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Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2) by PC Cast

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2) (edition 2007)

by PC Cast, Kristin Cast

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Title:Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2)
Authors:PC Cast
Other authors:Kristin Cast
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2007), Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:Keeper Shelf, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampire

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Zoey is facing the task of completely redeeming and rebuilding the Dark Daughters into a new, reformed organisation. A difficult task for her at the best of times – but with boys from her old school going missing, police suspecting vampires and three guys vying for her attention, Zoey has a lot of distractions.

Before we begin the review, I must remind everyone that my suffering through this series is the fault of Cyna and Mavrynthia and Merriska. I cannot even remember how they convinced me to go along with this torturous read – but in the name of some partial justice I think everyone should remind Cyna that she’s only read the first book of the Fallen Series and really really needs to read the rest.

Ok, let us start positively. Yes, I actually can start positively on this book (well, in relative terms). I do appreciate that an effort has been made in this book to make Aphrodite less of a complete avatar of awfulness (by giving her parents who are complete avatars of awfulness). There’s also a toning down of the all consuming slut shaming of the last book – certainly not a removal of it by any stretch, but a definite reduction. There was also a half-decent attempt at an emotional death scene

I’m not saying any of these are good, because they’re really not and in any other book I would bite off my fingers before saying anything positive about these things, but Marked set the bar so damn low that exceeding my expectations is pretty damn easy to do. Kind of how falling in a compost heap feels more like a warm, soft landing after having swum through a toxic cess pool.

The first complaint I have about this book is the glaring void where the plot needs to be. I have sat for 10 minutes trying to figure out what happened and come up empty time and again. Some guys disappear but she watches that on the news, that’s hardly a plot point. She just kind of wanders around not doing a whole lot until we have some action hastily tacked on the end.

I suppose, in theory, the reformation of the Dark Daughters, the super club of the House of Night is the plot. But it’s not only completely lacking in any kind of substance, but it’s also comically awful.

First of all she does a whole lot of research to come up with the genius idea of a student council. No, really, that’s her master plan that actually requires research on her part which would be sad to begin with. But it gets worse – because she also decides she hates how cliquish the Dark Daughters was under Aphrodite so she’s totally going to make it different no – by making 6 of the 7 council members her, her friends and her boyfriend. Marvel at this for a moment, to remove the cliquishness of the Dark Daughters she decides to replace Aphrodite’s friends with all of her own friends. Yes, Zoey lacks even the slightest sense of self-awareness.

But it gets even worse! Because she decides that they will also have a code of conduct to uphold virtues based on the 5 elements (fire, air, earth, water and spirit). Ok I think this could work – personally I think codes of conduct should be based on virtues you want to uphold rather than whether they make a neat set, but I can see, say, courage or passion for fire, tenacity and steadfastness for Earth or…

….ha! Nope, she’s going by the first letters. Seriously, it’s “authenticity” for air and “faith” for fire. Her meaningful virtue system doesn’t even work in another language. It’s also completely that vague – so all the Dark Daughters now have to be “authentic” whatever that actually means – as well as “sincere” for spirit (which I kind of think is just double dipping the same virtue).

To make this nonsense even more galling is the way everyone treats her like she’s some incredible, amazing genius for coming up with this basic, hollow, empty nonsense. No, really, one character even thinks this amazing non-idea is so impressive that she actually steals it. It’s like copying of a 10 year old for your dissertation. It’s depressing and it’s classic Mary Sueness – the protagonist comes up with the weakest, most pathetic non-idea and everyone fawns over it like it’s utter genius. She literally “sweated for weeks” over these ideas.

On top of this non-idea we have the love triangle – well, square.

I’m not a fan of a love triangle in any book but in this book it’s expressly galling to have the protagonist have 3 separate love interests when so much of this series to date is dedicated to saying what dirty nasty jezebels sexual women are and how all legs must be firmly cemented together in fear of ho-dom. It’s gross hypocrisy to present female sexuality in such a terrible fashion, attacking women constantly as “sluts” and “hos” and then have your protagonist rack up three hot guys to follow her around.

And each relationship is problematic. Sexy guy 1 is the hot teacher who who is hot and quotes poetry while getting all handsy with her. She gets all frustrated that he almost kisses her but doesn’t, never mind the actual boyfriend she has – or that he’s a teacher. The fact that he’s a teacher trying to get it on with a 16 year old is barley even touched upon – he’s just a hot guy and everyone may now drool, never mind power difference or abuse of position. Here’s one time when we can start yelling “shame” and everyone’s silent on the issue

Then there’s the ex-boyfriend human who she regards with constant contempt. She will occasionally mention that he’s cute, but every other word she has for him is contemptuous. Of course, the reason why he wants her so much is because he is magically compelled by her vampire-yness. His free will is completely compromised, he is addicted to her and she can literally magically stalk him. Again, there is precious little attempt to address the abusive nature of this relationship, instead it’s just a conflict because poor poor Zoey doesn’t know who to choose, like it’s her complicated love life rather than abuse.

The final love interest is Eirik. He’s pretty and he does Shakespearean monologues. This is it. There are manikins with more personality. It says a lot that his lack of personality stands out next to the rest of the characters – because no-one is developed. Her enemies are terribad awful. Her friends are characterless sycophants (two of them with the same personality who call each other “twin”). It’s amazing that Eirik can have even less personality than these hollow caricatures

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1 vote FangsfortheFantasy | Oct 30, 2015 |
I’ve read the first eight books in this series years ago, and I enjoyed the first few of them. This time around I’m not liking them as much. I actually hated Marked, but Betrayed wasn’t as bad.

I had some problems with this books. There was a lot of slut shaming and some other things that really bothered me. The characters just say some things that I wish they wouldn’t. I know they wrote it that way because it’s supposed to be how teenagers talk, and I suppose some do talk like that, but it really annoyed me.

I am about to start re-reading the third book, Chosen. Hopefully I enjoy it. I just don’t know what to expect with these books. Going into Marked I thought I would like it, and I didn’t. Going into Betrayed I thought I would hate it, and I ended up thinking it was okay. So who knows what will happen with Chosen. Maybe it will be the first in the series that doesn’t lose stars. The first few books for me were three stars the first time I read them. They aren’t any more. ( )
  TheBookHoarder | May 26, 2015 |
Nefret is a baddie?????? Why can't Zoey have a mother figure she can trust??? Thank goodness for her grandma! And Stevie Rae dying was the worst!!! I cried for 2 hours and tear up every time I think about it. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
So I read the first one and I continued to the second one because I said so, just as I will the third. However, I can't see how the books continue past a third of it doesn't improve. I rarely will continue a read if I dislike the protagonist. I mean, that's the point of a book. The reader connects with and like the protagonist enough to keep escaping to their world for some fun. Zoey is not one of those protagonists. She is self absorbed and is always complaining about her poor self, perfect looks, amazing abilities that no not her of her age has ever been recorded having, and how she is so not a slut/hag/ho. I read that the mother who wrote these books let her daughter be intricately involved to help her know how teenagers speak. If this is how they speak in her state then thank god I'm not there. I can say to anyone who reads this and fears the worse for the future, no all teens are this shallow, self absorbed, and idiotic. They have brains aren't trying to give or get blow jobs, aren't drinking like moronic drunks or any of the other terrible "insight" that was given.

Ok, so now that I'm off that soap box I can get on another. Since I think this protagonist should be killed off and replaced, I have to find some redeemable quality. In that, there is the plot, sub characters, and some of the conflicts. Although the outcome of each conflict is highly predictable, they are some actual conflicts that teens face. The supporting characters are good, and so (spoiler) I was pissed when Stevie was killed. Easily one of the best if not the best characters and she's taken and yet the worst parents of the year are there, the high/drunk/only improving because he's imprinted (so forced improvement) boyfriend is there...these are terrible characters who should have been dealt with in book one. A simple car accident to kill them all would have been nice and proven that the writer saw the error of her ways but like my run on sentence....she didn't stop..... ( )
  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
I just finished reading Betrayed. Betrayed is the second book in the House Of Night Series. Human high school kids are disappearing. They are later discovered dead. Their deaths are made to look like vampyres are responsible. Can Zoey and her group figure out what’s happening and stop it before it’s too late? Are they strong enough to do so while dealing with the loss of someone close to them?

I really love this series. This isn’t the first time I’ve read this book. I haven’t read the last few books in the series though so I’m re-reading this series to refresh my memory. One of the things I love most about this book, and the entire series, is the fact that the characters are real. They all have real problems they go through. They aren’t characters you see in a lot of places that just happen to have all the money they need at exactly the right time. They experience hardships just like everybody else.

There wasn’t really a whole lot I liked about this book. There are some consistency issues. They are very minor though and you’d have to be really paying attention to spot them out. They are overlookable in the grand scheme of the whole picture though. I wonder sometimes if they are really inconsistencies or if it’s just me being a little overly picky about small details.

If fully recommend this book, and the series in general, to anybody who is interested in paranormal books. It is mainly for young adult audiences, but I don’t think it matters who read it. If a reader likes it, they like it. I do recommend that they read the series in order though. It’s less confusing that way. I’m so honored to have read this book. ( )
  WillowStarSerenity | Dec 14, 2014 |
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Book 2 of the 'House of Night' series -- Zoey Redbird has an unusual life. Just recently she was Marked by Nyx, the goddess of night, to become a vampyre. But Nyx has also given Zoey unprecedented gifts that set her apart from every other vampyre before her. Already struggling to adapt to her new world, she realizes that something isn't quite right at the school, but the one person she should be able to trust the most seems to be the greatest danger.
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Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

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After settling in at the House of Night and becoming more comfortable with her vast powers, fledgling vampire Zoey Redbird faces a horrible crisis as human teenagers are becoming victims of a wave of murders and the House of Night becomes the prime suspect.… (more)

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