#CJSReads2017 – LOVED by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

Releasing tomorrow! LOVED: A HOUSE OF NIGHT OTHER WORLD by the mother daughter duo of PC Cast and Kristin Cast.

For lovers of their House of Night series this is a highly anticipated release. Don’t be fooled. This is book one of a new series – the same characters everyone loved are in this series but we follow a new story line.

The ladies of #CJSReads read this one and had mixed reviews. So let’s see everyone’s thoughts!

PhotoGrid_1499704400936.jpg

Chandra’s Thoughts: 3/5 stars

It’s been a year since the Nerd Herd beat Neferet and they’ve dispersed to live their separate lives. Zoey, having a dream about Neferet potentially emerging again, wants to bring everyone together. Her man, Stark, has already planned for this as everything is falling around her birthmas. Her now surprise becomes a reunion to try and stop her dream from coming true.

Their own personal tragedies have caused them to not only face the zombie apocalypse they accidentally unleashed in their world, but their own inner turmoils as well.

I had no idea this was actually a continuation of a prior series, so thank goodness for the intro recapping and introducing the characters – even though it was slightly daunting as a lot is thrown at you at once. However, it didn’t seem muddled or confusing once you started reading. This is definitely YA with teen speak drizzled throughout. I loved the references to Joss Whedon and Caleb Roehrig’s Last Seen Leaving book. **applause** Overall, we see a unit, a family, work together to right the wrongs and help each other through life struggles. It’s a fast and easy read. Love YA books about vampires and zombies? Take a look into Loved!

Sam’s Thoughts: DNF

Remember readers, not all books and genres mesh well with everyone! Never hurts to try and never a bad thing to stop if you’re not feeling it (we all have that genre!)

 

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Not going to lie, when I read the intro and some of the descriptions I was incredibly confused. The thought, “isn’t this book one in a series??” popped into my head a couple of times. However, as I continued I found that I wasn’t lost at all. LOVED by PC Cast and Kristin Cast is book one of A House of Night Other World series. This book had a great pace and was a quick and fluid read.

This book takes place a year after the House of Night series ended – Zoey and her fellow Nerd Herd have defeated Neferet. The close friends have now gone their separate ways. However, when Zoey is visited in a dream by Kalona, everything is about to change. Kalona brings warning that Neferet could be stirring again, and the potential key to stopping her is hiding in her notebook. Zoey calls together the Nerd Herd once again, but have these once close friends been apart for too long?

Everyone of the Nerd Herd is facing their own personal struggles – Stevie Rae is homesick, Damien is beginning to battle the resurgence of depression, and Aphrodite is cracking under the immense pressure from her mother. The characters must battle their inner demons, but in the meantime, zombie vampires are unleashed upon their world.

To be honest, if this book didn’t have that intro/recap in the beginning, I wouldn’t have like this book as much. It did cause some confusion at first, but it definitely got me completely up-to-date and a little familiar with the characters. I really enjoyed their writing. It’s always interesting when books are co-written because you always wonder if their styles will mesh together seamlessly – I definitely couldn’t see any disconnects between chapters!

Despite this being a book with preexisting characters from another series, I still feel like I got to know them well enough. I really enjoyed Aphrodite’s character. This is definitely a fantasy and paranormal YA novel. So if you aren’t a fan of YA, then this probably won’t be for you. It was a pleasant surprise for me! If you like vampires and zombies, then it’d highly recommend this one to you.

I give this one 4/5 stars! Without that introduction it would have probably gone towards 3.5 stars.

 

A big thanks to Blackstone Publishing for advanced copies of this book in exchange for our honest reviews! And thank you for helping us host a giveaway for copies πŸ™‚

Any House of Night fans excited for this one?

–Jess

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: