Title: Marked (HoN #1)
Author: P. C. & Kristin Cast
PublicationDate: Jan 2009
Paperback: 348 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
Marked is the first book in the House of Night series and we are introduced quite quickly to the House of Night vampyre school, where ‘marked’ kids go to become vampyres. Zoey, our main protagonist, is one of the kids who gets ‘marked’ by a vampyre tracker and subsequently has to leave home to begin her new life at House of Night.
Zoey takes this revelation and complete life change in her stride and seems fairly happy to leave her toxic home-life, where her mother and step-father make her life a misery. I really like Zoey. She is quite feisty and doesn’t allow herself to be pushed around by others. But it’s tough when you are the new girl in school and you’re already different from everyone else. Zoey’s mark differs to other fledglings in that the crescent shaped symbol is filled in. This only happens to fledglings who have gone through ‘the change’.
However, Zoey quickly finds friendship with Damian, Shaunee, Erin and Stevie Rae, but she also finds competition in the form of Aphrodite, a beautiful fledgling being groomed for the role as a Vampyre Priestess who has taken a major dislike to Zoey. But like Zoey’s life isn’t already complicated enough, she meets Erik and instantly becomes smitten, unfortunately for Zoey he’s also Aphrodite’s ex, and she still has to deal with her human boyfriend, Heath.
Zoey finds life at the House of Night difficult at times but she finds strength from her Priestess, Neferet and her new cat Nala – who is adorable. But she also starts to see things that she’s not sure are there, like ghosts of fledlings that have died. She’s also confronted with her human life when Heath, her human boyfriend, comes looking for her. That’s really when life doesn’t exactly go to plan.
Marked is really about introducing us to the characters and the world of ‘House of Night’ and is a great start to the series. It gives us a glimpse into Zoey’s life and each of the personalities of the people who surround her. There are quite a few twists and turns which kept me turning the pages and sets us up nicely for the next book in the series, Betrayed – check out my review tomorrow!
Source: Thank you to ATOM for sending me this book for review.
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