Sunday, February 1, 2009

Marked (House of Night Book #1) By P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

"Enter the Dark, Magical World of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change-and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, 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 group, 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."

In the aftermath of the Twilight series I stumbled upon the House of Night series. I borrowed the first book from a friends daughter and find that I am very happy and surprised. The series is written by a mother daughter team and is almost Harry Potter for Vampires. The whole finishing school for Vamps seems at first to be odd but it works out. There is also a Wicca type centered mythology used to explain the mythology of the vampire. An interesting spin of not being bitten but rather chosen and "Marked" to be a vampire is an interesting one. I found the characters to be engaging and interesting. They did remind me of my friends daughters and even some of my own friends. I can't wait to read the other 3 but the book stores in my area don't have the second one so I will have to wait a little while.

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