Marked is the first book in what is referred to as “The House of Night”. It begins with Zoey Redbird a 16 year old girl attending high school and stru...moreMarked is the first book in what is referred to as “The House of Night”. It begins with Zoey Redbird a 16 year old girl attending high school and struggling to adapt to a family which now includes a step-father. Zoey is one day “Marked” meaning she is to undergo a change to become an adult vampire. She must enter a school “The House of Night” for fledgling vampires, who after having undergone the Change, will train to become an adult vampire. Zoey is marked as extraordinary amongst her new peers, having control over all the 4 elements, virtually unheard of. Zoey must battle the leader of the elite Dark Daughters, who is misusing her Goddess-given gifts.
I was aware that this was a Young Adult book and would put this series firmly in that category. I found the idea of the story interesting enough. The concept the Cast’s created for becoming a vampire all that entailed was quite adaptive. I liked that becoming a vampire is a biological change that your body may reject, and how they are mortal and are alike to humans except have a longer life span. I liked the idea of a vampire school and how they are part of culture. The idea that their society is matriarchal society with an adaptation to the goddess lore which includes the idea of vampirism is interesting. However, I found the writing quite simplistic and at times predictable. I found myself being irritated by the lead character at times because she was judgemental and immature. Despite not understand the hype around these books I liked them enough to continue reading the series. I think this book had great potential, and while I enjoyed the storyline, what let it down was the sometimes simplistic writing. (less)
Betrayed is the 2nd book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter. Fledging vampire Zoey is now in her second year of school as a va...moreBetrayed is the 2nd book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter. Fledging vampire Zoey is now in her second year of school as a vampire. Zoey has become the newest High Priestess and leader of the school's Dark Daughters society. Zoey is well known throughout the school for her tattoos that the goddess awarded her with. This in itself is very unusual as only full fledged vampires have these tattoos. Zoey and her friends, Stevie Rae, Damien, and the Twins have begun to implement a newer and compassionate system of rules and regulations within the Dark Daughters. In her personal life, as Zoey struggles to take ownership of her new role, she still has to endure encounters with Aphrodite, while her parents have cut themselves out of her life. Added to this is the intensity of the bloodlust she fills for her ex-boyfriend, Heath, she has also begun dating Eric Night and feels a strange attraction to the school's teacher Loren Blake. However, outside of the school human teenagers are disappearing, and all the evidences points to vampyres. Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, and jeopardize the very foundation of her world.
I liked this instalment in the House of Night series, but found myself increasingly frustrated with Zoey’s love triangle between Loren, Eric and Heath. Zoey seems to be able to complicate her life without any outside influence. Pick a boy, any boy! There were a few unexpected twists to the plot which were surprising. I found it interesting to have Zoey’s enemy (Aphrodite) become an ally, and her supposed ally (Neferet) become a mortal enemy. As a young adult book you have to get used to the younger writing style, and the sometimes cringe factor from the corniness, it’s an interesting twist on the vampire lore.(less)
In the 3rd book of the House of Night series, Zoey Redbird, gifted vampyre fledgling is dealing with many issues. She failed to break her imprint on h...moreIn the 3rd book of the House of Night series, Zoey Redbird, gifted vampyre fledgling is dealing with many issues. She failed to break her imprint on her human ex-boyfriend Heath, she is fighting an increasingly dangerous attraction to vampyre Poet Loren, and she is struggling to cure her undead best friend Stevie Rae with the help of Aphrodite. Within the school, the murder of a Professor complicates matters as a religious aspect in the form of the People of Faith order, compromises the school’s safety. The Sons of Erebus (vampyre warriors) are brought in to protect the school, providing Zoey with another distraction in the form of a gorgeous warrior. At the Full Moon ritual, Erik completes his Change into an adult vampyre. While Eric is away Zoey must fight her attraction to Loren, but makes a fatal mistake which has Neferet scheming to show everyone Zoey’s betrayal. Meanwhile, Zoey struggles to help Stevie Ray retain her humanity and finds who her true friends are and uncovers unknown enemies that she must stop before they threaten the peace of the vampyre and human world.
In this book I found myself getting annoyed at the author’s repetitiveness, especially with the introduction to the books. I believe that Zoey has not grown as a character. She seems a little too perfect, able to master all the elements, having tattoos of a fully fledged vampire and having guys practically trip over themselves to get to her. It just didn’t gel for me. I did like the character development of Stevie Ray and Aphrodite. I like the Stevie Ray undead; she is a lot gutsier than the Stevie Ray vampyre. It was refreshing to see more of Aphrodite, who I sympathise with, having lost so much, but still able to retain her self-worth and be a funny snippety person which is more enjoyable than Zoey’s perfection. I did like the action scenes, the concept of the Priestess, blood drinking/imprinting etc. It's a shame the great idea of this book is superseded by the immature writing and characterization. I'll keep reading them, because there are parts I like about the story. (less)
Untamed is the 4th book in the House of Night series and begins with Zoey feeling utterly alone after the events of the previous book. Aphrodite is no...moreUntamed is the 4th book in the House of Night series and begins with Zoey feeling utterly alone after the events of the previous book. Aphrodite is now human, Stevie Rae is a new Changed red vampire, and she has lost both her groups of friends and her boyfriend Erik. Then, Zoey is attacked by something in the night. In despair Zoey begins to repair the tattered remains of her friendships. A new character is introduced, fledgling world champion archer, James Stark, who has a role of his own to play. Aphrodite reappears on campus despite being human, and with an imitation Mark and visions still provided by the Goddess. Neferet is still intent on war with the humans and plans on awakening an ancient evil to assist with her quest.
Zoey’s main conflict is that she has no support because all of her friends have turned their back on her. Seeing things from Zoey’s perspective and knowing what she knows I can understand and sympathise with her. This is the first time in all the books Zoey is more believable and human (to an extent). She had a huge conflict, tell her friends about what was happening and betray the Goddess, or keep her mouth shut and exclude her friends. I did like the story-line in this book a lot better than the others; it involved a lot more action and conflict. It seems some reviewers have the same type of complaint; the writing is less than perfect. Maybe it is because there are 2 different authors and they don’t connect. The story has so much potential I am just disappointed a lot of the time by the lack of maturity in the writing.(less)
A poignant love story set in upstate New York in the 1700’s. The story is based around Elizabeth Middleton, a spinster school teacher freshly out of E...moreA poignant love story set in upstate New York in the 1700’s. The story is based around Elizabeth Middleton, a spinster school teacher freshly out of England intending to teach the children of her father’s community. However, enter Nathaniel Bonner, strikingly handsome and a rare mix of Native American traditions and white man influence. Here begins the story of forbidden love, adventure, romance, and history tied into a story which has Nathaniel and Elizabeth marrying secretly and running away because of certain circumstances (not to be revealed until you read the books!). Beautifully written, with echoing of a fantastic historical-romance writer, this book is a must-read for those who love a good adventure romance with a historical lesson to boot. (less)
This second book in the series continues the stories of Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner and their new family. Both new parents are looking forward to l...moreThis second book in the series continues the stories of Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner and their new family. Both new parents are looking forward to living their lives (relatively peacefully) in the endless forests of the New York frontier. However, enter a Scottish Laird related to the Bonners who needs an heir, the capture of the Bonner’s twins, and an adventure which travels across the oceans to Scotland. A fantastic second book, with the introduction to characters essential for books to come. Just as good as the first, with the love story continuing but over the high seas, which adds quite a fantastic new dimension to the characters. (less)