Title: Marked (House of Night #1)
Author: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Published by: ATOM
Genre: young-adult, fantasy
Paperback: 348 pages
Rating: 4- Great!
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampires 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 vampire 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 vampire friends.
I’ve had the first five books of the series on my shelf for a while but never really got around to reading them, but I’m glad that I picked up the first book because I actually found it to be really good and fun read. With this one book I do admire Kristin Cast because even though I’m not sure if P.C. Cast uses some of the language in her other books but I would have never been able to write some (nearly any on second thought) of the swearing and the one very miner sexual part that was made somewhere near the beginning of the book and was used as a constant memory throughout the book with my mother. I would have been so embarrassed if that was me.
There was one main problem that I did find with the book. Yeah, It’s ok to have the occasional celebrity/real person reference but when you use it was like it was in the book it becomes too much, it’s not nice (even though it’s in a book) to have them (the characters) openly saying that they don’t like celebrities like Paris Hilton and Sarah Jessica Parker.
But the character were really entertaining and I did really like Zoey’s friends: the ‘twins’ Erin and Shaunee, Damien and Stevie Rae. Elliott freaked me out when I read one bit about him, plus it was dark, late and I was in bed reading so that might have had something to do with it. And last but not least out of my little character highlight Erik was so cute I loved the school hotty but with that thought who wouldn’t!
Even though this was a great book it was just really getting us to learn about the House of Night and some of the character within. I like the series so far but I am going to be waiting a bit until I move onto the next book in the series.
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