[Book Review] House of Night Series #1: Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast


About the Series

House of Night is a series of young adult vampire-themed fantasy novels by American author P. C. … It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a “fledgling vampire” and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Author: P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Genre: Romance, fantasy, young adult fiction


I have decided to review the first of the few books of the series even though I am already on my third book because I read feel the need to. It happened because I really couldn’t put the book down after reading the first book. I was totally hooked, and I am still so hooked as I write this review.

The book was so engrossing and catchy that I didn’t care about some cringy-thing that I stumbled upon from time to time. Stuff like how similar vampires here from other books that I found a little clichĂ©. I didn’t really mind, though. Maybe I had enough of the vampire thing after all those twilight stuff.

But well, the book was still worth it since this book was one of those books that I couldn’t put down without much hesitation. But, of course, I also have some not-so-good-insights about characters that I really have a hard time liking, if not at some point.

Spoilers ahead!!!

The story begins where our little heroine was a human, a typical storyline where the protagonist was once a weakling and innocent who turned out to be some kind of special and powerful and king- or queen-worthy. Then, at some point, turned into that kind of creature and started to fit in the circle.

The same thing happened to Zoey Redbird when she was Marked and become a fledgling — something considered half-human, half-vampire — who was about to Change, and turn into a full-fledged bloodsucking creature.

Vampires scared the shit out of humans and some of them showed an obvious distaste to them. That’s why when the Mark appeared at Zoey’s Mark, she did all she could to hide it from human eyes. But she failed when her childhood friend and almost-boyfriend, Heath, and two of his friends saw the Mark.

I thought it was only natural for them to freak out but Heath seemed not, I wondered if that’s because he was too drunk (he really have an issue about drinking). He insisted on talking to her about their relationship until his two friends dragged him away, probably peed on their pants or something.

The next thing that happened was what really pissed me off. How could someone be so cruel, a mother of all people, was really surprised and distasteful of her child after seeing the Mark on her forehead. I knew that it was something to be surprised of but, be hateful? Maybe not.

I was so angry at her and at her new husband, John, that I couldn’t believe such parents exist. I would have understood John, being a step-loser (as what Zoey called him), but Linda is her real mother! But well, I wouldn’t really understand what other people think all the time. Good thing Zoey has her grandmother who understands her completely. I would definitely be thankful like her if I were her.

Her grandmother send her to House of Night after Zoey ran away from home and met the High Priestess, Neferet. And just like how Vampires were, she’s a gorgeous woman who didn’t seem to age. She’s the mother she wanted her real Mom to be, according to Zoey herself.

Her life in House of Night was not really what she thought it was. She was worried about not having friends and not fitting in but she did just fine that she met Stevie Rae, Damien and the Twin, Erin and Shaunee. She even had a gorgeous, hot and sexy boyfriend, Erik Night, who also had the hots for her.

But being chosen by the Goddess Nyx was not that easy. Sure, she made good friends at the school, but being at the House of Night made her realize that nothing normal would happen to her. And the leader of the Dark Daughters and Son proved her correct. Zoey felt she had the need to kick Aphrodite’s ass out of the position and that’s what she did.

Aphrodite was one fine antagonist in this book and I had a great time hating her (weird as it may sound). But I really love antagonists who made me hate them, making me love them more than the protagonist. Yeah, she had her reasons that’s why she’s acting like that and when I knew about it, I pitied her. And rooted for her until the end. Wait until the next books!

To some it all up, it was very great read! Zoey’s friend were to look forward, too. I love their personality especially Stevie Rae’s. She the best friend I never had! And I just love Erin and Shaunee, and Damien’s bickering that were so funny and witty. The story is about friendship and family.

Rate 5/5

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