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Unique vampy read

  • May 9, 2009
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Against her wishes, Zoey Redbird has been Marked a fledgling vampyre. Now she must leave behind the human world she knows in order to just survive and join the House of Night. There she will stay until she becomes a mature adult vampyre, if her body survives the change. But Zoey has greater things to worry about than living to see the next night--her unusual Mark makes her an outcast and shows her great potential when all Zoey wants is to fit in and be normal. These possibilities, like the Change, will make or break her--her unique powers gain her entry into the elite Dark Daughters but their conniving leader is determined to take down this threat to her dubious authority. Zoey must learn to trust the gifts of the vampyre Goddess Nyx, her own strength, and the loyalty of her new vampyre friends if she's to stop the vampyre disaster waiting to happen.

Marked is a unique and intriguing combination of traditional vampyre lore with the modern boarding school. But while I love the concept, setting, and background to this tale, I am not quite as thrilled with the actual story. The Casts set this story up so nicely down to the littlest detail; everything is taken care of from vampyre curriculum to public (human) opinions and stereotypes of vampyres to the interesting vampyre rituals. This take is obviously well researched and well referenced, and thus was a delight to read as the Casts make this vampyre world so realistic. Unfortunately, the story that results was not quite up to my expectations. It is still well written and I can appreciate the interconnectedness of some of the smallest plot details, but, overall, it is a slight mess. The main plotline is easy to follow but then there are these little offshoots that keep the reader second guessing and wondering what the significance is; most of these distractions I felt just take up space as they don't really contribute to the story in any meaningful way unless that has yet to be revealed in later books. Despite the scatterbrained effect, I liked Marked because it was an original and interesting new vampyre read for me.

The Marked series may also be enjoyed by fans of Peeps by Scott Westerfeld and the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz, although I didn't enjoy Marked as much as I did those other vampire novels. I'll probably continue this series, but only if I have the time.

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Grade 9 Up—In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but are also tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures "mark" as special enter the House of Night school where they will either become vampyres themselves, or, if their body rejects the change, die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though she's scared at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always felt she is destined for something else. Her grandmother, a descendant of the Cherokee, has always supported her emotionally, and it is she who takes the girl to her new school. But even there the teen stands apart from the others. Her mark from the Goddess Nyx is a special one, showing that her powers are very strong for one so young. At the House of Night, Zoey finds true friendship, loyalty, and romance as well as mistrust and deception. She realizes that all is not right in the vampyre world and that the problems she thought she left behind exist there as well. Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist. The story moves quickly (a little too quickly at the end) and purposely leaves many unresolved issues. A good choice for those libraries serving fans of the occult, but be aware that the book contains some suggestive language and sex.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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ISBN-10: 0312360266
ISBN-13: 978-0312360269
Author: P.C. Cast
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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