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Monday, October 15, 2007

Betrayed: PC Cast & Kristin Cast

"Betrayed" is the second in "The House of Night" series by mother/daughter author team PC Cast and Kristin Cast. I have to admit- I "heart" these books. The characters are well formed, especially Zoey, our narrator. The first person narrative really gets in her head and makes you feel like she's a real person.

As Zoey's school year continues, and her powers begin to grow, she discovers that there is something much more sinister going on at the House of Night than she could ever imagine. Overheard conversations and overseen events make Zoey realize that the people around her aren't as black and white as she once thought. Meanwhile, something is attacking the football stars from Zoey's former highschool, Heath is still calling, and a new teacher at the school seems to have the hots for Zoey- but such a romance is forbidden. Zoey's also trying to rebuild the Dark Daughters into an upstanding society group, and what about poor Eric? In the first half of the book, he's out of the picture while attending a monologue contest. Oh- and Aphrodite? Well, let's just say there's more to her than meets the eye- and that "darkness does not always bring evil."

I don't want to give away too much, in case you're reading this and haven't read the first book. And why not? The books are fantastic, and I'm sooo not happy about having to wait until March for the next one (and the best thing- straight to paperback so no waiting for the hardcover to paperback). I can't wait to see how this series turns out (or if there are plans for it to run indefinitely- which I wouldn't mind either).

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