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Friday, September 18, 2009

Marked - House of Night 1 by P.C & Kristin Cast


ISBN-13: 9780312360269
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About the Book

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.

The real story started towards 3/4 f the book, unnecessary scenes, excessive pop culture citation, and under develop characters. The story does have a very interesting plot so I am hoping that this will get better. Reading the book was fun but the element of the usual fantasy-paranormal tenor was low for a second I thought I was reading Gossip Girls.

There are reminders that they are vampire fledgling, no one will miss it. "Zoey and her Crescent Moon Mark" and that Zoey is special because the goddess vampire Nyx has chosen her. But other than that, it consist of complaints about raccoon eyes, hags from hell, drinking, smoking, sex, hypocrisy, etc..I get it that this book is more for the teenagers but it all sounds pretentious and Zoey is very Mary Sue that it contradicts with the bloodlust part and her raging hormones when she is near Erik. I wonder if the Mother-Daughter tandem in writing has anything to do with it.

Let's talk about the Daughters of the Night. It was more of like a social circle for the rich, beautiful and snotty than an actual organization that insinuates importance. So stripping Aprodithe of her power to lead that group was a nice touch, so I am giving this series another try, in the hopes that Zoey's character exceeds expectations that would really make a difference in her vampire world.

1 comment:

cindyrella64 said...

Thanks for the review, I just started reading Book 2 of this series, like you I'm hoping it gets better...and less "gossip girl"

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