TITLE: Marked (House of Night #1)
AUTHOR: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
PAGES: 252 pages
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2007
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. 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 mis-using 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 (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
I know a lot of people hate this book but I enjoyed it. I’m a sucker when it comes to vampire books ( and actually I haven’t read Twilight, Dracula, and other popular vampire books) so of course I NEED TO READ THIS. I heard or saw (because instagram) that Marked is an awful book and a waste of your time. Back then, I was still having doubts if I should read Marked because the series is soooo long.
As I was reading Chapter 1, I immediately know that Zoey is not a like-able character (I seem to do this a lot. Maybe I have a superpowers to sense annoying characters? Meh hahaha). The use of vampyre instead of vampire was kinda new to me. The idea of having a vampire tracker and Goddess was actually awesome. I read vampire-or should I say vampyre fanfics and all their idea of vampires are Bella and Edward kinda style and I’m sick of it. Marked has refreshing concepts and a fast paced plot that I liked.
Their was other things that I didn’t like or I HATED and here are some of it:
–WORDS TO DESCRIBE ZOEY: dumb, airhead, stupid, fool, imbecile, brat, annoying, judgemental, obnoxious, pathetic, dreadful, irksome and more. Some of the words may have the same definition but that’s all I can think and search.
-Erik turned out to be boring. I was imagining an almost perfect prince charming as what other books do.
-Zoey and Erik’s relationship is so not ship worthy. There wasn’t any sparks, connection or intensity between them. It was just plain and flat. Especially when they kissed. IT WAS INSANE.
P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a proud member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Her mega-hit young adult series, The House of Night, co-authored with her daughter, Kristin, has transcended the genre and, with over 20 million copies in print, appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Cast’s young adult, paranormal romance, and fantasy series can currently be found in forty-two countries. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and one precocious burro.