What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Destined by PC and Kristin Cast

I've been a follower of the House of Night series for at least 3 years now, and this is the ninth book of the series. I think this may be the longest I've stuck with a series since Sweet Valley High: Senior Year.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 Council 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 . . .

Well. At this point, unless you've read at least some of the series, this means nothing to you. Literally, if this is a series you are interested in, you have to start at the beginning. Destined is not something you can jump into without having read the preceeding books. You'll just be lost. I know this because I've read all eight of the previous books, and I was lost at times.

What I Liked: 1) Well, it's happened. The writing, which was immature and and simplified to the point of insulting in the beginning, has changed. Complex sentence structures and more variety in language and idioms. It only took 9 books, but it seems that someone finally informed these authors that teens know more than 7 words. 2) New characters. It seems finally we see the influx of some new characters. I actually found myself rushing through certain parts so that I could get to the parts with some of the new people. It's little things like this that keep me reading this series. 3) The teens, they're growing up! I'm not sure what kind of timeline these books follow. It seems that, with all that's happened, we should have at least been through two years. And I'm pleased to see that these characters are growing. Starting to have minds and thoughts of their own. This was especially shown when Shaunee and Erin have a blowout. I wonder where that will go!?

What I Didn't Like: 1) Remember how I said that the writing is finally improving? Well, unfortunately it seems as if writing and plot are inversely related. As the writing improves, the plot gets worse. As annoyed as I was by the writing in the first few books, when the immaturity was almost too much to take, I was addicted to the plot, riddled with curiosity at the end of each book. Unfortunately now, there is little to keep me interested. I can trade poor writing for an intriguing plot. But I'm not sure that I'm willing to trade plot for good writing.

Overall thoughts: I've stuck with this series through nine books. I've seen the writing style change and drastically improve. I've loved and hated the characters all at different points. But I'm sad to say that I am losing interest in this series, although this one was better than the last. It seems to me that something new needs to happen or it's time to wrap it up. Thankfully with this book we saw the introduction of several new characters, and that's what's going to keep me going until next time!

Overall rating: 3 shots


  1. You're kidding! The writing finally got better!? Now I might actually have to finish reading the series. I quit after book 4 I think b/c I was SO mad. I felt like I was getting ripped off by the Soap Opera, non-finishing conflicts type of books they were dealing out. Grrr! Maybe this summer. Good to know.

  2. Ha ha! The writing, better structure, more sophisticated language...that all improved. But as for plot...IMHO, plot is actually less interesting than it was. But oh well. I've invested a lot of time in this series, so I guess I'll be sticking it out! Thanks for stopping by!


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