Marked: A House Of Night Novel by P. C. CastMarked: A House Of Night Novel by P. C. Cast

Marked: A House Of Night Novel

byP. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Paperback | May 1, 2007

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The House of Night series by bestselling authors P.C Cast and Kristin Cast is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night novels, including Awakened, Burned and Hunted. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined...
Title:Marked: A House Of Night NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.88 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312360266

ISBN - 13:9780312360269

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this series This series is a great take on vampire life and I love the setting for the school. This book would make such a great movie! The characters a very interesting and realistic.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such An Amazing Book I read this book in less than 6 hours. The story is beautiful. Can't wait to read the second to find out what happened to Zoey and her new found powers and friends. So excited!!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice mix of magic and vampires Loved this!!!! got it as a gift and i devoured the book, it was soo goooood! I love how well Zoey is written and how each of her friends have their own unique personality, even if sometimes they seem to lack depth they are still easy to love. The mix of magic with vampires is super well done and fun to imagine it all!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the plot. I do agree with some of the other reviews in which the dialogue could be a bit more mature but overall it was a good read.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Loved it!! was such a great introduction to an incredible series!! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting concept but doesn't cut it for me. This book could have been a lot better than what it actually is. I could not relate to the protagonist and could not agree with her decisions. Some of the things happening in the book is also very eerie and strange.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So bad... Everything from the characters to the dialogue is very out of tune and horrible. And it only gets worst as you read the other books of the series. I think they meant it has young and in touch with teenagers, but reading it as an adult... Wow it's just horrible and predictable.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A perfectly mediocre yet wildly entertaining novel What you see is what you get. This is like the book equivalent of candy: bad for you, not nearly as good as you expect it to be, yet addictive. I would reread this book and I look forward to finishing the series, somehow.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book series This book was the first book in the house of night series and it was a great book! I couldn't put it down! It's a great book for teens and young adults! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A lot to say, none of it good "Marked" is one of those frustrating books where I see promise in the premise but the execution is absolutely abysmal. What I wanted: A book about a teen girl pulled between two lives - her old life as a human and her new life as a fledgling - who is gifted with great powers and a mysterious burden by a goddess, who struggles to fit in and fights for the underdog, whose friends are diverse and quirky. What I got: A spoiled, elitist brat who insults anyone who doesn't fit her definition of cool or attractive, who praises herself for being open-minded while simultaneously being deeply prejudiced, who constantly looks down on others, and who settles into a position of power and importance with little effort or difficulty. Zoey is insufferable. She claims to be a nerd and laments not fitting in, but attracts attention of the hottest guys in school as a human and a fledgling, instantly has a faithful entourage of friends, and really only gets flak from a small section of the school populace. Given that the people who give her a hard time are the designated Mean Girls of the story, that's hardly remarkable: They're mean to everyone. Moreover, Zoey doesn't seem to like anyone. She insults chess players, redheads, people with eating disorders, gay men (we'll get to that), black people (we'll also get to that), people struggling in school, poor people, etc. ad nauseum. Honestly, belittling other people is her defining character trait. While Zoey does have a token gay friend, that doesn't excuse her from bigotry. She praises Damien by saying he "isn't a swishy girly-guy". In other words, he's not "too gay". She and her friends also make a point to emphasize that Damien's sexuality means he isn't really a guy, which is an incredibly offensive notion. Zoey also has a token black friend named Shaunee, but that doesn't stop her from having narrow-minded views of black people. For example, when meeting another black girl, Zoey is quick to dismiss the girl's long hair as being a weave, playing into a racist notion that black people can't possibly have naturally long hair. There's also the fact that Damien and Shaunee's characters are almost entirely defined by their tokenism: Damien is sassy, sensitive, and artistic; Shaunee is angry, sassy, and sensual. Zoey is also horrible toward other girls, which is truly distressing in a story aimed at young teens and praised as progressive and empowering for said audience. At every turn, Zoey is hating on other women for any variety of reasons: They flirt with a boy she likes, they flirt with a boy she used to like but is dead-set against actually dating, they flirt with their own boyfriend, they wear clothing she doesn't like, they engage in sexual acts she doesn't like - in fact, a lot of Zoey's hatred toward other girls revolves around sex shaming. The antagonist of this book, Aphrodite, is hated primarily because she is sexually confident and expressive. Her actual villainy is mostly dismissed - even though it includes refusing to report psychic visions that could save dozens of lives. Moreover, the way Zoey attacks her for her sexuality is nonsensical. An example of this is found early on in the book when Zoey stumbles across Aphrodite giving a blowjob to her boyfriend. The fact that the blowjob was against the boy's will and performed in the middle of a hallway is barely given a second thought; instead, what matters is that she was giving a blowjob at all. Apparently, only hateful, brain-dead sluts give blowjobs. For a series that's all about girl power, this is a deeply troubling view to espouse. This isn't even touching on the writing, which is incredibly poor. There are numerous asides that interrupt the narrative, often killing the tension and serving no real purpose. The writing frequently shows instead of telling. Plus, Zoey can't maintain a consistent narrative voice. Sometimes she sounds like she's twelve, using words like "gihugic", "poopie", and giggling when she comments on "boobies" or calls something "gay". But then she'll suddenly start narrating poetically, describing moonlight as "spilled mercury" or saying that "raw fear engulfed [her] like a bitter wind." It makes it difficult to stay immersed in the story or get a clear idea of what Zoey's personality and maturity is actually supposed to be. Even from a less technical standpoint, the narrative is pretty awful. The pacing is terrible - for example, at the beginning of the story Zoey needs to get to the House of Night so she can be around adult vampyres and avoid dying from rejecting the Change. That sounds like it should be urgent, but the first four chapters are basically her going from one drawn out argument to the next. When characters stand around talking about how important and urgent something is for five pages instead of actually doing anything, it feels like maybe the stakes aren't so high. And it never gets better: A third of the book is spent following Zoey around for her first day of classes. A few important things happen, but not enough to warrant consuming so much time in the narrative. It isn't until page 160 that we have any sense of what the actual goal or conflict is in this book - and then, when we get to the climax, a completely out-of-nowhere antagonist appears and is almost immediately dismissed without any real struggle on the part of the protagonists. The world-building is shoddy, too. It's essentially a patchwork of randomly capitalized words to signal they're important, dismissing actual folkloric ideas about vampirism, and picking random celebrities or historical figures and going, "Hey, this person is actually a vampyre!" Then throw in a matriarchal power structure that is still somehow deeply misogynistic and call it a day. If you take more than a few seconds to question how things work, the whole world starts to fall apart pretty quickly. Overall, this is a terribly written, deeply offensive, and incredibly disappointing book. I've continued reading the series out of a purely academic interest - there is no true enjoyment to be gained from it.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This entire series is incredible! You get hooked right from the first chapter. As the series goes on, you get so caught up in the love triangles and drama, you feel like you know the character in some strange way! Great for teens.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from overhyped! I don't understand the appeal of this series, the writing is awful! It was also such a bore to read. There are much better teen books and vampire books out there.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Well written, a unique take on vampires that you wouldn't expect. Both authors blended seamlessly together in this novel
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my all I definitely love a good vampire novel but Marked doesn't even make it on my top 100 list. I think the writing was very low quality, and immature language was used. I think that the characters had no substance, I wasn't drawn to any of them like I am in other novels that I have read. the storyline was confusing at large points throughout the novel and there was not much action to keep me interested - I actually remember falling asleep many times while reading. Despite my dislike for the first novel Marked I decided to give the next book Betrayed a chance and was it ever a mistake! I would never recommend this novel to anyone.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I read this book in one sitting it was so good!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a Waste Before I start I would just like to say that there was someone with a genuinely good story who probably got passed over so that this . . .thing that barely passes for a story could get published. The writing is terrible, it reads worse than fanfiction written by a 12-year-old (and trust me I would know), the authors are pretty much trying to hit you over the head with the fact that they're hip and cool with the teen lingo and things that teenagers like without having any actual idea of what teenagers talk like or what they enjoy. They unfortunately seem to have bought into the idea that teenagers are brain dead without the capability of forming coherent sentences? The misuse of the word like throughout this entire book is frankly astounding, you'd think the authors have never spoken to someone below the age of thirty or something. If you ever feel bad about anything you've written that has to be handed in for class I can assure it won't be as bad as whatever this book is. The characters are flat and walking stereotypes with absolutely no depth and are apparently incapable of thinking for themselves. I think they all share the one brain. Zoey the main character is insufferable and frankly subpar in every way possible, she's not fit to be the chosen one. She gets extra marks for doing the most mediocre of things it's actually ridiculous. There's never any actual explanation for how she knows things, she just does, it's a feeling. That's how little sense everything in this book makes, the authors have to resort to instinct to connect things just because they didn't think that far ahead. Zoey is judgemental, mean, conceited and too stupid to actually justify any of these qualities. She condemns everyone and their grandmother for all of their actions like she's Jesus or something . . . and then she goes the exact same thing and expects to be forgiven. Not to mention Zoey makes fun of things that aren't actually funny at all. For example she makes fun of anorexia, as if it's some trend that people try out for fun like no it isn't Zoey, anorexia isn't cool or a fad, people actually die from it shut up. Enough with the slut-shaming I have had enough of that nonsense. Honestly I've had enough of this book as well don't bother buying, if you really wanna read it borrow it from the library.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay The concept of the series is amazing with a fresh take on vampires but it's horribly written. I think the authors are trying to hard to sound "young and hip" and the characters aren't well-rounded.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked An interesting teen read. Zoey seems a little irritating, but the other characters make up for it.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh take on vamps This series takes a very different approach to vampire mythology, and I enjoyed this book's introduction to the world of the House of Night. A light, but interesting, read.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! If you're looking for a dramatic teen read this is a great book.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm so happy a friend referred me to this book!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love love love I really love this series!!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started out great but... Started reading this series years ago and the premise was very interesting. I loved that they added native culture to these books. I also love that they get tattoo like markings to go with their personality and the idea of a vampire school just sounded like a lot of fun. However it should have ended with book 6 or something. It dragged way too long and the multiple love triangles were so unneeded and tiring. I still have the last book to read and am struggling to pick it up.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Zero stars This book was published when the vampire craze was beginning due to Twilight. I bought the first 4 books very cheap, hoping that the woman looking at them who told me they're 'really good' would be correct. I liked Twilight and I was really excited to try this series out. But it was so bad, that I think the only reason it even got published was because the publishers were clearly trying to make some money off of the vampire craze and they took a chance with this one. The writing is just awful, that it was just so difficult to take seriously. Some of the parts that were meant to be serious had me laughing and rolling my eyes. It's written in such an immature way, that you would think the authors had never been teenagers themselves - that's how clueless it seems they were about modern teenagers! This book also includes some very unpleasant and annoying characters like the 'twins' who are not really twins. A lot of eyerolls came forth there as well. It's almost hard to believe that this book isn't some sort of satire. Skip this awful book and read a legitimate piece of literature instead.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Such an interesting take on Vampires. Teenage me use to love this series. Now I felt it was okay at best and had some bad language choices
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good An interesting take on vampires.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book I enjoyed this book, first in the series.It was like a mix of harry potter and twilight, in a world where everyone knows about vampires. It was also interesting to see some of the native culture mixed in as well. Good for fantasy readers. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to a great series You'll quickly learn to love the 'nerd herd' and the characters as each individual has such a personality. Vampires are no new concept in novels, but this world has quite the twist and gives you a whole new look. The first book is catching, and the development onwards gets better and more intense.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book a while back and never read it i had just recently read it and i really enjoyed it not like every other vampire book. Once i started this book i could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampires! Intersting spin on the vampire genre
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast The story deals with the transformation of a human teenage girl Zoey Redbird into a vampyre fledgling. Zoey had her troubles at home, and her human friends more or less thought she'd turned into a monster when she was Marked and started changing into a vampyre. The girl seeked refuge in the House of Night, a high school for fledgling vampyres. In her new school Zoey struggled to adjust into her new life, she made friends with other fledglings and earned herself a few enemies, among them your typical queen bee Aphrodite, the leader of the Dark Daughters (a students' union of a sort) and the future High Priestess. This book just reminded me of a Twilight novel, although it did have some good scenery descriptions. I thought it was pretty unmemorable.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from House of Night This is the first book and it was really good.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best vampire book I've read I have never been a big fan of the vampire stories but this book was very good since I found that it wasn't all about being a vampire.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SERIES I started reading this serieswhen i was 12 years old, i've fallen inlove with these books so much that now at 19 years old im still reading them over and over again
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this whole series I absolutely loved this series. P.C.Cast is now my top five favorite author. Very well written and yes it may not be for everyone but for the people who are interested please read, because you will love it.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I love it but I don't think this is a book adults would enjoy, I recommend to teens because I am one and I found relatable since it's written through the eyes of a teenager, i'm currently reading the rest of the series and I find that it's gets better after every book because there are so many different and interesting things happening.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Ideas, Terrible Book Series For a young child about the ages between 11-14, this book will seem great; to anyone above that this novel will seem trite. The idea of markings being a part of vampirism, and each marking unique to the individual that can come with powers gifted by a goddess, is in my opinion, a neat idea; not to mention the posibility that not all characters will survive due to the change. I personally have never heard of vampirism being portrayed that way before. This would have been a fascinating book series if not written for such a young audience in mind. Being marked forever as something 'not human' by the outside world, possibly never seeing your human friends and family again, the off chance you may not even survive after restarting a whole new life, dealing with the fact that blood eventually becomes your own source of sustinance, the fact that there are others out there who could harm you tremendously using natural gifts that you don't have? This is good stuff! Too bad it's in this series and we have to slog through high school cliques, drama with boyfriends (and trust me that aspect gets WORSE as the books go on), zero stakes because you also know our main character is going to survive the change just fine in the end no matter what because she's a 'special'. If you want high school drama, go read something else, want a vampire book? DEFINITELY go read something else.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good It sounded promising, and i can't say if it really was fulfilled or not. However, it's a pretty unique take on vampires and i enjoyed it for the most part.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oldie but a goodie Great read was my introduction to the cast family and I was highly impressed over the course of the books there is plenty of character development and realistic mistakes like don't get me wrong it's still dramatized but in a way that the general person can relate to, to a certain point
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great series Great set of books, easy read, almost like Harry Potter meets Vampires...
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series was great! After reading the first book, I fell in love with the characters and continued reading the rest of the books. The book is a page turner and it excites those who continue to read. Awesome book and an amazing series.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from shout out to vampires that dont sparkle in the sun This is the only vampire book ive read so far. its pretty good but quite confusing when you read the first part. once i got further into the book, i started to like it and it just gets you hooked. the excitement doesnt last long for the rest of the series tho... it dragged on too long and got repetitive so if you like that, the series is for you. if you want simple one time excitement, just read the first few books and youll still be satisfied.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THESE! These books when I was younger were exceptional! As soon as the next book would come out, I would run to chapters and buy it right away!. They're very addicting and had an exceptional view of the science fiction and fantasy. Definitely worth the buy !
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this I read most of the series in high school and recently picked them up again. As a teen I really loved them and because I loved them as a kid, I still love them now. I would recommend this for teens specifically, I loved the quirky characters and identified with each one on different levels for different reasons. 10/10 would recommend for people between the ages of 13-17.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Although I really like the story, I find the use of the words bull poopy, and others like it annoying. I would have liked it a little more maturely written but otherwise it's a good story.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible As a young adult, I remembered enjoying the book, but didn't go beyond the 3rd int he series. Re-read recently and realized these books a dreadful. They are very simply written, easy to read through but the characters are whiny and immature, and the main character never truly develops into the strong female protagonist that I was looking for.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not boring, but irritating This book is pretty well-paced, but other than that, I wasn't feeling it. Characters use "retard," the main character is super judge-y about anyone who dares to drink, use a drug, or have sex of any kind (and the narrative justifies how judgemental she is by making the people who do these things largely "bad," except her new love interest, of course--because it's less bad if hot guys do that stuff, I guess), and the book is thick with stereotypes. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK...nothing greate (indepth review) This book started off strong but weaker as I read on. First off I will say I did enjoy it. What I tell people is when you read a YA/TEEN book remember it was originally targeted to teens. Yes, I know many books in these genera are set for adults to, but I didn’t get that feeling in this book. I just felt the authors were trying too hard to reach a teen audience and it came across corny at times and had unrealistic dialogue from some characters, such as the twins. I also found that a lot of stereotypes were portrayed in the writing. For instance, Damian being gay and no one wants to be his roommate or his only friends are girls. They even put the classic stereotype over plaid about parents not excepting him as gay. I would have liked him to have something special to the character, not just the token gay guy. I really felt let down by that character, they had so much to work with and they came up short with Damian. The Twins always talked in slang which can date a book and that is exactly what happened. As of a reader in 2015, I was actually annoyed with the slang because of the fact it was out dated and took away from the depth the characters could have portrayed. Also being in my twenties I found the slang made them seem even more immature and uninteresting. I kept reading because I liked Stevie-Rae and Zoey-Redbirds characters and bond. Story progression seemed to lack in the middle and quickly go to climax to resolution. That annoyed me because the build up and information given before the climax is extremely vital to connecting and forming a bond between reader and character. I just feel they rushed it a bit but for a first book in a series I do think they captured a connection strong enough with a hook to keep you reading the series for now. I just feel like if there is no character evolution or stronger story line I might lose interest quickly. So far I’m not impressed but I’m intrigued to how the next book will grow.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I loved every book in this series! Krista and her mother PC are a good writing team! I loved the characters Zoey and her grandma and her whole group are good characters and the villians are not too scary but you route for Zoey and frirnds to win.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is such a different, yet, awesome spin to the new-aged vamp. This book reels you in from the very first chapter. A must read if you like vampire stories.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great book! The series is super fantastic and totally worth reading. All the books are amazing, great suspense and action and of coarse some spicy romance. ;)
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word Amazing!!! Marked is a great start to the series considering it gives SO much background and is pretty easy to follow. Love it! Peace and Blessings
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great start to what I hope will be a great series.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Done Love this book
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting. I have all of the house of night books. It's a great distraction, the first was my favourite giving a rather new and somewhat fresh idea to vampires. However, the story is being dragged out to quite a length. I do like the ritual side of things, but Zs guy drama never seems to quit :/
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved it, excited to start the second book.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read This book is good because it allows you to open your mind to your imagination for every detail given in the story.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marked It was alwsomesauce.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marked This book is amazing
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked This book is amazing
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed the world-building! The House of Night series has been on my TBR list for a long time! The series was actually banned in 2009 for "sexual content and nudity." Interestingly, the series hadn't even been completed at that point so it is quite ridiculous for all future novels in the series to be banned when they have no idea whether there is any objectionable content! By contrast, this book won the 2007 Romantic Times (RT) Reviewers' Choice Award for Young Adult. The story takes place in an alternate universe where vampyres (that is how it is spelled in the book) share the world with humans although they live separately (at least they do in this novel). In certain people, a physiological reaction takes place that triggers a part of their DNA that will eventually result in the person becoming a vampyre. It is thought that this takes place during adolescence, due to the increase in hormones during puberty. Such an individual will be destined to become "marked." A certain type of vampyre called a Tracker will place a crescent moon mark on the forehead of a person who has been chosen to become a vampyre. The mark is like a tattoo, but it is an outline only. Once a person receives that mark, they say good-bye to their old life and move to the House of Night which is a private boarding school in Tulsa's Midtown where they will live for the next four years learning all about the history of vampyres and what they can expect in the future. A marked person, or fledgling, has a very limited amount of time to come to the House of Night. They feel as though they are dying, which is true because their body is changing. Not everyone will survive the Change to become a full-fledged vampyre. The mark on the forehead becomes filled in once the Change is complete. Someone who has had special gifts bestowed upon them by Nyx, the Vampyre Goddess that they worship, is destined to become a High Priestess. Those chosen ones will also develop additional embellishments upon their body to set them apart from regular vamps. In Greek mythology, Nyx is the Goddess of the Night. Zoey Redbird is a 16 year-old teenager from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma who feels as though she doesn’t belong. Her dad left when she was just two years old, and her mom remarried when she was 13 years old. Zoey’s new step-father, John, is a bit of a religious fanatic. He feels that Zoey is a problem child and, since they married, Zoey feels that her mother isn’t really on her side anymore. Zoey feels that if her mom and John only knew what her siblings were up to that they wouldn't think she was the black sheep. She refuses to hide who she is and, for that reason, she gets into trouble. When Zoey becomes marked, she turns to her Grandmother Redbird who is the only one she feels will understand. Her grandmother is a Cherokee, and she has taught Zoey some of the old ways. While trying to find her grandmother in the lavender fields around her home, Zoey falls and hits her head and has a spiritual experience where she meets Nyx who tells her that she is something special because of her mix of Cherokee ancestry and vampyre destiny. She kisses the mark upon Zoey’s forehead and, when Zoey awakens, she finds out that her grandmother has brought her to the House of Night. Her mentor is a High Priestess named Neferet. Zoey stands out as different than other fledglings because her mark has filled in ever since her spiritual meeting with Nyx. She instinctively knows that she is not to reveal to anyone what has occurred. Right off the hop, Zoey gets off on the wrong foot with Aphrodite, who is the "Queen Bee" of the fledglings. She runs a special clique called the Dark Daughters, and she thinks she is destined to become a High Priestess. Aphrodite tries to bully Zoey around, but Zoey stands up to her which earns her the respect of her small circle of peers. Aphrodite is jealous of all the attention that Zoey is receiving because of her mark and what she believes is preferential treatment from Neferet. I really like the alternate world that the Casts have created. Just as wizards must go to Hogwarts to receive training, the vamps must go to the House of Night. I like that Zoey is a strong-willed girl who doesn't let anyone push her around. Even when she is afraid, she demonstrates a lot of courage. The clash between Aphrodite and Zoey is typical high-school behaviour, along with the bullying and cliques. I felt as though I was right back in high school! However, because of the sexual situations in the book, I would recommend this for the upper end of the Young Adult range. Zoey's lack of parental support really saddened me, and I felt sorry for her. It was nice to see Zoey's strong bond with her grandmother, which is absent for so many kids nowadays, and I hope that we will see more of Grandma Redbird! Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of the series! I am hoping that the maturity level of the characters will develop as they get older.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Be Better I really wanted to enjoy reading this book but I found it hard. It was definitely a page turner, but I always caught myself thinking, "When will the clichéness end?" I found the dialogue and writing style was written ammateurish and most of the book was predictable. The main character seemed so perfect and clichéd as well; a not-so-good life at home, most popular boy loves her even though she's not popular. Then at the House of Night it's basically the same thing: The most hottest boy in school ditches the most hottest girl in school just to take interest and automatically fall in love with the new, different fledgling. I found that part so irritating. Oh, not to mention her perfect friends who will do anything for her (helping her save the day, didn't see that one coming) and talk like over-excited teenagers. I just find everything so unbelievably unrealistic for a fictional although it wasn't that bad. I think the next novels will be as predictable and preppy but it's still not that bad of a read.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I am one of those people who enjoy books like twilight to ally carter books so I could say I read anything. But with this book I didn't get hooked until I was almost done the book and on almost on every page I saw the f *** word or the b**** word so those are the only flaws to the book. But other then that it was pretty good.
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for Adults Having enjoyed the Harry Potter and Twilight series as an adult I had this series recommended (online) when looking for 'teen books also enjoyed by adults". I did not enjoy the first book. I did find it humorous in the 'this is completely rediculous" sense. This book is about a very annoying tween/teen who thinks that life is just 'totally, like unfair' until she is whisked away to a dream world with no parents or rules where the hotest boy in school leaves the hot, but not nice, popular girl for the main character. This is not a completely accurate plot line but you get the point. My biggest issue with this book was that the main character had no faults (ate well, was pretty, said no to drugs...the list goes on) which on some level I can support as a positive role model for young girls but the faultlessness makes the character unbelieveable and hard to relate to. The only emotion I had towards the main character was the desire to hit her. I am sure this novel would appeal to a tween/young teenager but I would not recommend it to adults.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different kind of vampire novel This is the first novel in the House of Night series. Zoey is in high school, and has been "marked". This is something that seems to happen randomly to some kids; what this means is that if she doesn't get herself to a place called "House of Night" asap, a sort of "finishing school" for fledgling vampyres, she will die. Zoey is scared and must leave her family and friends to start new. With her Cherokee background, there seems to be something special about Zoey; she is not quite like the other fledglings, but she still manages to make some good friends, and to p*** off one of the higher ranking girls at school. I really enjoyed this. Yes, it's another vampire novel, but it's quite different. The vampyre "rules" are different in this book, and a lot of the rituals at Zoey's new school actually made me think of fictional witch stereotypes, so much so, that I often forgot they were vampyres and often thought witches instead. I also liked the touch of Cherokee traditions that made their way into the book. I particularly liked a couple of Zoey's new friends, Damien, the gay boy, and her "Okie" roommate Stevie Rae
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright Not my favourite. It’s changed the whole ‘turning vampire’ process. I don’t know if I liked that too much. The thought and concept was all there. There were interesting scenarios, and I liked the way she had her own little thoughts added in there. It was kind of childish. But she is 16 years old, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. It took me so long to read because I wasn’t drawn to figure out what happens next. I bought the box set, so onto number two now!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This is a really good book and a great series. The writing is really good and relates really well to how a teenager really speaks and thinks. I love the fact that there is a lot of mythology and rituals in the book which i find makes it more authentic. The character Zoey is just wonderful and Cherokee (love it!!!). I enjoy the research that was done on some of the native rituals described in the book, as they really do exist. I really can't complain about this story. i loved it 100%
Date published: 2011-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I actually purchase this book about 2 years ago and I just read this book now. When I purchase that book I read the 1st chapter and there were a few things that I didn’t like: 1. The way they wrote Vampyre instead of Vampire, 2. The fact that they get “marked” when they change. 3. The “vampyre” was a lady. ( and I love when it’s the guy usually) So back then I close the book and forgot all about it because to me it did not make sense and I was not ready for this big change. Then 2 weeks ago I actually decided to give this book a full try and read the full book till the End like it or not. And I must say… It was great. I could not let go the book. There is not much action compare to other books but the story lines and everything that happened is actually pretty good and you just want to keep reading and want to know more. I like it so much that I got the 2nd book as well and finish that one in 2 days also. So now I’m in the 3rd book and I already purchase the full serie. So I have to say it’s a must ready. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well, Hell! I ADORE THIS SERIES! Not only that... I love Zoey's cuss word: " Well, Hell! " This story stars Zoey Redbird and she is Marked as a fledling at the House of Night school for Vampyres. She has to go through the change to become a true vampire. If she doesn't.... She'll die. That isn't the main aspect of the book though. She has to adapt to the nature of vampyres and drinking.... The worst thing she could think of: Blood. This book was hilarious and epic. I was amazed my this book. I recomend it to Twilight Haters! (( If you like Twilight you can still read it :p ))
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good surprise I really didn't think I was going to like this book. I put off reading it for many years because when I read the back summary it just seemed a little too strange and out there. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Zoey is your average 16 year old until a vampire shows up in her school to tell her she's been marked. The poo hits the fan when her zealot religious parents find out and plan to stage an intervention and the school starts treating her like a leper. Running away from her family she hurts herself on the way to her grandmothers only to have a spiritual vision. Her grandmother takes her to a special school for those who have been marked and there starts her adventure. There were many elements of this book that were just downright excellent. Infusing aboriginal history and lore into Zoey's past really intrigues the reader and was a big surprise. In addition though a person has been marked by a vampire that does not guarantee they will survive the change into one that happens over several years. Another element I enjoyed about this story was that while there was romance it was not the main focus. Zoey is our heroin and is on a mission. My two criticisms of the book is that Zoey occasionally uses language that just doesn't seem like a teenager such as "lad" that just seems odd and out of place. Some of the assumptions and observations she makes also seem a bit teenager cliched. My other issue is how much of the book revolves around oral sex. After I read the whole books I just didn't feel by the end that it was necessary. The tension it created in the story could have been achieved in other areas and I know from personally working in a bookstore and selling the book that many parents wont buy it for their kids because it really is written the way you'd read it in an adult novel like the Sookie Stackhouse series. For older teens Im sure it's nothing new though I can't recall many teen books that actually DO go into detail about oral sex and make it a pivotal part of a story... for younger teens (it's marketed to 13+) it may not be appropriate. Use discretion. Great book, great story, a little needlessly sexual in some areas. But Zoey is a great strong leader and you'll cheer for her the whole way.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting While the story created by the authors is interesting, I found that the quality of writing was at time immature, and at others overly mature. In the middle of a sentence there were words that are not commonplace in speech today (eg. lad). The story was interesting, and I do plan on trying to finish the series, but for a teacher and a journalist, the prose was sub par. I find this in a lot of Young Adult books now, that perhaps, the author(s) are trying (and in this case actually are) attempting to speak through a young persons mind, attempting to relate and express to the hormonal changes going on through the dialogue and erratic behaviour of their characters. I would recommend that you try this book, if you liked the Twilight Saga, and wish to read more into the lives of the fictional vampires created by authors such as P.C Cast and Kristen Cast.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This is a great book with a somewhat unique storyline on vampires but the series is very long and when you get to about the 5th book i found the story was being drawn out and some of the characters get annoying :P
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK The House of Night series is very addictive, it is very intriguing, and hard to put down. I found every character to be very unique and true to them selves. And I love how P.C. Cast and Kristen cast can get a very good essence of a teenage girl, and how it’s very real and doesn’t try to hard to cover the real problems of a teenager and young adult. P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast are amazing authors...I recommend that you should read any of their material!!!
Date published: 2010-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great!!!! great starting to a series but..... i may be alone on this but its a whole new type of vampire series with vampires having to be marked and not bitten to be a vampire and them not right away being vampires but them having to go threw a change and if they don't they sadly die.. it doesn't work for vampires just a no no NO
Date published: 2010-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Zoey is your average sixteen year old who just wants to fit in. One day after school she gets tracked down and is “marked”. She has to leave for the House of Night where she will spend the next four years training to become an adult vampire. The authors did a really good job with Zoey’s characterization. Because Zoey is in her teens she had a believable teenage voice She’s one of those people that sometimes doesn’t say what they really think which reminded me a little of myself and made me like her character more. At the House of Night Zoey is quickly befriended by Stevie Rae, Damien, Erin and Shaunee. They were really good friends to Zoey especially compared to her original BFF Kayla. They were there for her, supported her and came to Zoey’s rescue when she needed them the most. At first glance I noticed so many things in this series that were different from your typical vampire book. To name a few: vampires are “marked” not bitten, they have their own religion and goddess, and they have a matriarchal society. It contained a lot of pagan worship and it was fascinating to read about the rituals that were performed. The Cast’s definitely put their own twist on vampire world and made this book a good read for me. Overall, MARKED was a great start to the series. I would recommend this series for older teens and adult readers as it does have some cussing and talk of sex.
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked by P.C Cast + Kristin Cast Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No, Just No Um...maybe I'm old-fashioned. but I like the eccentric idea of vampires being kept secret, not out in the open for everyone to see and know about. This book was really slow and I couldn't get into it. I'm sorry!
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vampyres with a "Y"? A new and appealing way to look at vampires and everything surrounding them. A little messy and clumsy at times (since aiming teens) but every book of the ongoing series is a very light, fast, delicious read. Bursts of laughter guaranteed. Maybe even an occasional tear.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrifying!! This is THE worst book I've ever read. Okay to be fair I'm probably the only one on here who thinks so, so let me question ur mind. do you enjoy irrelevance, shallow, material stories with voyeuristic add ons tht have nothing to do with the plot? okay fine if you do... buy the book. it is insulting to compare this to twilight saga. buy some other vampire series... n ething but this wud be a god-given. Okay so it is not all bad. The actual plot is fabulous but the authors freak me out everytime it gets good by over-doing the whole teenage irrelevance thing especially if it' the character is in a dangerous situation it would be like.. ' i felt like i was dying... like paris hilton's boobs...oh boobs...haha... oh Heath looks sexy... and oh I'm still dying'. SAVE UR MONEY!!
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Original When I picked up this book I presumed it was just going to be yet another cheap vampire/human novel. I couldn't have been more wrong. This was most definitely the most original vampire novel I've ever read. It was incredibly interesting and was most definitely the most Feministic book I've read in a very long time. Though it most certainly was not hard, heavy hitting literature it was a wonderful breath of fresh air!
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book and Story Line I loved this book. I actually could not put it down. I was reading it at work and I was reading it as I got home. When it ended, I felt sad that I hadn't bought the next one. If you loved Twilight, you will be a fan of this book. It's a bit raw sometimes, but that's what makes it real. This mother-daughter duo is not afraid to tell it like it is, even if it may offend some people. LOVED IT!!!Buying the next one tonight :)
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It has you marked It's a good introduction to the series. Zoey finds out that she needs to go to the house of night to learn to be a Vampyre but her mark is much more than a simple fledgling's mark. She goes through the regular getting adjusted to a new school - making friends, enemies, possible boyfriend - the whole fitting in basically. It's a foundation of the series. There's tons of mini adventures but nothing major until the last ten pages. The book had a bit of sexual content but it wasn't the central focus of the book. All in all, it was an introduction that I liked and will read the following for sure to find out what the author developed from the story.
Date published: 2010-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOMME I LOVE THIS SERIES the beginning of the book was a bit boring but once you read past the first couple chapters this book had me, couldn't put it down. This series got me hooked, i could never put the book down. I read books within 2 or 3 days and i just couldn't stop reading. As i read the book i felt like i was there standing beside Zoey (main character) i felt like i was part of her Nerd Herd(you'll understand if you read). This is my favourite book i have read this year and if you liked Twilight this is 10 x better ;] Trust me you should buy this book.
Date published: 2010-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING<3 I LOVE THIS SERIES. This was a great begging to a fantastic series, i just finshed reading untamed and wow i cant wait till burned! if u love a good cant put it down book this is the book you HAVE to buy, its breath taking, thrilling, romantic, bone chilling but not scary it is overall a fantastic series&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;BUY IT ITS AMAZING IF YOU CONTAPLATING SHOULD I GET THIS YES YOU SHOULD!!!!&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;33333 GET IT YOU WILL LOVE IT
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read (Especially if You Like Twilight) This book was an awesome read couldn’t keep my hands off this book. There is always something interesting going on, and a lot of surprises. I do have to admit it was a little bit predictable, but I never knew what was going to happen in the end. It was awesome and kept me wanting more. If you are looking for a book after the Twilight Series or something up that alley, this is a perfect example to sooth your craving for vampires. (Even though Edwards is not in this book there is always Erik, hot vampire number 2) I’d have to Rate this book 4 Stars out of 5
Date published: 2010-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good! At first when I picked up and read the back I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. Once I opened it and read a little I thought 'Okay this is kind of boring!' but I thought it would get better and it TRULY did I loved it I couldn't put it down. I don't understand why some people say they didn't like it? Some of the stuff Zoey says I understand how imature it was but other then that fact a truly nice light read.
Date published: 2010-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from should i read it?? is it worth reading??is it really better than twilight? plz help me i would like to know.
Date published: 2010-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so amazing... i loved this book, i got the whole series for christmas and I am in love. they did a great job with the writing. All though, sometimes they make it seem like it's an 8 year old talking, not a 16 year old. Like when she says 'poopie' like honestly? what 16 year old says that...besides that i loved it so much. i thought Erik was so sweet. I reccomend it
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marked this is the first book in the 'House Of Night' series written by P.C Cast and her daughter, Kristen Cast. it's a very intresting start to a very creative story. it gives a whole new world of vampyres. in this book, to become a vampyre, you have to be marked by a tracker. after that, you go to a school which teaches you how to become a vampyre. but you change slowly, so the school is for 4 years. and unfortunatly, sometimesyour body can reject the change. it is all based on a goddess named Nyx, who will sometimes choose a certain fledgling (a newly marked vampyre) to have special abilities or powers.and she chose zoey redbird. zoey was in school one day when i tracker came and marked her, and the mark that you get is a cresent shape in the middle of your forehead. she tells her mom, who remarried a jerk, and then she runs away. she runs to her grandmothers, but can't find her, and runs through her lavender fields. she falls down and meets the goddess Nyx, whom gives her special powers. her grandmother finds her and then takes her to the school, were the excitment and adventures begin! the characters were well imagined, well thought out, and have a great personalities. i also loved that she added in different cultures and beliefs and people. it was a great concept, sometimes a little hard to understand and read, but basically pretty easy going. and it was very well paced. a great read all in all. definitely a reccommended read!!!
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing compares to the Twilight Saga! It is geared towards a younger crowd (tweens), and I could not get into it! In retrospect, I could see why my 13 year old niece loved it!!!
Date published: 2009-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome One of my favorite series,once you start you simply can not stop!
Date published: 2009-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely awsome book Of all the typical vampire books I have read this is not one of them. This book showed a whole different perspective outlook on vampires, I couldn't put it down and can't wait to read the next in the series!!!
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked! This amazing book, Marked, by P.C. Cast uses a very entertaining storyline. Zoey Redbird, a newly marked vampire, has to face moving into the House of Night, a school for vampires. It is much different than her school back at home. Zoey is faced with new teachers, classes, friends, drama and crushes. The story is told from Zoey's point of view, giving the House of Night and the vampires there, a very mysterious feel. This 21st century, fiction novel will intrigue teens wanting a juicy, fresh and interesting book. This book is recommended to anyone who likes adventure and drama. Kassidy :)
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book tottally blows you away, I love the Idea of the cresent moon Tattoo on the vamp's forehead. I think this book will be the next Harry Potter! (Vampire version) (But its better than Harry Potter) I think it'll be a fantastic Motion Picture film. Looking forward to hearing about the new movie coming out.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN ADVENTURE This is the beginning of a fully original, amazingly exciting adventure. This is the first of 12 books in the house of night series. Zoey Redbird lives a pretty normal life. She goes to school, has an off again on again boyfriend. Has a flacky best friend and has parents she can't stand. That is until a vampyre comes into the school and Marks her as one of their own. This means that Zoey will begin the transition of becoming a vampyre and her life as she knows it is at an end. When her best-friend finds out, she abandons her. Her parents believe her to be evil. Her only recourse is her beloved Cherokee grandmother who believes her Mark is a blessing. That is when she gets her first vision, her first glimpse of an impossible future. She is then rushed to the House of Night which is a boarding school for young fledgings(humans who are about to turn into vampyres) and while they learn what their lives are going to be like as vampyres and the history of their newfound race, they are also fighting for survival since not all fledging will survive the change. To make things go from bad to worst, Zoey is seen as a phenomenon since her Mark is filled in as if she were already a transitionned vampyre. Soon, Zoey finds herself torn between two guys. One has loved her since they were in elementary school and the other one, Erik, finds her totally fascinating and understands her in a way that Heath her human ex-boyfriend never could. Then she finds an enemy in the school's most popular and powerful student---Aphrodite. But her newfound friends are there to help her through the difficult change. An awesome beginning.
Date published: 2009-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! really really liked it!! It kinda grabs you at first becasue its different but i instantly loved the characters, there relationships and the story line. Basically fell in love :) and had to have the rest!! i cant wait till the next ones out :)
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I loved this series and I think you would too! P.C and Kristen Cast really make it feel like you are a vampyre and you belong at the house of night, which I love to feel in abook. Great book!
Date published: 2009-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. An amazing book. A great start to a great series. A very different take on the vampire world. I bought the first 4 books after the cover caught the corner of my eye. Looked like a good series at the time and I was not wrong. I could not put it down once I got into the story. Its has vampires, romance, teenage angst and drama. Love it. A very different world was created with the how the character become vampires by being chosen by a goddess instead of being bitten by another vampire. Although I have to say the way she spells vampire (vampyre) is a little strange and was annoying at first but you get used to it.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I loved this book, it was awesome, alot of bad words, but, other then that it was on awesome book, i also didn't like how she spells the word "Vampire" different then most books, it bugs me :P
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not suitable for teens! It's not the best I have read so far. A lot of coarse language and sex description.
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun It was a fun book to read because of all of Zoey's mistakes and the fact that she never seams to learn from them.Lol. The style of writting was O.K. Not great but not bad eaither. At times I thought it was a little immature, So I don't recommend this book to adults. It's a teen's book. The plot was really cool. I really enjoyed the use of greek methology. Overall It was Fun. Enjoy,
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this book! But, my favourite one is probably either Betrayed or Chosen. Those two seem to have the most drama and suspense. If you can get through this book, read the other ones because they're extremely well done. You learn more about Zoey (protagonist) And her friends/family. Suggested for anyone between 13 and 17
Date published: 2009-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better This is the first book to the House Of Night series, and it is about Zoey and how she is Marked as a vampire, Sorry vampyre. Zoey meets Aphrodite the Queen Bee of the school and the leader of the Dark Daughters. Aphrodite is the mean b*tchy popular who once dated "The Hottest Guy In School" Erik Night, but they broke up. Zoey must try to prove that Aphrodite is not qualified to be the Leader of The Dark Daughters, and show that she is the bad guy in the House Of Night. Zoey also meets many other vampyres, and also developes a realtionship with Erik, which I don't mind because Erik is a sweet heart, and go on with her life as a vampyre. So how old is Zoey 16? Psh Ya Right. In this book her perspective seems like it's based a Ten year old's perspecitve by the writing style of it. The book could have been better with more professional words to be used to describe things, and the characters could've been a bit better. Not the best to start a series, and it was a little boring in the beginning until the near the end it got exciting. Hoping the next one Betrayed will be better.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I adore this book, and Marked is an amazing beginning book to an opening series. You never get bored and you will finish it in one day! This book is also worthy enough to start a movie just like Twilight.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good Finished this book in a day! The whole series is amazing. Cant wait for Temted to come out
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please Don't Waste Your Time If you are looking for a vampire book, this is it. If you are looking for a GOOD vampire book, don't waste your time. Although it might talk about the world of vampires and how it is in vamp school, it is very cliche. and this book might be okay to get through, but i myself cannot get through the other books. Currently there are 5 books in this series but we are looking at possible a 9 book series. What does that tell us? It drags! The plot is not interesting yet it drags out for possibly 9 books. Personally, i think it's a waste of time and money. If you are looking for a really good vampire read, check out Marcus Sedgwick.
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To amazing for words! Like the title doesnt say everything all I'm gonna say is better buy the whole series before you begin reading.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series The first book in the House of Night Series is not my favourite. It took me a while to get into it, but about half-way through the book I started to love it. I couldn't put it down and didn't stop reading until I finished all of the books in the series. I cannot wait for the next one!
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely awsome!!!!!!!!! I picked up this book while going to the cottage.My eye catch when I was going to pick out a card for my sons birthday.I read the back think maybe I couldn't get in to it because of being vampire book but I was wrong I couldn't put it down and when I put it down I want to pick it up again because I was interest in the I just finish the book now I want more so I'm going to chapters(hold they have the next my son wants to read it.and he hasn't read a book in a long time.At the cottage when I go look for my book he had it.
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vampyre Book Ever! I loved this! P.C nad Kristen Cast's new take on Vampyres is amazing! They make Vampyres friendly and misunderstood, not like Twilight where they try to make the vampires scary but fail. The characters are so real and very interesting. These books are way more realistic (character wise) than Twilight and way better! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too Shabby The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird''s world, vampyres have always existed.In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change.Not all of those who are chosen do.It''s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school''s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends. My cousin lent me Marked telling me it was pretty good and although she knew it wouldn't become an absolute favorite of mine, she thought I'd enjoy it. She was right, I did enjoy it. I did find it just slightly juvinile for my tastes, but it was still a good & fast read - and I am planning on reading the rest of the series (I even bought the first 4 because I like to own my own books and not have to borrow). Despite my finding it a little juvinile, at the same time I was thrilled that the teenagers spoke like teenagers as opposed to adults who've already experience everything. They weren't wise beyond their years which was a nice change from what I've seen a lot of in YA fiction lately. Zoey is a strong lead mc, but with normal teenage uncertainty. It leaves a lot of room for growth throughout the series that I hope to see. PC & Kristin Cast did a good job overall and I think this is a great series for any young adult. Grade: B
Date published: 2009-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK. I mean, it wasn't the greatest book around but I think the authors focused too much on the "House of Night" for like 75% of the book and then after that it's starts to get interesting. But you could see there is more potential in the next book.
Date published: 2009-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well......... Okay, I have to be honest. I bought this book like over a year ago, I tried to read it at first but then decided against it. I thought it was going to be stupid, so then months later I decided to try and read it again. I read the whole thing, It's alright. Not too bad.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from instant catch! Amazing! I read it in about 9hrs. its dark, magical, and holding. You definitely want to read this book! if you are going to read this book pick up the others in the series (there is also more coming out)
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book grabs you from the first page! Zoey's journey is just beginning, and who knows how it will end. You just want to keep reading to figure out what happens to each character. Very addicting book!
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Brutally Awful! -immature dialogue with characters using words like "retard" -characters lack depth -very immature -don't waste your money! -deserves no stars!
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good. Marked was a good book with great characters, they had unique personalities along with non-stop humour. It got better and better with each page, captivating you until the end. The storyline of the book was really unique, I am interested to read the rest of the series, to see the rest of Zoey Redbird's adventure.
Date published: 2009-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good but not amazing Marked was good but not amazing. I found that the sentence structure in some parts was a little weird and I had to reread the paragraph. It’s hard to explain, but I thought it seemed a little “simple” like it was mean for a younger readers. I also found that there was no depth to the book (if that makes any sense). In some books there is always at least one part in the book that leaves you wanting more/on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. There were none of those moments in the book and I found it a bit predictable. But the story itself was good and I’ll still continue reading the series.
Date published: 2009-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Will hook you in! I'm just gonna coment on this book speaking for the whole series. Okay, so I thought the HoN series in one of the best in the world. It was just so deep in emotions, once you put it down (after you're mind protesrs, but sleep draws over you) you will start to think you actually ARE Zoey Redbird. And you start to worry about all her problems. You might even dream HoN. This is one of those books and series that just hook you in. The second and fourth book will make you cry. It certainly made me! Very good job, P.C and Kristen Cast! You two make a great team, and I really hope you make even more into the series, past Tempted. By the way, I encouage everyone to read this! Though, it might be inapropreit for some ages, due to... some scenes... anmd some launguage. Stiill a great read!
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book absolutely stink !!!! The beginning of the book is very slow and boring ! There is no action or romance in the book until the very end. And i do not ! Do not recommend it to anyone. And people who say that this book is better than twilight. You must be out of your mind!
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ! I have just started because my friends convinced me to buy it.. And i cant stop reading it !!! its soo good ! im only on chapter 3 tho.. Im also only 12 ! but i cant put it down even tho there is some "nasty" parts !
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrible.... After 9 chapters I gave up. I could not finish it for the life of me. This is the only book that I have ever started reading and did not finish.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disapppointing This book was terrible when I first started reading it. The style of writing was stupid and I especially hate the names of the most of the characters. What kind of idiotic name is "Shaunee" and why do her and Erin call each toher twin? Well I know, but I don't like it. In the begininning of the book nothing happened but near the end some interest was sparked. I am going to read the second book so I hope it gets better.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a book you can sink your teeth into This is one great book! its a real page turner. once you finish this one you will want the next. You will fall in love with these chairacters. I recamend this book to any one!
Date published: 2009-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted I am now officially addicted to the House of Night series. I can't wait to read another. It was easy to get sucked in and not be able to put the book down.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Every new book in the House of Night Series read like a chapter from a larger book. Very little happens until at the very end and the characters never seem to evolve or move farther through their circumstances. If you are interested in reading the series I would wait until the entire series is completed so you are disappointed when nothing is resolved.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marked Congratulations to P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast for creating such exciting, sarcastic, gripping books....In Marked, this is where Zoey Redbird is marked and must leave the life as she knows it and move to the House of Night with the rest whom have been marked. This is a school where they train to become Vampires. Zoey imprints with her human ex boyfriend Heath, due to the bloodlust that now calls her. In Marked, Zoey discovers that she is not like the others, she has special gifts.
Date published: 2009-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutley Great It was sooo good and i loved the romance!!!! But i cant believe in the second book "Betrayed" she is falling for another guy i loved Eric he was soo sweet!!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series!! Love this series of books!! Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted. The story gets you hooked in the first book "Marked" and each novel keeps you engrossed right to the end!!
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fanatastic Zoey Montongomery (Redbird) has just been marked. Not only does she have to deal with being the new kid and the meany Aphrodite, but she has a fully, coloured in mark. Not the most usual for a fledgling who has just been marked. With her new friends and perhaps boy friend, Zoey controls her new, chaotic life. But only for a time. Anyone who read and enjoyed Twilight will love this. It keeps you reading till the very end, and then some. I would definitly recommend this for anybody from 10+.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Marked, the first in the House of Night Series was an fascinating read. It takes us on the beginning journey of Zoey who is marked and is taken to a new life at the House of Night School. I found this to be a distinct view on vampires. At times it reminded me of Harry Potter meets Vampires. There were some similarities within the plot that reminded me of the Harry Potter Series. Since I found this book in the teen fiction section of Chapters I was disappointed with some of the language usage and plot content. However, having said that, the series was intriguing enough for me to continue reading the next book in the House of Night Series.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampyre Marked look like a big introduction so that we can understand better what the story will be about but I don't mind cause even thought it's not an OMG end the book was really good and there was no length, there was always something happening. The characters's nice but they seem a little too alike, they need more different personalities. I love the narrathing style very teen-ish with a lot of reference to pop culture and thought that I'll probably have if that was happening to me. The dialogue were okay I mean there are okay but the authors tried so hard to make them sound young, It kinda work if you think that teen cannot say a sentence without bad worlds. I mean I'am a teen and I don't say swearword each time I speak! They definetely over do it. That apart it was a very good vampire book very different from what one can expect.
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unrealistic YA The narration and dialogue is very unrealistic. You'd think a 12 year old was narrating not a 16-17 year old. The author tries too hard to sound young, but it just sounds fake. It ruins the story for me.
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Start To A Series Marked is the story of Zoey, a young girl who gets marked by Nyx the vampire goddess to become a fledgling. She is forced to leave her home to attend a vampire boarding school where she will either become an adult vampire or die. I thought this book was really good, although the ending leaves the reader sort of hanging because you're waiting for something huge to happen and nothing really does. I think this book is really just to introduce you to the charcters and get you ready for the rest of the series. If you liked Twilight, then you should give this book a try.
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definately for older teens--I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either! I was very bored for more than half of this book. It picked up in the middle and wasn't bad after that. I've read worse. I have also read much, much better. If I were a teenager I would probably give it a 3/5, but because I am not, I gave it a 2. Definately not for everyone.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ~ Marked ~ "Marked" was a great book. It was okay in the beginning and ended off with lots of action. I recommend this series, it's very entertaining and you will not be disappointed. In my opinion the 4th and 5th books were the best, they were very interesting and have lots of action. ~Enjoy~
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Marked At first, I found this book a little confusing and a bit dull. However, as the story went on, the book got more interesting. The ending was amazing. I plan on reading the other books in the House of Night series. However, this book is different from other vampire books. Zoey becomes marked with a half moon on her forehead, meaning that she is to become a vampyre (vampire). The human world knows all about vampires, so her friends take her marking as a shock. Her parents have a very hard time approving the mark and transition to vampire-hood. Zoey then moves to a boarding school to learn to become a vampyre. Little does she know that the vampyre Goddess has chosen her, giving her advanced abilities. She must use these abilities and the help of her new friends to find her place at the House of Night and learn how to transition to a vampyre- or die if her body rejects it.
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Potentially Good Series - NOT for Children 12 and Under!! Based on this first book, the series has potential and it will most definitely appeal to Twilight fans. Zoey Redbird has been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. Zoey has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and is not the average fledgling. Here in the House of Night, Zoey meets Erik (whom everyone thinks is hot) and towards the end of the book, a relationship between them starts to develop. I guess we'll have to read the rest of the series to see what kind of romance ensues between them. Note of warning - This is NOT a book for children aged 12 and under. This book makes many references to oral sex so parents please be aware of what your children are reading. I quote directly from the book "Of course there are girls who think it's "cool" to give guys head" and "Did I look like Eric's mom when you watched me suck his **** in the hall?"
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it I liked this book. It's was the beginning of what can be a really good series but then it kinda went downhill for me in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th book
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wasn't fantastic. I picked this book up because it had an interesting take on the vampyre world, but I ended up being a bit disappointed. It tells of Zoey Redbird, chosen to become a vampyre fledgling and study at the House of Night. Nothing really seems to happen until the end of the book, and even then it's not that exciting. The writing isn't great and what bothered me the most was the dialogue--made me cringe quite a few times, it was that bad. Also, the secondary characters are boring and lack development. I had to force myself to read the rest of the series, only because once I start a series, I have to read it to the end to find out what happens. Overall, sort of reminded me of Twilight and I'd only recommend this book if you like that series.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book!!!! Great book.. I am thinking that it is as good or better then the Twilight series. I can not wait to read the whole series.. Enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst reading material I've ever encountered This series is "okay," but if you're going to attempt it, don't read the first book. It lays a lot of ground work, lacks an actual plot, and develops only the main character... who turns out to be unwordly, judgemental, and otherwise shallow and fairly boring. It's easily the worst book I've ever read. The writing is pathetically stereotypical and amateur, which is weird since it seems at least one of the authors has written many books.
Date published: 2009-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked All i heard about from my friends were these vampure novels. Twilight, Vampire Dairies. So I decided to check one out. Ended up being Marked. Which i really enjoyed. The whole book was basically getting to know Zoey and about the Vampyre way. But the ending happened to fast. And there was so much left undone. I will most deffs keep reading the house of night novels. I did enjoy this book.
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I really liked the plot of this book, especially how vampires are an accepted minority in society and how they have their own schools. However, even though the story was interesting and there was action and romance and drama, I found I was bothered a lot by the cliche writing and dialogue. It often distracted me and made some of the characters seem fake at times, but other than that I would say "Marked" by P.C. and Kristen Cast was enjoyable to read, and I will probably continue with the series.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I read this book trying to find something akin to the Twilight saga, and Twilight it is not. It read more like a teen novel and was more flippant, not to mention some swearing and crudeness. That said, I found "Marked" to be an entertaining read and an interesting take on vampyre life, and plan to purchase the next book in the House of Night series.
Date published: 2009-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK IF YOU LOVE A GOOD LAUGH! I absolutely enjoyed this book, it made me giggle at times, i just love the characters. I have to say my favourite characters are Stevie and Damien! I just love both of them lol I love how the vampyre world gave a different aspect than other books i have read. I was angry with this book lol why? because i was desperate to finish this book and see what happens and man the time goes super fast when reading Marked...i noticed after reading a couple of chapers it was already midnight, and this happens to me a lot! lol I recommend this book to anyone who loves the magical world! Im going to read the second book as soon as i go book shopping.
Date published: 2009-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good =] The writing annoyed me at some points in the novel but other that that I really liked it. It was fast paced and exciting. It was full of twists which made me want to read all day. I really liked the different take on the vampire legend also. I defiantly recommend.
Date published: 2009-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. I love vampire novels. But upon finishing the book, I am still dumbfounded as to how many readers have fallen in love with this novel. The book overall is not very well written at all - I felt like I was reading a draft of a vampire story written by a (not very talented) preteen. There are WAY too many popular culture references and cuss words that made the author(s) seem like a try-hard to relate the story with the readers. A little more organization within dialogues would have been nice as well, as at times characters would be found speaking in long paragraphs (half a page) about not-so-significant issues. And the characters were not interesting at all, though effort by the author(s) to make them so is clear. Perhaps this was one of those teen novels that was "too teen" for me (if there is such thing). To be fair, I did finish it, before returning it for a full refund.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this series starts of with a bang this book was amazing on so many levels. fast paced, exhilarating and never boring. This author gets straight to the point and i cna't wait to read more
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it! The book drew me in from the begining, but I only erally liked it, why? Because I felt the dilemma of friendship to be a little overused. And as for the romeo Eric, Im still not sure how I feel about him. But the book made laugh alot, I'll have to steal the jokes for my own uses! I can't wait to get the second one! All in all I really liked the book!
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much Better Than I Expected! After several months of always looking at the book whenever I was in Chapters and being wary of it, I finally decided to buy a copy, and I'm sure glad I did! This vampire world is different than the other vamp novels I've read before. In this one, the existance of vamps is known and the one that are "marked" go the House of Night school where if they survive the change, they eventually become adult vampires. The vamps in this one follow the vampire goddess Nyx, and for some reason, the newly marked fledgling, Zoey, has been specially chosen by Nyx and been given special gifts. Zoey has to adjust to her new life at the school, which includes getting used to being "special" among her peers and figuring out a way to stop the leader of the Dark Daughters, Aphrodite, from her "mean girls" way. It kept me interested the whole time. I wish I'd bought it sooner....
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!! My friend got me hooked on paranormal world and I decided to try this series after reading the Twilight series. Marked was a great booked and got me loving this series. I can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2008-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Greatest. I am a hugee fan of vampire books but this one just didn't cut it for me. I was bored all the way through this book. But then again that is just my opinion.
Date published: 2008-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "Great Idea" This was fantastic. A real spin on the whole vampire world. Destiny has caught up to teenager Zoey Redbird and soon she realizes that she is now in a world where she is special among those who are already known as "special". At first this Makes her feel like more of a freak but soon realises that she was specifically gifted and meant for greatness.
Date published: 2008-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique vampyre tale, and just in time! Marked is different from other vampyre novels I have read, which is a great, since reading about vampyres was starting to become a boring topic. Marked is an incredible book that I was hoping would not end. I highly recommend it to any teenage girl or older. The existence of vampyres is known by all. Vampyre trackers hunt for potential vampyres and mark them with a crescent on their forehead. The fledgling vampyres are then forced to give up their old life and attend a new school, the House of Night, in which they will train to become adult vampyres. However, not everyone that is marked can survive through the Change. Living an ordinary existence, the protagonist, Zoey Redbird’s life changes the day she is marked. Having to deal with her family problems and her stepfather, Marked will make an enjoyable read for any teenager and adult. With Cherokee ancestors, Zoey is no ordinary vampyre, she has been chosen by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Step into Zoey’s school and see everything through her eyes. What problems will this unusual vampyre face? What handsome vampyre will Zoey fall in love with? Zoey deals with problems that every teenager deals with, thus readers can relate to her. She deals with family problems, bullies, boy problems, fears, etc. Marked does not revolve a lot around the guy Zoey likes, but have patience, I am sure the next novel will. Marked deals with the protagonist, her encounters, and her experiencing the Change. I greatly enjoyed Marked, it was a great first book to the House of Night series, and the story just seemed to get more and more interesting as it progressed. The descriptions are great, not too much or too little is told about anything. The story is told in first person, which makes it even more interesting, since you know every detail that the character is thinking and feeling. The story is written in such a way that it draws your attention, and the protagonist truly sounds like a sixteen-year-old teenage girl. The characters are convincing, which is the most important part. The only concern I have is that since a couple of parts use real names of brands and of celebrities, that after some time when those brands and celebrities become unpopular, then the readers may not know who the authors are referring to. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Betrayed, very soon! 5/5
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read. I really loved this book and the series. It's about a sixteen-year-old-girl, Zoey Redbird, who feels she's an outcast. Her mother neglects her, her "step-loser" is demanding, and unreasonably strict, her almost ex-boyfriend Health is popping up at all the wrong times and she has a test the following day. How do you fix it? You get Marked of course. A tracker comes, and chooses Zoey Redbird to become a vampyre. Sound good? Not always. With switching schools, homes, and species things aren't always as easy. Now that she's in the house of night, she's hoping that she'll find a group she can get along with. That is, until she also discovers she's graciously gifted. With her newfound powers, she plans to change Aphrodite and the "hags-from-hell" into REAL Dark Daughters, who are honest, and respectful. It is also in her best interest that Erik Night, is interested in her. This book is about how changing get's difficult, but when you have friends (Stevie Ray, Damien, Erin, Shaunee +more) that have your back (plus a loving, supportful grandmother!), you can always make it through.
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice new spin for the vampire world. Zoey Redbird, a regular and normal teenager, doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. And ever since her mother married Zoey’s now ’step-loser’, she doesn’t feel like her mother cares a great deal for her anymore. And just when she thought life couldn’t get any worse, a Vampyre arrives at school and ‘marks’ her with the crescent moon, the sign of a ’soon-to-be’ vampyre. Upon arriving home, Zoey is in desperate need to talk to her mother, hoping that she could talk about it with her mother, looking for the caring mother she remembered. However, her mother proves differently and with her step-father there, she’s sent and locked in her room. A deeply religious man, her step-father believes that it was Zoey’s wicked ways that put her in her position and the only thing that reverse it would be prayers and a talk with a psychologist. But that wasn’t the answer Zoey was seeking, and slips out of the house to see her grandmother, the only person in her life that has shown her unconditional love. But Zoey becomes even more sick, falls and blacks-out, only to awaken to find herself at the House of Night: a school where the Marked go to learn how to become a vampyre, to learn to harness their new powers. And just when Zoey thinks that maybe she’ll be able to feel like she finally fits in, Fate would change that. For Zoey has been blessed by the Goddess Nyx herself, and the shape of the crescent moon on her forehead is no longer an outline. It’s completely filled in. Once again, her hopes are dashed. Meanwhile, even at the House of Night, it seems almost like a regular high school, for the kids still act the same. And the more Aphrodite, the leader of the Dark Daughters, antagonises her, the more she notices something not right about the group and becomes determined to bring Aphrodite down, with the help of her new found friends, believing her no more than a regular snobby bully. For a young adult novel (and I’m 31), I thought this was pretty good. The different spin on the vampire world was fresh, and I’m always looking for something different from the norm. Zoey, to me, is like just about any teenager out there. I related a lot to her, either in her regular high school or at the House of Night. I’ve had to deal quite a bit with the snobs and bullies. How they made her feel and think, I’ve felt and thought as well. The dialogue definitely feels ‘teen-ish’ and some readers might not like that. I thought Zoey handled everything thrown at her quite well, from dealing with Aphrodite and the Dark Daughters, a new school, a roommate, new friends, new subjects to study (which sort of reminded me a bit of Harry Potter), her now ex-best friend and her ex-boyfriend. I’d recommend it as a light read.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good concept, writing style needs serious improvement The concept is different. It’s Harry Potter meets vampires (vampyres) meets Janet Evanovich. The story is about a girl who becomes “Marked” - this means that she is on her way to becoming a vampyre. Unlike some vampire novels, this one is unique in the sense that everyone is completely aware of the existence of vampyres - you don’t get “bit” in order to become one, and not everyone who is “marked” overcomes the “change.” No one knows how or why some are chosen versus others, and once you’ve been chosen and marked there is nothing you can do to reverse it. Once you become marked you have to go to the “House of Night” to learn about your new life and the changes that will occur over the next few years. Read more at:
Date published: 2008-09-26

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CHAPTER ONE Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker. Kayla was talking nonstop in her usual K-babble, and she didn't even notice him. At first. Actually, now that I think about it, no one else noticed him until he spoke, which is, tragically, more evidence of my freakish inability to fit in. "No, but Zoey, I swear to God Heath didn't get that drunk after the game. You really shouldn't be so hard on him." "Yeah," I said absently. "Sure." Then I coughed. Again. I felt like crap. I must be coming down with what Mr. Wise, my more-than-slightly-insane AP biology teacher, called the Teenage Plague. If I died, would it get me out of my geometry test tomorrow? One could only hope. "Zoey, please. Are you even listening? I think he only had like four--I dunno--maybe six beers, and maybe like three shots. But that's totally beside the point. He probably wouldn't even have had hardly any if your stupid parents hadn't made you go home right after the game." We shared a long-suffering look, in total agreement about the latest injustice committed against me by my mom and the Step-Loser she'd married three really long years ago. Then, after barely half a breath break, K was back with the babbling. "Plus, he was celebrating. I mean we beat Union!" K shook my shoulder and put her face close to mine. "Hello! Your boyfriend--" "My almost-boyfriend," I corrected her, trying my best not to cough on her. "Whatever. Heath is our quarterback so of course he's going to celebrate. It's been like a million years since Broken Arrow beat Union." "Sixteen." I'm crappy at math, but K's math impairment makes me look like a genius. "Again, whatever. The point is, he was happy. You should give the boy a break." "The point is that he was wasted for like the fifth time this week. I'm sorry, but I don't want to go out with a guy whose main focus in life has changed from trying to play college football to trying to chug a six-pack without puking. Not to mention the fact that he's going to get fat from all that beer." I had to pause to cough. I was feeling a little dizzy and forced myself to take slow, deep breaths when the coughing fit was over. Not that K-babble noticed. "Eww! Heath, fat! Not a visual I want." I managed to ignore another urge to cough. "And kissing him is like sucking on alcohol-soaked feet." K scrunched up her face. "Okay, sick. Too bad he's so hot." I rolled my eyes, not bothering to try to hide my annoyance at her typical shallowness. "You're so grumpy when you're sick. Anyway, you have no idea how lost-puppy-like Heath looked after you ignored him at lunch. He couldn't even . . ." Then I saw him. The dead guy. Okay, I realized pretty quick that he wasn't technically "dead." He was undead. Or un-human. Whatever. Scientists said one thing, people said another, but the end result was the same. There was no mistaking what he was and even if I hadn't felt the power and darkness that radiated from him, there was no frickin' way I could miss his Mark, the sapphire-blue crescent moon on his forehead and the additional tattooing of entwining knot work that framed his equally blue eyes. He was a vampyre, and worse. He was a Tracker. Well, crap! He was standing by my locker. "Zoey, you're so not listening to me!" Then the vampyre spoke and his ceremonial words slicked across the space between us, dangerous and seductive, like blood mixed with melted chocolate. "Zoey Montgomery! Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth. Night calls to thee; hearken to Her sweet voice. Your destiny awaits you at the House of Night!" He lifted one long, white finger and pointed at me. As my forehead exploded in pain Kayla opened her mouth and screamed. When the bright splotches finally cleared from my eyes I looked up to see K's colorless face staring down at me. As usual, I said the first ridiculous thing that came to mind. "K, your eyes are popping out of your head like a fish." "He Marked you. Oh, Zoey! You have the outline of that thing on your forehead!" Then she pressed a shaking hand against her white lips, unsuccessfully trying to hold back a sob. I sat up and coughed. I had a killer headache, and I rubbed at the spot right between my eyebrows. It stung as if a wasp had bit me and radiated pain down around my eyes, all the way across my cheekbones. I felt like I might puke. "Zoey!" K was really crying now and had to speak between wet little hiccups. "Oh. My. God. That guy was a Tracker--a vampyre Tracker!" "K." I blinked hard, trying to clear the pain from my head. "Stop crying. You know I hate it when you cry." I reached out to attempt a comforting pat on her shoulders. And she automatically cringed, and moved away from me. I couldn't believe it. She actually cringed, like she was afraid of me. She must have seen the hurt in my eyes because she instantly started a string of breathless K-babble. "Oh, God, Zoey! What are you going to do? You can't go to that place. You can't be one of those things. This can't be happening! Who am I supposed to go to all of our football games with?" I noticed that all during her tirade she didn't once move any closer to me. I clamped down on the sick, hurt feeling inside that threatened to make me burst into tears. My eyes dried instantly. I was good at hiding tears. I should be; I'd had three years to get good at it. "It's okay. I'll figure this out. It's probably some . . . some bizarre mistake," I lied. I wasn't really talking; I was just making words come out of my mouth. Still grimacing at the pain in my head, I stood up. Looking around I felt a small measure of relief that K and I were the only ones in the math hall, and then I had to choke back what I knew was hysterical laughter. Had I not been totally psycho about the geometry test from hell scheduled for tomorrow, and had run back to my locker to get my book so I could attempt to obsessively (and pointlessly) study tonight, the Tracker would have found me standing outside in front of the school with the majority of the 1,300 kids who went to Broken Arrow's South Intermediate High School waiting for what my stupid Barbie-clone sister liked to smugly call "the big yellow limos." I have a car, but standing around with the less fortunate who have to ride the buses is a time-honored tradition, not to mention an excellent way to check out who's hitting on who. As it was, there was only one other kid in the math hall--a tall thin dork with messed-up teeth, which I could, unfortunately, see too much of because he was standing there with his mouth flapping open staring at me like I'd just given birth to a litter of flying pigs. I coughed again, this time a really wet, disgusting cough. The dork made a squeaky little sound and scuttled down the hall to Mrs. Day's room clutching a flat board to his bony chest. Guess the chess club had changed its meeting time to Mondays after school. Do vampyres play chess? Were there vampyre dorks? How about Barbie-like vampyre cheerleaders? Did any vampyres play in the band? Were there vampyre Emos with their guy-wearing-girl's-pants weirdness and those awful bangs that cover half their faces? Or were they all those freaky Goth kids who didn't like to bathe much? Was I going to turn into a Goth kid? Or worse, an Emo? I didn't particularly like wearing black, at least not exclusively, and I wasn't feeling a sudden and unfortunate aversion to soap and water, nor did I have an obsessive desire to change my hairstyle and wear too much eyeliner. All this whirled through my mind while I felt another little hysterical bubble of laughter try to escape from my throat, and was almost thankful when it came out as a cough instead. "Zoey? Are you okay?" Kayla's voice sounded too high, like someone was pinching her, and she'd taken another step away from me. I sighed and felt my first sliver of anger. It wasn't like I'd asked for this. K and I had been best friends since third grade, and now she was looking at me like I had turned into a monster. "Kayla, it's just me. The same me I was two seconds ago and two hours ago and two days ago." I made a frustrated gesture toward my throbbing head. "This doesn't change who I am!" K's eyes teared up again, but, thankfully, her cell phone started singing Madonna's "Material Girl." Automatically, she glanced at the caller ID. I could tell by her rabbit-in-the-headlights expression that it was her boyfriend, Jared. "Go on," I said in a flat, tired voice. "Ride home with him." Her look of relief was like a slap in my face. "Call me later?" she threw over her shoulder as she beat a hasty retreat out the side door. I watched her rush across the east lawn to the parking lot. I could see that she had her cell phone smashed to her ear and was talking in animated little bursts to Jared. I'm sure she was already telling him I was turning into a monster. The problem, of course, was that turning into a monster was the brighter of my two choices. Choice Number 1: I turn into a vampyre, which equals a monster in just about any human's mind. Choice Number 2: My body rejects the Change and I die. Forever. So the good news is that I wouldn't have to take the geometry test tomorrow. The bad news was that I'd have to move into the House of Night, a private boarding school in Tulsa's Midtown, known by all my friends as the Vampyre Finishing School, where I would spend the next four years going through bizarre and unnameable physical changes, as well as a total and permanent life shake-up. And that's only if the whole process didn't kill me. Great. I didn't want to do either. I just wanted to attempt to be normal, despite the burden of my mega-conservative parents, my troll-like younger brother, and my oh-so-perfect older sister. I wanted to pass geometry. I wanted to keep my grades up so that I could get accepted into the veterinary college at OSU and get out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. But most of all, I wanted to fit in--at least at school. Home had become hopeless, so all I was left with were my friends and my life away from my family. Now that was being taken away from me, too. I rubbed my forehead and then messed with my hair until it semi-covered my eyes, and, with any luck, the mark that had appeared above them. Keeping my head ducked down, like I was fascinated with the goo that had somehow formed in my purse, I hurried toward the door that led to the student parking lot. But I stopped short of going outside. Through the side-by-side windows in the institutional-looking doors I could see Heath. Girls flocked around him, posing and flipping their hair, while guys revved ridiculously big pickup trucks and tried (but mostly failed) to look cool. Doesn't it figure that I would choose that to be attracted to? No, to be fair to myself I should remember that Heath used to be incredibly sweet, and even now he had his moments. Mostly when he bothered to be sober. High-pitched girl giggles flitted to me from the parking lot. Great. Kathy Richter, the biggest ho in school, was pretending to smack Heath. Even from where I was standing it was obvious she thought hitting him was some kind of mating ritual. As usual, clueless Heath was just standing there grinning. Well, hell, my day just wasn't going to get any better. And there sat my robin's egg-blue 1966 VW Bug right in the middle of them. No. I couldn't go out there. I couldn't walk into the middle of all of them with this thing on my forehead. I'd never be able to be part of them again. I already knew too well what they'd do. I remembered the last kid a Tracker had Chosen at SIHS. It happened at the beginning of the school year last year. The Tracker had come before school started and had targeted the kid as he was walking to his first hour. I didn't see the Tracker, but I did see the kid afterward, for just a second, after he dropped his books and ran out of the building, his new Mark glowing on his pale forehead and tears washing down his too white cheeks. I never forgot how crowded the halls had been that morning, and how everyone had backed away from him like he had the plague as he rushed to escape out the front doors of the school. I had been one of those kids who had backed out of his way and stared, even though I'd felt really sorry for him. I just hadn't wanted to be labeled as that-one-girl-who's-friends-with-those-freaks. Sort of ironic now, isn't it? Instead of going to my car I headed for the nearest restroom, which was, thankfully, empty. There were three stalls--yes, I double-checked each for feet. On one wall were two sinks, over which hung two medium-sized mirrors. Across from the sinks the opposite wall was covered with a huge mirror that had a ledge below it for holding brushes and makeup and whatnot. I put my purse and my geometry book on the ledge, took a deep breath, and in one motion lifted my head and brushed back my hair. It was like staring into the face of a familiar stranger. You know, that person you see in a crowd and swear you know, but you really don't? Now she was me--the familiar stranger. She had my eyes. They were the same hazel color that could never decide whether it wanted to be green or brown, but my eyes had never been that big and round. Or had they? She had my hair--long and straight and almost as dark as my grandma's had been before hers had begun to turn silver. The stranger had my high cheekbones, long, strong nose, and wide mouth--more features from my grandma and her Cherokee ancestors. But my face had never been that pale. I'd always been olive-ish, much darker skinned than anyone else in my family. But maybe it wasn't that my skin was suddenly so white . . . maybe it just looked pale in comparison to the dark blue outline of the crescent moon that was perfectly positioned in the middle of my forehead. Or maybe it was the horrid fluorescent lighting. I hoped it was the lighting. I stared at the exotic-looking tattoo. Mixed with my strong Cherokee features it seemed to brand me with a mark of wildness . . . as if I belonged to ancient times when the world was bigger . . . more barbaric. From this day on my life would never be the same. And for a moment--just an instant--I forgot about the horror of not belonging and felt a shocking burst of pleasure, while deep inside of me the blood of my grandmother's people rejoiced. Copyright © 2007 by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. All rights reserved.         

Editorial Reviews

"From the moment I stuck my face in this book it hooked me! Totally awesome new take on vampires! Marked is hot and dark and funny. It rocks!" -Gena Showalter, author of MTV's Oh My Goth

"Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting." -MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times best-selling author of the Undead series