Marked (House of Night #1)
P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: May 1 2007
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.
Don’t let my rating deceive you into thinking I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did. It’s just that I don’t think it’s a very literary book and that one of the messages sent by the book wasn’t to my liking. But I will admit that I finished this book pretty fast and I will also be reading the sequels. These are just fun novels that you can easily squeeze in between any other books.
Zoey is a very funny girl, just like most of her friends. There are very diverse characters in the book which makes it interesting. A lot of jokes are included in the story, though sadly many involve making fun of what the main characters call “sluts”. This is slutshaming and I am really against this. Especially since this book is targeted at teenage girls who are often unsure of how they should behave. They shouldn’t get the message that it is wrong to make your own decisions about your own body involving sexuality.
The concept in this world was a lot of fun. I love how people became marked to be a vampire, it’s definitely something new. The whole mark also added a lot of depth there, especially seeing as Zoey’s is special. It also reminded me a bit of the TV series true blood in the way that everyone knew about Vampyres. This definitely makes it possible for there to be public conflicts between the normal people and the Vampyres.
The writing in this book was pretty simple with some fancy words thrown in here and there. The fancy words were always explained which definitely made it more accessible to younger crowds also. This smooth writing style combined with the fast pacing in this book made for an easy and quick read.
Synopsis and image taken from Goodreads.