The reason behind only the three stars (more like two and a half) is a slow plot that drags on and on for pages. I enjoyed the first book in the serieThe reason behind only the three stars (more like two and a half) is a slow plot that drags on and on for pages. I enjoyed the first book in the series, Bitten, so much more.
Also, it gnawed on me that this book reminds me so much of Mrs. Armstrong's middle grade novel series, Darkest Powers, where a group of supernaturals (this time young teens, while here we have the adult characters) is a subject of a science experiment lead by the Edison Group. In Stolen, Elena and the other preternaturals are captured by, an infatuated with their powers, mogul who plans to harness those powers for himself. ...more
Well written, fun vampire Y.A. story. These vampyres (yes, my spell-check caught this) are completely different from what I got accusContains Spoilers
Well written, fun vampire Y.A. story. These vampyres (yes, my spell-check caught this) are completely different from what I got accustomed to in the recent vampire book bestsellers. These Vamps have no fangs, don’t bite, can’t fly, love cats, eat regular food, don’t suck blood, although upon reaching the adulthood they crave it and drink it but there is no “typical” vampire feeding/biting and no predatory vampire image.
Some teenagers get Marked by Vampyre Tracker and start changing into a vampyre. The Mark is a half moon shape that appears on their foreheads. They pretty much immediately must move into the House Of Night (vampyre school and a dorm) where they complete their change and stay under a protection and a watchful eye of the adult vampyres. The adults there are teachers and mentors. They care deeply about the young fledglings and their wellbeing. They make sure the fledglings are comfortable, well fed, well educated and protected. The fledglings are not scary, “undead” creatures but much more sophisticated and beautiful youth that have to train to become adult vampyres. At school they take various classes: drama, equestrian, Spanish, fencing etc.
The characters are pretty well developed. The protagonist, sixteen-year-old half Cherokee Zoey Redbird is a very likeable character. Same goes for all her new vampyre friends including sexy and gorgeous new boyfriend, Erik. Stevie Rae, Damien, Erin and Shaunee come across as the average, normal teenagers. Although Erin and Shaunee are not related, they are called by everyone “twins”. This gets a bit annoying after while but it is not a huge blemish on their very likeable characters.
The relationship between Zoey and Erik develops in a slow pace, there is nothing rushed about it although the process is not painfully restricted either.
I found interesting the way the authors structured the dialogs – there is a lot of “Erin said…Stevie Rae said…Erin said…Damien said…Zoey said…” – you get the picture. I’m sure this was done on purpose but somehow it bugs me to see “said, said, said, said” all the time instead of other dialog words that can be used instead. Oh well, it’s just one of my pet peeves.
I like the Native American mythology weaved throughout the story. The Vampyre Goddess Nyx gives Zoey special powers making her a sure celebrity of the House Of Night from the very moment she arrives in there. At first Zoey doesn’t quite welcome that recognition since it attracts an attention of a super nasty, selfish, spoiled and dangerous Dark Daughters leader, Aphrodite.
The five elements (Air, Earth, Water, Fire and Spirit), casting the (magical) Circle and a Cherokee Purification ritual and prayer add a fascinating building block to the story.
I refrain from comparing books especially to those huge bestsellers, but I will make a little exception here. Marked reminds me in places of Harry Potter: the school, the “chosen one” and the good and bad kids’ groups jumping to each other’s throats. But I must say, the school interior (and some exterior) descriptions are wonderful and I can easily imagine how it would look in, let’s say, a movie.
The strong, easy flow of the story gets disrupted at the end and I feel like the authors tried to rush to finish the book. Too bad, since this change in pace really stands out.
Overall I enjoy this book and can’t wait to start reading the next one in series.