Jennifer Armintrout is a Southwest Michigan resident and one of the most fun things about this book is the various Grand Rapids-area locations she wriJennifer Armintrout is a Southwest Michigan resident and one of the most fun things about this book is the various Grand Rapids-area locations she writes about! I felt like I could picture the characters walking around downtown GR and driving around the neighborhoods. Plot: First year ER doctor Carrie Ames is attacked by a mysterious assailant in the morgue of the hospital where she works. She soon finds out that her attacker is Cyrus, a very powerful and evil vampire, and he has 'turned' her, establishing a deep connection between them. Once her vampire nature becomes too dominant to hide, she's taken in by Nathan, one of the vampire 'good guys.' Carrie must figure out how to decide between Nathan, who she's attracted to as a person, and Cyrus, who she's attracted to because of the elemental tie between them. This book is full of action, violence, and unlike the 'Twilight' series, probably not suitable for the kiddies. The author's talent lies in the sometimes-goofy humor she weaves into the dialogue and situations throughout the book. Other,than that, the writing is somewhat lackluster and the reader does not feel a kinship with the main characters ... however ... i have started reading book 2 and it's a lot better at holding my interest so far. So, this first volume is just setup for the rest of the series basically. Check it out for an escapist beach read this summer....more
Reading "Chosen" has been the payoff for waiting through all of the setup, explanation, and all of the authors' quirks for the first two books. At theReading "Chosen" has been the payoff for waiting through all of the setup, explanation, and all of the authors' quirks for the first two books. At the conclusion of this installment of the House of Night series, I absolutely couldn't wait to move on to book 4! The pileup of events at the end of this book was simply stunning and left me open-mouthed with surprise. ...more
Reading a book in the House of Night series (or in my case, listening in my car) is exactly like watching an episode of The Walking Dead. There's an aReading a book in the House of Night series (or in my case, listening in my car) is exactly like watching an episode of The Walking Dead. There's an action-y, violent scene at the beginning, then people stand around and talk, argue, and feel angsty for the entire middle section, then there's a little more action/violence at the end and a cliffhanger that leaves you waiting for the next installment.
But despite this formula, you keep reading/watching, even though a lot of the characters annoy you, because there are a few (OK, maybe only one or two) that you really like and you want to find out what happens to them. You've stuck with them through all their adventures (and the MANY boring scenes in between) and need to find out who survives (and who gets eaten).
This particular "episode" was a little bit better than Book 10 so I feel a bit more positive about sticking with the series. ...more