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review 2016-10-02 05:07
The House at the Edge of Night: A Novel - Catherine Banner
The House at the Edge of Night
Catherine Banner
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Random House


0812998790 (ISBN13: 9780812998795


An enjoyable, relaxing read. I enjoyed how Catherine Banner brought the island alive as it's own character. Small town antics, small town rumors, and 4 generations of a family and its dreams. Not all the characters were as well developed as I liked, but Catherine Banner did make her female characters strong and motivated. Banner, also, used the occasional Italian word throughout the book. Overall, a good weekend or vacation read. I did get a good feel of small town/island life, which is what I think I liked the best-the feel of being there.



*****I received this Advance Reader's Copy from a Goodreads giveaway sponsored by Random House.*****

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review 2016-04-03 23:51
Hidden (House of Night #10) by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Oculta / Hidden (House of the Night) (Spanish Edition) - P. C. Cast,Kristin Cast

Neferet continues to be evil – and has decided the next step in her evilness is to kidnap and sacrifice Sylvia Redbird, Zoey’s grandmother. Naturally Zoey and the gang run to the rescue, even though the Vampire High Council is providing no support for their efforts. They also need to be careful with their public persona as Neferet is starting to launch a public relations battle with the human authorities.


It does give Aurox a chance to make a choice about who he wants to be and which side he is on.




We need to take a moment to look at the overall story arc of these books – because I’m on book 10 now and it’s not quite holding together.


The overall meta is that Neferet is a big bad evil who must be stopped. And if you preserve your thinking to that very shallow depth (understandable since deep thinking and the House of Night Series go together like Canadians and tropical weather) then that kind of holds together. Neferet does evil things, Zoey and co then respond to stop her. But what does Neferet actually want? And, no “evil” is not a motive. So we have Neferet rather belatedly acquiring a motive: she wants “control” rather than just power (which I’m taking to mean no accountability. Which I’ll let pass… except all of Neferet’s power now seems to come from her having to repeatedly bleed and beg for help from her Evil Cow. How does she have more power than she had before?). And to get this power she’s going to make humans and vampires fight each other and then she can swoop into the ashes and be confident she’ll take over


Ok, let’s suppose for a moment that this plan has a chance of working when she’s pretty much setting herself up as a number one target in the giant war she’s planning on starting. Let’s let that go for now and instead ask:




Look if you want a global conflict, it’s not going to start in Tulsa (no insult to Tulsa, the same applies to my home city or most cities on the planet). In fact, her attempts to manipulate humanity have netted her some shaky control over the mayor of Tulsa. I paused a moment to see if she meant the Governor of Oklahoma. Or a senator. State senator? No, the Mayor of Tulsa. That’s the extent of her power. It’s not even the state capital or the biggest city in Oklahoma! It’s the 47th biggest city in the US. It doesn’t have a significant vampire presence – the most important vampire in this city was Neferet herself.



Even in Tulsa, Neferet ignores the one target that could actually make a difference in this conflict – Thanatos, High Council Member. Thanatos may as well not be there as far as Neferet is concerned – why ignore one of the most influential of the vampires’ leaders? But then, the feeling is mutual! Because facing indisputable proof of Neferet’s evil murderous ways the High Council of Vampires decides the appropriate response is to Not Talk To Her Anymore, so there. I suspect they may also have given her a nasty look. That’s it. Meanwhile Thanatos continually pokes Zoey and co to grow up and be ready to face the big bad evil Neferet and how can you be such nattering children?!


Really, Thanatos? How about you not rely on teenagers to save your entire civilisation? How about you actually DO SOMETHING?


Because this whole broken story comes down to one thing: centring Zoey. So Neferet, rather than actually do anything to further her wicked plans, instead decides to target Zoey again and again and again. She’s killed Zoey’s mother (and if she’d just chosen ANY OTHER HUMAN, she wouldn’t have been discovered by Thanatos) and the entire plot line of this book revolves around Neferet kidnapping Zoey’s grandmother to get a sacrifice to KILL ZOEY, despite KNOWING that Sylvia Redbird is an impossible sacrifice because she isn’t a person, she’s just a collection of Native American mystical stereotypes, a couple of handfuls of feathers and a good cry over environmental destruction from a full trope collection. Neferet has literally paused her entire plan to attack Zoey again. She repeatedly sabotages herself because she must attack those meddling kids!



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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/03/hidden-house-of-night-10-by-pc-cast-and.html
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text 2015-03-04 23:22
I Enjoy Torture
House of Night: The Graphic Novel - P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Kent Dalian, Joëlle Jones, Karl Kerschl

I know the HoN books have become terrible. I know they're nothing but cash-cow filler at this point. But they're like meth: they're terrible for me but I am compelled to continue on with them.


I got this book for a $1 at the Metro Library book sale. I love American graphic novels as much as I love manga. Our graphic novels carry a level of realism that manga lacks sometimes. This book is no different. So far, the art is fantastic. It's beautiful. My art isn't bad, mind you.



But it's certainly nothing compared to all this. Between this and the Serenity comics, I am in nerd heaven.


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review 2013-09-04 21:51
Review: Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (House of the Night, #1)
Marked - Kristin Cast,P.C. Cast

*Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


Okay, after reading Marked, I can’t do nothing but admit it: books about cold-blooded bloodsuckers can be fun (emphasis on can ;) ). This was the utmost book that I ignored, just because there’s no werewolf or other magical creäture in sight. Once again a fantastic book that I almost did not read because of my reluctance to read books where vampires have leading roles. Not reading this book would have been such a shame! From now on I’ll try to not hold such things against the book and just read it!


Like I said, this book was good. Very good. Marked is a story that will make you forget the world. That will make you forget how hot it is outside and that your melting (yeah, for once we have tropical weather in my dreary country :( ). The plot is too good to stop. It will keep you entertained and bent on reading the next page. I easily finished this book in a couple of hours. That strong was the hold Marked had on me ^^


What made this book so good? Let’s start with the amazing world that P.C. Cast and her daughter created. Where a goddess roams free, vampires walk the earth and handsome male vampires can be admired. A world I would not mind spending some time in, if only to admire all the male treasures ^^ Oh and it became even better when they introduced the five elements! Apparently vampires have a natural connection to them and can use them to perform magic! How cool is that? Another subject I love to read about. I knew then that this was going to be a fantastic book I’d love to read ^^


Zoey, too, is a factor that made reading Marked a blast. Unfortunately, she hasn’t had an easy life at her young age (16 young… oh god I’m getting old ><). With an ass of a stepfather, a spineless mother and no real friends at school (yeah, Kayly, that behavior? That’s NOT how friends act!). Fortunately she has one of the best grandma’s around. I loved that Zoey kept her head high despite everything. Even her sudden transformation to a vampire fledgling doesn’t fade her much. She keeps on making very witty remarks that always had me laughing out loud.


Finally, there is the fantastic and captivating story. Through Zoey’s eyes we read how it feels to be ripped out of your daily life. To suddenly be chosen as a vampire, a transformation you might not survive. To find out that a vampire goddess has great plans for you, which will make you an outsider at your new school. Fortunately not all is bad. There are fun and nice things too for Zoey. Like the new friendships she makes, or that cute boy she meets. Always good to read about stuff like that ^^ Ad all this to the gripping writing style and you’ll have yourself a book that is impossible to put down till the last letter has been read ^^



4 HEARTS. Unexpectedly I enjoyed reading this book, with his unusual description of vampires and its amazing lead, Zoey. The writing style is very easy and definitely catchy. The plot too will stuck it’s claws on you, so be prepared before you start reading, cause you won’t stop any time soon!

Source: witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/review-marked-by-p-c-cast
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review 2013-03-17 00:00
House of Night: The Graphic Novel - P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Kent Dalian, Joëlle Jones, Karl Kerschl It's going to be a Graphic Novel? There's going to be an apocalypse soon.
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