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.
Look, YA paranormal authors: We have got to talk. I can’t take this anymore. I’m so tired of reading about your characters who are “different” or “anomalies” or “freaks” or what have you. I am. It’s clear that none of you have the first fragging clue what it means to be an anomaly, because if you did, you wouldn’t think it was so glamorous. And don’t try to tell me you don’t think it’s glamorous. All your so-called freaks are really just super special Mary Sues with great looks and super powers
Let’s take one Zoey Redbird as an example. In Marked, we first meet Zoey when she receives the titular Mark–a blue crescent moon on her forehead that marks her as a fledgling vampire. She immediately gets upset about being a “freak” now and all the “normal” people around her wig out. Of course, within forty pages Zoey becomes the personal chosen of the Goddess of Night, Nyx, and her Mark becomes filled in–something that’s not supposed to happen yet. OMG, she’s an even bigger freak! Being chosen by a goddess–that is truly abnormal and awful, y’all.
Shortly thereafter, she arrives at the House of Night, the “vampire finishing school”. There, she finds out that everyone is unearthly gorgeous and incredibly talented, and their Marks all become nifty facial tattoos. In fact, all the most famous, talented people in all everything, ever, are actually vampires! What freaks! What a terrible life to live, getting Marked by a goddess, being swept away from your backstabbing friends and one-dimensional horrible family and taken to a fabulous boarding school where the subjects include things like fencing and horseback riding. How awful, knowing you’ll grow up to be breathtakingly beautiful, and unspeakably talented–and, worst of all, those talents will come naturally! You won’t even have to work for them! *hand to forehead* The horror, the horror!
The writing – its irritating! That is the only word that comes to mind.
Zoey and her friends bicker like fifth graders! P.C. Cast had done this on purpose so that it’d feel like we’re reading book by a teenager (She mentioned this in acknowledgements, I’m not making it up) but I’m really sorry to say Cast-ladies that readers feel like they are reading diary entry of a bunch of bimbos instead!
They are so darn corny and unfunny you’d want to drag them through their hair. With every page I read I felt a bit more dumber and dumber. Their group just keeps chittering and chattering to no extent. Anything they say has no use in the story; it is just included to increase the thickness of the book. When this was not enough, there’s the gang of Dark Daughters who try to imitate Plastics from Mean Girls. Their group leader’s name is Aphrodite, APHRODITE for God’s sake!! Who has names like that anymore? And how can you go around flaunting and being a bitch to everyone with such a name? I would die of shame.
The book covers the events of 2 or 3 days but in that short span of time itself Zoey finds a soul-mate. (Boy, I wish it was that easy for me too.) Erik is supposedly a out-of-the-world hot guy who winks at Zoey in a classroom full of people the first time he sees her and the next time he meets her, they kiss. And the third time they meet he tells her “that you make me feel different”. HOW STUPID IS THAT?! They don’t even exchanged names properly but start sloshing their tongues down each other throats because they are apparently ‘made for each other’. Come on! I’m a teenager myself and even I don’t fall for that.
I’m sorry P.C. and Kristin Cast, I’m sure you’re good authors deep down but this book was just too much.