This is a review for the entire series, so beware: there are spoilers galore!
At first I thought there would never be a series worse then twilight. I w...moreThis is a review for the entire series, so beware: there are spoilers galore!
At first I thought there would never be a series worse then twilight. I was wrong. I believe I have found it in House of Night.
Zoey Redbird is the most annoying Mary Sue protagonist I have ever come across.
First off: Why does she need a Y at the end off her name? Of course "Zoey" has to be super special, even in her name.
She gets all the guys: the super sexy fallen-angel antagonist, the hottest vampyre alive (who is also a poet), the hottest teen vampyre alive (who is also the best actor in the world), the best archer in the world AND the cute (and very pathetic) ex-boyfriend.
She also is Nyx's chisen one, a master of all five elements, a young high-priestess, AND a reincarnation of a beautiful Cherokee.
Plus Zoey has no flaws and is most exotically Cherokee.
In just one chapter Zoey manages to insult and stereotype goths, emos, and nerds. Everyone who hates her is a ho. She even calls her best friend one because the bff was moving on Zoey's ex-boyfriend. Hello? You already dumped him!
If Zoey wasn't already "spechul" enough, the authors also tried to make her look cute by saying "bullpoopie", having a stuffed animal called "Oscar the Shish", and eating Count Chocula. No teenager would EVER use the word "bullpoopie".
For some reason Zoey dies because her soul was shattered when her ex-boyfriend dies. This doesn't make any sense- he's her EX-boyfriend. Also, why aren't people's souls shattering left and right because of dead loved ones? Oh right: Zoey's special. The mourning that follows is unbearable. All these characters whining over a Mary-Sue and not doing anything- I could not finish Burned.
I put Zoey through a Mary Sue test. She got a 96 (Skipping all th personal questions) and the worst type of Sue was 70 points.
(Ok- done with Zoey)
All of the characters are stereotypes: the Mary Sue (Zoey), the Okie (Stevie-Rae), the shallow shoppers (The Twins), the smart gays (Jack and Damian), the hot dude(Erik), the jock(Heath), and the b**** (Aphrodite). What's weird that all of them live in Oklahoma, but only Stevie has an Okie accent. Most of the characters are also shallow- they watch 300 and Star Wars for the hot actors.
The series is also stuffed with terrible pop-culture references that I don't even understand- and I'm a teen! Who is Kenney Chesney?!
The authors also try to force their own opinions into the series like "all religious leaders are greedy pedophiles". Plus Zoey sets up a friend with a random guy with because she's black and he's white and Zoey likes mixed marraiges. WHAT?!
The authors also try to make twists and turns, but they don't make much sense. For example, Erik, Zoey's boyfriend, is all of a sudden possessive and prevents Zoey from seeing Heath (You can't really blame him- she was cheating on him). Erik did not act possessive once before that. The authors only did this to keep their love hexagon intact. Now Erik was just as annoying as the other suitors. Next the Neferet thing. She's supposedly evil the entire series, but her mannerisms were totally different before she revealed she was evil. People don't just change like that, Look at Snape! He doesn't totally change!
I liked the setting. Some of the curriculum at the House of Night doesn't make sense (horses?), but I didn't have two many problems with the school. And no, House of Night is not like Harry Potter just because it has a boarding school. Comparisons like these are stupid.
The plot of the series is good in my opinion, with just the right amount of action. Also it's not delayed till the last 50 pages, so that's a plus (Twilight, anyone?)
Please pardon any typos: I'm typing this on my phone.(less)