Review - Marked by PC Cast

Title: Marked
House of Night Novel #1
Author: PC Cast
Publisher: St Martins
Publish Date: May 1, 2007

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So I have been hearing about these books FOREVER! Really, so many people I know talk about these books and how fabulous they are! I keep thinking, I really need to read those books, but just haven't got to them. As a reader, you know how it is. The list just never ends.

I knew I had Marked on my Nook at least a year ago. Knowing I had read it, I bought the second book, Betrayed because I am not a fan of rereading books. I remember them too quickly to really enjoy them for a second time. I started reading, but realized I couldn't remember a thing that happened in the first book. I flipped back to Marked and realized I was only on page 4! I had just assumed I had read it!

I immediately started reading Marked from the beginning and haven't been able to put them down since. I am completely and utterly in love with the story plot. Knowing how it would feel to be marked, but not really knowing what that means other than my entire life will change, would be so awful. Then add on top of that, family that doesn't support or understand me, I'd feel very alone. We are lucky that PC Cast made such a strong female character in Zoey. She uses her Chereoke heritage to stay strong and be in touch with the elements around her. The character development is fascinating. I have a premonition about Aphrodite, the mean spirited, high reigning girl at the House of Night school that loves to torment Zoey. Her best friend and roomy, Stevie-Ray is awesome and so sweet! Her triangle of love interests is a bit much, but who hasn't been in a position where they haven't known whom to choose, but they all seem right when you are standing in front of them?!

This is a set of books I would love to see turned in to a movie, though I do keep hearing similar thoughts behind after book 6, things change and not necessarily for the good. I am hoping I can adapt to the feelings and thoughts of change, but we will see.

Summary -

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But 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 club, 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.

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