Loved - P.C & Kristin Cast (ARC)
"The world won't stay safe for long...
Reunited in Tulsa after a year apart, Zoey and the Nerd Herd are ready to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. But it seems nothing at The House of Night is ever as quiet as it seems.
With rabid red vampyres closing in, the friends must come together again. But a year is a long time. Have they grown too far apart?
When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those Zoey loves?
From the bestselling authors of The House of Night series comes a new trilogy following the kick-ass heroine that is Zoey Redbird."
I received this ARC for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the authors, P.C & Kristin Cast and the publisher, Head of Zeus, for accepting my request to review! Loved will be published on 6th February 2020!
As this book deals with some heavy themes I included some trigger warnings, I hope this doesn't spoil anything!
TW: mentions of an abusive parent; rape; some graphic violence; alcohol misuse; drugs misuse.
This book is a continuation of the previous series of House of Night novels. A little disclaimer before we go any further, I haven't read the previous books, however there is a very handy recap at the beginning of the book to help the reader catch up with everything that has happened, which I found to be very thoughtful and helpful! Even though there have been previous books, I didn't feel lost or confused at all when reading this one. Of course, there were some things that obviously had a backstory but these were not in relation or crucial to understand the plot line. In fact, it just made me intrigued and want to go back and read the others. I'd love to see how all of the relationships evolved to the point that they are at now so they are definitely going to be added to my TBR soon!
If you're like me and haven't read the previous books, then please be aware that this book, and my review, will most likely contain spoilers for them!
"Love is always the greatest power."
Our protagonist is Zoey Redbird and we join her a year after the events of the previous series. She is just about to turn eighteen, displays amazing empathy and is such a fun character! Zoey, along with her friends, is a 'vampyre' with access to 'magick' but she is also special as she is the only one who has been gifted with an affinity for all five elements. The magick element is so cool with all of the circle casting, however this book also shows that magic always comes with a price. I always enjoy when vampires can cast magic because it makes their powers so much more fun, interesting and chaotic.
There are so many diverse characters with great powers. For example, there is a character, Aphrodite (which how cute is that!) who has visions. I love it when books have characters with this power because there can be so many different interpretations of a vision, it's never going to be what you think and always leads to a surprise or amazing twist and the authors definitely didn't disappoint! Additionally, there is also the goddess Nyx whom the vampyres worship. She is benevolent and helps guide our characters, I really liked how she had a subtle presence and wasn't overbearing.
Zoey truly has a great group of friends around her and I just need to say that "Herd of Nerds" is the best group name ever! It is hard to pick a favourite because they each have some amazing qualities but I think I can guarantee that everyone who reads this will have a special place in their hearts for Zoey's grandma because she is just the sweetest.
This book has something for everyone - vampyres, magick and zombies, oh my! - and even dabbles with parallel worlds which I thought was really well done. It can be easy to get confused when writing on this topic but the author managed it fantastically.
I loved the positivity and theme of friendship all throughout the book. There was a gentle and easy storyline that was enjoyable and easy to follow and I really appreciate that it wasn't too action heavy! Plus, I really liked the parallel of political events mirroring some real life ones, it added a sense of realism which was very clever.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and I can't wait to read more!
Thank you again to NetGalley, the authors and the publisher for the ARC and remember to look out for Loved on the 6th February 2020! Not too long to wait now!
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