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(House of Night #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  457,653 ratings  ·  14,658 reviews
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After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit. But s
Paperback, 1st edition, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Justina Furman I love the house of night series they are my favorite books. Its ok if you dont like them but if you keep reading further you will get more and more a…moreI love the house of night series they are my favorite books. Its ok if you dont like them but if you keep reading further you will get more and more attached to the books I did it might not work for everyone but it worked for every one i recomended them too. (less)
Elesse W. Middle school, no. High school, yes. Yes there is brief swearing and sexual content here and there, but these kids are in high school. They're experie…moreMiddle school, no. High school, yes. Yes there is brief swearing and sexual content here and there, but these kids are in high school. They're experiencing these things already whether parents know it or not. I recommend it because there is MAJOR character development. A lot of lesson's learned. Honestly a character could either be relatable (because not every young adult is an angel) and show them what they may be doing wrong and what they should fix or change, or the character could be completely unrelatable but give young adults some insight and intelligence on things to look out for while in high school. I read this series from 8th grade til the last book came out after I graduated and to be perfectly completely honest, these books will make you think twice.
(Remember that time Zoey cheated on her boyfriend and broke his heart and in the end, it was definitely not worth it and a HUGE mistake.)
The way the characters grow and correct their mistakes is something I believe would be worth reading.(less)

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Jul 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: What is this? Recommend it to someone? NEVER!
Beware of spoilers! (But then again, just don't read this book.)

Warning: This review is just me being very negative. In no way will this review sound intelligent and well written. Therefore, if you wish to continue, you may.

Anyway, I will start all the way from the beginning. There are so many things I'd like to point out.

I pick up the book. I see the cover. It's a picture of half a girl's face. I'm guessing that's Zoey. Whatever. I look at the back. There is a comment from Gena Showalter on the
Oct 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody.
Read about half of it. Hated it. I'm returning the rest to the library.

The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, they sounded ridiculous, and then were even proud of themselves for "sounding like teenagers," as they stated in the preface. Dumb. They tried to make moral lessons out of the life of this "fledgling," and had her reject things like Paris Hilton's weight, oral sex amongst teenagers, and Ashton Kutcher unfortunately liking older women. Oh, and the world was separated
Jun 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Mel by: The masochist in me
This was how the book started. The first two pages literally went like this:

Tweeny 1: "ZOMG like -insert some teeny bs gossip here-"

Tweeny 2: "ZOMG like no! -more teeny gossip and more OMGs-"

Tweeny 1: "ZOMG like yeah."

All of a sudden some macho vamp guy stands in the hallway, points at teeny no #1 and is like "ZOEY YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A BOOK THAT IS SO NOT TRYING TO BE LIKE TWILIGHT BUT YEAH YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN."

Then they're like "ZOMG YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN."

Tweeny 1
Oh, I liked this book SOOOOOOOOO much better than the Stephanie Meyer series--these kids are smarter, more diverse, less whiny and far more intersting. Add to that a new version of vampirism, and it's a completely winning combination. The story telling is top notch, the characters are interesting, and the book is compelling start to finish. I can't wait to dive into the next in this series!

And I have to admit I'm intrigued by the concept of a mother/daughter writing team, especially such a succe
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

"Zoey Montgomery! Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth. Night calls to thee; hearken to Her sweet voice. Your destiny awaits you at the House of Night!”
Okay, I'm going to be posting gifs on this review because this book was just too much.
My overall expression after reading up to 150 pages:

I wish I could give this 'no star' or something of the sort. I don't even know where to begin with this 'book'. It was retched, horrible, disdainful, etc. etc. P.C. Cast as well as her daughter's writing is childish. All the girls had blonde hair (auburn-blonde, strawberry-blonde, blonde, curly blonde, etc.) it's irritating and the only girl, besides Zoey, tha
Lets get straight to the point here.
This book was weird, disgusting and epic fail at the same time.
Let me tell you the whole story in pictures.
Enjoy :)
(I don't know why, but some of the pics are not coming, sorry for that!)

Once upon a time, there was this stupid, smart-ass girl named Zoey who was marked as a vampyre. But don't worry my fellow readers! She was special failing.

Then this fail-example-of-women got an annoying boyfriend, Heath who is always drunk >.<
Wendy Darling
Hypersexed, boy-crazy, annoying teens. Plus some uninteresting supernatural stuff every once in awhile. For a series that involves so many teenagers having sex, these books sure aren't very sexy. ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not recommended - Slut shaming, and actual depictions of non-consensual sex present.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
About 5 years ago when I first read this series, I powered through them and while I recognised they were problematic, I still consider them a guilty pleasure (the books are just so BAD and fun)
1.5 stars are purely for how trashy/fun this book was.
This was SUPER problematic though which made me cringe, a lot.
It's homophobic (yes I know there's a gay character but the 'joke' at the beginning saying he isn't really a guy because of this is really really fucking bad), it has plenty of slut shamin
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Wow, I really hated this book, more specifically, I hated Zoey. I can't believe there are 12 books of her as the MC. This is where I stop with this series

- First of all, Zoey is such a hateful person. I don’t think I have read about an MC that radiates such negative energy in my life. This girl calls every girl she doesn’t like terrible names like bitches, hags, sluts, hos. She thinks she is somehow better than them. Her group of friends are like her and there was no one person amon

To be quite honest, I almost don't know what to say, or how to say it. I read just under half of Marked this morning, then set it gently aside and stared at the wall in a numb silence for a while. Perhaps, in hindsight, I should have thrown it. Marked is, quite simply, the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. Forget one star, this book has achieved negative stars from me.

The horror began with the Acknowledgements. P.C. Cast actually thanked her daughter for making sure they sounded li
I know, I can't believe I read this book either. What's worse? I've read all of them--the six that have been published. Why? Because I'm a moron, that's why.

Seriously, this is the worst YA vampire--I mean vampyre--series I've read (so far). While there are elements in this series that are interesting, it's nothing special. I mean, vampyres that control the elements? Come on! Richelle Mead already did that, just much, much, much better. Much better.

Why not just write a book about witches? Becaus
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
16 year old Zoey has a crappy home life, an almost-ex-boyfriend who drinks too much, a best friend who's shallow and a geometry test tomorrow. But all this matters for naught when she is Marked by a Vampyre Tracker and must move to the House of Night school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for four years while her body undergoes the Change into a Vampyre - or rejects it and she dies.

This is a new and original take on the Vampire legends, and mixes in matriarchy and goddess-worship with pleasing effect. Zoey
Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
This probably one of the worst books I have ever read... It was horrible. The writing was stupid. If you like to read a grown woman try to talk like a teenager then this is for you.. I hated it. I mean I felt stupid after reading some of this. They compared people to Paris Hilton, and Ashton Kutcher, they brought oral sex into and they didn't just briefly talk about it they made it stretch out over a couple of chapters. This mother/daughter writing team needs to rethink working together again. M ...more
Savina M.
EDIT: 28/03/14 I finally remember what Marked reminds me of. It reminds me of that horrible Harry Potter fanfiction My Immortal. They're basically the same, except Marked has much better spelling. (Thankfully).

Well, hell. I finished Marked.

Marked is not the worst book I have ever read. Halo still tops that list. But, damn, I haven't rolled my eyes so much since...since anything, actually. I actually took the liberty to tab every single annoying line in Marked, and here is how many post-its I was
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
The easiest rating I've ever given a book. Let us please bury the fact I gave Marked four stars upon first reading; I was only 14 or 15 at the time and in that stage of adolescence-- the fangirling, over-excitable stage which no person wants to look back on. Gah. So embarrassing.

But then, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Marked again in the library. I was curious as to what I'd think of the book now I'd grown up a bit (in both senses of the word). And my brother was still trying to hunt down a bi
Katy Johnson
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was a really quick read, made even quicker by skipping over the pages of repetitive neo-pagan-vampyre rituals (which I could have done entirely without). The author is clearly trying to win over the wiccan-teen demographic, while appealing to those who loved the Twilight series.

What bugged me most about this one was the author's attempt to address every controversial teen issue imaginable, while instilling good morals without being condescending. She managed, but honestly, the random comme
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow I couldn't put this book down! At first I was hesitant reading it because it looked like a total cliche vampire story (which it totally was) and I'm not into vampire stories usually but it was addictingly good! I recommend this book for anyone who's into paranormal girly-ness ...more
{1.5 Stars}

Okaaaay. So my theory is this - Overly hyped books like House of Night and Mortal Instruments were released near 2005 when there were very few YA Fantasy books and that's the reason these books are so famous. I mean, people are totally crazy about HoN & MI even though there are many books which are much better than these.
So, House of Night.
This book had a weak plot, weak as in pointless plot.

Why did Zoey get 'Marked'? And why especially by the Goddess Nyx?
The author didn't have any
May 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: The slum of society
Shelves: crap, paranormal, vampires, ya
This is – literally – the worst (published) book I have ever read in my life. Every time I so much as think about this book, or this series in general, I suddenly have the urge to take a nine iron to an old lady, or set a kitten on fire or something else just as random and pointless that won’t actually solve my hatred towards this piece of crap but will help release some of my anger because Zoey is only a fictional character and I can’t actually kill her will a dull axe. *deep breath* It’s times ...more
Sophia Triad
"Zoey Montgomery! Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth. Night calls to thee; hearken to Her sweet voice. Your destiny awaits you at the House of Night!”

Well, several years have passed since the first time I read this series. I remember that it was very entertaining and so unbelievably addictive. I wanted to read one book after the other nonstop.
And I did.

I read the first books in greek translation and the rest in their original version because they hadn't been translated. I don't
Brooke Watson
Mar 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was so bad, I wanted to quit reading it, but then I could not have fairly rated it. So despite my better judgment - I read on, wincing all the way!

Marked tries so hard to be hip - but "like totally" fails. I know you have to be careful when choosing YA books. Some of it is great - it resonates with those of all ages. And some of it, like this book, is YA crap.

The main character was also very poorly created. She enjoyed reading the horrid Gossip girl series, yet was critical of her sexu
Jul 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible
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Shambles, an absolute bloody shambles is how I can best describe this book.I don’t know what was worse, the tacky and unsympathetic attitude towards eating disorder victims, the blasé attitude towards male rape (the hallway scene, imagine the gender roles reversed and you’ll see how sexist it is) , or the constant usage of the words slut and hoe, oh yeah what a great example we’re set
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Marked is one of the worst written books I've read in a long, long time. It is incomprehensible how an intelligent and/or civilized person could enjoy a book like this. Although it's understandable how someone could get swept up in the average, mundanely composed storyline, the writing - oh man, I think I might have lost a few brain cells. Hopefully reading this book hasn't permanently damaged my own writing.

One of the most annoying things was Zoey, the main character, had a tendency to think in
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Typical teen story in which there is a black and white delineation between the heroes and the villains, and you will never mistake one for the other. Our heroine comes from a troubled family, longs for a place to belong, is marked as incredibly and shockingly extraordinary amongst her new peers, butts heads with the queen of the school who is also the flatly drawn villainess, immediately catches the eye of the hottest guy at school who is also the ex of our villainess, shows remarkable powers an ...more
I recently read an article about how reading bad or below-average books can actually help improve your writing. So, for improvement's sake, I decided to reread this lovely twelve-book series I devoured (and loved!) when I was 12 years old and on the brink of further implementing my book obsession (which has been pretty wild since the very beginning, to be honest.)

I mean, wow. I'm not even certain enough of my brain cells survived reading this to actually write something after, good or bad or any
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
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Second re-read: 23.03.2020
I've gone back and forth whenever to re-read this book, not just to finally finish the series, but because I remember I truly loved it. I mean, this book/series is kinda important to me as it was the book that made me get into books in the first place. Sure, I've read Twilight Saga before this one, however that just because of Edward Cullen who I fell madly in love with and I needed to know what happened after I watched the movie. But
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
House of Night Book 1 Marked (by P C. Cast and Kristine Cast)

The story deals with the transformation of a human teenage girl Zoey Redbird into a vampyre fledgling. Zoey had her troubles at home, and her human friends more or less thought she'd turned into a monster when she was Marked and started changing into a vampyre. The girl seeked refuge in the House of Night, a high school for fledgling vampyres. In her new school Zoey struggled to adjust into her new life, she made friends with other fle
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Sep 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mature teens
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: I saw this series at the bookstore and decided to check it out.

A very easy read. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book, but the first sentence, "Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse, I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker.", got my attention.

The House of Night Series is yet another addition to the vampire/vampyre genre. Veering off of the traditional vampire path, in this series, vampyres are chosen and Marked, not Changed by being bitten, and not all those who have been Marked actually live through the Change.

In Marked, the first
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