Untamed (House of Night #4) by Kristin & P.C Cast 3/5
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.
Yes, this is the first House of Night book that I have rated less than 4*. There are a few reasons why this instalment fell a little short for me- it felt like a filler novel that spent a great deal of time recapping the previous three books, and needed a more substantial narrative arc of its own.
Zoey Redbird is still up to her neck in trouble, the undead Vamps are still out in force, and the human vs Vamp war is still brewing under the surface. I was pleased to get a less self-centred Zoey (she needed to be after the whole love triangle fiasco), and the new frenemy relationship with Aphrodite was one of the more interesting relationship dynamics. It adds a new dimention to the character relationships that keep it from being too cliche. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of enjoyable YA tropes present, and I for one wouldn’t like it as much if there wasn’t.
I read this book in fits and starts because I wasn’t fully drawn into the world like I have been in previous books. However, I’m looking forward to book five in the series because I believe it will be more substantial than book four in narrative.
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