Today I review Loved by P.C. & Kristin Cast. My first taster of this young adult series. It is out now in the usual formats. Apologises to the HOZ team my review is a wee bitty late as I have stomach flu and I haven’t been able to sit up and type.
Loved by P.C. & Kristin Cast
The world won’t stay safe for long…
Reunited in Tulsa after a year apart, Zoey and the Nerd Herd are ready to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. But it seems nothing at The House of Night is ever as quiet as it seems.
With rabid red vampyres closing in, the friends must come together again. But a year is a long time. Have they grown too far apart?
When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those Zoey loves?
Review by Kelly Lacey
Young adult fiction is my favourite I fell it gives the author or in this case authors. The freedom to do so much and take the reader to so a plethora of places. I hadn’t heard of this series before but I fell in love with the cover. The deep red rose with the sparkles with the deep blues, it pulled me in.
So the world I dove into is a complex one with a long history but the book provides an idiot who missed all the other books guide to catching up. I found this really useful to learn about the character’s and when I forgot who someone was I could flip back. The main premise is that Loved is about a finishing school for Vampyres but the issues that the authors bring forth in the book are relevant and relatable to us humans too.
It wouldn’t be an adventure without a slight hiccup that the nerd team need to get together and battle. I found it really exciting and I read it in one night. It is fast-paced and it has characters with really deep issues. What I also felt was that the book couldn’t be pigeon-holed into a specific genre, at times it really is at the younger end of young adult fiction. Then it throws a curveball with an intense situation that is too old for the younger end. I felt that struggle between the pages and the books battle to finds its identity. Could it be because there are two authors? Possibly,
I have to say that I found the unnecessary overuse of swearing off-putting. Nobody talks like that and it was really draining. With the story and the characters so very well written and the emotion just right. It just wasn’t needed and it would help to open it up to the whole spectrum of young adults.
I loved meeting the team and Zoey is kick-ass as the High Priestess but she is not my favourite. I loved flawed and fragile Aphrodite, her one-liners where hilarious and I love that she has no boundaries. Each of the characters brought something unique to the table.
I am excited to see what is to come and I hope we see more about Kevin too. I loved the dedication of the book to the fans from the authors for the 10 year anniversary. Here’s to the next ten and I will be sure to keep up this time.
A great adventure of a read, dive in and meet a cool cast of memorable characters.
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