Kristin's relationship because I find it curious that they can create this kind of plot lines for their female lead especially Zoey's personal conflicts. Do they openly discuss it or do they let Zoey discuss it for them, throwing it around like a tennis ball? There are a lot of things that a mother and daughter find hard to discuss like sex and boys but I have to admire their honest and controversial take on those things.


  1. What a delightful, insightful review. It got me to want to go and look it over, Roland

    1. Thanks Roland although I didn't love all of it :(


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