The Low Down: Vampyres are known entities in this world, and when a tracker marks you, you become a fledgling vampyre. If you don’t get to the House of Night immediately, you could die. That’s where the marked go to live, learn about vampyrish things and to see if they make it through the Change. Because not all of them do. Zoey Redbird is special. Her grandmother knows it, and Zoe has a crazy vision of her importance in this new world. As she struggles to find her place, she gets crossways with Aphrodite, one of the most powerful girls at school who has her own special powers.
Her new roommate, Stevie Rae, and her friends welcome Zoey immediately. And then there’s Erik. Aphrodite’s ex, who seems to be interested in Zoey…but is he for real?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: The idea that a person had no control over whether they became a vampyre was intriguing. The rituals and the evil edge gave this book its oomph. It was a fun enough read that I will check out the next in the series.
I’m Cranky Because: This series was recommended to me by a teen shopping in the Young Adult section at Barnes & Noble. I can see why she really liked it, but my guess is that when she’s an adult, and she re-reads it, it won’t be as great as she thought. It is really angsty and dark, which isn’t all bad, but I can see why it would really appeal to a kid. Also, I don’t remember ever finding out how the people marked were chosen.
I agree with what my fellow blogger Jen Bigheart said on Goodreads, that there was some weird preachy part about oral sex that was out of the blue, with the statement “[t]hose of us with functioning brains know that it is not cool to be used like that.” There were also some ugly comments made about actual living people that seemed out of place and mean spirited. What was that all about?
I know this is trivial and stupid, but why’d they spell vampires “vampyres?” I really annoyed me at first. Then I blocked it out. Also, the parents (Mom and Step-Dad) were a-holes.
Should You?: Yes, especially if you are feeling dark and angsty and ritualistic. Or not. Either way, you should enjoy it.
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was published on September 29, 2009 by St. Martin’s Press.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Ages: 14 and up