April 16, 2012

Review: Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Series: House of Night 4
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Purchase: Amazon
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart 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.

Obviously I'm addicted to the series but at least I've been warned.

So Zoey has had her mea culpa and has paid for it dearly. Sure her intentions were good, protecting her friends from the nefarious Neferet but in exchange she lost their trust and friendship. I love how her friends stood their ground and really punished Zoey. It's proof of their worth and that they have a good head over their shoulders, they're not followers and cannot be manipulated like minions.

I like Zoey, she's not perfect and she's doing her best to be a responsible girl and to grow into her powers. The world has enough of infallible heroines, we need someone who makes real mistakes and goes through the painful process of atonement.

I also find it hard to dislike Aphrodite. She has changed so much from Betrayed and now she's fast becoming Zoey's greatest ally. Although I empathize with Zoey's friends for feeling like they're being shut out but Aphrodite's story is amazing and though she's a witch spelled with a B, like Stevie Rae said, there's an incredible spirit behind the cattiness.

I'm also liking the path the Casts took on this one and didn't shove another guy in the picture to replace Zoey's three ex-boyfriends. Usually that's the trend in these YA books, find another guy to help you forget the previous one. Which is a sucky formula if you ask me. In addition to this, Neferet has finally showed her true self so I'm psyched on how this is all gonna go down.


  1. I read this book and all the others up to Destined. I really liked the first two or three, the fourth (this one, I think) was okay, and then when it got to the others, it fell short. I really liked the idea and everything, but then Zoey got a bunch of powers which started to annoy me a bit, and then she had FIVE boys chasing after her. I may sound like a brat, but that's really unlikely. But after reading your review, I can see the plus sides that kept me reading the series for so long, like how strong Zoey was and her great friends. :)

  2. Hey Eileen! Yeah the next couple of books annoyed me too and Zoey's men are so unreal! Even Angelina Jolie didn't have that much guys around her (I think). Yeah it felt cliquey but I liked Destined but the ones before it were not that good. Thanks for dropping by!


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