Review: Burned

Burned (House of Night Novels)Burned is number 7 in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. 
Here is a description from goodreads:

Y’all need to get yourselves together. Here’s a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn’t dead. And believe me, I know dead. I’ve been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt.

Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person – vamp or fledgling – that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn’t so busy being dead.

Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it’s going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own . . .

My Thoughts: 
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the House of Night series.  I love the storyline and the idea of everything, but the characters in these books get so annoying at times that I want to throw the books across the room.  So when I started this one I just wasn’t really feeling it.  I didn’t know if I was wanting to deal with all that teenage crap.  But once I started this book it was very hard to put down!  It had a different feel to it then the ones in the past.  The characters weren’t as annoying, though there were still plenty of times that I just wanted to smack them, but not nearly as often as usual.  There was still far more cursing then I like.  I just don’t understand the need to throw the f-bomb around constantly.  I mean it wasn’t that long ago that I was  a teen and I hung out with a rough crowd and even they didn’t use it that much!  Plus it’s a book so I would think that’s one area they could set an example and it still not be real notice-able.  So I would not want my teen to read this series.  Okay, maybe 16 and up.
I really liked that in this book it told more of Stevie Rae’s story.  Not her past, but from her POV and what she was dealing with.  I loved learning more about the Raven Mocker Rephaim, and I admit that I’ve fallen for him.  I feel like that is very very wrong, but I guess bird men are just hot to me?  No, more likely it’s the ‘was a bad boy but is finding his way’ type thing.  
This one didn’t have as much of Zoey’s story as she was lost in the The Otherworld, but it had peeks at her and I didn’t really miss her POV at all.   Though I was cheering for her the whole time.  Wanting everything to work out, of course.
Most of the characters seemed to grow a bit but it really felt like the story was much more focused on Stevie Rae back in Tulsa.  It did have some of Stark and he really seemed to grow as a character and I think we’ll see much more of that in the future.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I think it may be the best of the series so far.
I’ll give it 4 moons.

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  1. You know, I haven’t read the one before this and was wondering if I should keep reading. I’m still on the fence. Some of it makes me roll my eyes, other parts I like.

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