Awakened - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

'"Zoey lives." Neferet's voice was flat, cold, lifeless.
'She does."
"Then you owe me the subservience of your immortal soul." She started to walk away from him, toward the rooftop exit.
"Where are you going? What will happen next?"
Disgusted by what she perceived as weakness in his voice, Neferet turned to him. She drew herself up tall and proud, and held out her arms so that the sticky threads that pulsed around her brush her skin freely, caressingly.
"What will happen next? It is quite simple. I will ensure Zoey is drawn back to Oklahoma. There, on my own terms, I will complete the task you failed."'


The narrative has definitely darkened in this book, (especially more towards the end) to the point where it has provoked an emotional response out of me, emotions that I didn't think I could feel towards this series. So now that Zoey and Stark are back from the Otherworld (yay for them), Kalona's soul now belongs to Neferet due to him failing his mission in making sure that Zoey's soul remains shattered. Neferet has to come up with a new plan in destroying Zoey... And ruling the world...


I liked that every chapter follows different characters still. Towards the end we visit unexpected characters such as Heath in Nyx's grove and also Linda Heffer, Zoey's mother, for a very short chapter.


Something that I'm starting to dislike is Rephaim, I don't know why, it's just something about him, and the fact that Stevie Rae is 'in love' with him?!? Nah, not falling for it. Neferet is also starting to get a bit boring as a villain as her evils plans are beginning to be predictable. I hope she gets fired by Darkness... If that's how it works...


In the hope of the next book 'Destined' to be the last, I found out rather recently that there's twelve books in this series... Ahhhhh... This is exhausting... The pace of the story is starting to slow down to a crawling speed, which I don't need knowing that there's four more books to go till I can close the lid on House of Night and store on a very high, very dusty shelf. People will say 'just stop reading them' but I literally can't because there will always be a nagging voice in my head saying 'what if it gets crazy better in the next instalment' and I will never have closure on this. Plus I've already bought Destined. So I'm powering through. (Fist pump) Bring it on...