Marked (House of Night) Library Binding – 1 Dec 2007
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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
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
"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?).Read more ›
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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Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and had to continues with the rest of the series! Such a good book!Published 4 months ago by Sarah Noble
I have read this book many times and it is still one of my favorites and it is still as wonderful as the first time I read it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clare Doherty
Easy going introduction to the series. Would recommend as a good teenage read. Didn't leave me looking for next book in series.Published 7 months ago by Elstree 11
The biggest asset of the book is the surprising ease it can be read with. Perhaps due to a very simple language and loads of dialogue you very quickly find yourself 2/3 into in,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anita
One of the best book series I've ever read. Lovely cover as well, although it doesn't match the other books in the series as they changed the covers :')Published 10 months ago by Katie
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