Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Marked by PC and Kristin Cast

Monday, May 10, 2010
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.
I viewed Marked to be a school drama infused with vampyre mythology. I was captured by the parts of the book where bits and pieces of myths were told. However when it came to the main character Zoey's voice, I was annoyed at times and wanted to slap her (mentally). Many of the friends Zoey makes at the House of Night have practically the same personality. I felt some of the comments were rephrased for each person just so that each character could get a line and be known to the reader. Occasionally, they did provide me with a few laughs.

The build up to the conclusion was good. I liked the following of Zoey in her learning the House of Night background as this was made useful for the climax. The cliffhanger at the end was cruel because how can you NOT want to know what happens next?!