As the first book in the series, this book sucked me into the world that the Cast's created and had me picking up the next books in the series beforeAs the first book in the series, this book sucked me into the world that the Cast's created and had me picking up the next books in the series before I even finished the first one.
The book starts with Zoey being Marked and having to leave her life as a human to move to the House of Night and live with the other fledglings. If that's not bad enough, she's been given special powers by Nyx (the vampyre's goddess) and has to deal with everything that comes with that. She becomes fast friends with her roommate, Stevie Rae, and her group of friends that include the "twins," Shaunee and Erin, and Damien. There is, of course, a group of mean girls that make up the Dark Daughters - a special fledgling group on campus for only the most special of fledglings on campus. Zoey and the leader of the Dark Daughters, Aphrodite, do not get along - causing normal teenage shenanigans throughout the book. When Zoey discovers what evil things the Dark Daughters are really up to it takes Zoey, her special powers, and her group of friends to stop some deadly events from taking place.
I really enjoy the world that the Cast's start to create in the first book of this series. It is full of crazy teenage drama but it was just one of those stories that you can escape into and not worry about anything else for a few hours.
This book freaked me out but I couldn’t stop reading. The fact that something like this could really happen and that’s what it will be like is scary iThis book freaked me out but I couldn’t stop reading. The fact that something like this could really happen and that’s what it will be like is scary in a real kinda way. I told S that if we ever hear of a meteor crashing into the moon we are going to the store ASAP and stockpiling food. (He thinks I’m insane.)
Sometimes it really irritated me that the book was written in diary form. I would think, there is no way she remembers this conversation word for word like that, and then realize, hey, it’s a book – of course she does. It was the best way to get the story across though.
Everything that Miranda and her family went through in the book was just awful. And the emotions and arguments that they got into was so real. Sometimes I would have to put it down because it was so depressing but then would pick it up again 30 mins later because I had to know what happened.
Even after I finished reading it I thought about it for days. I picked up the next one in the series and can’t wait to start on it. I loved it in a weird, depressing sorta way....more
I really enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of books about the fey - not sure why - but this book really surprised me. First, I loved Aislinn. She I really enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of books about the fey - not sure why - but this book really surprised me. First, I loved Aislinn. She is a girl that knows what she wants and doesn't let people manipulate her. She is one of the very few people that can see the fey - and they scare her. So when some start following her around she gets freaked out and ends up telling her best friend, Seth.
The thing about the faeries that are following her is that one is the King of the Summer court, Kennan, and he thinks Aislinn is his Summer Queen and will be able to release the spell his mother, the Winter Queen, has placed over everyone. The Winter Queen does not want this to happen and uses everything in her power to prevent it.
One things I enjoyed the most about this book was the characters. Aislinn is a great female lead. I love that she doesn't fall for Kennan like he thinks she should. I love that she keeps Seth in her life and that he helps her and doesn't think she's insane even though he can't see the fey. I understood Kennan's desperation to find the Summer Queen - if he doesn't soon they will start to die.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Melissa Marr does a great job of keeping the reader interested and engaged but not putting so much into it that it gets unbelievable. If you haven't read it, I suggest you pick it up....more
I think if I would’ve started reading this instead of listening to it I would have gotten into it a lot sooner. For some reason the audio just wasn’tI think if I would’ve started reading this instead of listening to it I would have gotten into it a lot sooner. For some reason the audio just wasn’t doing it for me this time. I couldn’t keep up with the story and had to end up going back and reading stuff to make some of the details clear.
That being said – this book was so different and such a unique story that I loved it. There were some holes in the story that kinda irritated me (little things about how the characters ended up a certain place or how the prison was working/moving) but overall it was a good story with some twists that I didn’t see coming until the very end.
Going back and forth between Claudia and Finn kept the story going and there was sometimes I would rush through ones narrative to find out what happened to the other.
Overall, I really liked this book and I’m interested to see where this series goes and get some of the questions answered. Pick it up!...more
After taking over as the leader of the Dark Daughters, Zoey has even more problems to face. There are murders taking place that are pointing to the HoAfter taking over as the leader of the Dark Daughters, Zoey has even more problems to face. There are murders taking place that are pointing to the House of Night and Zoey and her friends try to figure out how to stop it - by dealing with normal teenage drama like too many boyfriends and the mean girls that have been bumped down a few notches since book one.
This book was more fast paced and better developed than the first book. The author's really seemed to be developing the story more and giving the characters a little more depth. The writing was better in this book too - they stopped putting the random thoughts of the narrator in parenthesis every other sentence. (Or the audiobook just allowed for me to not realize it like I did in the first one - either way - it was much better).
I liked the road the Cast's put Zoey and her friends on - leader and council of the Dark Daughters, making it a community service group, and even making Aphrodite seem not so horrible.
I will say though that even though these are YA I think a lot of the language and sexuality is a bit much. I have middle schoolers and we are combined with the public library so these books are available to them since they are in the YA section. Some of the younger students I try to recommend other books instead of these. The 8th graders still seem a little to young for them IMO.
Overall, I think the second book of the series was better than the first. More action, more character development, and better writing made it a fun, easy read and had me reaching for the third one as soon as I closed the book....more
The third book in the series is another fun read - put probably my least favorite in the series. There are some things that bother me - like how the aThe third book in the series is another fun read - put probably my least favorite in the series. There are some things that bother me - like how the authors go back and tell the read everything that has happened in the previous books. Really - I remember what happened. Why would I start a series with book three? I tend to skip over these parts but they are still annoying.
Okay - rant over.
This book picks up where book two ended - with Zoey dealing with three boyfriends (and she called Aphrodite a slut? really?) while also dealing with an undead best friend and figuring out what to do about the evil Nefertiti. Even though Zoey has all this to deal with most of the book is pretty slow - not a lot happening and a lot of worrying about the three boyfriends. I also do not understand her infatuation with Loren Blake - her teacher - and the ending of the book really caught me by surprise.
I do love Zoey's relationship with Stevie Rae and how she doesn't give up on her BFF even though she is an undead kid. Their relationship is probably one of my favorite things about the books. Stevie Rae keeps Zoey grounded and helps her deal with all the drama in her life.
Overall, not my favorite book in the series. Kinda slow - with really no Nefertiti causing drama (even though we do see that she's behind a lot of the drama that does happen.) This one is kinda hard for me to review - not much happened and I can't really remember the details. This book was more like a lead in into the next book and building up backstory for the rest of the series. ...more