Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

House of Night 10

Author: P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Pages: 320 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: October 16th 2012
Review Source: St. Martin's Press

At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet's evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side -- but she's far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all.

With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together -- but that's proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night's former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey's so intrigued by Aurox, when it's so obvious that he's dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she's wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her.

With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it's too late?
One of my favorite things about this series is that nothing is ever as it seems. Whether it's the loyalty of certain characters, or a specific situation, things always manage to go the exact opposite way you'd expect. It keeps you guessing the whole way through. And I must admit that this is a guilty pleasure of mine, and one that I've wanted to read all the way through.

We get to know more about Aurox and Thanatos, who we are introduced to in Desitned (book 9), in this book. I find them both fascinating, especially Thanatos.  She is named for the god of death in Greek mythology and I love the spin that both P.C. and Kristen put on her abilities. She's also one of the few adults that Zoey and all of her friends can trust.

As I said earlier, alliances started changing in the series, most noticeably in Destined, and in this book it's turned the tides for our beloved characters. Those that you thought were on a certain side showed their true colors. Some were shocking, others not so much.

Grandma Redbird, Zoey's grandma, has probably become one of my favorite characters throughout the series. She's always there when not only Zoey needs her, but when any of her friends do as well. She shows what a remarkable lady she is even in Hidden. Who wouldn't want a grandparent like her?

I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't had a chance to either read this series, or get this far, but I will say this. Each book, each piece of the puzzle only makes me want to keep on reading. I want to find out how it all plays out in the end. I have some characters that I love, and some that really irritate me, which I think is a kudos to the cast ladies.

They've managed to create characters and a world that people want to read about, one that I'll be sad to see come to an end (with 2 more books left).

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