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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312360266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312360269
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 23 2013
Format: Hardcover
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." Interestingly, the series hadn't even been completed at that point so it is quite ridiculous for all future novels in the series to be banned when they have no idea whether there is any objectionable content! By contrast, this book won the 2007 Romantic Times (RT) Reviewers' Choice Award for Young Adult.

The story takes place in an alternate universe where vampyres (that is how it is spelled in the book) share the world with humans although they live separately (at least they do in this novel).

In certain people, a physiological reaction takes place that triggers a part of their DNA that will eventually result in the person becoming a vampyre. It is thought that this takes place during adolescence, due to the increase in hormones during puberty. Such an individual will be destined to become "marked." A certain type of vampyre called a Tracker will place a crescent moon mark on the forehead of a person who has been chosen to become a vampyre. The mark is like a tattoo, but it is an outline only. Once a person receives that mark, they say good-bye to their old life and move to the House of Night which is a private boarding school in Tulsa's Midtown where they will live for the next four years learning all about the history of vampyres and what they can expect in the future. A marked person, or fledgling, has a very limited amount of time to come to the House of Night. They feel as though they are dying, which is true because their body is changing. Not everyone will survive the Change to become a full-fledged vampyre. The mark on the forehead becomes filled in once the Change is complete.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Paul on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon "Giraffe Days" on Oct. 30 2007
Format: Paperback
16 year old Zoey has a crappy home life, an almost-ex-boyfriend who drinks too much, a best friend who's shallow and a geometry test tomorrow. But all this matters for naught when she is Marked by a Vampyre Tracker and must move to the House of Night school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for four years while her body undergoes the Change into a Vampyre - or rejects it and she dies.

This is a new and original take on the Vampire legends, and mixes in matriarchy and goddess-worship with pleasing effect. Zoey becomes marked in a special way - the Goddess Nyx has given her a special responsibility and added gifts; which she'll need, because something's not right at the House of Night, and her own mentor and High Priestess may not be the gentle, caring mother-figure she makes herself out to be.

What I especially liked about this book was how it handles issues relevant to teenagers. Yes it discusses topics like drinking, drugs, anorexia, sex, homosexuality, bullying etc. but all in a positive light (or an "anti-" light, depending on the topic). Zoey is a wonderful role model with a sensible head on her shoulders who looks beyond the surface to what really makes people behave how they do.

Also, to be perfectly clear on this point, despite what you might have read, there is no sex in this book, or the sequel (and even if there was, I think it would be handled very maturely). There is some slutty behaviour from one of the characters, but this is hardly glorified. In fact, it's only the language of the teenaged characters themselves that stops this book from being too moralising. The slang etc. has been captured perfectly, but is not overdone so that it gets really annoying.
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By kaela on Aug. 20 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just loved marked. I was sad when it was over & really happy Zoe found her friends & made a strong bond
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