Monday, 25 June 2012

Destined (House of Night #9) Review

Rating: ♥♥♥

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: October 25th/2011
Pages: 325

What It's About!

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet—which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together—if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow...

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more—or possibly less—than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him...

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him—and everyone—from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.


 I've been a fan of this series from the beginning, and while the last few books haven't been the best, this 9th book in the series feels like its back on track like the first few. I couldn't give it a full 4 or 5 stars because of the fact it wasn't very eventful. So it's more of a 3.5/5. The most that happens is at the very end, and no, Heath technically hasn't come back. Yet. After I skimmed through some other people's reviews, I kept expecting him to pop up, but he didn't until the very end and it technically isn't really him.

I liked the fact that almost everyone, outside of Zoey's group, is really starting to see Neferet for what she truly is, and how bad she has become. Especially when one of the high council members finally seen it for herself. Naturally, the next 2 books will probably be the build up for the war that's going to happen between Neferet and everybody else, with the last book concluding the war and the series as a whole. I'm actually looking forward to the last few books.

Zoey was the same as she's been since book 1, same with Damian, but there were some unexpected changes between some of the characters. I even started to really like Rephaim and maybe even Kalona. I've always liked Stark but he felt different to me in this book for some reason.

I wish there had been more things actually happening in this 9th installment, but overall it's pretty enjoyable, if not a little slow at times. I definitely recommend it to any House of Night fans!

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