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Betrayed A House of Night Novel Review

By Edited Aug 20, 2016 0 0

Pros

Good, strong plotlines with interesting twists and turns.

The story immediately continues where Marked left off.

Provides important events that develop and strengthen the overall plotline of the entire series.

Cons

Zoey is the stereotypical "Mary Sue" character, becoming more and more perfect as the book continues and discovering new powers at the exact moment they're needed.

Zoey finds herself with three heavy love interests; one of which is an adult professor who is much older than her sixteen years. For a Young Adult novel, this situation leaves the reader with a bad taste in their mouth.

Betrayed: House of Night Book 2 is the weakest in the series, but thankfully the House of Night line does get better.

Full Review

Zoey Redbird, the most powerful vampire fledgling at the House of Night vampire finishing school, is back in Betrayed: House of Night Book 2.

Betrayed continues from directly where the storyline left off in Marked. Zoey is now in control of the Dark Daughters, and finds herself scrambling to research more positive rituals for the group, as well as replacing all of the people who represent the five elements while casting a circle. Not only that, the ties that bind her to her human ex-boyfriend Heath grow deeper, as do her feelings for the gorgeous vampire fledgling Eric Night. Despite the pressure she's feeling, Zoey finds a time of happiness and a feeling of belonging, at last.

As if having two boyfriends wasn't enough, a certain seductive professor starts to take a serious interest in Zoey. While her common sense tells her to keep her distance, she overrides her natural instincts and finds herself drawn to the professor. Being that this is a Young Adult novel, one would think that the (female) authors would strive a little more to have Zoey be more of a role model and restrain herself a bit more when it comes to collecting a harem of boyfriends.

Before long, some of Heath's friends start to disappear, and Zoey has frightening suspicions that the House of Night is somehow involved. Even more alarming, Zoey starts to wonder about the High Priestess Neferet, and whether she is truly following the Goddess Nyx.

Still, Zoey seems to magically overcome everything that is thrown at her, and just when everything seems to be going right, tragedy strikes her close group of friends. This starts a whirlwind of events that answer many questions, but also raise new ones; resulting in Zoey finding out that she's been betrayed by one of the people she's come to trust the most.

Betrayed: House of Night Book 2 is definitely the weakest book in the series. While the plotline itself is strong and full of twists and turns, Zoey suffers from a serious case of "Mary Sue". Being that one of the authors of the book is an English and Creative Writing teacher, you'd think she would take more care to avoid the pitfalls of making a "Mary Sue" character. This is a character who, rather than figuring out ways to solve problems using the talents and skills she already has, simply develops new talents and skills on the spot that allow her to immediately triumph in any conflict. This "perfect" character becomes more and more unbelievable, and as a result the entire book begins to unravel. The reader will find herself rolling her eyes and being unable to continue to suspend disbelief to immerse themselves in the novel's world.

Still, despite its obvious flaws of Zoey ignoring what her common sense tells her and suffering the Mary Sue syndrome, readers should push through this book. The mother-and-daughter team of authors continue to improve their writing skills throughout the series, and the entire line of House of Night novels do get better. Many important plot elements are brought to light in Betrayed that the following books in the series depend upon, so this book is not to be missed.

In Closing

Despite its obvious flaws of Zoey ignoring what her common sense tells her and suffering the Mary Sue syndrome, readers should push through this book. The mother-and-daughter team of authors continue to improve their writing skills throughout the series, and the entire line of House of Night novels do get better. Many important plot elements are brought to light in Betrayed that the following books in the series depend upon, so this book is not to be missed.
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