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Marked: A House of Night Novel [Paperback]

P. C. Cast , Kristin Cast
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Book Description

May 1 2007 House of Night Novels (Book 1)
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.

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Grade 9 Up—In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but are also tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures "mark" as special enter the House of Night school where they will either become vampyres themselves, or, if their body rejects the change, die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though she's scared at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always felt she is destined for something else. Her grandmother, a descendant of the Cherokee, has always supported her emotionally, and it is she who takes the girl to her new school. But even there the teen stands apart from the others. Her mark from the Goddess Nyx is a special one, showing that her powers are very strong for one so young. At the House of Night, Zoey finds true friendship, loyalty, and romance as well as mistrust and deception. She realizes that all is not right in the vampyre world and that the problems she thought she left behind exist there as well. Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist. The story moves quickly (a little too quickly at the end) and purposely leaves many unresolved issues. A good choice for those libraries serving fans of the occult, but be aware that the book contains some suggestive language and sex.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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"From the moment I stuck my face in this book it hooked me!  Totally awesome new take on vampires!  Marked is hot and dark and funny.  It rocks!"
-Gena Showalter, author of MTV's Oh My Goth
 
"Cast reeled me in from paragraph one.  I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting."
-MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times best-selling author of the Undead series
 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 26 2007
Format:Paperback
"Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse, I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker."

The opening sentence hooks the reader; they will devour the whole book quickly and ask for more.

Zoey's life is about to change forever. She woke up one morning normal and by the end of the day she's been marked. Being marked indicates that she will turn into a vampire. She needs to leave her family and friends behind and start a new life with other marked teens at the House of Night. Zoey's never completely fit in, but now she might have a chance.

After a fight with her mother and stepfather, Zoey goes to her grandmother's house for advice. Before seeing her grandmother, Zoey has a vision of the Goddess Nyx, who states that she is special and names Zoey her personal eyes and ears in the world. Zoey faints, but not before the Goddess replaces her mark with a blue crescent, which is extremely rare.

When Zoey arrives at the House of Night, she finds herself the object of attention because of her crescent. Her roommate and her new acquaintances quickly find their way into Zoey's heart. She finds herself surrounded with friends for the first time, but she also encounters a powerful enemy. As her entire lifestyle changes, Zoey finds peace within herself as she accepts her destiny and steps up to challenge her enemy's misguided judgement.

If you like vampires and enjoy supernatural tales, you don't want to miss this first book in a great new series.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice new spin for the vampire world. Oct. 22 2008
By GinRobi
Format:Paperback
Zoey Redbird, a regular and normal teenager, doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. And ever since her mother married Zoey's now 'step-loser', she doesn't feel like her mother cares a great deal for her anymore. And just when she thought life couldn't get any worse, a Vampyre arrives at school and `marks' her with the crescent moon, the sign of a 'soon-to-be' vampyre.

Upon arriving home, Zoey is in desperate need to talk to her mother, hoping that she could talk about it with her mother, looking for the caring mother she remembered. However, her mother proves differently and with her step-father there, she's sent and locked in her room. A deeply religious man, her step-father believes that it was Zoey's wicked ways that put her in her position and the only thing that reverse it would be prayers and a talk with a psychologist. But that wasn't the answer Zoey was seeking, and slips out of the house to see her grandmother, the only person in her life that has shown her unconditional love. But Zoey becomes even more sick, falls and blacks-out, only to awaken to find herself at the House of Night: a school where the Marked go to learn how to become a vampyre, to learn to harness their new powers.

And just when Zoey thinks that maybe she'll be able to feel like she finally fits in, Fate would change that. For Zoey has been blessed by the Goddess Nyx herself, and the shape of the crescent moon on her forehead is no longer an outline. It's completely filled in. Once again, her hopes are dashed.

Meanwhile, even at the House of Night, it seems almost like a regular high school, for the kids still act the same.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Written July 21 2009
Format:Paperback
I have no idea why this book is receiving so many glowing reviews. The new take on vampires was, I suppose, interesting, but the quality of writing was horrible. I know the book is aimed at teenagers, but it sounds as if it has been written by a teenager. The command of prose is substandard and formulaic and, unlike a lot of good YA fantasy fiction, the novel comes across as hackneyed and idiotic. It made me wonder at what nepotism was involved in getting this rag published. Furthermore, the appropriation of an indigenous identity for the main character was implicitly racist, and yet another example of the colonial cultural imperialism inherent in a lot of novels (ie. the whole "noble savage" cliche, that claims to be sympathetic to indigenous groups but not address the fact of actually existing colonialism, is typical of native protagonists in mainstream literature).

In any case, I found myself cringing at numerous points in the novel - especially at those moments when I wanted to scream at the protagonist/narrator for her horribly banal, valley girl, "insights" that are placed in "wink/nudge" brackets ("like, omigod..." kind of crap). The book read like the bad essays I have to mark at university--the kind that make me feel like I've become stupider just by reading them--except that, unlike my students, the authors of this crap actually make money from writing horribly.

All this goes to show that getting published has nothing to do with writing quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 27 2008
By Kirstie
Format:Paperback
I could not put this book down. I read the whole thing in one night because is was just so full of action and suspense.

Zoey, the main character, has always just wanted to fit in. But when she was marked by a tracker everything in her life changed. Being marked means that you have to leave your home and go live in a school called the house of night. In this school you will either become a vampyre, or if your body rejects the change then you die. Not that Zoey is upset to leave her aweful mother and horrid step father, but vampyres are thought of as monsters in the regular human world. But when Zoey arrives at The House Of Night she soon realizes that vampyres aren't what she expected.

By the first day of school you could tell Zoey was special, and wasn't going to fit in as she had hoped. Not only is her mark fully filled in (which is very unusual for a new student) but she also has Neferet for a mentor, the high preistess.

This book is about love, revenge, jelousy, and of course vampyres! It's a spooky yet intriging book that will have you hooked as soon as you start it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
I just loved marked. I was sad when it was over & really happy Zoe found her friends & made a strong bond
Published 14 months ago by kaela
1.0 out of 5 stars Morst deplorable writing I've read in a LONG time.
I'm sorry but there was no character development. The main character is a whinny shallow little girl that does nothing to be special but the book is all about how special she... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms.Readalot
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the world-building!
The House of Night series has been on my TBR list for a long time! The series was actually banned in 2009 for "sexual content and nudity. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Books Review
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Zoey is your average sixteen year old who just wants to fit in. One day after school she gets tracked down and is "marked". Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2011 by Jenny "Dreaming of Books"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but I wouldn't let my 13 year old read it...
Don't get me wrong, this book and the rest in the series are good. They aren't life changing but pretty good. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2009 by jernfurdle
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
It is a VERY good book! The second you pick it up you get trapped inside of it unable to put it down!! I give it 2 thumbs up!! Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2009 by Krystyn E. Mcginley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for teens!
I don't recommend this series of books to teenagers. These books focus on sexual attention and a lot of coarse language. It's okay not the best.
Published on Sept. 4 2009 by Ladybugs
5.0 out of 5 stars Marked
Arrived by mail very quickly. The book is in wonderful condition and an excellent read.
Published on Aug. 1 2009 by M. S. McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is the first book in an incredible series. It surronds Zoey Redbird, a girl who gets marked by a vampire, and goes through changes. Read more
Published on May 19 2009 by S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars best books i ever read besides twilight!
I really enjoyed all the house of night books i cant wait for the six one =]
Published on May 12 2009 by Christina Nonis
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