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Marked / Betrayed / Chosen / Untamed

(House of Night #1-4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  24,196 ratings  ·  265 reviews

The House of Night is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling book series that follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, OK, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her.

It’s tough to begin a

Paperback, 1264 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: judge-me, cover-love
These four books (with the exception of Hunted) are the only House of Night novels worth reading, sadly. After that, they go severely downhill. I just figured I'd say that.

These books don't really have any literary value. Some of it is totally ridiculous (almost everyone of the XY persuasion wants to get into the main character's pants) and the writing can be horrible at times (the authors try way too hard to write how teenagers apparently communicate with each other). However, they are very fun
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an addictive series...
I actually liked this series more than twilight. It's not as hyped as Twilight, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. It really is a addictive series.
I work at a book store, and I honestly sold many of these box sets. This box set was the most selling of them all. If your not sure if you'll like the series and don't want to go out on a limb with the set, then don't. But I can honestly say, it is worth it, if your a fan of Young Adult / Vampire / Paranormal series.
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
(Warning: If you have not read Hunted, the fifth of the series, do NOT read this.) The Cast girls as I call them seem to be very unstable. It seems they enjoy to torture both their characters and readers. Why can't Zoey just be happy with ONE boy? Why do there always have to be complications? I understand the need for some competition for Erik, but is Loren really necessary? Heath seemed to be enough. And why bring Heath back again in Hunted? Stark and Erik were more than enough there. I don't u ...more
Hmmm...what do I think? Well, at first I thought that maybe, possibly the book could get a little better. No such luck. In fact, when I finished the first book I just had to read the second. No, not because it was such an absolutely awesome read, but because I just had to read books where the author made an absolute fool of herself.
The plot was predictable, the characters were boring and the whole trying to relate to teenagers was an epic fail. To start with, Zoey is most boring, uninteresting p
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was ok

My love for this series wanes with each installment. The series is being drug out. Like, really drug out. Like, R E A L L Y. D R U G. O U T ! Looking back, I was generally happy with the series up to about book 6 or 7, after that point it becomes more of a task than a pleasure to read. I would give Books 1-4 or 5 a 3 or 4 star rating. After that: beware of meteor shower.

The storytelling is a little odd in the fact that Cast seems to be writing in "real time" or something quite close. Eac
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Bibi G
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of fantasy books like these in which anything can happen!
Now, lets begin with the characters. Zoey's notorious bad luck has me laughing, although I do question why there are just SO MANY guys in her life.. Love triangles are good and fun but when you get to love squares and up, you wonder just what they all see in her. Erik, he's her first boyfriend in the House of Night and breaks up with her after she does the dirty with a teacher. Pause.
Mrs. Kemper's
Jan 11, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mrs. by: a really close friend
This book series was amazing! I love how in depth it goes and I really feel like most teens can connect to Zoey so well. I really like how they humanize her and it shows how flawed a teen really is. The best thing is that it seems like the books never ends. Zoey is always facing a new problem and has to lose something in order to gain something good. I like the descripition they have about the vampyres. They sound extremley beautiful and I'm really glad i got to read these books. i cant wait to ...more
Signe Hansen
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
To be honest, I can't tell the difference between these books.
I read Marked because my dad (who is a school-librarian) told me they were sort of Harry Potter-y, so I thought: Okay, I need something easy and fun - and Marked was just that.
But then it sort of just.. Went down-hill. From the second book and forward, only very few days go by, and.. Because of that the story just.. Drags out, and it gets more and more boring to read.
I like the books, and I definitely want to finish the series, but h
Marielle Savoie
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole Lee
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
These books were some of my favourite, they made me feel part of the book, and most of the time i imagined myself as the main charactor.
Jennifer Layne
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though I was way outside of the YA age group when I read this I loved it! This is a GREAT set of 4 books in a new series of books that pack a punch and come out swinging!! Not that this isn't true from the start but sh!t really got real in these books!

The world was SO well created and the characters jump off the page. It is easy to fall in love or hate with them. You just want to comfort some and throttle or even stake a few others!

Each book seems to get better as you grow to know the characters
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've read this series. It got a little wan towards the last few books, as so many series do. But the story was engaging from the start. i was able to relate to myself at that age. I liked the character development because you could love and hate every one of them, just as in real life.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the premise of the books at the beginning, but after awhile, they books drove me insane. But I kept reading them to find out what happened in the end. I realize I am not the target age group for this series, and it was very clear.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Marla Nichols
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Good easy reads, stories were a little slow but overall fun to read.
Zane Eiduka
Very interesting book series.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh gosh where to begin? These few books are the better ones. I used to own this box set but I gave it away because I was just fed up with this series. It kept dragging on and on.... I actually managed to read up till Awakened, but went to further. Actually, Burned was by far my favorite because Stevie Rae was such a better character and person than Zoey turned out to be. I'll admit the only reason I even picked up this series was because I kept seeing these books everywhere I turned. I can't rem ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i've read these "house of night novels" before. i learned that there was a new one out i hadn't read and one soon to follow so it made me dig into them again. it's been well worth it :)
Zoey Redbird has found herself marked to become a vampyre. she moves from her regular school into the house of night school where she becomes an extraordinary fledgling. Some of the fledglings don't make it to become an adult vampyre. strange things are happening though and even though some of these students die
Okay, I've read this series before but I hadn't finished it (obviously, the last two haven't been published yet)... And there were some things in it that I really hated on. Mainly the MC and her Mary-Sue existence, but what's new with SPN-YA fiction? There are a few things that are hard to get past. I mean the love octagon of Zooey's life is really ridiculous. Also, the pacing is hard to accept. I think every novel is like a month. Sometimes so many things happen in a day that you feel like it's ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantastical, ya
Marked - Book 1

One of my students has been bugging me to read this one. It took awhile to get into it, but by the end I was hooked enough to read the rest of the series.

It's vampyre, not vampire, folks. Deal with it.

Betrayed - Book 2

"I'd always been attracted to Heath and we'd done some serious making-out, but he'd never turned me on before like he did when he cut his neck and I'd drunk his blood."

I don't see what the big deal is. She's a vampyre, right? Geez, Zoey, don't be so hard on yourself
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Untamed
Author: Kristin Cast

This book is about a girl who is turning into a vampire, she had recently got marked in high school and had to change schools and go to a school for fledglings. Fledglings are like teenage vampires they go to school at night and learn things the will need to know to be a adult vampire. Zowy, the main charter is having a rough time adjusting to all of her new responsibilities and ends up having 3 boyfriends. But by the end of the book she has none and all of he
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
My teenage self was a sucker (no pun intended) for torture when it came to vampire books. I worked through far too many of these books before I allowed myself to give up, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever forgive myself for that.

I think my biggest annoyance with the books is the slang. The teenage version of myself found it endearing in the first book, but even my teenage self grew annoyed with it. You know something is bad when teenage you is annoyed by it.

Then there is the fact that the stories ge
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this series years back but lost interest. When I picked them back up this time it kept my attention. Maybe the timing was off before. Here is my review of the first 4 books. House of Nights starts out as a typical high school drama but when Zoey gets marked as a vampire things change. In this story the world knows about vampires and they mostly live in harmony. This book really makes you feel like your hanging with teenagers. All in all, I like the series. I do hate when Zoey m ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Another series that drags on. I hate the main character and that's not good for me as a reader. I keep thinking 'SLUT!!!!' but then feel guilty because she's jot the only messed-up character.
Characters I do like:
Damien-love him; he's intelligent, funny, and caring
Jack-so sweet; I'd love to have him as a friend
The Twins-crack me up and are quite honest; plus you can't have one without the other
Aphrodite-one of the most real characters; she has issues and though she might not voice them, she know
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first couple of books. They were interesting, quite well written and had a SLIGHTLY different plot than the other Paranormal Romance stuff out there.
However, when I bought the third book, half way through, I just found myself very bored. Nothing really had happened, and after looking up the other books synopsis's, I was tempted to ditch the books and read something else.

So I read through to the end of the 3rd, but after the first couple of chapters of the 4th I just put it d
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first started to read these books starting with the book Marked I was thinking this book is one of the best books i have ever read! The Marked series is one of my favorite books I have ever read in my life! This book got under my skin because this book just isnt fantasy, it also is realistic fiction in a way. It let Zoey, the main character, live the life of a real teenager in the "vamprye" stage of her life. It helped me learn what to do in awkward situations that Zoey was put in. It sho ...more
Damayanty Vasquez
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-420
I truly enjoyed reaind the first four books in the House of Night series. Though Cast hoped on the vamipire bandwagon (although she does have an alternate spelling: vampyre) her novels stand out. They are smart, alluring, and deal with issues teens are dealing with today. I loved how witty her characters were because these books had be laughing the entire time! Also, I loved the allusion she made to pop culture because it made them more contempory. Zoey is 16 when she is Marked and realizes earl ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
This was REALLY hard for me to get through. There was a lot of "regurgitation." In other words, she repeats the same things over and over and over...and over. It seems a little too teenybopper for me, the characters seemed really immature, even for me, but eventually get better. I started to think they were funny after a while, but think it could have been toned down a little to get the point. The 2nd book was better, I actually liked it. I think this story has a lot of potential. Some of the wr ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read all eight of the series, and it was not the best writing, but it was a fun read. The characters are interesting, though some are annoying. My daughter loved this series, so I read the series as she did to be able to talk about it with her. There was some content that I was worried about - it is rated for 9th grade and above and that seems appropriate. My 12 year old was two books in when I figured that out, however! I liked the ethics and the messages fairly well. I just feel like she lea ...more
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Other books in the series

House of Night (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Marked (House of Night, #1)
  • Betrayed (House of Night, #2)
  • Chosen (House of Night, #3)
  • Untamed (House of Night, #4)
  • Hunted (House of Night, #5)
  • Tempted (House of Night, #6)
  • Burned (House of Night, #7)
  • Awakened (House of Night, #8)
  • Destined (House of Night, #9)
  • Hidden (House of Night, #10)
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