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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Marked by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

The House of Night: Marked by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 16+
Length: Full Length (306 pgs)
Rating: 5 Suns
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

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 just want to figure out how to fit in here…”

That’s all Zoey Redbird has every really wanted. Zoey is a typical sixteen year old…mostly. She attends an average high school, has a best friend, an almost boyfriend, and parents who “just don’t understand”. For the most part, Zoey manages to blend into the rest of the crowd, until the day she receives the Mark. Everybody knows what the crescent moon on her forehead means. For the small Oklahoma town, with a formidable People of Faith congregation, it might as well be the mark of the Beast.

If you like books that jumps right into the meat of a story, as opposed to taking several chapters to build up to the good stuff, you will love Marked. I was hooked immediately. The writing is intelligent without losing the young adult appeal. You can tell Ms. Cast is around teenagers on a daily basis. She does an incredible job of capturing the attitudes and thought processes of typical teens. Zoey is forced to deal with real life personal difficulties with her friends, her parents and later the fledgling vampires at House of Night.

One of the themes of the book, that really touched me, was Zoey’s close knit relationship with her grandmother. You can feel that they are kindred spirits besides blood relatives. The lessons she learned from her grandmother stay with and aide her as she joins the House of Night. The House of Night represents a new beginning, a new life for Zoey. It’s scary but it forces Zoey to look inside herself to find strength and guidance. She has a great cast of supporting characters that make the journey with her.

Do yourself a favor: buy this book and indulge. It's a great read.

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