Marked by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Release Date: April 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 picked up this book based first on the cover, it was a very mysterious cover and I felt that it would be a good read. Boy I was right!
This book starts off with Zoey talking to her friend Kayla about her almost boyfriend Heath. They’re talking about a party when Zoey notices an undead guy, and in an ominous voice he proclaims her marked. Kayla freaks and Zoey is left to deal with it on her own. She goes home to tell her parents, and let’s just say her mom is less than thrilled and brings out the People of Faith.
With home an unsafe place Zoey heads out to see her grandmother, the only person she knows without a doubt she can trust. However, things don’t go as planned because while looking for her grandma Zoey trips and falls and hits her head. She has a weird out of body expierence and the next thing she knows, she is waking up in a strange room.
From there things just get equal parts better and worse for Zoey. She was taken to the House of Night, and she actually makes some friends. However, her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend show up to spring her from the weird-o house. Zoey isn’t sure she want’s to be sprung. Besides if she leaves she’ll have to leave hottie Erik Night, who might just be interested in her.
For Zoey it was one thing after another, but she never lost herself in the shuffle. The only thing I didn’t like is that Zoey seemed to react to everything perfectly. Her life is in shambles and she has to totally reconfigure it, and she just kind of shrugs it off and goes with the flow.