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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: House of Night (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312360266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312360269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (934 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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125 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Early on in my reading of Marked, I wasn't at all sure I would like this young adult novel. The story of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen year old girl who is unhappy at home, becoming "marked" as a fledgling vampyre, just seemed a bit forced. I wanted to feel a part of her story but her angst was overwhelming and I couldn't really see where the plot was headed. However, about midway through, the book picked up steam and by the last few chapters, I was eagerly turning the pages in order to find out how Zoey's unusual powers would manifest and where it all would lead.

Marked is an imaginative take on vampyres, weaving "old" pagan religious themes throughout and incorporating ancient history into its background. I liked the idea of a society where vampyrism is openly known and accepted, and I liked the School of Night where fledgling vampyres are taken for further training. I loved Zoey's learning to accept herself and step up as a leader at the school, and even the cursing seems realistic. What I didn't like was the obvious prejudice against traditional religion, and the "mini-sermons" we receive early on against drugs, drinking, and oral sex from Zoey's point of view. I liked Zoey's friends but felt that her acceptance into such a tight group so immediately didn't ring true, and I had to wonder at just why Erik, the hot young vampyre, was so attracted so quickly to Zoey. There are also some very lucky coincidences, such as Zoey's Native American grandmother having taught her purification rites which come in very handy. Thankfully these annoyances were overcome by the general storytelling and the excitement of the last half of the book.

Marked is the first in the series and I'll definitely be looking for the next two.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan F. Gordon on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think these books might have been better if I were still in high school. But probably not. Sadly, once I finished the first book I had to know what happened, just for completion of the story, so I read the next two, thinking that the writing might get better. Nope. So now I'm just going to stop reading. The plot is not bad, though slightly reminiscent of Harry Potter, only with vampires. It's the main character who kills it. Zoey is an annoying mix of ditz and goody-goody. She's supposed to be this intelligent Chosen one who is special and different than everyone else, yet she is no different than the rest of the blandly babbling teenagers you see in stereotypical high school movies or books. BLAH. P.C. Cast's daughter says she went over the writing to make it sound like a teenager. Well, I don't know what teenagers she knew or what she was like as one, but at times I actually found myself cringing in annoyance at Zoey and her ditzy blather. Not to mention the fact that she says, as one other reviewer points out, that she doesn't fit in, yet she is dating the star quarterback in the beginning, and soon meets the most popular boy at vampire school, who is likewise smitten. This all might make more sense if she was believably characterized as being different and intriguing, not like other teenagers. As it is, I can't understand why anyone would pick her out of the rest of the rabble. Everyone in this book sounded like middle schoolers, not sixteen-almost-seventeen-year-olds. Also, after three of these books, you will find yourself wanting to scream after hearing her mention her love of brown pop the millionth time. Bottom line: don't bother reading these. It's too annoying.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Kait on November 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the worst book I have ever read. The characters are superficial and cliched, the plot predictable and silly, and the narration is whiny and irritating. Case in point, the main character makes some sort of stupid, childish statement followed by the phrase "hee hee" at least once in each chapter. One chapter ends with a discussion of "poopie" and female body parts are repeatedly referred to as "boobies." I understand that the writers are trying to emulate the thought patterns of a teenager, but even most teenagers aren't this inane and childish. "Poopie" is the phraseology and humor of a 2nd-grader, not a sixteen-year-old.
I rarely write book reviews, even of those books I don't particularly enjoy (which is quite rare, actually), but I was so angry that I wasted precious hours of my life reading this ridiculous tripe that I was motivated to try to save others from the same fate. I cannot recommend strongly enough to avoid this irritating book.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Darren MacLennan on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I wrote a review, and yet Amazon somehow ate it, so let's try again.

The novel is okay - it's well written enough. The main character has some interesting ways of describing things. But it's not as good as it could be. Specifically:

- The main character is a Mary Sue. From the beginning, she's special, special, special - she's part Cherokee, she's beautiful, everybody loves her, she's got an awesome facial tattoo that fills itself in by magic, and she doesn't have a single negative trait that would spoil the impression that she's anything but perfect. She's also got a magic cat.

- Her friends are essentially the cast of the first season Real World. There's the Black Girl, the Gay Guy, and even the Okie Girl. They have no traits, but chirp at each other amusingly in order to seem like the world's most wonderful friends.

- There's some religious bigotry in that all of the pagans are absolutely perfect, handsome, Byron-spouting Goths - more of that wish fulfillment - and all of the people who belong to the Old Religion are a bunch of hypocritical, patriarchal jerks. This is the kind of simpleminded thinking that most writers outgrow around the age of sixteen or so; not so much here.

- The antagonists are simply evil without having any other personality traits. There's some vague mutterings about how the evil girl is "set up" towards the end, but nothing that makes her more a cartoon.

You could find better pagan fiction, better vampire fiction, better high school fiction - the writing is technically good, but I would say that the series needs to get seriously deep or it'll remain a layer of wish-fulfillment frosting over an empty cake.
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