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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Marked-P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast @ 7:10 PM

Summary:

Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, 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 group, 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.

Review:

Description in one word: Action-packed

I've had Marked in my TBR for a while, but never really got around to it until now. And man do I regret waiting! Marked was a wonderfully written book that leaves you wanting more. The Casts tell the tale of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old high school student who leads a remotely normal life. Well, until she is Marked, which pretty much means she is a fledgling vampyre. She must join the House of Night, or else she will die. This is where Zoey will prepare to become an adult vampyre. But only if her body doesn't reject the change. Regardless of all that, Zoey is not a normal fledgling; She has been specially selected by the Goddess Nyx, is the only fledgling with special powers, and has a bloodlust beyond her years. P.C. and Kristin go on to tell of Zoey's transition to a new life, and how she's dealing with being different from all the other fledglings.

I absolutely adored the characters in this book. I could relate to Zoey so easily, she seemed like the most 'real' person in the book, if that makes sense. She was going through a pretty rough life before she goe Marked, which is one of the reasons I could so easily relate to her. I also enjoyed how much Zoey's character developed during this book. She matures so much after being Marked, and it's incredible. Zoey's friends at the House of Night, Stevie Rae and Damien and Erin and Shaunee, were the perfect matches for Zoey in my opinion. If the Casts wrote their characters any differently, I don't think I could've gotten as much out of their relationships as I did. Finally, there was Aphrodite, the typical I-think-I'm-all-that-but-I'm-really-not girl. She was actually really easy to hate. Right from the start, I knew something was up with her.

Now, I can't exactly say that the idea behind Marked was completely unique, but it certainly had a special twist to it. I liked how in the book, it describes Zoey's life and relationships with her friends and family before House of Night, so we had an idea of what she was going through and some of the reasons for her actions. Also, I enjoyed the fact that they aren't your typic vampyre; they don't have fangs, they have a symbol on their forehead that fills in as they complete the change, sometimes the fledglings' bodies reject the Change, and they die, and, finally, people aren't born a vampyre and you aren't bitten . . . you're Marked by a Tracker and that's it. OH! And in this series, vampyres aren't a secret; everyone knows about them. You'd think that of all the vampyre books I've read, I would be getting bored. But after reading Marked, I am anything but bored with books about vampyres! It was totally interesting, and had me hooked from the beginning. The one thing I didn't like about this book was that it was very introductory; everything needed to be explained, so it took a while for the plot to really get going. But, I guess that was to be expected.

Marked was a quick, thrilling, action-packed and addicting start to the House of Night series. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys vampyre books, and wouldn't mind a fun twist. I picked up Betrayed (the next book in the series) this past weekend, and cannot wait to read it!

Rating: 9-GREAT read :) I DEFINITELY recommend it.

Happy Reading!