Published by St. Martin's Griffin on Oct 2, 2007
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend, or two.
Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
This was a guilty pleasure read, filled with teenaged drama. The voice of the book feels authentically teenaged, similar to the first book. The vampyre world is mostly developed in the first book, but things do get deeper and more interesting in this story.
In addition to some well developed and unique vampyre problems, Zoey faces an almost ridiculous overabundance of guy interest. The number of guys that were interested Zoey was over the top, and almost eye-roll worthy. The romance in the story is the main source of drama, and while entertaining, it is definitely the cause of the fluff feeling. I can buy into vampyres and their associated issues, but a teen with several guys lusting after her, including an older student and a teacher is just too much fiction to be taken seriously.
The characters are the highlight of this story, and I was delighted to learn that the authors aren’t afraid to kill off important people. I find it exciting, and it makes the series seem a lot less predictable knowing that not everyone will survive all the danger.
Overall, this was a fun weekend read, of the lighter variety. I like the direction the series is taking, and look forward to what will happen next.