By First Mate Keira
Title: Marked (House of Night, Book 1)
Author: P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Page Count: 306
Grade Reading Level: Grade 9+
Summary: To Zoey’s horror a Tracker finds her and gives her the mark. She’s doomed to either become a vampyre or die if her body can’t handle the change. Whisked away to the House of Night, Zoey begins her new life as a vampyre fledgling. She makes friends and enemies quickly because it’s clear from the beginning that Zoey isn’t a normal fledgling. She’s been handpicked with special favor from the goddess.
Why I started this book:
I’ve started and stopped this book twice now and finally decided I had to finish it because it was the first book in a young adult series on vampires. I’ve seen it many places as a book series to start for a Twilight fan. Be warned however that House of Night is as far from Twilight as you can get after the vamps and the paranormal love triangle romance going on.
- Zoey gets to permanently leave her terrible home life, with the bad parents and go to school and board there full time.
- Zoey’s relationship with her Cherokee Grandmother.
- Aphrodite, the mean girl, and former leader of the Dark Daughters. I think she will prove not to be so mean in the future.
- Damien, the gay guy, who is my favorite amongst Zoey’s new friends. I can’t really stand the others (Stevie Rae, Erin and Shaunee).
- Heath, the almost ex-human-boyfriend. There’s something about him. I hope he winds up with Zoey. I’m glad he didn’t die when Aphrodite’s Samhain ritual goes very very wrong at the end of the book.
- I do not like the take on Christianity in this series which is presented negatively through the church of People of the Faith. House of Night is heavy on the occult. The vampyre religious follows a pagan goddess called Nyx. There’s a heavy Wicca influence as well. The over all effect is something that constantly bothers me and turned me off the novel. I skip a lot to avoid as much as possible.
- Zoey’s parents, who are the ignorant stupid mother and the step-loser who insists on being called father or dad but is instrumental in tearing apart the mother/daughter relationship.
- Erik. He bugs the poop out of me, to borrow from Zoey. I don’t get the attraction. He seems like a stalker waiting to happen.
- Everybody cusses except Zoey.
- The alcohol and drug abuse in the story. Thankfully the heroine never gets involved in it other than to take a few sips of ceremonial wine.
- There’s sexual conduct that’s inappropriate and overlooked by the professors because it’s expected to break some of the rules.
Rating: 1.5 Treasure Chests