Hunted (House of Night, #5)

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

3.94 of 5 stars 17 ratings • 4 reviews • 26 shelved
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Hunted (House of Night, #5)

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

3.94 of 5 stars 17 ratings • 4 reviews • 26 shelved
It's all happening, though Zoey Redbird wishes it wasn't. She has her friends back, which is great. But a dark angel has taken over the House of Night, supported by High Priestess Neferet. Not so great. This leaves Zoey hiding out with the (supposedly friendly) red fledglings in Tulsa's prohibition-era tunnels. The not greatness continues. Zoey has some boy-thoughts to distract her, with a chance to make up with super-hot-ex, Eric. But thoughts of the archer that died, semi-permanently, in her arms also keep distracting her. Then he shows up as Neferet's newest minion. Well, hell. Zoey and friends need a plan to put things right, soon, if she's to keep both head and heart intact.
  • ISBN10 0606143858
  • ISBN13 9780606143851
  • Publish Date 16 March 2010 (first published 28 February 2009)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 6 April 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Turtleback Books
  • Format Hardcover (Library Binding)
  • Pages 336
  • Language English


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I’m going back through and re-reading the House of Night series because I realized that I didn’t finish this series when I was going through my library at home. Now, I need a refresher before I read the books I didn’t get to reading.

I finished reading Hunted, the fifth book to the House of Night series, and couldn’t believe how much I missed Zoey and her gang. Unfortunately, there are some things I didn’t miss in this series. I’m realizing now that I’m older, certain things drove me crazy in this book that didn’t drive me crazy when I read it the first time in 2009. Ugh! I hate getting older. This also gives away my age just a bit. Yes, I’m in my thirties and still reading Young Adult. I’ll be in my sixties, and I’ll still read this genre. I don’t care, and this was the genre that I found my love of reading books. 

Storyline/MyThoughts: If you have not read this series, then I would not recommend reading my reviews. I try not to spoil in my reviews, but sometimes I could give something away if you have not read the previous books. I try not to, so forewarning. The last book Untamed left off with a big cliffhanger, so I was anxious to dive back into my re-read of Hunted because I forgot what happened. 

Zoey and her friends are now in the tunnels with Stevie Rae and the other red fledglings. Stevie Rae has been shot with an arrow due to Stark from the last book. Zoey and her team need to find a way to take it out of her. Thank goodness for Darius, who is a Son of Erebus. It’s a whirlwind of chaos in the tunnels, but the red fledglings are not the same anymore. At least Stevie Rae keeps saying they no longer eat for sport. Although, Zoey has a feeling her best friend is not telling the whole truth.

Zoey and her group are now having to live their lives on the run from Kalona and Neferet. Unfortunately, Zoey is having nightmares where Kalona is in them, and she feels like both Kalona and Neferet are stalking her. Kalona seems to be a creepy god/man who can change his appearance, so I felt for Zoey and dealing with this bizarre new bad guy.
The group has to decide what to do next, but unfortunately, drama always follows this group. If drama didn’t happen, though, then the book/series wouldn’t grab my attention as it does.
Zoey ends up hurt this time around, and if you did not read the first books, you would realize that Zoey has an issue with boys and them wanting to be with her. Most of the time, her injuries are due to a certain boy always getting himself in danger and Zoey having to save him. This boy needs to leave Zoey alone before something awful happens to her. (which it did in this book.)
Zoey, though, has issues deciding who she wants to be with every single time, and this is what drove me crazy this time around. I realize teenagers (especially in this book) have difficulty making up their minds, but Zoey is hurting these boys when she messes with them. This book involves another love triangle that evolves around Zoey. I used to like love triangles, but now I find them annoying, especially in Young Adult books. Zoey is a pain in the butt, too, which doesn’t help. Yes, she may be a powerful high priestess who is still a fledgling, but she has teenage drama always following her. I know teenagers and drama can sometimes go hand and hand in Young Adult Fantasy books, but this group, especially Zoey, takes it to the extreme. I mean, it’s pretty bad when her friends tell her to give up boys or pick only one.

In this book, though, I’m hoping for Zoey to be with Stark. He’s a bad boy in this book, but that’s due to what happened to him from the last book. Not everyone likes Stark in this book, especially after Zoey and her friends end up back at the House of Night. They start realizing life has changed, and Kalona and Neferet have their agendas. Zoey and her team have to find a way to get rid of them both, and at the end of this book, they find a way. It involves more than Zoey and her team, though.

I liked this book, but I found some things annoying this time around, which I already mentioned above. If you are okay with love triangles, you will enjoy this book, but you may want to skip certain parts if you don’t. I promise it gets better. Zoey starts growing up.
I gave this book five stars originally back in 2009, but now I’m dropping one star and giving it four stars. I still liked it, but rather have had more scenes with Zoey and Stark instead of Zoey, Heath, and Erik. Too much drama!

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of a series, and I highly recommend reading in order.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you are a fan of Young Adult Fantasy and Paranormal, then I would recommend this series. Forewarning that the authors wrote this book in the late 2000s (not the 2010s or 2020s), and it may be outdated with what teenagers like today.

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This book series, to me, seems like it could be a good one if they tried to make it go through the different years at the House of Night instead of all in one year. I mean how much stuff can a seventeen year old third former is excepted to go through after just being marked? Okay I know I shouldn't do that to the Casts who are amazing writers but I'm just saying how much better it would be. Since it would make more sense. Since I believe that this series started out in 2007 and this is the fifth book of the series which was published in 2009. I mean three years have passed and a whole lot of things changed. I mean for one Project Runway? I believe that wasn't out in 2007 but then again I don't watch reality television. I think that they, the Casts, should at least try to keep with what year they are supposedly writing in. I mean this whole series I'm guessing is going to be in Zoey's third former year and maybe her fourth former year but still that would mean 2007 and 2008 and maybe a little bit in 2009 once they get passed December 31 in Zoey's fourth former year.

Anyways back to the book. I like this book even if it took me a little bit to get really into it since my inner editor kept on finding mistakes and I had to read out what I would have put first before continuing on with the sentence. I mean the Casts are really good writers but they must have gotten a crappy editor for this book. I mean there are a lot of mistakes and mistaking Darius and Damien up on us. I guess I'm going to say that this book for me is a 3 1/2 stars but since I am also posting this review, both on my blog and on my Goodreads account, that it will be a 4 stars on there. I mean it's good but I had to wait until the middle of the book to get really into it and not wanting to put it in and having dreams last night of the book since I couldn't get it out of my head.

Further on about the book is that I wish that the Casts would stop giving Zoey boyfriends all the time. I mean yeah I get it that she is a teenager but when I was a teenager I didn't have this many boys, okay so I didn't have any boyfriends but still, this girl has way too many. Even more so that they have it where Zoey is A-ya but then again I guess I should have seen that coming. So lets recount how many boys Zoey has, even though I still believe that she isn't a ho or a slut, Heath - Imprinted again with Zoey, Erik - her boyfriend vampyre once again, Loren - her dead Imprinter, Kalona - the one that she was created for in another lifetime, and Stark - her undead dead crush that is know the second red vampyre. Okay yeah I know I have revealed some stuff in this review but I don't really do that often.

I believe that the Casts have an interesting plot/idea but I would love it if they tried to keep with the year that they are supposedly in and kind of not make Zoey seem so Mary-Sueish. I know that is the first time I badmouthed the main character but Zoey seems kind of full of herself in this book. I mean yeah in the other books she did too but she kept on looking at the scar she got from a Raven Mocker in the beginning and can't help but think what would any guy she is with would see her naked and with that scar. I mean come on I know that it must be bad but that is what you get for trying to save Heath and being all angry at Erik for being all possessive of you. But then again what else can I say. But the Casts should really try working a little bit more on sounding more teenagerish or try writing in third person since that seems to work more on a book series like this one.

And I think that is it that I want to say about this book please comment or something with this review. Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet again on my next review for Tempted. Yup I am going to be reading and reviewing this whole series. Though I believe that I only have the second to last book but I don't mind since I can easily get the other one soon I hope. And now farewell my fellow readers and bloggers.

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
Oh my Goddess! If I could have given six stars, I would have! This is even better than the previous books.

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mitabird 3 of 5 stars
Hunted was OK, but I didn't have high hopes since I was disappointed with Untamed. I was very annoyed with the dialogue in the beginning of the book. I know it's a YA book, but it seemed so juvenile to me. Do teenagers really talk this way? IMO, this was a filler book. There was not much going on through most of the story. The ending was as expected, but it was sort of a let-down. I wanted more action, I guess. I know the thing that bothers me the most is all of Zoey's boyfriends. I just wished she would focus on her craft and realize that she doesn't need a man (or boy) to be complete. I'll read the next in the series whenever it comes out though. 3.5 stars