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Marked (House of Night) Library Binding – 1 Dec 2007

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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435215788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435215788
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,357,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


" 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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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16-year-old Zoey Montgomery (also known as Zoey Redbird, due to her Indian heritage) never asked to be "Marked". When the creepy "dead guy" (read: vampyre) appeared next to her locker, it changed her whole life: she lost her best friend, her almost-ex-boyfriend Heath and she had to move to vampire school. But even as she starts over in the "House of Night" she realizes that not only isn't everything all right in the school but also that she is a very special fledgling... her vampire mark and her unnatural lust for blood seem to indicate that she is much more powerful that your average newly born vampire. That is why Zoey is the right person to save the school from the beautiful and mean Aphrodite, the senior that is the leader of the Dark Daughters, a very exclusive and powerful group within the House of Night.

"Marked" is the first of "The House of Night" books, a new supernatural series for teens.

It was, I guess, mildly interesting. I mean, it's a fairly quick read and the story is not all bad. The take of the authors on vampi(y)rism is more out of your regular sci-fi book than fantasy, but hey, at least they were trying for original.

But... the story, it was definitely lacking in... well, lacking. It was a simple plot, that reeked of Harry Potter undertones (but without it's complexity): you have the 'special' kid, who is special even among all the special kids (read: the main female lead, who is the most powerful of all of them, vampyres); the sidekicks (usually outcasts that join the hero(ine) and turn into super-duper-popular people overnight - literally, was we are talking of vampires) ; the evil, blonde bully (*cough* Draco Malfoy *cough*) and a powerful, older figure that supports the hero(ine)'s decisions (kind of like... hummm... Dumbledore?).
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I started reading these books a few years ago when they first came out and stopped because there was so much vampyre stuff around at the time. Coming back to the series I see a funny, if very "teenagery" take on being thrust into a world of unknown possibilities. The characters are likeable, relatable and the plot is fast-moving. There are many witty sections of dialogue or internal monologue here, that from my perspective now I can still enjoy. The mother-daughter pairing creates a unique blend of precision and complexity in the writing without being weird. It is on-point about many teenage stereotypes, something that I found particularly entertaining. This is another vampyre book, but not in the way we're used to reading about them.
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There seemed to be some big deal about these books so I tried them out. I could sense from the first page that this was going to be a gripping story.
This was proved when I read about half of the book in one sitting. But I had to stop, not becuase I had to, but because I got so frustrated with it! I couldn't help but notice how there were so many things that seemed oh-so-familiar...
A special mark on the forehead? A hateful family that won't accept her? Going to a special boarding school to learn about their 'kind'? Making friends with the 'unaccepted' people? Plotting against someone evil? The main character being someone very special to their kind?
Any of these things remind you of something? Harry Potter, perhaps?
And then there's the vampire aspect to it. There's even an unlikely romance from the most handsome boy who shouldn't even notice the main character and a special power that comes with being a vampire that only special people have.
Again is seems familiar. Twilight, maybe? The most obvious copy from the Twilight series in the book - which made me shout out loud in shock when I read it - was Imprinting. In this book there is a shameless copy of the very same process named the same thing in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
It seems the writers have noticed how popular these two series' have become and decided to try incorporating them both together and maybe get the most amazing series ever. It hasn't worked.
Throughout the whole book, I couldn't stop noticing all these slight references to these bestselling series'. Fair to the book, it was interesting, hooking and a good read, but I can't help feeling that these writers have just copied other people's work and put it together...
I think it would have been better if I'd just read Harry Potter or Twilight again.
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