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House of Night #1 by P.C. Cast
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Apr 09, 2012

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Read from April 09 to 11, 2012

I am wiritng my review for the entire series in this book because what I read was the ARC for the upcoming graphic novel collection.
First - in the interest of full disclosure - I have to say I had no idea this was a Y.A. series before I started reading the Graphic Novel, so I did not come into it as a fan, or have any preconceived notions of that the series was "supposed" to be like, or what the characters were "supposed" to look like.
That being said, I was surprised at seeing some of the negative reviews, because I liked the series. I thought the artwork was well done, and it was interesting to see a fresh take on vampires (a subject I LOVE) that did not leave me with a bad taste in my mouth like Twilight did.
It was very interesting to me to see (for the first time) a vampire society that is matriarchal, and centered around a goddess and the power of females. I think it's a good message for young women, who will undoubtedly be the primary readership of the series. I also enjoyed that the author took well-know females from history and mythology and made them into powerful vampires. Another refreshing aspect was the fact that the protagonist is Native American - something that is rarely seen in Young Adult literature, though her culture is never really explored beyong a short altercation between her bother and a group of racist boys.
Overall, I would recommend this series to both young women and young men who want a "different" sort of vampire story and who are fans of graphic novels regardless of wether or not they have read the original series.

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