Marked (House of Night, #1)

by P.C. Cast

3.31 of 5 stars 42 ratings • 10 reviews • 61 shelved
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Marked (House of Night, #1)

by P.C. Cast

3.31 of 5 stars 42 ratings • 10 reviews • 61 shelved
"The House of Night" series is set in a world very much like our own, except in sixteen-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 vampyre - 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.
  • ISBN10 0312360266
  • ISBN13 9780312360269
  • Publish Date 8 May 2007 (first published 1 May 2007)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 9 March 2010
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 304
  • Language English

Reviews

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Marked is the first book to P.C. Cast’s and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series. I was still in the U.S. Navy when I read this book the first time. It was right after I read the Twilight series. I never reviewed it, though, and thought it was time to re-read this series, mostly since I never finished the series. (My bad.) 

First, let me say this book was published in 2007, so much of the stuff mentioned in this book is outdated now when it comes to teenage pop culture, language, tone, etc. Its audience targets teenagers and not adults, but the Young Adult genre has always been a favorite of mine, no matter what year it was written. (I’m not going to give away my age because some people will call me old or ancient. I do have a teenage daughter, so that should give away somewhat of my age. She’s the one calling me old or ancient.)

My Thoughts: I’m not going to go into the storyline because the synopsis goes over it pretty well. I will say this book is different from other vampire stories. The protagonist Zoey Redbird is a typical teenage girl trying to find her way in the world until fate gives her another route for her life. She’s marked to become a Vampire. Zoey is one character you have to grow to love because she comes off as whiny at first. As the mother of a teenage daughter, I can understand Zoey a little better now. Teenage daughters are not easy to live with, and I have to remind myself I was a teenager at one time too. Zoey doesn’t have a loving family, except for her Grandmother, so she needs something else to help her grow. I’m glad she was Marked and sent away from her mom, step-dad, and siblings.

I love the fact that this book/series has a diversity of characters. You have the sweet, caring country girl, Stevie Rae. The smart and adorable gay guy, Damien. (He loves using big words to the Twins, which they give him a hard time about.) The Twins, Shaunee and Erin, from different states and backgrounds, look nothing alike but act alike. Then there’s Erik Night, who is dreamy and dramatic because he’s a theatre kid. Each one brings something different to the story and helps Zoey through the dramas of House of Night.

There’s the villain(s) in the story that also play a role. One in particular who will drive anyone crazy because she thinks she can get away with everything.

I picked up this book back in 2009 and still love to read it due to the book/series being written by a mother/daughter duo. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast are a fantastic duo that I can’t get enough of, which is why I’m going back to reading this series from the beginning.

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the House of Night Series.

Cliffhanger: There’s no mention of a cliffhanger, but there are unsolved things that come up in this book that need to be addressed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you are a fan of the YA Fantasy genre and loved the Twilight series, I would recommend this book/series. If you are looking for more grown-up books, this book/series may not be for you. This is a series I would recommend to my teenage daughter (if she enjoyed reading, but she doesn’t right now.) My youngest daughter may end up reading this series when she’s old enough. She is more of a reader and loves reading fantasy stories.

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Holy cow did I enjoy Marked! It only took me a few days to devour the entire book. It had everything I enjoy in books paranormal, vampire, romance, and adventure. Marked checked all my boxes.

Now, while I enjoyed Marked the first part of the book before Zoey arrives at the House of Night I found sort of boring and drawn out. But the rest of the entire book made up for that. From the moment Zoey steps foot into the school her life will never be the same.

Being Marked meant that Zoey was not going to go through the process of being a Vampire. This was a huge shock and the authors, I feel, conveyed that rather well. I like that Marked was from Zoey's point of view.

Just like any other school there are cliques and loads of drama. Aphrodite is the head of the Daughter's of Night and in training to become a high priestess, but she is horrible! But when Zoey enters the school, it seems like Aphrodite has met her match.

Erik is totally dreamy but he used to date Aphrodite, but now wants nothing to do with her. If only Aphrodite understood that. But it looks like Erik now has his sights on Zoey.

Overall this book really kept my attention. If you like paranormal books you will probably like Marked. I can't wait to get started reading the rest of the series. I am really interested to see where to series goes from here.

This review was originally posted on Charles Reads

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CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

I read this book back in my sophomore year of high school and I thought it was good. I still think that thought today after I just finished this book once again. I mean the main character is only SIXTEEN-YEARS-OLD so of course she would be dealing with some weird things in the book. Especially with being a new kid at a new school in the middle of the new school year. I know about this because I had to deal with that too but then again I also didn't have to deal with a new boarding school or being a vampyre as well. This book series shouldn't get hate just because of how the writing seems to be like what a normal teenage girl would write when she is experiencing new things in her diary or anything like that. I think that this mother and daughter duo did a good job on capturing the teenage voice.

I mean every teenager let it be girl or guy goes through issues on boyfriends and learning new things and trying to fit in. I mean I know I sure did even if I never had a boyfriend since I had to deal with friends and other things that a normal teenagers go through.

Zoey is a young teenage girl in Tulsa, Oklahoma who looks more of her Cherokee heritage then anyone else of her family. She got Marked toward the end of the school day one day at her old high school and she didn't want it to happen. But her grandma's family came from a Wise Women line and so she has that in her blood as well.

She is just mostly worried about what will happen throughout the whole book after she met the Goddess Nyx and ended up getting her Marked filled in already. She just wants to make it through the school and through the Change.

This book is pretty good and I recommended it to anyone that loves Young Adult paranormal books. I also gave this book a five star review because granted I could put it down while not worrying about my place but that is mostly because I was also thinking about what would happen when I start to read it again. I started to do that a lot today and yesterday and even more on the night I started it as I was dreaming about the book. Yes I know it's weird to dream about a book but I do do that on occasion. Especially if I am writing one. I did that a lot in my high school years and I am trying to do it again now. But yes please comment about this review if you want to.

If you want to read some more of my reviews please go to my blog: http://baronessbooktrove.blogspot.com/

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Jordon 4 of 5 stars
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I loved this book. And finally! A book I have nothing to complain about!

Everything was fleshed out, all the characters were well rounded, the readers weren’t thrown a tonne of information all at once and the writing style was easy to read and interesting.

The storyline is so cool, the ideas about vampires used in this book are entertaining. You can tell that P. C and Kristin Cast have gone over the finer details of the world they’ve created. The one thing I hate is reading a book and getting confused about what is gonig on because it is unclear what the world is about and what the characters are talking about.

You are instantly drawn into this story. Zoey is a likeable character, she in interesting to read and very real and down to earth. I didn’t find myself cringing at her decisions or shallow thoughts or rolling my eyes and how stupid and naive she is. That is a major plus comparing to the other books I’ve been reading lately! She is strong and independent and I love that she doesn’t need a man to lean on or to ‘survive’.

The writing style is easy to read, there are no long winded descriptions and half of the book isn’t explaining what the world is about, the history of it or what state it is in at the moment. You find all of that stuff out as you read the story, which I like way better than when the whole first half of a book is explaining what world the story is set in and what’s happened up to that point…

The storyline is clear and entertaining. And the ending although it ties up the story the book had been following it also makes you want to move on to the second book to find out what happens next in The House of Night.

I’m looking forward to book two of this series!

Miss J
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I am not usually a person who flat-out hates a book... but this would be an exception. I have grown up living and breathing the vampire represented in Anne Rice and Bram Stoker... and the moment Neferet gets miffed because - Goddess forbid! - Zoey uttered Stoker's name, I was annoyed. For all intensive purposes, this is a story about immature, over dramatic witches. And yes, I meant witches.

As far as the description of vampire goes... the Casts decided to go with "drinks blood sometimes" and "worshippers of Night" (literally) and "burns in sunlight" as their descriptors. There is the complaint that Stoker villianizes vampires (oh, sorry, vampyres) but it's the strength and mystique that is missing. For a little while, I had hoped that it could be found in the adults...but no. Even the High Priestess gets giddy and excited over the fledglings. Zoey has a kitty cat familiar and casts circles and spells and has an affinity over the elements. Oh fantasy readers... am I the only one that aligns those gifts and traits with a typical witch... not a vampire?

Now lets talk about Zoey. Zoey has, like, the worst life evar. Srsly. Her mom like totally hates her and her "step-loser" is like a total brainwashed follower of the People of Faith, who are like, complete assholes. Oh, welcome to the way this book is written. Okay, I'm being a little overdramatic, but the protagonist's background is the same as any whiny teenager I could follow on Tumblr (no offense intended... everything seems worse when it's happening until you experience some more "real" life... you know what I mean?). The book starts with gossip about that cute guy at the football match. When she gets to the House of Night, it's about the Hags from Hell and omg they are so evil. No substance. It's even very dramatic when she's saving the day at the end. Zoey's family? She has an open-minded grandmother; a non-supportive, brainwashed-by-new-husband mother; goody-two-shoes siblings; and a step-father who is prejudiced. That prejudice really bothers me, actually, because over and over again the Casts bring up the "People of Faith" (oooh, that is screaming Charlaine Harris) and they talk about it like its the only religion and all religious people are blind, hateful, and controlling... which isn't a fair assessment at all. At least Harris uses a little comparison in her novels... there are different sects, and yes, some people may be like that, but the world isn't black and white.

Anyway. Zoey. She's an absolute Mary Sue. It's one thing to have powers. That's cool. It's another thing to be the strongest of everyone in your class. That's... okay, well, I'll keep reading. It's ANOTHER things to be the most powerful person in your school. In the world? In history? Come on. But wait! There's more! She also has a special mission in the school that is her mission only, a super important mission. And if THAT wasn't enough, the hottest guy in the school is falling for her, the strongest vampire in the school is her mentor, and she seems to be on the top of her classes. ... ... ... I've got no words. Lots of annoyed thoughts. Talk about excess!

I think the only way I'd read the second book of this series was if someone bought me the book, and paid me to review it. It made me mad.

I'm sure there are lots of people out there who would like it. Occasional readers, perhaps. Twilight fans? Middle school girls. That's about all I can give it.

I think that while it was nice that PC wrote a book with her daughter (nay, a series)... she's a better writer on her own. I read Divine by Mistake by her last year, and while I was ultimately disappointed with that book as well, it was a much better story, and a much better character.

Maybe the Casts just aren't for me.

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Katie King 2 of 5 stars
So this book is....interesting. I suppose if you're looking for a book that is incredibly fake, this is a good choice. First, the language. If I have to read the phrase "hag(s) from hell" one more time, I might shoot someone. It says on the back that P.C. Cast used her daughter to make it sound more teenaged. Well, she failed. I'm 17, and I can say that no one I know talks like Zoey and her friends. Damien is perhaps the worst case of this. He is the stereotypical gay best friend who constantly references his sexuality like it defines him, and also speaks straight out of the dictionary. His dialogue is thus a pain to read, because you're switching between large words that are so obviously plucked from a thesaurus, and excessive flamboyancy. Nice try.

Another point worth mentioning is the author's obsession with sex. I know its a young adult book, but honestly, a year ago (when I was sixteen) I didn't focus on sex that much. From the supposed oral sex scene, to Aphrodite rubbing her crotch, and Zoey thinking about boobs all the time, it came across as really forced to me. Yeah, I like a little passion in books, and I like some making out or even just brief sex scenes a la "Breaking Dawn" (can't believe I referenced that; HATE that book). But it just felt like sexy fluff that was put it to entice the exceptionally horny teenager into reading.
*SPOILER*

Note: I started reading the second book, but after she started getting dirty with the teacher or whomever, I stopped. I am never reading this series again.

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Rinn 2 of 5 stars
I'm not sure why I read this. I actually read the first three (all the books in the series my sister had), probably because I was in one of those moods where you just want to read something trashy that can be read quickly.

A lot annoyed me about these books.
1. Zoe. And her double standards. Everyone who does anything remotely sexual (or sometimes not even sexual) is a slut. Yet she can be seeing three guys at once, and do all the 'slutty' things and that's okay?
2. The teen slang. I really HATE this in books - it's okay every so often to reenforce the teen character, but I honestly don't know any teenagers who use slang that frequently.
3. The pop culture references. Are they meant to be cool?
4. The mother/daughter writing team. Just. No. Embarrassing. Ugh.

Yet I still read the next two... It's like when you see something really cringeworthy, but you can't look away. That's what reading these books is like.

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Carpe Libra 4 of 5 stars
*Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank*

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 ^^

Conclusion

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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Linda 5 of 5 stars
This is a great book! Thanks to Xyra for letting me know about htis series, I'm off to start Betrayed now :)

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Not as whiny as the Twilight series, but there is better teen lit and vamp lit on the Market. I will not be reading the other books in the series.