Of course I have read this series right through till book number nine, and it is one of my all time favorite series. But in conjunction with the factOf course I have read this series right through till book number nine, and it is one of my all time favorite series. But in conjunction with the fact that book ten has just been released and landed within my posession, I thought it was a good opportunity to reread the series, refresh my mind, really get the feel of adventure once more from the book. Marked is an amazing and yet somewhat simple start to a series, a fantasy novel with a bit of twist that shows a completely different way of how vampires are made. In most stories we are told that its about a bite and a blood swap from the human and the vampire, but in this series it is merely to do with the concept of a tracker choosing you as there next person to mark and then placing some form of mark upon you. Zoe, at the time, was just an ordinary teenager. She went to school, she had a boyfriend, two parents who just didn't understand her anymore, and friends she wasn't entirely sure about. She was everything that a lot of us actually are, so when she got marked, it was a huge turn around in her life because things were about to become an adventure that she wasn't even aware of. Of course upon first glance everyone seemed to find her disgusting. She was a disgrace to the family who are God believers by far, and a freak to the rest of the population her age. Thats a hard thing to live with, when your confused by the change yourself.
Thank God though she had, what I feel and think in my opinion, is the best grandmother in the world. Slyvia Redbird is amazing by far. I love the way that her character is portrayed within the novel because she just comes across the way that a grandma should and you feel like you can connect with her the way that Zoey does within the novel. You know that she is the sort of person who will stand by you no matter what but is not afraid to give you advice that could very much possible change the way that you react to something.
It is hard to start reading the series again with a clear and open mind because obviously through reading them all, I know what happens and when you go back to the beginning, you find that the perspective you would and should of have had on certain characters had you only just started the series, has changed somewhat dramatically because you know that what they are portrayed as in the first few books are merely masks and cover ups and the real them will shine through very soon. But for now, we have to pretend we know nothing at all and that we know that there are no bad guys what so ever in the novel apart from the mum and dad and the evil queen bitch who thinks shes top notch. we all have one of those in our life somewhere.
From reading back through the first book, and reading on to there later books, you can see that it started off very simple, almost as if it was actually nervous of letting its true nature shine through incase it got it all wrong and wasn't liked for what it is. The writing style is just so different to there later writing style, but yet I could not help but feel addicted to the first novel once more. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the story just feels more alive and real here within the lines, and because you really are getting a sense of what it is that they are going through. You get to see the characters through all there different perspectives, making them mark a very different thing and almost giving you this sneak peak and intuition that not everything is how it may seem.
Theres no doubts that despite the fact that I have grown up with the book, that it will stay where it has always been in my list of favorite series, because even now I can feel my fingers itching to pick up the next novel in the series and to start reading again. its a wonderful series and its well worth the five star rating that I am going to give it. I know its not for everyone, but for me, its a huge yes....more
Well what to say with this one, book three of the house of night novels and we find that the drama is starting to pick up. Truths are becoming visibleWell what to say with this one, book three of the house of night novels and we find that the drama is starting to pick up. Truths are becoming visible and betrayal is in the limelight for this one. There are certainly things happening within these pages that you would not have expected ever, not when you thought you had really got to know a character. Stevie Rae, as we know her, is not quite dead, but she is not quite alive as in vampyre terms. This of course is a little confusing because there is no name for what she is, whether she is a vampyre or a zombie or just some sort of new creature formed on the off chance. The novel really asks the reader to just hold on and to be patient with what is about to happen because you will understand at some point or another. Zoey however is challenged the whole way throughout this novel, not just be the aspect of needing to deal with Stevie Rae and helping her to heal and gain back her humanity so that she can be part of the team again, but normal complications that many teenagers go through, boy troubles! Of course this did seem to be the main focus in this book but the authors cleverly managed to twist it in with the other two plots of the story meaning it was not too overly cliche that you became bored or annoyed with it. In fact it was written very well and planned just well enough.
Neferet, we was already aware of her being evil, seems to show it more so in this. In fact her radiance and essence of jealousy shines throughout the whole novel and you can see the eagerness to get rid of the student who could very well take her place without her ever being missed or needed again. However, in this one she is very much more a vindictive bitch. She messes with Zoeys heart in this book, leaving her more alone than she has perhaps ever been. She is left to feel isolated from her friends who she can not share all her secrets with and from her boyfriend who she hugely betrays by sleeping with the amazing and somewhat sexy lorean blake, poet laurette. Your heart sort of tugs out for zoey here but at the same time I was sort of screaming, well you are the goddesses special chosen one, surely you should have been more aware of the evil doings that could happen. Then again, I realize just how well the authors have played of the teenager essence within the novel. They have neither forced it or made it seem unrealistic, in fact that have written it in the terms that all teenagers will be able to relate to. Afterall, who can resist the hot looking teacher. I challenge any and all of you to defy the fact that you have never had a crush on a school teacher?
Of course, I was angry with Zoey for her stupidity but the way that the authors displayed it meant that you could see the importance of her mistakes and that you could merely identify more with the fact that she was and is just a teenager and we all make huge and silly mistakes at that age no matter what. Stevie Rae though is still my favorite character, regardless of the fact that she plays a gross sort of zombie here within the novel, but also Aphrodite, because despite the fact that she appears as a bitch, you get the sense that deep down she just wanted to be accepted and to fit in and was merely pushed by her parents to be the best and the top dog when all she wanted to do was have a social life where she was accepted for who she was. I think throughout the whole series these were the two characters that I probably admired and related to the most, because they just seemed to have this sort of lifelike and realistic essence to them that meant you could understand them and identify with them.
Although there is a lot of positives here within this novel, there were things that I didn't particularly like. I felt that the ending of this novel was so overly rushed and it just felt like it was meant and needed to end within a page limit and they realized a little to late that they didn't have many pages left in order to do so. This was really annoying because you never got the real feel of what was happening and it actually left me going huh at the end of it because you just needed that little bit more information to fully understand the whole concept. A rushed ending always annoys me because for me it seems to downtrend the quality of the book in that it seems to loose all the power and depth that has been there throughout it. It just seems to exaggerate that no matter what its a novel and as a result you end up losing that life like feel that you got throughout the other parts of the book.
Apart from the ending being rushed though it was a good novel. yes there were things that I perhaps would have changed had it been my novel, but at the same time I appreciated it for what it was and enjoyed the tale that I was being told. Of course I will continue to read on throughout the series, afterall it is still one of my favorites and that is not likely to change. ...more
So from where we left off, things were certainly not looking up for zoey or for the rest of the gang. In fact it seemed like there was going to be a bSo from where we left off, things were certainly not looking up for zoey or for the rest of the gang. In fact it seemed like there was going to be a big gigantic mess to clean up after everything that had happened. We were all aware of the fact that neferet was the evil one, doing no good with her life and merely causing hell to those who could see beyond the pretty Im oh so innocent mask. Unfortunately, even when she pulled of the mask, not everyone seemed to believe that she was all that bad, and that wasnt helped by the very fact that she had a very good looking "angel" beside her that just about everyone was having an orgasm over, or well, at least drooling over. We can therefore only admire Zoey's strength to carry on going with her battle to make sure that peace is calmed and restored in the place that should have been home for her. It admiral how she still manages to get everyone out of the area safely and that she has restored the unity of wrong and right together by showing and representing that not everything that appears wrong is bad and not everything that appears right is good. Anywho, in this novel we are able to see all the young fledgings reuniting with one another back in the safety of the abbey, where they are protected by the Nuns. Although it is certainly not there home and the fact that she is still having boy troubles, we can see that she took a course of action that was most suited at the time.
I feel like the pace of the books have certainly picked up now, what with all the drama that is going on and you can really start to feel yourself becoming quite addicted to there pages, in that you need, not want, need to find out what is going to happen next. will someone die when we are not looking, will someone turn to the wrong side after all this time of fighting good. No body knows, and thats what really makes the book a good read. Its the very fact that it comes across as a little cliche and annoying and at times irritating in some places, but at the same time you just feel yourself becoming addicted to the adrenaline that is laced within the pages and you start to feel like you are one of the fledgings as well, on the good side of course.
Although Zoey and that have fled from the school after the welcoming party of the evil dude kalona, we all know that this is not the be all and end all and we soon discover that actually there return is to come much quicker than expected. Erik and Zoey do appear to get back together in this novel, claiming to have missed one another and need one another, although you get this little itch in the back of your head somehow that not everything is all that it appears to be and should be. Also what is more suprirsing is that stevie and aphrodite have imprinted as well, all because of the fact that stark shot an arrow through her heart or well her chest, missing his actual target, and stevie rae then needing human blood. this bit did in fact make me chuckle a little bit inside as you get the feeling that actually they could both be good friends and that perhaps they would work well together.
I think that this is certainly what the ook portrays the most therefore, the fact that not everyone is what they seem to be and that some of the characters have a different side, and a different personality to them. A lot of the characers do stay the same, but we see those that are hags from hell, fall in love, those who seemed romantic and sweet becoming jealous and bossy and those that we thought were true to the core, holding back deep dark secrets that are going to cause tension between them all. Heath does turn back up in the book but you get the huge sense that he is certainly a main character even if he isnt in it all the time. However its Heath coming back that causes Zoey to go back to the house of night. we all know about the raven mockers, the evil part bird part human creatures and we all know that zoey just has to protect her friends, which is why it is no surprise to see zoey protecting heath when he is attacked my a raven mocker, and is therefore hurt herself, badly.
Of course that left me gasping and wondering what would happen next, despite the very fact that I have already read the entire serie before hand. you kind of feel your heart stop because you just know its not good, and when there only option is to go back to the place where the evil lives, then there is nothing left to do but feel fear for not just zoey but for all of them that have to return. Things are certainly going down in these books, not everything is working out and just when you think they are all out of trouble, they are back in it again. its a constant moving series always with something new to offer to the reader and its very hard to therefore not talk about the whole Book
However I will say that I like our know phrotess and the way that she tells the future because it adds this huge sense of mystery to the novels that leaves you wanting to figure out the what comes next part. it is a good series and it really does give a whole new vibe to the meaning of vampires and wiccans. it just seems to add this aray of character interest and imagination that not a lot of books offer and you really get to keep in touch with not just one main charcter but all of them. ...more
Stark is back within the realms of the good, and kalona and neferat have gone somewhere else to mend after having being chased of by zoey and the otheStark is back within the realms of the good, and kalona and neferat have gone somewhere else to mend after having being chased of by zoey and the others, who this time were not her circle of elements Things really did kick of in the last book and yet we know that is not the be all and end all because things are never finished that easily, in fact that usually means there is more crap to come for the characters. Everyone might appear and seem safe where they are, no one is hurt nor damaged, and yet they all know that they can not stay there within the tunnels, especially now that neferet and kalona have gone. No in fact the best place for them to be is probably home, the tulsa house of night of course. Its just a matter of whether everything has partially gone back to normal there, or whether everything will still be all up in the air, with the pods as they like to call them, still claiming the ground is not good enough for there erubus, or well kalona. None the less, all the house of night kids are missing the safety of the house of night, even the red ones, as we like to call them, would like to go back. Problem was that no one expected to go back to what they did go back to.
When they all get back to the house of night there are fires burning, getitng rid of the dead raven mockers bodies. Everyone who has chosen not to believe neferet and her lies is seriously hurt, or dead. Yes, in this book we discover that professor anastasia is dead!. Poor dragon is left to mourn her death and the kids who tried to protect her and save her are too harmed to stand by his side and mourn with him. It seems that kalona and neferet coming after zoey meant that the rest of the raven mockers went crazy, and whilst some of them may have fled, a few of them certainly got the death they were intended to have.... well that is apart from one.
Yes, if it wasnt bad enough that Stevie rae was alrady holding back secrets from the gang, its another fact to say she now has an even bigger secret in the form of kalonas precious son, rephaim. A part of me was hugely screaming at the book at this point wonderinf why she wsa keeping such a dark creature within safetys hands, not jut killing him off like he even asked her to but helping him to mend. I know at this point that I became annoyed and yet confused by stevie raes actions, but the more I seemed to think about the more I realized she was still followinf nyxs path of free will and choice, except she was giving it to the bird like creature that still unfortunately could not be trusted.
So whilst we have the fact that stevie rae is holding secrets, but has already told them about the rouge red fledgings who have not chosen the side of good, we also have the fact that zoey still has to kill kalona because until he is dead, all hell is going to break loose. But thats easier said than done and that is pretty much always the case when it comes to a book really, because at that moment in time kalona and neferat are at the high council in italy presenting themselves as being the next high priestess and kalona as being erubus. has to make you chuckle now really doesnt it? Of course this all means that they all have to go to italy to prevent this happen, how else would they have got around it all after all. So off they jet, apart from stevie rae who tries to protect the rouge red fledgings and of course the raven mocker.
I think in this book we almost see an over kill of drama though because things are not quite working out. stevie rae tries to do good but the rouges want her dead. they dont care about her leadership skills and dont want to be led by her at all. In there attempt to kill her, rapheim saves her, and in that attempt they become imprinted with one another therefore breaking the bond between stevie rae and aphordite which leaves her in a huge amount of pain. put that on top of all the boopoppie as zoey would say about what neferet and kalona are telling the whole hugh council and you get drama drama drama drama. But its the ending that really captivates you, because you just didnt expect it.
I think we all kind of want and need a heath in our life, who will take care of us, love us and always be there for us no matter what. in fact you almost feel like you are kinda in a relationshp with him in this book because we seem to get close to him without really knowing him at all. Which is why the ending is particularly sad. Heath was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and zoey couldnt get there in time to save him. She witnesses his death and she does, her soul shatters, leaving behind nothing but a soulless and yet breathing shell. I remember getting to this bit the first time and needing the next book that wasnt yet out. It broke my heart and even reading it a second time it brought tears to my eyes.
The way the authors captured the ending there was just so well done, that you felt every bit of it, all the essences of it and you knew what was occuring and how. you just seemed to really identify and understand that part of the b ook more so than the rest of it and it really did break my heart. ...more
Poor zoey is in the otherworld, her consort Heath having died in front of her eyes at the hand of Kalona, the guy she was just starting to believe mayPoor zoey is in the otherworld, her consort Heath having died in front of her eyes at the hand of Kalona, the guy she was just starting to believe may have a good side to him as well, that just needs a helping hand to come back to the light. Zoey however has now fallen apart from the fact of heaths death and is unable to bring herself together. But she is not alone, because where Zoey is. neferet sends Kalona. Neferet wants her dead and this time she doesnt want her to return and knows she has the upper hand here because no one can really pull zoey back to the land of the living other than herself. The beginning of the book really adds the elemtn of suspense ot the novel especially considering the way in which the last one finished. I really enjoyed the very fact that I had the next book on hand to read because I remember the pain of not having it before and having to wait for it to even be published. I know thazt in this book my heart serverly ached for Zoey but I also felt myself relating to her. I think at some point in time we have all lost ourselves and who we are and this in many ways represents the journey of rediscovering who we are, what we are all about and where we feel we need to be at that time and moment.
The fact that Neferet is still pulling the wools over the high councils eyes though is far from irritating because you really just want to grab them by the shoulders and shake them, wondering why the heck they can not see sense when they are meant to be the high and mighty ones who are in control of pretty much everything that goes on around them. Its annoying and this is shown through starks emotions, although we can clearly see that there is also guilt and ashame in the fact that he had not believed Zoey about what she had said to do with kalona and had therefore not been there as her warrior to prevent her soul from shattering. The novel in particular really makes you question the motives of others but also about the actions that we do take and the ones that we do not take. I think in many ways it almost seemed as if the authors did want us to really link and relate to this novel so that we could see all the different perspectives that were there within the pages.
Aphroditie, for once, has the normal and thinking head on. She very much takes on the leading role whilst zoey is away and is able to make sure that everyone is doing what they need to do. Although she still sounds and appears hateful to the others, you can see that actually there is a lot of love and care within her motives and that she doesnt really want to loose perhaps the first and one person who actually chose to trust and support her along the journey she has to face. In fact in this one I would say that we see aphroditie take on a much more mature role whilst the rest of the "nerd heard" take a back seat, becoming not so much prominent in this novel, but still needed for the remainder of the story.
Of course though, we still have the very fact that stevie rae is keeping a huge secret from her best friend and from the others as well which probably isnt helping to keep the plan on track, especially when it seems that everything is starting to unravel and people are discovering that something is not quite right about it. I think for me though my favorite part was about the white and the black bull because it seemed to really have this historical motive to it, but also seemed to make one think, who decided that black meant dark and white meant light. It really seemed to represent the whole not everything is what it seems and the whole what may appear dark may not be and vice versa. It was scary though the way in which the white bull was decribed and that alone seemed to send this shiver of fear down my spine, because I think at times we have all faced things that we thought were good but instead turned out to be nothing but danger and bad for us.
I would say that whilst the books are actually based around a story, they in fact motivational and thought provoking as well because there seems to be an element and atmosphere of space within them that almost seems to invite the reader in to really relate to the person that they are themselves. it means that your mind is actually constantly thinking whilst keeping up with the plot of the book. Something that I do very much agree with!!!
The journey with heath and zoey though represented that sometimes the person that we didnt think we loved as much is sometimes the anchor that we hold onto in life that causes us to drown when we are not meant to, and causes us more damage than good. it really seemed to suggest that sometimes we have to learn to let go of certain things for the better part of life and that is certainly what Zoey has to do in this part and she finally manages to with the help of stark of course. This book is particularly difficult in comparrison to the others, but when looking back at them all, I would say they all stand out in some formation or another. this is a good factor for the series because it means that you can remember, even if its only a brief memory, what happens in each book. For me they really seem to grasp me, keeping me within its pages and with this need to finish. I will be sad to see this series end, but I also want to know how it ends as well....more