Series: House of Night Other Worlds #1
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal -> Vampires
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: The bestselling series has returned! Join P.C. and Kristin Cast in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the House of Night series by going on a thrilling new adventure with your beloved Nerd Herd.
It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?
Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.
With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?
When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?
Today I will be reviewing The House of Night Other World Novel: Loved novel written by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. This book was released on July 11, and I could not be happier to get my copy on release day! I finished Invisible Fault Lines (review here!) and quickly started this book.
Okay, so now that you’re all caught up…
When we last saw Zoey and the Nerd Herd, they had just defeated Neferet in this epic battle of good versus evil. With good (obviously) winning. Now it has been a year, and although the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the U.S, they are all coming together for Zoey’s 18th birthmas. However, not everything is okay in Tulsa. With a strange warning of danger, Zoey and the gang need to figure out just what to do to make things right with themselves and for the city.
Once I started reading Loved, I was hooked. All of my favorite characters were back with the same personalities that they left off with. The never ending drama that Zoey and her friends usually deal with is back. And because this is a new series, there are many times that backstory was a good thing to have.
Here are my thoughts on Loved…
Things I Like:
Cover & Chapter Designs
The cover for Loved is absolutely beautiful! I love the way the red pops off of the light blue and white wall that Zoey is standing in front of. And the way that the V is loVed is shaped like a crescent moon! Ugh! I also love love LOVE the new chapter pages. Each is adorned with a beautifully detailed design and each of the headings and page numbers are in red. It makes the pages POP!
Because this book is based on a series that had already taken place, some characters and events may have slipped the minds of some readers. Me included. But P.C and Kristin Cast do not miss a beat with this and ensure that all readers are clued into what is going on. This gives readers a chance to have their minds refreshed (if they read the previous series) or be brought into the light (for those that did not read the HON series). It is the best of both worlds for readers.
As we have gone through HON series, Aphrodite has been a character we love to hate. But then she grows on you and you eventually love her by the end of Redeemed. In Loved, my love for Aphrodite grows stronger as she deals with her momma drama and the issues that surround that. She grows so much as a character in Loved making her an even better character than before.
The Mix of Worlds
I will be brief with this pro, as to not spoil anything. This means that you’ll have to read the book to know exactly why this is a pro! The HON otherworld series takes its title very seriously and the Cast’s do a wonderful job executing!
Things I Don’t Like:
I know we’re supposed to hate her, but everything about her character in this plotline seems convenient for her to screw everything up. Up until this point, Francis LaFont has been present only a handful of times, and although none of them ever good, she was in and out real quick. But in this book, she overstayed her welcome.
I love that P.C. and Kristin Cast have many POV’s throughout the book, but it seemed that most the POV was Zoey and the others were add-ons. Some characters only had one segment and died so it felt weird to get to know the character at all.
I know no one is perfect and this is no different, but some errors should not happen. For example, on page 41, it says Nyx is the one trapped in the grotto by Aurox, but clearly, that is incorrect. Another issue arises on page 191 when discussing time till sunrise. Stark says 15 minutes and on that same page, Zoey says half an hour. These errors were small, but big mistakes in Loved.
Overall, I loved Loved! This book brought back all of the feels that accompanied The House of Night Series. The characters are even more lovable than before. The storyline is fresh and intriguing. And the writing is descriptive and flows nicely. I honestly can’t wait for the second book HON Lost to be released next year! I give Loved…
What did you think of Loved? Are you excited that the Nerd Herd is back? Let me know in the comments below!
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