“Everyone knows I can’t parallel park. Hardly anyone can parallel park. That doesn’t make me a bad driver.”
It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?
Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.
With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?
When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?
Firstly I want to say thank you to Head of Zeus for sending me a copy of this book and for also inviting me to be part of the wonderful blog tour (26/02/20) for this beauty. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
The first thing I would like to highlight is this is the first book I have picked up in this series and when asked to take part in the tour I was slightly apprehensive due to the fact I had never read any of the other books. I was quickly reassured that this was not necessary and when I received this book I quickly began to understand why. The very first few pages are dedicated to recapping the series before and bringing the reader up to date with what has happened. I feel like this is a very good method used by the author and one that I would like to see more often. I really felt like I was set up for the duration of the book and that I had an equal understanding to those that had read other books in the series.
The first thing that drew me into Loved was the front cover. I absolutely love the use of image and colour it really did capture my attention immediately. I know it only really matters what is inside the book but actually a wonderful cover means you are half way there in attracting the audience that you desire. I have been known not to look twice at a book with a not so attractive cover so bravo to the illustrator of this wonderful cover.
I really like the authors writing style, it is very inclusive in the way it captures the reader immediately and does not let them go until the very end. I found myself wanting to turn each page as soon as possible and not put the book down as I just wanted to know what happened next. I found the style very mesmerising and was able to picture the scene and the characters just through the lovely style of writing that was adopted in this book. I find that this is a very difficult thing to do so really rate the authors for being able to achieve this.
I also really enjoyed the characters, I feel like I had a connection to them and was very interested in what would happen next with them. I feel like maybe this would have been heightened had I of read other books in the series however this is no fault of the book at all. There were a few characters that I struggled to make the connection with but on the whole this was not the case and I enjoyed seeing what would happen next.
Reading Loved has made me want to pick up the rest of the series, despite the fact I now know what happens I would like to read them in order to build up a further connection with the world and the characters within it. I am intrigued to see their development that led them to be the way that they are in Loved.
On the whole I would definitely recommend that you pick up this book. If I had the chance again I would invest my time and money into the other books in the series before picking this book up so that I could get the most out of it. However, don’t let that put you off. The authors give you the tools at the start of the book to love this book regardless of whether it is the first you have picked up or the last. I think this is one too look out for.