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by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publishing date: 29/09/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780312360252
  • ISBN: 0312360258

Synopsis

Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. 

One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school’s star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who’s way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow.  The next, she’s Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre.  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 with Heath, who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer.  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.

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher.  Her novels have been awarded the prestigious Prism, Daphne du Maurier, Affaire du Coeur, and other awards.  She lives and teaches in Oklahoma.

Kristin Cast has won awards for her poetry and journalism.  She attends Northeastern State University, where she is working toward fulfilling her goal of becoming a biology teacher.

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-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 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 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.

Marked is one of the best coming of age stories to come out of Oklahoma since S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. It teaches about the beauty of being a social outcast, friendship, and finding your own inner spirituality.”—The Beltane Papers

“From the moment I stuck my face in this book it hooked me! Totally awesome new take on vampires! Marked is hot and dark and funny. It rocks!”—Gena Showalter, author of MTV’s Oh My Goth
 
“Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting.”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times best-selling author of the Undead series

“In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but are also tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures ‘mark’ as special enter the House of Night school where they will either become vampyres themselves, or, if their body rejects the change, die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though she's scared at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always felt she is destined for something else. Her grandmother, a descendant of the Cherokee, has always supported her emotionally, and it is she who takes the girl to her new school. But even there the teen stands apart from the others. Her mark from the Goddess Nyx is a special one, showing that her powers are very strong for one so young. At the House of Night, Zoey finds true friendship, loyalty, and romance as well as mistrust and deception. She realizes that all is not right in the vampyre world and that the problems she thought she left behind exist there as well. Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist. The story moves quickly (a little too quickly at the end) and purposely leaves many unresolved issues. A good choice for those libraries serving fans of the occult, but be aware that the book contains some suggestive language and sex.”—Donna Rosenblum, School Library Journal


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  • So Much Drama that Even the Most Depressed Teens Will Balk at This
    From Amazon

    When I was a young teenager, I would say that I was an 11 on the 1 to 10 scale of normal to freaking psycho. I sat in my room, writing dark poetry and angsting about my home in "repressive white suburbia. (I seriously wrote that). But as agnsty as I may have been, I think the young heroine of The House of Night series out-does me by a longshot. I don't think one paragraph of the whole novel passed in which she did not complain about her life or feel guilty over something that was in no way her fault. I just got so sick of the whining, that I stopped reading the series after the second book. It was beyond ridiculous. Don't get me wrong: the plot sounds REALLY cool. A school in which students either turn into vampires, or their bodies reject the change. It sounds pretty neat. But don't let that reel you in. If you like vampires, there are a plethora of series out there that are LIGHTYEARS better than this one. I do not recommend this series for anyone.

  • It's Not Bad
    From Amazon

    After reading the reviews for this book (good and bad), I was skeptical about buying this book so I checked it out from the Library. After reading the first nine chapters, I thought it was pretty good. There are reviews on here that say that it's "horrible book" and that it has immature writing in it, well the character is a 16 year old girl. That's how a 16 year old thinks (most of the time). You have to put your point of view from a 16 year old. You can not approach it with an adult point of view or your own point of view. Sure it's got "sexual" things written in it but you gotta think, what do kids do nowadays? It's like an everyday life for a teenager except involving Vampires. I bought the second one and I will continue to read them.

  • Dont give up
    From Amazon

    Ok, the first couple books in this series are a little slow. But hang in there, you wont be sorry!!! They get better and better!

  • Richelle Mead does it better
    From Amazon

    I got about half way through this book before deciding I couldn't stand to read another page. Even for a young adult series the writing was unbelievably silly. The superficiality and immaturity of teenagers was highly exaggerated. I found it most amusing that the authors appeared to pride themselves on their "teen" dialogue by using words like "poopie". I don't know a single person over the age of 5 that includes the word "poopie" in their vocabulary. I also found the constant pop culture references to be a distraction from the story. With all the references to current celebrities this series is going to be severely outdated in a couple of years. Overall, a "vampire finishing school" was an interesting plot, but the writers failed at creating interesting characters to drive the plot. I suggest reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead instead.

  • DON'T DO IT!!!!
    From Amazon

    Ok I got these books thinking they were the ones by l.a. banks .So I started reading .They are all writtin in young points of view and not cool young but lame .Makes me wanna gouge my eyes out for starting these books.The next problem is they go soooo slow .Takes her the whole book to get a point out just so she can write another one and make more money .The stories aren't more than short stories with alot of filler words .Annoying .I don't recommend starting these books unless you like being slowly tortured and bored to tears .

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