Warning: spoilers ahead (not about this book but the two previous books in the series). If you haven't read Marked and Betrayed do not read this review. Refer to my reviews of the first two books or go straight to the store and buy them!
I again found myself rationing a book because I knew when I finished that I would be clamoring for the next one. The ladies Cast have done it again. Chosen started out where we left off. It's Zoey's birthday, but it is a sucky one. No one likes having their birthday the day before Christmas except people who don't have them. Unfortunately, along with a few other things, like Neferet is evil and Stevie Rae is still alive or really undead alive, Zoey didn't let her friends know that she hates Christmas themed gifts. So she is disappointed when that is what she gets. She is trying to juggle the three guys in her life; Heath, Erik, and Loren. She wants to break it off with Heath but just can't manage it. She really likes Erik but is too shy to take their relationship any further than kissing. Loren is a full adult vamp wooing her with poetry but I think he is up to something, but I am cynical that way. Aphrodite is back and her usual nasty but strangely helpful self. Zoey has to figure out how to manage three boyfriends, cure an undead best friend, lead the Dark Daughters, and oh yeah discover a dead body.
I really didn't know how they were going to handle all these facets without having at least one or more of them continue to the next book. But handle it they did. I didn't see any of this coming. Masterful is the word that comes to mind. I finished the book with my mouth hanging open. I am still stunned a day later and all I can say is, quoting Lestat after his first taste of blood: MORE!!!!
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity. Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth…