Saturday, April 24, 2010

Supernatural Saturday: Review of Chosen

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn.  Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies.  And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.  So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before.  Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity.  Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster.  Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres.  But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth…
[adapted from Goodreads]

Rating:  1 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Teen girls, vampire aficionados
High point:  Slightly different take on the classic vampire tale
Low point:  Immature writing style and predictable relationships
Reader maturity: 17+

Chosen was really hard for me to get through. I sped through it, just wanting it to be over with. The sad thing is that P. C. and Kristin Cast aren't bad writers and the story is decent, but the execution, particularly in Chosen, leaves a lot to be desired.

One of my complaints about Marked and Betrayed was that they have a lot of needless mature content and they use crass terms to describe the "mean" characters. To me, in Chosen, the main character was described by those words far better than the token mean girl. At least the mean girl changes for the better! Zoey falls...and falls fast.

That brings me to a new complaint. In the previous two books, Zoey made some dumb decisions, but she also showed some character growth. In Chosen, she floats along, being tugged around by whichever guy she decides is hotter (which is whichever one she's with at the time) and worries faintly about being abandoned by her friends but not enough to actually explain to them why they found her in some less than honorable situations. I found it incredibly frustrating that her maturity went into a back-slide.

On the up-side, mean girl Aphrodite turns out to be pretty okay, which was hinted at in Betrayed. I would like to get to see more of her in the next book. 

Betrayed was a step up from Marked, but Chosen loses any upward progress made by its preceding novel. I still have Untamed to read as part of the four book set, but it's going to have to be amazing to get me to continue the series.

Title:  Chosen
Author:  P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Genre:  Young Adult Horror and Suspense
Year:  2008
Book Source:  Received as gift

1 comment:

  1. She does seem to get caught up in the guy issues and yet the rest of her character appears to grow. I am only hoping that most of these appeared to be tied up in the last book and won't be in the series going forward.