Chosen, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

November 3, 2008

In Chosen, Zoey Redbird spends a lot of time hiding things. Zoey’s mentor, Neferet, can’t know how many of her secrets that Zoey has discovered. Zoey’s inner circle can’t learn that their friend who rejected the change has become an undead minion of evil fighting to keep her sense of self. Zoey has to sneak out to see her imprinted human boyfriend and sneak around to explore an inappropriate flirtation with a teacher. The person that Zoey most needs to keep in the dark is her very understanding vampire boyfriend, Erik. As you can imagine, this is not exactly the best way to nurture a relationship.

When a vampire is murdered, the House of Night jumps into action to protect its members from the humans outside their walls. But Zoey knows that not all of the threats are from outsiders, and the one person she can rely on for help is her former rival.

This series is finally picking up, mostly because Zoey is finally starting to face some repercussions for her actions. The earlier novels didn’t seem to challenge Zoey much, either in terms of power or her personal life. She could be surprisingly judgemental about those around her, even while she was engaging in morally questionable acts, and most people seemed to just get over her behavior because she’s a special little flower. She spends a lot of time in Chosen lying to the people that she supposedly cares the most about, and I really hope that the next book doesn’t start with a big “all your bad choices and bullshit are forgiven because you’re so cool” scene.

Aphrodite plays a bigger, more developed role in this one. She’s my favorite character now, and it’s not only because she says things to Zoey’s face that I’ve been thinking since starting the series. She’s become a lot more than the generic, mean girl antagonist that she was at the start. Stevie Rae’s story is interesting, and I also liked that the most boring of the ongoing plots seems to have been resolved.

While Chosen showed progress, there is still definite room for improvement. The murders were treated as a secondary consideration to Zoey’s love life, which made them seem like hollow plot points rather than important events that we’re supposed to care about. There’s still too much awkward slang. Why bother trying so hard to make the teens sound like that? It comes across as kind of fake, and will just end up making the book really dated after a few years.

And enough with the gay stereotypes, both among the homosexual characters and their friends. The main group keeps throwing around things that are borderline slurs, and acting like it’s okay for them to talk like that because they have gay friends. It’s not okay. Especially because the two gay characters are such a big deal that Zoey feels the need to keep pointing out how it’s not a big deal that they’re gay and everyone is fine with it and her boyfriend is a really cool guy for not ostracizing his gay roommate. This is one of those times when I wish I had easily-accessible smilies on this blog, but there isn’t a 🙄 in the world that’s big enough.

[other posts about the House of Night series]


8 Responses to “Chosen, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast”

  1. […] In Untamed, Zoey Redbird has to deal with the drama explosion that surrounded her at the end of the previous book. Most of her friends are angry about Zoey’s lies, so with all three of her boyfriends out of […]

  2. tessa Says:

    hey i happen to be a 20 year old lady who just happens to like the night house series!it is total exscapeism and in todays world where every two seconds sumthing is being blown up in reality it is good to knw that in a fantasy world it is absolutly perfect for teenages!!!!!

  3. deety Says:

    Um, okay?

  4. evelyn Says:

    i hear its an awesome story but i LOVE THE House Of Night Series i need to read this one.

  5. Emma Says:

    I have read the first four books in this series so far. It does seem like the language could be a little toned down, I agree with that. Also, I thought it seemed a bit much Zoey having so many boyfriends in this particular book. There is so much more I can say about this book but it will spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. I am a House of Night fan and look forward to reading the last book in this series tomorrow. I did read on thier website that a sixth book is going to be released this fall. Yippie! Here is the link for wallpapers and character profiles and such:

  6. Tim Says:

    I read all five though the first time I read this one i skipped the last part(too much drama for me)though it was a Total thumbs-up

  7. *I♥u* Says:

    i love all the books! so all you haters need to stop hatin on this whole series.

  8. deety Says:

    Having a different opinion than you does not make someone a “hater,” and being unable to react to disagreement without rudeness isn’t a great way to have your own thoughts taken seriously by anyone.

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