Series: House of Night, #1
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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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.
Okay, after reading Marked, I can’t do nothing but admit it: books about cold-blooded bloodsuckers can be fun (emphasis on can 😉 ). This was the utmost book that I ignored, just because there’s no werewolf or other magical creäture in sight. Once again a fantastic book that I almost did not read because of my reluctance to read books where vampires have leading roles. Not reading this book would have been such a shame! From now on I’ll try to not hold such things against the book and just read it!
Like I said, this book was good. Very good. Marked is a story that will make you forget the world. That will make you forget how hot it is outside and that your melting (yeah, for once we have tropical weather in my dreary country 😦 ). The plot is too good to stop. It will keep you entertained and bent on reading the next page. I easily finished this book in a couple of hours. That strong was the hold Marked had on me ^^
What made this book so good? Let’s start with the amazing world that P.C. Cast and her daughter created. Where a goddess roams free, vampires walk the earth and handsome male vampires can be admired. A world I would not mind spending some time in, if only to admire all the male treasures ^^ Oh and it became even better when they introduced the five elements! Apparently vampires have a natural connection to them and can use them to perform magic! How cool is that? Another subject I love to read about. I knew then that this was going to be a fantastic book I’d love to read ^^
Zoey, too, is a factor that made reading Marked a blast. Unfortunately, she hasn’t had an easy life at her young age (16 young… oh god I’m getting old ><). With an ass of a stepfather, a spineless mother and no real friends at school (yeah, Kayly, that behavior? That’s NOT how friends act!). Fortunately she has one of the best grandma’s around. I loved that Zoey kept her head high despite everything. Even her sudden transformation to a vampire fledgling doesn’t fade her much. She keeps on making very witty remarks that always had me laughing out loud.
Finally, there is the fantastic and captivating story. Through Zoey’s eyes we read how it feels to be ripped out of your daily life. To suddenly be chosen as a vampire, a transformation you might not survive. To find out that a vampire goddess has great plans for you, which will make you an outsider at your new school. Fortunately not all is bad. There are fun and nice things too for Zoey. Like the new friendships she makes, or that cute boy she meets. Always good to read about stuff like that ^^ Ad all this to the gripping writing style and you’ll have yourself a book that is impossible to put down till the last letter has been read ^^
4 HEARTS. Unexpectedly I enjoyed reading this book, with his unusual description of vampires and its amazing lead, Zoey. The writing style is very easy and definitely catchy. The plot too will stuck it’s claws on you, so be prepared before you start reading, cause you won’t stop any time soon!
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House of Night
- Revealed (October 15th 2013)
- Redeemed (2014)