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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; paperback / softback edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905654316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905654314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This promises to be a highly addictive series' Romantic Times

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"Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting." (MaryJanice Davidson)

"Edwina Wren's tone, pace, and youthful voice provide an energetic performance that balances a first-person teenage point of view with a stereotypical cast of school personas. Wren captures the emotional range of Zoey Redbird as she undergoes transformation into a vampire. Wren also executes distinct voices for Zoey's growing assortment of odd friends. Redbird's dull and stifling life takes an entirely new direction after she's branded with 'the mark'. Escaping a cheating boyfriend and an intolerant stepfather, she finds herself at the vampire finishing school (high school for vampires) with high hopes of something better. However, matriculating is the easy part. Next, Redbird must deal with a whole other class of peer pressure and scheming – which prove deadly." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Annette on 11 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't expect much from this book - I picked it up when I really needed something to read. I have tried to read some of P.C. Cast's goddesses series and hated them (her prose just didn't work for me). But this book is different: I haven't finished the last 100 pages yet (I've had an essay to do today!) and I have already ordered the next book Betrayed.
The book starts out very 'Meg Cabot': "Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker." But it quickly develops a style of its own. Zoey's world really starts to develop once she gets to the academy. N.B. Do not buy this book for you 13 year old cousin - there is some adult content (and I'm not talking about blood sucking). There's romance, mystery, action and theory.
I have enjoyed this book alot - I think P.C. Cast and her daughter make a brilliant team and I would buy any future book they write together! The storyline is interesting and new. My taste runs: Meg Cabot, Elizabeth Chandler, L J Smith, R J Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K Hamilton etc. So if you've read any of these authors - they are my judging standard! This is meant to be a book for adult teenagers, Zoey is only 16 in the book, but I'm 19 and really enjoyed it. There were Harry Potter undertones, but only in the classroom settings - the context the Casts place the characters in is completely different - which would be hard to avoid. This book is fresh and new, and the prose invite you to empathize with Zoey. I loved this book, if I hadn't this review would be alot shorter.
Anyway - this is my recommendation: buy this book and read at least the first 100 pages before you judge it (as it is slow to develop into its true shinning potential!). The only reason that this book hasn't received more than 4 stars was it's slow beginning: I predict that all further books in the series will be 5 stars! Hope this review was helpful!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Block on 6 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this book as I am a huge fan of the Twilight Series. And I wasn't diappointed. It is completely different to Twilight, and I am 34 and still enjoyed it! So I would recommend it to adults and teenagers. Zoe is chosen by the Goddess Nyx to become a vampire, as a fledgling, and when marked teenagers must go to the House of Dark, where they study for 4 years until they become a full vampire. (has a bit of a Hogwarts feel I thought. I liked the charactors, and the story line, and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms K. M. Ashton on 26 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read a few of these reviews, and have to say that although I agree with some of the points made by other readers, about how this book 'borrows' from Harry Potter and Twilight, I think it is unfair to assume that this makes House of Night bad. All vampire stories have to have certain common denominators, and I think that the Casts have covered this well.

The main character, Zoey Redbird, has a certain vulnerability about her that I found quite endearing. She has been Marked as a vampire fledgling, an event that no teenager ever wants to experience, and her life has to change dramatically, everything she's ever known comes to an end and her life takes a completely different path.

As an adult, I must admit to being a little shocked at first by some of the 'not very PG' scenes in the book....after all, it is found in the teen section of the bookshop!! I think parents should judge for themselves, before permitting or denying their teens these books. Although there are scenes of a sexual nature, they are not gratituous, or graphic in any way, and if your teen is on the mature side, I don't see that they would have a problem with the content.

On the whole, I have rated this book 5 stars, although really I am rating the whole series so far. I have read all the available episodes, and am now waiting with bated breath until the next installment is available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
So this is a series that I am well behind in picking up on. I am not sure why it took me so long to pick this book up because a few years ago I borrowed Divine By Mistake from my local library and loved it. I had seen these books in the bookshop and had read the back, but it took for someone to actually tell me to read them before I finally bought Marked.

We meet 16 year old Zoey on the day that she is marked. A Tracker comes into her school and announces this to her in front of her best friend, and that is essentially the end of her life as a human! Once the mark appears on a human they only have a limited amount of time to get to the House of Night before "the change" happens. When Zoey makes it to the House of Night she is immediately thrown into the life there and has to find her place even though it is obvious that she is not like the other fledglings.

I loved this series right away. From the start we realise that this is not a world like our own, humans are aware that vampires co-exist with them. As soon as Zoey is marked while she is standing beside her human best friend it seems like all of the humans treat her as if she is an outsider and shun her. Her uber-religious parents think that they can "save" her with a prayer circle. Zoey turns to her grandmother, who is one of my favourite characters in the book, and who helps her with her transition to the House of Night. Zoey is a loveable character from the start who seems a little cynical, but who is genuinely a nice person who you would love to have on your side!

I really liked the other characters in the book, Stevie-Rae, The "Twins", Damien, Eric and even Aphrodite. There is an ease to the dialogue when Zoey and her friends are talking which makes the speech flow and feel very natural.
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