Marked. A House of Night Novel (Book 1) by PC Cast and Kristin Cast. For our wonderful agent, Meredith Bernstein, who said the three magic words: vampyre. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Marked House of Night AryaH about 1 month ago omg i read this series before before id even heard of this website it is one of the awesomest series.
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in a high school English class, for example, could work with the book over If you come across such a word Interchange 4th Edition Level 1 Student Book. House of Night series() Those are sent to their local Houses of Night, private schools directed by vampyres, specialized in 1) Marked - P. C. Cast. epub. House of Night, Books (Marked / Betrayed / Chosen / Untamed / Hunted / Tempted) by P. C. Cast, Omnibus House of Night, Books (Marked.
It rocks! Or is she just as idiotic as the Casts? Or maybe she really did like it. Or maybe the Casts "made her write that. You'll see what I'm talking about shortly. There is also a dreadfully long summary of the whole damn book on the back.
Way to give away almost everything. The Characters: Let's start with the protagonist herself, Zoey Redbird. I found someone whinier than Bella Swan. Someone more stupid than Bella Swan.
Someone more clumsy than Bella Swan. Yes, that's possible. I'm not even joking, everyone. Specific evidence of Zoey's stupidity: One could only hope. I mean, I feel dumb for thinking about whether I left a lasting legacy. I should be thinking about miniscule matters such as school tests. Silly me. This is a serious matter, you fucking dumbass. Skinny shaming. I wanted to shoot myself with the stupid parenthetical overkill they put throughout the whole damn book as well.
Page I seriously adore cereal, and have an I heart Cereal shirt somewhere to prove it. It's kinda personal," Erik said. And I've seen you turn down a blow job. I think I can manage to answer a kinda personal question. I really hate it when girls do that. I mean, yes, she's older, but I have boobs, too. Great message, Casts. I'm not sure if they deliberately created Zoey for the sole reason that we should all hate her.
They have no idea how teenagers act and talk. NO WAY! Zoey is the special, one-of-a-kind, "chosen one. Her mentor is the best. She has all the powers. She is the one and only. Cliche much? I was just sad I was stuck inside her head for the entire book. I felt suffocated.
Zoey's friends are all pathetic excuses for friends. The "twins" are annoying little brats. Damon is just a moron. And oh yeah, the country girl. Stevie Rae is just fucking annoying. Aphrodite and Erik. I couldn't stop laughing every time I read about them.
Or am I really that naive when it comes to horny high school children? He follows Zoey around. He's just very romantic, am I right. The Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality! Another character whose name defines her personality. I guess editing just lost its meaning in the midst of horrible books.
Where is Editing?! Where are you, my love?! I'm not even going to talk about the plot because there was no plot. I only read half the book painfully , but I'm certain there was no plot for the parts I didn't read as well. Overall, this is what I came to know: I found a book worse than Twilight.
I found a protagonist worse than Bella Swan. So far, this is the worst book I have ever read. How in the world did this get published? I'm sure the publishers were drunk.
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They had to be. I'm ashamed to give this even one star. It's not worthy of anything! The Casts could kill the main character and it still would never amount to anything. What a shitfest. I just want to say one last, important thing to the Casts: Just in case I am called a rotten bitch for trash talking this book.
View all comments. May 30, Clair rated it did not like it Shelves: Yet the moment I started posting that I was reading it on GoodReads? Or something akin to that. And were my friends right? Yes they were. This book is absolutely atrocious. I haven't come across something this bad since I struggled through the first one hundred pages of Fallen by Lauren Kate.
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I may be twenty years old, and this is a teen vampire novel, but that's no excuse in my book. Teen media, just like children's media, can be enjoyed by adults so long as you mix in the right ingredients: That has been a rule I have known for years.
Too bad P. In the first two pages, we are introduced to Zoey and Kayla, these girls who rival puddles for shallowness. So far, so teen drama. After nattering incessantly about how hot this stupid jock is, Zoey gasps in horror as a vampire comes up to her. And she can tell he's a vampire, not by his pale skin, but by the exotic-looking tattoo around his skull. So vampires in this universe are just extras from A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Anyway, this vampire then delivers the mother of all cheesy speeches. Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth.
Night calls to thee; hearken to Her sweet voice. Your destiny awaits you at the House of Night! It sounds like something Harold Zidler from Moulin Rouge would say!
This vampire then points a finger at her and Zoey feels an explosion of pain in her forehead. She then mentally berates a 'dork' for gawping at what just happened, and realises she has been Marked.
And she will become a vampire. Or die in the process. I really, really hoped it would be the latter. But no, the gods are indeed cruel and fickle beings. Hold up here a moment. Just hold up one bloody moment. So, Zoey is just chatting outside her locker at high school, when a vampire comes up, goes: Um, okay.
I've gleaned from the first few pages that vampires do indeed exist in this world, and like in the Sookie Stackhouse novels, they've 'come out of the coffin'. Someone please tell me why this high school doesn't just keep vampires away from the human populace, if vampires can just come in and pick somebody out like that.
It's the sensible thing to do! So oh no, this completely unlikeable, whiny, judgmental little moron has been turned into a monster against her own will and is going to have to move to an exclusive academy for vampires.
Remind me why I'm supposed to feel for her plight? When I first heard she didn't exactly enjoy her life at home, I thought: That in no way justifies her actions, and of course, not everybody from that background goes on to be a horrible person like Zoey, but still.
Let's see what the Casts have here. Married a man who is extremely rich and a religious nut. Tries to reason with Zoey, but ends up getting bellowed at like she's the worst person in the world. Zoey's stepfather: A religious nut who, gasp, tries to exert some authority in his new household. Upon learning that Zoey has been marked to become a vampire, he just calls the family psychiatrist and some members of his church to pray for her.
It isn't like he dragged her, kicking and screaming, to be exorcised or thrown in an institution. Zoey's sister: Zoey's brother: Zoey's grandmother: A proud Cherokee woman who is the only person who understands and loves Zoey.
Okay, so the two main heads of the family are into religion. That hardly destroys the stability of the family unit. Call me back if your name is Anneliese Michel, or something. But other than that, Zoey, just what the heck are your problems? You rant and bitch and moan at your mother when she tries to talk to you, and you refuse to even give your stepfather a chance.
Your brother is a dork and your sister is too pretty and perfect. Oh, woe betide you! You're the middle child, caught between the perfectionism of your older sibling and the example you have to set for your younger sibling! Yeah, yeah. This isn't exactly a deep character analysis. Your main character is shallower than an empty children's paddling pool! It's around about here where I should mention that Zoey almost never shuts up about having Cherokee features.
On page 10 she looks at her new ridiculous forehead tattoo and says that it blends perfectly with her Cherokee features and makes her look fierce. And on the same page, the 'blood of her grandmother's people' rejoices within her when she gives herself over to the early signs of her vampirism.
Now, I've never learned very much about Native American culture. I know some tribe names, but that's about it.
But let's see what we can learn about Cherokee culture through our completely vapid main character and the emotional rock that is her Cherokee grandmother!
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So what will we learn? The Cherokee tribe are very wise medicine-people who are mystical and magical and connected with the land. That's it. Ah, the good old 'mystical native' trope. You will never go away, will you? Zoey then has a spiritual experience and winds up at the House of Night, a large vampire boarding school Why the High Priestess? Because she senses something special in Zoey. The Goddess even says so. Oh, by the way, did I mention that the vampires in this world all follow a pseudo-Wiccan religion?
They worship a goddess, use pentagrams in their worship, call upon air, water, fire, earth, and spirit to cast their circles with athames ceremonial knives , burn sage and other herbs and oils for their spiritual properties, and the whole religion is very matrifocal.
A Wiccan friend of mine said that it wasn't a bad interpretation of her religion, and certain aspects have been embellished for entertainment purposes, the way they are in Buffy or Charmed. Zoey Redbird, thy middle name is Mary Sue. She failed every Mary Sue litmus test online I logged her into. She's also a really judgmental, horrible person, which becomes really hard to read after a while. She's one of those narrators who adds in very snarky asides as she's describing a situation.
In fact, during a scene in which marijuana incense is being burned for ritual, Zoey cries that it's illegal it isn't , and that she doesn't understand pot smokers — after all, why would you want to take a drug that makes you scarf down junk food and get fat? They were talking quietly and acting like the totally illegal marijuana incense was no big deal.
Pot heads. This made me laugh like crazy. It's incense, you stupid girl! Not the actual drug! I also wanted to snap Zoey's neck around page Her body was, well, perfect.
She wasn't thin like the freak girls who puked and starved themselves into what they thought was Paris Hilton chic. Yes, if you have any kind of eating disorder, it's because you want to look like Paris Hilton. As much as I am not a fan of Paris', I don't think she ever promoted eating disorders.
Having more money than sense, and being completely vapid, perhaps. But never eating disorders. This extract was so hideously offensive I remember punching the page.
Eating disorders are complex conditions that, contrary to what the media tells you, are not always controlled by girls looking at celebrities and desperately wanting to have their figure. Let's look away from eating disorders and come to another moment where I wanted to punch Zoey The constant slut-shaming. You know that police officer in Canada who got into a lot of trouble for saying that he couldn't exactly sympathise with women who went out in very little clothing and ended up getting assaulted?
Which triggered the first Slut-Walk? Yeah, Zoey is just like that officer. Actually, instead of being afraid, it was more like I was an observer, as if none of this could really touch me. Kinda like those girls who have sex with everyone and think that they're not going to get pregnant or get a really nasty STD that eats your brains and stuff.
Well, we'll see in ten years, won't we? I doubt there's a teenager alive today who isn't aware that most of the adult public think we're giving guys blow jobs like they used to give guys gum.
That's bullshit, and it's always made me mad. There are girls who think it's 'cool' to give guys head. Uh, they're wrong. Those of us with functioning brains know that it's not cool to be used like that.
A woman is more than her body, family Cast. Repeat after me. A woman is more than her body. If a woman has a lot of sex, it's her own damn business. She's not being 'used'. If a woman chooses to go out with very little clothing, she shouldn't have to worry about getting raped.
It's nothing shameful. What is shameful is that two women wrote this. And here's the final example of Zoey being judgmental Zoey meets a rag tag group of fledgling vampires at the House of Night. We're going to focus on a gay guy called Damien, and a black girl called Shaunee.
First things first, in almost every scene featuring Shaunee, or any other black person for that matter, they are described as 'coffee-coloured' , or that they look like 'African princesses'. But let's get on to Damien, since he's featured a bit more.
But he's gay, so I don't think he really counts as a guy. I mean, with me you get the male point of view AND you don't have to worry about me wanting to touch your boobies. Actually, Damien was cute. Damien wasn't a swishy girly-guy; just a cute kid with a likeable smile.
Okay, so Damien functions a bit like the Sassy Gay Friend of the group. The guy you can take clothes shopping and talk about girls with, and he'll dispense sassy advice. Hey, Casts? Did you know that if you tried that with any of my gay friends, they wouldn't exactly be very happy with you?
What I also love about Zoey is that she's perfectly fine with gay people Also, for a vampire novel, there is very little in the way of blood-drinking.
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This didn't really need to be a vampire novel. That vampire who points at Zoey and 'turns' her in the first five pages of the book could have easily been, say, an acolyte of the vampire goddess. It may have taken a few more pages to convince Zoey to come to the school, but the entire turning into a vampire thing was treated awfully. So, after Zoey makes her friends, she discovers she has power over all of the elements, and stages a coup to get rid of Aphrodite, the current leader of the Dark Daughters — a clique whose current leader is the favourite of High Priestess Neferet to take over her position.
Zoey also has run-ins with the mysterious Erik Night sorry, but I can't help but imagine him as a really bad Phantom of the Opera fan-fic OC , a male vampire who's caught between her and Aphrodite. Also, Zoey's human friends show up but are quickly taken care of after Zoey refers to them as alcoholics, potheads and sluts, simply because they came to the House of Night from a party.
God, can you imagine partying with the Casts? If they write Zoey like that, I imagine that pouring a mere glass of wine or lighting a cigarette at their house results in a lecture about how bad alcohol is for you. And how only losers smoke. Zoey takes classes she just so happens to be very good at and Neferet just so happens to teach Vampire Sociology. In this class, you learn about the vampires through history and their impact on the humans.
That's not the sociology I swotted up on for my college exams. At all. Where's the vampire equivalent of Durkheim? It's a little nitpick, I know, but all the same, it was stupid.
I particularly liked all the mention of vampire celebrities throughout history. Did you know, for example, that Shakespeare was a bloodsucker? And country music stars such as Shania Twain, Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney are vampires because they're so pretty and talented?
Depending on what you think about country music, this may slide all the puzzle pieces into place I'm of the latter opinion. So, if vampires dominate the entertainment sectors and the upper echelons of society because they're just 'better' than humans, shouldn't this society be expanded upon a bit more? Instead, all we get is that humans sit in their cosy little enclaves, mostly preaching religious diatribe against vampires. Or being bitchy, stupid high school kids.
There's this great moment where Neferet tells Zoey that Bram Stoker did nothing but cause bad blood pardon the pun between vampires and humans when he wrote Dracula. Oh really? A Victorian horror novel which is pretty much about seduction and sexual liberation in a time of repression? What about those Eastern European folktales where vampires actually came from? This novel's world makes no sense. It's as if the Casts wanted to get into writing about the vampire world as fast as possible.
Okay, so the vampires don't drink human blood, but they do feed off each other, they practice a kind of Wiccan religion, and apparently all the greatest people the world has ever known were vampires. More about the humans, please?
Other than the fact that most of them are resentful, religious types? And no, I am not reading the next books in the series to find out. The novel ends with all the panache of a children's cartoon. The big bad villain is defeated, our main character is congratulated and she walks off arm in arm with her friends. There was nothing that made me want to read the second book, and I was so glad to get out of the head of someone as vapid, judgmental and stupid as Zoey.
To hell with this book, and the series. The writing is awful, I could not stand the main character in the least, the human society is not expanded upon properly, and the drama between the characters that the Casts used to create their plot was paper thin.
In all, this really was one of the worst books I have read this year. This review is also available on my blog: View all 46 comments.
Oct 13, Tiffany rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Read about half of it. Hated it. I'm returning the rest to the library. The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, they sounded ridiculous, and then were even proud of themselves for "sounding like teenagers," as they stated in the preface.
They tried to make moral lessons out of the life of this "fledgling," and had her reject things like Paris Hilton's weight, oral sex amongst teenagers, and Ashton Kutcher unfortunately liking older women. Oh, and the world was separated Read about half of it. Oh, and the world was separated into the "vampyres" and the religious right.
Could they be more obviously parading their own moral agenda in young adult fiction? Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the values they project in this book, they make it so plain that they are trying to jam-pack the book with certain ideals that it turns out like literary crap.
If you want an awesome, captivating fantasy fiction series that gets teenage girls thinking about our over-sexualized and beautified culture, try Scott Westerfield. He's a little more subtle, and thus requires some intelligent thought on what you're reading.
View all 48 comments. Jun 05, Mel rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. This was how the book started. The first two pages literally went like this: Tweeny 1: I have been chosen.
Worse than Twilight, worse than Hush, hush, and worse than Evermore almost. This book was just one big melodramatic teen angsty bitch fit. With vampyres. And stereotypes. And a sexy hunk. And a Queen Bee arch rival.
And a blowjob. And of course the main character is a complete Mary sue, once again. I first read this just as a laugh, because sometimes I want to read bad books for the lolz. But what was at first fun to make fun of then turned horrifically bad, and eventually so intolerable that I had to close it halfway. As soon as Zoey was in love with Shakespeare vampire hunk, sorry, vampYre I just couldn't handle further stupidity.
I could not believe this was written by two adults. This was like fanfiction. I have seen fanfiction which went along pretty much the same basis as this book.
Zoey was absolutely frustrating and so easy to hate. That's horridly inconvenient since she's the main character, and we're being told this 'story' from her perspective. A pin would fall to the ground and immediately her life is oooooverrrrrr.
Also according to Zoey, if you don't nail your underwear and your bra to your body and if you don't remain virginal in any way shape or form, whether it's kissing a guy or wearing a certain amount of make up or style of clothing, you're a total slut.
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Zo, just because you're a goddamn prude it doesn't mean everyone else should be, and you shouldn't try to lecture your female readers on their sexuality. Just because you're ashamed of sexuality, it doesn't mean that's a good thing because you happened to be a main character.
Also it's pretty obvious you're jealous you yourself can't be that proud. Zoey's friends were all painful stereotypes. Especially her girl friend I don't know. My mind shut her out because she was too damn annoying. Oh wait Steve or something. That chick was an obvious out there comic-relief and completely uncalled for. Every time she said anything I wanted to punch her. I didn't care much for her gay friend either. He was just a cliched gay. And no, I don't have anything against homosexuals.
That would be awfully hypocritical since I'm a very out of the closet homosexual myself.
But this guy was boring and cliched. Then there's the queen Bee arch rival. Oh and Zoey falls in love with some vampire guy after he reads a speech from Shakespeare in his sexy vampire hunk voice.
So within two seconds, Zoey is in love. True love, yada yada, he's the one, he's so hot, all her friends support her love, bla bla bla, gush gush gush. Then I closed the book. What a piece of overrated, stinky, shitty tripe. The writing was ridiculous, all the characters were boring and annoying and cliched to death, and the overall plot was pulled out of both authors nailed shut asshole.
It was ridiculous. The whole book was bloody ridiculous.
What on earth was I reading? And don't give me that 'it's an amazing booooooook and you're just jealooooousssss' crap. It's an awful excuse for a book and I would rather watch 2 girls 1 cup again from the beginning to the end this time than have Marked by P.
C Crap and Kristin Crap sitting on my shelf. View all 65 comments. Jun 06, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Add to that a new version of vampirism, and it's a completely winning combination. The story telling is top notch, the characters are interesting, and the book is compelling start to finish. I can't wait to dive into the next in this series! That's an interesting story in an of itself! View all 44 comments.
Lets get straight to the point here. This book was weird, disgusting and epic fail at the same time. Let me tell you the whole story in pictures. I don't know why, but some of the pics are not coming, sorry for that! Once upon a time, there was this stupid, smart-ass girl named Zoey who was marked as a vamp y re. But don't worry my fellow readers! She was special And then she falls for this so-called Superman Eric. Honestly speaking, hes a complete loser to me Meanwhile in the real world: She is adjusting so damn slowly, makes everyone want to die.
Then she got this enemy, Aphrodite. They fought and bla bla bla boring scenes Circle, Circle, Wooooo! And guess what?
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. All Books in this Series:. Neferet is a beautiful, tall woman with a commanding presence.
Like all adult vamps, Neferet bears her mark as well as an elaborate tattoo on her face that only serves to increase her beauty. Zoey and Aphrodite dislike each other immediately. Aphrodite proves to be a mean girl who bullies the others and uses her power to intimidate. Zoey goes to a ritual of the Dark Daughters and Sons. She knows that she must take over as Aphrodite abuses her power and does not honor the goddess Nyx. Neferet is unaware of Aphrodite's lies and deceit as well as the abuse of power.
Zoey enlists the aid of her new friends as well as the aid of Erik Night, the hot boy in school who is also Aphrodite's ex-boyfriend.
After a disastrous ritual, Zoey is gifted with great power which allows her to take over the Dark Daughters and Sons and becomes the new High Priestess in training.Jul 01, Haleema rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Were there vampyre Emos with their guy-wearing-girl's-pants weirdness and those awful bangs that cover half their faces?
One was black, with impossibly long hair must be a really good weave. I doubt if there's a teenager alive in America today who isn't aware that most of the adult public think we're giving guys blow jobs like they used to give guys gum or maybe more appropriately suckers. But what was at first fun to make fun of then turned horrifically bad, and eventually so intolerable that I had to close it halfway.
For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Shallow and a hypocrite. From chapter one, Zoey comes off as unlikable, shallow, egotistical and ignorant. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn't want to hear and truths she can't face?
That's horridly inconvenient since she's the main character, and we're being told this 'story' from her perspective.