Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.
But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more - or possibly less - than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him....
Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him - and everyone - from his own fate? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
©2011 P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
So as usual there's the punch up, calling of the circle, just in the nick of time and the lovey dovey babble, but get past the predictability and you'll enjoy it.
The plot is finally on the move again, where the last few books have felt like fodder to get the series through all 12 books, this one actually engages you. It's a good listen as long as you know the back story.
We meet a new (ish) character called Aurox, and similarly to Erik, Heath, Stark, Prof. Blake and every other guy that ever had any sort of attraction to Zoey, he is drawn to her and 'feels' when he's around her...
Give it a go, it is good, despite how I seem to have only said bad things, I did enjoy it as I have all of the series. :)
I have enjoyed all the books this series which was introduced to me by a friend. I didn't think I would enjoy these books as I don't tend to enjoy vampire books but these are different to books such as Twilight (which I didn't enjoy). So, I am looking forward to the next book, Hidden and the many novellas about the different adult vampires.
I didn't think I'd get into audio books as I'm such an avid reader. I was wrong! I love them, and am now hooked! I like vampire books!
If you like the young adult Vampire type books, this series is for you! However, them keep changing the narrator is annoying, you just get used to one voice for the main and other characters then they change it! Only bad point I can make! Other than that it's great.
"Destined to keep you guessing..."
Sometimes cliff hangers are a real pain & sometimes they are used appropriately. After reading Destined, you'll see that the latter is true for this book. Even though the 1st books in this series were the best, I like the way the story is forming & I can *gasp* see a possible end in sight! Then hopefully all of my cliff hanger questions will be answered. The narrator to these books is not my favorite, mainly because of how long it takes certain characters to complete a sentence but other than that it was a good book. I would say its probably worthy to take up space on the "2nd shelf" of your wishlist.
well the story have slowly been getting less interesting over the last couple of books...
probably because it's been getting more predictable as P.C. Cast have lock herself into several storylines and now she doesn't feel like starting others till these are finishing up...
unfourtunately i saw it coming from about the middle of the books
unfourtunately i've listened to a different narrator of previous books in the series which means this just isn't the same
not anything i didn't start thinking from the previous books atleast...
good entertainment for the money and i wouldn't stop reading the series even though it's slowed down with this one...
"Destined to make us wait for the other three"
I want to start by saying I Love this series!!
However, had I known that they were going to go through four narrarators whom do not sound the same. Go from a six book series to twelve I would have never bought these on audible.
This series is so fast paced you can't get bored! If you haven't read from the beginning you will be lost. A lot of authors put so much back story into sequals you feel as if you don't need to read them to know what's going on. Not in this series. One book will end and the next picks up the next day and if you don't remember you may need to go back and catch back up in between release dates.
I feel as all of these books are good in their own right. Destined is no different.
It's a great short story. I think this one is just better read and not listened too. The narrarator has voiced the last three books I believe. In this book it's hard to decipher her voices to the characters. I believe the first book she narrorated she tried to sound more like the past narrorators with individual voices to the characters. This time she got lazy in parts and you cannot decipher which character you are listening too. That was awful.
I don't think you can describe the book without giving too much away. But, if you are a fan of the series.....do not give up. We only have to wait for three more books to finally come to a conclusion. As with all of the others, things are changing again and there are a few new characters added and a death as well. And of course it ends right when you think something good can finally happen for the gang.
I would not listen to Destined again. The language was awful - I get that it is supposed to be teens and they don't have the most sophisticated language but come on. Kramisha is the absolute worst - the narrator made her sound like an uneducated pre-Civil War slave. Just knock it off already. I cringed every time she spoke. I think the writers were shooting for a person with hip hop vibe but she just sounded like an idiot. Instead of sounding fresh and relevant to today's pop culture - she sounded stupid and uneducated. Another one that annoyed me by sounding vulgar and uneducated was Aphrodite. Her dark wit in prior books was funny but grated on me throughout this book. Her use of
I keep coming back for the characters and because I want to know how things turn out. I like the story but agree with many reviewers who want some closure on old storylines and fresh content instead of the same old recycled crap.
The performance could have been better with a different narrator. Caitlin Davies is awful in this series. The original narrator was the best out of all of them. At the very least the director should have all narrators pronounce the names the same way. Pick one pronunciation and STICK with it.
No way I could listen to this straight through. I had to keep taking breaks because the narrator was bugging me so much.
"This one does not disappoint."
I was a little disappointed with the last book, but this one totally makes up for it. I can't say anymore or I will give too much away!!
It was worth the wait! The only bad thing is that I have to wait a year for the next book! This book had me crying and biting my nails with anticipation. I loved it! It leaves you hanging and eagerly waiting on the next book in the series.
Enjoyed very much. Can't wait to hear the next book.. thanks you for the enjoyable listening while I drive..
I was so excited to read the new House of Night book and i was not disappointed.
No, because with human reading there is always going to be some measure of differing in pronunciation and emotion. This reader did a very good job in my opinion. But she does occasionally pronounce things in a strange way, and seems to put the wrong emotional emphasis on some things. Over all though she does a good job. I don't feel that it is fair to judge her harshly based on reading differently than I do.
I like that the authors mixed up the reactions of the main characters, and no longer is Zoey miss goodie two shoes, whining and constantly crying.. they left the story off on a line of making the reader feel they have to read the next book whether or not they even liked the story.
My favorite part about Caitlin Davies' performance is her portrayal of Neferet... I feel like she is spot on with her voice and inflection!
I did tear up a bit when Nicole and Stevie Ray had their talk.
To the people that are complaining about her portrayal of Kramesha, she read it exactly as it is written in the books. If you are going to complain about her making Kramesha sound too "ghetto" perhaps you should read the actual books before you throw a fit. Caitlin read her EXACTLY as she is written...EXACTLY.
I loved this series in the beginning, and then after Neferet was solidly on the side of Darkness, the series dragged on for about 3 books. All of that crushing boredom finally becomes worth it in the last 3 or 4 hours of Destined. I feel like the plot FINALLY feel like the plot got off it's lazy ass and started going again. I was going to quit, but now I feel invested again and will continue on with the series.
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