Marked by P.C. Cast

House of Night #1

Author: P.C. Cast

Reading Level: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Released: May 1st 2007

Review Source: 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 got real lucky finding a few of the books together while hunting at Goodwill, don’t knock it, everyone loves a deal!
The series looked good, mixture of vampires, some drama and a real cool mix of Cherokee and magic too.
It seemed a little fast paced at first, but maybe it’s because I read it within 24 hours. Zoey Redbird newly turned fledgling is trying to simply fit into the School of Night, but with Nyx in the mix she’s turning out to be so much more than just another Vampyre. Her magical heritage handed down through her Cherokee blood and her vampyrism is turning her into the next high priestess, and a few other high profile student’s don’t like that she’s getting this kind of attention.

The author let her daughter write with her, she acknowledges this, to help authenticate the teenage aspect of the dialogue and such. I found it bothersome at times, such as when using the word poopie or fudging curse words. A few moments it felt kind of preachy, when it touche upon sex, blow-jobs or drug usage. It is easy to see P.C. Cast didn’t want to instill in her readers that these were fun or run the risk of readers acting on any interpreted coolness to these touchy subjects as a mom herself, but still, it’s like sitting in a brief D.A.R.E. seminar, and I cringed through it all.


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