Review: Marked by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Marked (House of Night, #1)Marked by P.C. & Kristin Cast
Published by: Atom
Publication Date: April 27th, 2010 (First Published in May 1st, 2007)
Series: House of Night, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Rating: 2
Date Read: January 29th, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Website (UK) | Author’s Website (P.C. Cast) | Author’s Website (Kristin Cast)

So the bad news was that I’d have to move into the House of Night, a private boarding school, known by all my friends as the vampyre finishing school, where I would spend the next four years going through bizarre and unnameable physical changes, as well as a total and permanent life shake-up. And that’s only if the whole process didn’t kill me.

But the good news was that I wouldn’t have to take the geometry test tomorrow.

When sixteen-year-old Zoey is marked by the Tracker, she knows her old life is over. Now she has to leave her friends and family to join the House of Night school, where there’s only one subject Zoey needs to study: Vampyre 101.

Of course, there’s always a catch, and this one’s nice and simple: if you fail, you die …

“Believe in yourself and you will find a way. But remember darkness does not always equate to evil just like light does not always bring good.”

The House of Night Series starts off with Zoey Redbird being marked and becoming a vampire. After Zoey Redbird was mysteriously marked, she goes to a boarding school for vampyres called the House of Night. This is a special school for vampyres.  In this book you follow Zoey on her adventures throughout the school, you see how shes adjusting to her new life.

This is what the whole book is about. It’s fine if there’s not much of a plot if it’s meant to be character-driven. Sadly, I can tell that Marked was supposed to be more plot-driven. The House of Night Series is yet another addition to the vampire genre. Veering off of the traditional vampire path, in this series, vampyres are chosen and Marked, not Changed by being bitten, and not all those who have been Marked actually live through the Change.

This book was a very short read, I felt like it didn’t have much detail. The author did not use a good choice of words, the way she was writing just didn’t make sense, she was using swear words but the writing was fit for like 10 year olds.

Zoey was absolutely frustrating and so easy to hate. That’s horridly inconvenient since she’s the main character, and we’re being told this story from her perspective. I’m not sure if they deliberately created Zoey for the sole reason that we should all hate her. She spent a good deal of time passing harsh judgments against particular types of people and behaviour. Girls who wear lots of makeup are losers. Teenagers drinking and smoking is horrifying and disgusting. Wanting to kiss someone you are attracted to apparently makes you a slut. She dislikes one of her classmates because he is not only annoying but also unattractive. Also, Zoey’s friends serve no other purpose than to make Zoey seem more lovable and special. Really, they can’t stop gushing over how pretty and great Zoey is.

The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, which sounded ridiculous. Also,  I felt like the author was trying to push their point of view and moral agenda. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the values they project in this book, they make it so plain that they are trying to jam-pack the book with certain ideals. What annoyed me most about this one was the author’s attempt to address every controversial teen issue imaginable, while instilling good morals without being condescending. The random commentary on sex, drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, religious fundamentalism, paganism, etc., felt forced and way too obvious.

However, the plot is intriguing and very fast-paced. This book has many flaws, but I sped through it, and I can see why so many people find this a highly addictive series. Although, while there are elements in this series that are interesting, it’s nothing special.

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