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Marked: A House of Night Novel [Paperback]

P. C. Cast , Kristin Cast
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the world-building! Jan. 23 2013
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on an old legend 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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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG Aug. 20 2013
By kaela
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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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 12 months ago by Ms.Readalot
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucked into Another Vampire Series!
Tagged with a vamp stamp, Zoey (16) chooses to forego impending death and accept her summons to the House of Night as a vampyre apprentice. Read more
Published on March 8 2009 by Denise L
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique vampyre tale, and just in time!
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is different from other vampire novels I have read, which is a great, since reading about vampires was starting to become a boring topic. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2008 by Sam
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