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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Marked by Kristin & P. C. Cast

Series: House of Night #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Copyright: 2007

Pages: 347


Book Blurb
: 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.

Book Review: It took me quite a while to get into this audio book. The way in which this vampire world works is different to anything I've read but I liked it and that's probably the only reason I continued listening. I think I was over half way through the listening before I'd decided I would listen to the next one.

This is very much a young adult fantasy, although personally I wouldn't let anyone under 15 read it, but that's just me. The book contains the most annoying teenage behaviour that I've read which took me a while to get used to. However, once I got used to it I enjoyed it and understood it was an important aspect of the story.

The vampire world in this book works differently to the usual 'bitten philosophy'. Zoe was at school when she saw a man walk up to her and mark her. This began a sequence of events which draw the reader in to the emotional life of Zoe and I thought it was very well done. The process of turning into a vampire once you've been marked is a slow one and while teenagers are changing they are sent to the House of Night school, which is the setting for most of the book.

I love the relationship that Zoe has with her Grandma, who has been Zoe's main support person since her Mother re-married. Zoe quickly makes friends at the House of Night who she bonds with. There is of course a very hot guy as well, just to make the story interesting and it will be good to see how this relationship evolves.

All in all this was a good audio book and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book. There are lots of unanswered questions that make me want to read the next book sooner rather than later. I'd recommend this book to lovers of YA vampire fantasy. If you're thinking about getting it for your daughter I would recommend reading it first if they're under 15 as there is a fair amount of explicit sexual discussion and innuendo.

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Anonymous said...

I read Marked a while ago and Zoe annoyed me to no end, also I thought the story was a copy of the HP series, there are just too many similar facts.

DeSeRt RoSe said...

I will have to check out this book sooner than later, been on my tbr for a while :) thanx for the review!

Patti said...

Love your new look! I thought this series was just okay. Of course I'll read the next book when it comes out because I must know what happens!!!

Jo said...

Great review! I liked this book, but not a great deal. It was too much of a first-book-in-a-series book; not enough going on for my liking. However, I am intrigued as to what will happen in the next book/s, so I will continue reading.

I'll link to your review from mine :)

Mishel said...

I really enjoyed your review. I wonder how I would have liked it on audio...

I agree about the annyoing teenage behavior...I don't remember being that annoying or being around anyone like that. But alas, it does exist lol

Be prepared for many unanswered questions in every book lol. They certainly love to keep you guessing =)

elnice said...

I loved these. they are so short though, or maybe they are just writtin smoothly so it seems to go fast. I am ready for the next installment.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Alaine!

I really enjoy this series. It's a series where everything isn't what it appears to be. The second book is more involved than the first, explaining some of the questions left unanswered, but creating new ones.

Dottie :)

The Book Resort said...

I have to look for my copy & start it but I am a bit "vamped" out.