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Marked (House of Night, Book 1): A House of Night Novel [Kindle Edition]

P. C. Cast , Kristin Cast
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Book Description

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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    From School Library Journal

    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
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    "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

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1098 KB
    • Print Length: 319 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (April 1, 2010)
    • Sold by: Macmillan
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001VLXNLU
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    124 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Marking a Turning Point March 21, 2008
    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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    51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying... January 11, 2009
    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
    1.0 out of 5 stars Trite, Ridiculous, Extremely Irritating November 12, 2009
    By Kait
    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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    56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed... February 21, 2010
    Oh look! A series about a teenager that has been specially marked and designated The Chosen One, with unknown cool powers who will someday save the world! What an original idea! In case my sarcasm isn't apparent, I wasn't exactly thrilled with this book (and it's unoriginality is the least of my criticisms). It comes up short in almost every category. Allow me to ennumerate:

    - The characters were all one-dimensional and can be summed up in 1-2 words each. Her best friend Stevie Ray is a hick (a fact Zoey reminds us of by repeatedly describing her "Okie twang") and friendly. Her two other girlfriends are shallow and ....shallow. The only guy friend is smart and gay. Zoey's mentor is wise, and the antagonist (another student) is evil. Comically so. In fact, she utters lines like "This school is cool because I'm here. So stay out of my way" within the first 2 pages of meeting her. What?? Who even talks like that? Which leads me to my next point...

    -The dialogue DOES NOT SOUND LIKE TEENAGERS. I may be mistaken, but I thought the job of the younger of the Cast authors was to make the teenagers sound like teenagers. SHE FAILED. MISERABLY. The conversations reminds one of grade-school kids, not high-schoolers. The writing in general was also sub-par.

    - The monologues were a bit disconcerting and annoying. Yes, monologues. Zoey randomly goes off on monologues with herself about the dumbest thing, and she often does it in the middle of a conversation with somebody else. This happens at least once with everybody she talks to, and nobody finds it in the least bit odd.

    -The plot was unpredictable insofar that I couldn't guess how Zoey would manifest her powers, but manifest them she would.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Review: House of Night #1: Marked
    Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the first book in the House of Night series. It is an entertaining story of vampire school, civilized society integrating fully with the... Read more
    Published 8 hours ago by Lisa Hines
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
    Fast read due to You just can't put it down. Read complete series... and reading it again.
    It's that good.
    Published 3 days ago by Alice Kelly
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    I would say this book was very very good. It was different from other vampire/ vampyre books. Um... can't wait to read the second book and learn more of ZoeyBird!!
    Published 4 days ago by Severin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
    I picked Marked up completely on a whim. I mean I have heard that this series is extremely incredible in the beginning and then it get's kind of boring and just not good anymore,... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Krystianna Straley
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Not so captivating... But I hope the second book will be more exciting.
    Published 9 days ago by Erica Kalmeta
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Witch Read
    Reading now for a colleg book club... it is very okay in it's witch craft aspect. Great sense of humor by main character. i would recommend....
    Published 10 days ago by Sabelle Bloodrayne
    4.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed discussing it
    We used this book for a weekly book club. We enjoyed discussing it.
    Published 15 days ago by Zylvia's review
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot
    You might have heard before that it was poorly written. That is just an opinion. They have to remember that "Zoey Redbird" is a teenager and being the story in her point of view,... Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Savannah Buckner
    1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT buy this book
    Unless, of course, you want to completely waste your time and money. 12 books, and side books. They're all the same exact thing.

    - The same plot. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by CloudyBlue
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
    I thought this book was a good start to hopefully a great series. I enjoyed the character development and storyline. I look forward to reading the next one.
    Published 22 days ago by Rox
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