This was just recently published. Being the fan that I am of the House of Night story line I obviously rushed out to buy it.
I have read all 7 books previous to this. Most within the same week. I won't lie, the writing isn't the best at times, but the story! It's a guilty pleasure of mine. My literature friends would probably skin me for reading stuff like this, but of all the books I've read lately, I was more absorbed in this one than any of the classics. Hands down.
The back of the book:
"Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same- and her relationship with her super-hot warrior, Stark, may never be the same either.
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?
In the pulse-pounding eighth book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?"
Cast, Kristin and P. C. Cast. Awakened. New York: St Martin's Press, 2010
You can find it here for a lot cheaper than I paid for it, or visit your local library (support the libraries!)
Total pages for this book: 290
Plus unrelated textbook pages: 45
Total pages for 2011 so far: 686
Remaining pages: 10,314