Burned (House of Night Series #7) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

The saga of the House of Night series continues to smolder in Burned. Zoey’s soul shatters after witnessing Heath’s murder at the hands of Neferet’s dark immortal, Kalona; this is, in essence, a death sentence, for if Zoey cannot piece together her soul in the Otherworld and return to her body in a week’s time, she will perish. While Aphrodite, Stark, and the rest of the nerd herd work to find a way to bring Zoey back, something that has never been accomplished in the history of soul-shattered High Priestesses, Stevie Rae deals with her own fallout with the Red Fledglings and Kalona’s son, Rephaim, whom she becomes bound to after a botched incantation. In addition to keeping things in control with the fledglings and hiding her imprint with the Raven Mocker, she must delve deeper into her powers than ever before to help save Zoey. Stark, too, is called upon to act with seemingly more strength than is possible, but for his queen he will do anything, even if it means dying. The dual story lines create double the tension and conflict in this latest installment; fast paced and packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this book is a hard one to put down. While the over-the-top dialogue is riddled with vernacular and slang and can be distracting, it is balanced by richly detailed narrative passages and the compelling mythology that acts as a foundation for the series. Overall this is a fast and furious read, but a rewarding one. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika

PD Apr 2010 | 323pp | 12.02.12 | A+
13-17 years

My Speak –

Since I started reading the 5th installment, I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve always thought that I would slow down reading this, and by the looks of it, I’m speeding up!  The story has evolve (finally) and some of the questions answered.  And I love the Stevie Rae/Rephaim part.  As for Heath, gosh (oops, spoilers!), I wish he reincarnate.  Obviously, I’ll be over at the library to borrow the next one…

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