Review: Hunted (House of Night #5)

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Hunted (House of Night 5)
Welcome to Day #5 of House of Night Reviews!
*This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series*
At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?
On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down. Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems. The red fledglings have cleaned up well – they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home – but are they really as friendly as they seem?

On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking aboutStark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

My Thoughts:
The description from Goodreads is so good this time that I don’t know what else I have to add. After Neferet releases Kalona from his prison of earth at the end of the previous book, Zoey and her friends go into hiding in the tunnels with the red fledglings that Stevie Rae is now leading. Because of Zoey’s special powers, Neferet and Kalona are determined to find a way to get to Zoey – since she is the only one that can stop them. With Stark turning into a red vampyre but playing for the evil side, Zoey is determined to find a way to help him – even if it means going back to the House of Night and into Neferet and Kalona’s grasps.

After book three, the story got much more interesting. I like where the Cast’s take the story with Kalona and Neferet. The first few books you think Neferet is good but you find out fast that this is not the case at all. I was so happy to see Stark back (even though he came back at the end of the other book). I loved him from the very first scene and his place in the story just keeps getting better. The end of the book is great and it definitely solidified my love for Stark and my wish that Heath and Erik would disappear from the picture (no such luck so far).

Overall, another great read. The Casts are definitely making the story more interesting by taking it outside of the school and the new characters are still great and a welcome change. Damien and the twins are still main characters but sometimes they get on my nervous and I would rather see Zoey interacting with the newer, more well written characters. This one leaves you hanging a bit more than the first ones did so I was happy to be able to pick up the sixth book right away.

Come back tomorrow for day #6 of House of Night Reviews!

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