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I'm ashamed to give this even one star. Kristin Cast said that these moral dilemmas were included because "those are issues teenagers deal with Why the fuck would there be only one vampire boarding school? Cast's other books--the books she wrote by herself. I also wanted to snap Zoey's neck around page Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth. I actually took the liberty to tab every single annoying line in Marked , and here is how many post-its I wasted:
It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a fifteen-year-old girl who has just become a "fledgling vampyre" and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Books in the series have been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 63 weeks  and have sold over seven million copies in North America,  and more than ten million books worldwide, in 39 countries.
Instead of vampire , the authors use the variant spelling vampyre throughout the book series. This convention is also applied to the words vampyric and vampyrism. In the fictional world of House of Night , a small percentage of the world's teenagers are changed into vampires when adolescent hormones trigger a strand of what is otherwise junk DNA.
About one in ten fledglings die anyway, since their bodies cannot tolerate the Change. For those who survive, there's a big reward: Only vampyres and fledglings that have blue tattoos are not destroyed by sunlight, as in many vampire novels, but it is painful to them, so classes at the House of Night are held at night. Zoey is the only fledgling to receive a filled-in mark and tattoos. As she defeats evil, her tattoos extend over her shoulders, down to her lower back, around her waist, down her arms and palms, and across her chest.
Older fledglings and adult vampires need to drink small quantities of human blood, but House of Night vampires do not attack humans to get it, instead getting it from blood banks. The taking of blood is pleasurable for both human and vampire, comparable to and better than sex and a drug rush, and may lead to a strong emotional bond, called "Imprinting" between the two.
When an imprint is broken, either through death, Imprinting of another, or mystical means, it causes major anguish between the vampire and human.
Like with Zoey and Heath. Zoey and her friends also face the usual teenage issues. Zoey keeps some secrets from her friends and gets in trouble with them, forcing her to consider the nature of friendship. Kristin Cast said that these moral dilemmas were included because "those are issues teenagers deal with We're not afraid to discuss things that are actually happening. Outside in the human world, the "People of Faith" is a fictional Protestant religion that is highly intolerant of anything else but their own beliefs.
In an interview, P. Cast said that she modeled the People of Faith on the worst fanatics of all religions, not just Protestantism. The religious ambiance gives House of Night a strong moral perspective  as it is often enforced that Nyx gives vampyres and humans free will. Also, the black and white bull are presented. As noted above, a black bull, known as Light, and a white bull, Darkness, are introduced in Burned.
The bulls were not accepted into vampyre society because this was too masculine, and vampyre society is heavily matriarchal.
The bulls often take a price, or a debt, from those who ask them for favors. When Stevie Rae accidentally calls the white bull forth, he answers her question, giving Stark passage to the Otherworld. In return, he drinks from her. When Stevie Rae calls the black bull forth to get rid of the white bull, the black bull makes her swear an oath that she will have a connection to Rephaim.
It is noted by Aphrodite that if the white bull kills the black bull, the world will fall. The white bull has intervened many times in the series, always helping Neferet in her plans. He becomes her Consort, but his true plan is to destroy, and consume, the black bull. He will use anyone to do that, and destroy anyone as well.
The series is set in Tulsa , in a small and reclusive part of Midtown. The House of Night campus is in the real life campus of Cascia Hall , and the climactic scene of the first book in the series takes place in the extensive gardens of the Philbrook Museum. Zoey sometimes sneaks off-campus to the elegant shops of nearby Utica Square , and several important confrontations take place in Utica Square's Starbucks coffee shop.
Some of the novels' most dramatic scenes take place in a catacomb-like network of tunnels under downtown Tulsa built by bootleggers during Prohibition ; though a few such tunnels do indeed exist,  and can be visited,  they are far less extensive than the tunnels described by Cast. The abandoned Art Deco train depot where the tunnels begin, however, is real  and is slated to become a concert hall. Though Aphrodite's father, Mr. LaFont, the very rich and old mayor of Tulsa, has a name similar to the former, very rich, mayor of Tulsa Bill LaFortune , his character is very different, and the author has stressed that her fictional mayor is indeed fictional.
Joseph Monastery. The church at which the Vampyre High Council meets was built in According to Scottish tradition, Sgiach usually spelled Sgathach was a princess many centuries ago who ran the best warrior training school in Scotland. Seoras Wallace, the doughty Scottish historian who provided P. Cast with a background on Scottish mythology , became her boyfriend, and the Burned character of Sgiach's consort is modelled on him. The following lists a number of the characters in House of Night.
In November , it was announced that the film rights to House of Night had been acquired by producer Samuel Hadida 's production company, Davis Films and will be distributed by Lionsgate. Cast also said through her live stream chat that she confirmed for five movies. Currently, an outline of the screenplay has been written. If they write Zoey like that, I imagine that pouring a mere glass of wine or lighting a cigarette at their house results in a lecture about how bad alcohol is for you.
And how only losers smoke. Zoey takes classes she just so happens to be very good at and Neferet just so happens to teach Vampire Sociology. In this class, you learn about the vampires through history and their impact on the humans.
That's not the sociology I swotted up on for my college exams. At all. Where's the vampire equivalent of Durkheim? It's a little nitpick, I know, but all the same, it was stupid. I particularly liked all the mention of vampire celebrities throughout history.
Did you know, for example, that Shakespeare was a bloodsucker? And country music stars such as Shania Twain, Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney are vampires because they're so pretty and talented? Depending on what you think about country music, this may slide all the puzzle pieces into place I'm of the latter opinion. So, if vampires dominate the entertainment sectors and the upper echelons of society because they're just 'better' than humans, shouldn't this society be expanded upon a bit more?
Instead, all we get is that humans sit in their cosy little enclaves, mostly preaching religious diatribe against vampires. Or being bitchy, stupid high school kids. There's this great moment where Neferet tells Zoey that Bram Stoker did nothing but cause bad blood pardon the pun between vampires and humans when he wrote Dracula.
Oh really? A Victorian horror novel which is pretty much about seduction and sexual liberation in a time of repression? What about those Eastern European folktales where vampires actually came from? This novel's world makes no sense. It's as if the Casts wanted to get into writing about the vampire world as fast as possible. Okay, so the vampires don't drink human blood, but they do feed off each other, they practice a kind of Wiccan religion, and apparently all the greatest people the world has ever known were vampires.
More about the humans, please? Other than the fact that most of them are resentful, religious types? And no, I am not reading the next books in the series to find out. The novel ends with all the panache of a children's cartoon.
The big bad villain is defeated, our main character is congratulated and she walks off arm in arm with her friends. There was nothing that made me want to read the second book, and I was so glad to get out of the head of someone as vapid, judgmental and stupid as Zoey.
To hell with this book, and the series. The writing is awful, I could not stand the main character in the least, the human society is not expanded upon properly, and the drama between the characters that the Casts used to create their plot was paper thin.
In all, this really was one of the worst books I have read this year. This review is also available on my blog: View all 46 comments. Oct 13, Tiffany rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Read about half of it. Hated it. I'm returning the rest to the library. The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, they sounded ridiculous, and then were even proud of themselves for "sounding like teenagers," as they stated in the preface.
They tried to make moral lessons out of the life of this "fledgling," and had her reject things like Paris Hilton's weight, oral sex amongst teenagers, and Ashton Kutcher unfortunately liking older women.
Oh, and the world was separated Read about half of it. Oh, and the world was separated into the "vampyres" and the religious right. Could they be more obviously parading their own moral agenda in young adult fiction? Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the values they project in this book, they make it so plain that they are trying to jam-pack the book with certain ideals that it turns out like literary crap. If you want an awesome, captivating fantasy fiction series that gets teenage girls thinking about our over-sexualized and beautified culture, try Scott Westerfield.
He's a little more subtle, and thus requires some intelligent thought on what you're reading. View all 48 comments. Jun 05, Mel rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one.
This was how the book started. The first two pages literally went like this: Tweeny 1: I have been chosen. Worse than Twilight, worse than Hush, hush, and worse than Evermore almost. This book was just one big melodramatic teen angsty bitch fit.
With vampyres. And stereotypes. And a sexy hunk. And a Queen Bee arch rival. And a blowjob. And of course the main character is a complete Mary sue, once again. I first read this just as a laugh, because sometimes I want to read bad books for the lolz. But what was at first fun to make fun of then turned horrifically bad, and eventually so intolerable that I had to close it halfway.
As soon as Zoey was in love with Shakespeare vampire hunk, sorry, vampYre I just couldn't handle further stupidity. I could not believe this was written by two adults. This was like fanfiction. I have seen fanfiction which went along pretty much the same basis as this book.
Zoey was absolutely frustrating and so easy to hate.
That's horridly inconvenient since she's the main character, and we're being told this 'story' from her perspective. A pin would fall to the ground and immediately her life is oooooverrrrrr. Also according to Zoey, if you don't nail your underwear and your bra to your body and if you don't remain virginal in any way shape or form, whether it's kissing a guy or wearing a certain amount of make up or style of clothing, you're a total slut.
Zo, just because you're a goddamn prude it doesn't mean everyone else should be, and you shouldn't try to lecture your female readers on their sexuality. Just because you're ashamed of sexuality, it doesn't mean that's a good thing because you happened to be a main character.
Also it's pretty obvious you're jealous you yourself can't be that proud. Zoey's friends were all painful stereotypes. Especially her girl friend I don't know. My mind shut her out because she was too damn annoying. Oh wait Steve or something.
That chick was an obvious out there comic-relief and completely uncalled for. Every time she said anything I wanted to punch her. I didn't care much for her gay friend either.
He was just a cliched gay. And no, I don't have anything against homosexuals. That would be awfully hypocritical since I'm a very out of the closet homosexual myself. But this guy was boring and cliched.
Then there's the queen Bee arch rival. Oh and Zoey falls in love with some vampire guy after he reads a speech from Shakespeare in his sexy vampire hunk voice. So within two seconds, Zoey is in love. True love, yada yada, he's the one, he's so hot, all her friends support her love, bla bla bla, gush gush gush.
Then I closed the book. What a piece of overrated, stinky, shitty tripe. The writing was ridiculous, all the characters were boring and annoying and cliched to death, and the overall plot was pulled out of both authors nailed shut asshole.
It was ridiculous. The whole book was bloody ridiculous. What on earth was I reading? And don't give me that 'it's an amazing booooooook and you're just jealooooousssss' crap. It's an awful excuse for a book and I would rather watch 2 girls 1 cup again from the beginning to the end this time than have Marked by P. C Crap and Kristin Crap sitting on my shelf.
View all 65 comments. Jun 06, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Add to that a new version of vampirism, and it's a completely winning combination. The story telling is top notch, the characters are interesting, and the book is compelling start to finish.
I can't wait to dive into the next in this series! That's an interesting story in an of itself! View all 44 comments. Lets get straight to the point here. This book was weird, disgusting and epic fail at the same time. Let me tell you the whole story in pictures. I don't know why, but some of the pics are not coming, sorry for that! Once upon a time, there was this stupid, smart-ass girl named Zoey who was marked as a vamp y re.
But don't worry my fellow readers! She was special And then she falls for this so-called Superman Eric. Honestly speaking, hes a complete loser to me Meanwhile in the real world: She is adjusting so damn slowly, makes everyone want to die. Then she got this enemy, Aphrodite. They fought and bla bla bla boring scenes Circle, Circle, Wooooo! And guess what? Zoey wins! This book was: And I will give this book 1. View all 38 comments. Feb 09, Wendy Darling rated it did not like it Shelves: Hypersexed, boy-crazy, annoying teens.
Plus some uninteresting supernatural stuff every once in awhile. For a series that involves so many teenagers having sex, these books sure aren't very sexy. View all 18 comments.
Dec 14, Danielle. Okay, I'm going to be posting gifs on this review because this book was just too much. My overall expression after reading up to pages: I wish I could give this 'no star' or something of the sort. I don't even know where to begin with this 'book'. It was retched, horrible, disdainful, etc. Cast as well as her daughter's writing is childish. All the girls had blonde hair auburn-blonde, strawberry-blonde, blonde, curly blonde, etc. I don't care if this book was completely fiction and that it didn't have to be realistic, but when you write how the reason these celebrities are amazing and known is because they're vamps, I'm going to say you're an idiot.
Zoey is the biggest hypocrite and I never liked her, not even for a bit. My friend told me she dated four boys at once. Wasn't she shit talking girls in this book for doing stuff like that, though?
I want to scream. This book had: Annoying teen girls. Ridiculous passages. Try-hard humour. Shall I continue? Offensive and ridiculous passages: One was black, with impossibly long hair must be a really good weave And if they do have long, beautiful hair it's automatically a weave? How rude. I lined them with a smoky black shadow that had little sparkly flecks of silver in it.
Not heavily like those loser girls who think that plastering on black eyeliner makes them look cool. Yeah, right. They look like scary raccoons. LOL, okay. See you after class! At least the bathroom was close. If I had a case of raging nervous-stomach diarrhoea I wouldn't have to run far. That very last sentence really was not needed. They could have at least wrote, 'At least the bathroom was close in case of an immense emergency. Some turd boy told me to suck his cock. What was I supposed to do?
So instead I bitch-slapped him although I prefer just using the word smacked A blonde who sat on the other side of the room said, "The Amazons were heavily matriarchal, as are all vampyre societies. I'd just shoved my sociology book back in my cubbie okay, I know that Damien and Neferet called them cabinets , but come on -- they totally remind me of the cubbies we used to have in kindergarten I'm positive my mouth flopped open like a moron. He was the most gorgeous young lad I had ever seen.
Who even says that? What exactly are they? Baby corn? Midget corn? Mutant corn? There you are! Stevie Rae! You scared the poo out of me! I dropped the book after that. I'm done. I refuse to finish this book. Everyone thinks Twilight is bad? Twilight doesn't have a damn thing on this crappy excuse of a book. The writing of this 'book' makes Twilight seem as though it was perfectly written okay, I'm over-exaggerating a tad bit, but it's still better than this.
At least I read through the whole book and that's saying something. Am I right, or am I right? I mean, really, the average user rating for this is 3. Just WOW. Let me also add that these authors think they've done an amazing job with sounding like teenagers View all 23 comments.
Jun 07, Taneika rated it did not like it Shelves: About 5 years ago when I first read this series, I powered through them and while I recognised they were problematic, I still consider them a guilty pleasure the books are just so BAD and fun 1. It's homophobic yes I know there's a gay character but the 'joke' at the beginning saying he isn't really a guy because of this is really really fucking bad , it has plenty of slut shamin About 5 years ago when I first read this series, I powered through them and while I recognised they were problematic, I still consider them a guilty pleasure the books are just so BAD and fun 1.
It's homophobic yes I know there's a gay character but the 'joke' at the beginning saying he isn't really a guy because of this is really really fucking bad , it has plenty of slut shaming, Zoey has issues with the word shit she says POOPIE ffs yet has no problem calling Aphrodite a slut every five seconds. Idk, it was fun but it's so so bad as well. I will be continuing my reread though as I can't remember much and I want to see how it all ends View all 8 comments.
Dec 21, Janvi rated it did not like it. If you were looking for books that embody rape culture , slut-shaming and overall being a terrible human being - this book is for you.
Look no further than some of this creative narrative. First of all , you should never make fun of people with eating disorders. I have an issue with making fun of serious is If you were looking for books that embody rape culture , slut-shaming and overall being a terrible human being - this book is for you. I have an issue with making fun of serious issues , but it's only because I want to shred light on an issue.
To publish a book , with a person speaking like this is not only rude , and ignorant but leaves a bad impression to the young women who read this. While , I agree that teens shouldn't have sex. I am at no position to degrade another person for getting more game than me. That's what men are for. Men already give enough shame to women they sleep with.
Before calling someone dirty , just look at the filth on your hands. Stop Slut Shaming. Stop it now. I am not a slut for wearing a short skirt. I believe that women are more than their bodies. And you should teach young pre-teens that what you do with your body , is your business. No offense, but Zoey in this situation - they are using it as incense. For religious reasoning. View all 13 comments. Jul 25, Nasom rated it did not like it Shelves: I can't believe there are 12 books of her as the MC.
This is where I stop with this series - First of all, Zoey is such a hateful person.
She thinks she is somehow better than them. Her group of friends are like her and there was no one person amon Full Review Wow, I really hated this book, more specifically, I hated Zoey. Her group of friends are like her and there was no one person amongst them that I actually liked - I know having a special MC is a thing in Ya but this was just ridiculous. The special snowflake syndrome was real in this. This book actually removed all the good parts of being a vampire the transformation, having fangs, just overall, looking scary.
Honestly, these people seemed more like witches with their circles and sayings and less like vampires - the romance was laughable. Why did erik like her?? I honestly thought he was up to something maybe he is in later books because I just couldn't fathom such devotion to someone he didn't really know and wasn't even likeable. Overall, this book was lame, the vampires were pathetic, the characters were hateful, the MC is unlikeable and i hope she dies at the end Pre-reading For someone who had a vampire-obsessed stage, I can't believe Twilight was the only vampire book I read.
I hope to change that with this lol. View all 55 comments. Jul 07, Wildbriar rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody. To be quite honest, I almost don't know what to say, or how to say it.
I read just under half of Marked this morning, then set it gently aside and stared at the wall in a numb silence for a while. Perhaps, in hindsight, I should have thrown it.
Marked is, quite simply, the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. Forget one star, this book has achieved negative stars from me. The horror began with the Acknowledgements. Cast actually thanked her daughter for making sure they sounded li To be quite honest, I almost don't know what to say, or how to say it.
Cast actually thanked her daughter for making sure they sounded like teenagers. She actually thanked — for making sure — excuse me please while I go and die in a corner. I didn't exactly laugh, but the further I got into this book, the more horribly ironic that comment became.
I have never heard teenagers speak this way, and with such unrelenting consistency. And all the pathetic pop culture name-dropping! And so the hell never ended, from the Acknowledgements to page , where I gave up. One of the author comments on the back proclaims Marked's hot and funny darkness. You start to go mad, losing your mind as you bump into walls trying to find where you left your last remaining torch with full batteries.
It's about as funny as stubbing your toes on the corner of a shelf, several times in a row. That is what it was like reading Marked, painfully navigating my way through it trying to find a plot, character development, tension, excitement, drama, hell anything! The characters, I loathed the characters! Caricatures, the lot of them, and I hated them all, right down to the very last one. I am not going to go into all the tiny details that made me want to kill somebody, but I can at least say that I have finally found a protagonist that I hate more than Nora Grey and Bella Swan.
There is nothing in Zoey's head, nothing, except for rotting goo and the odd dead centipede. I could hear my brain cells screaming in protest as they were forced, time and time again, to read each heinous sentence, each word of gut-wrenchingly awful dialogue. Never in a million years did I think I would advocate World Book Burning Day, but if we had one Marked should be the first to go up in smoke; off to Tree Heaven, free at last from being bound in this absolute travesty of a book.
View all 11 comments. Mar 25, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: I know, I can't believe I read this book either. What's worse? I've read all of them--the six that have been published. Because I'm a moron, that's why. Seriously, this is the worst YA vampire--I mean vampyre--series I've read so far.
While there are elements in this series that are interesting, it's nothing special. I mean, vampyres that control the elements?
Come on! Richelle Mead already did that, just much, much, much better. Much better. Why not just write a book about witches? Becaus I know, I can't believe I read this book either. Because these vampyres aren't all that vampyre-y, especially the further you get in the series. Sure they drink blood, but they do magic--drawing circles, calling the elements--more often then not. And the slang used? Makes me cringe.
It's so lame and forced. And--just stupid. I haven't read any of P. Cast's other books--the books she wrote by herself. But I've read a short story written by Kristen Cast.
Love Stories with Bite , I kind of think she's the reason this series sucks so badly. I'm just sayin'. View all 12 comments. Aug 05, Lina rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who want to be insulted.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would like to thank the House of Night Series for showing me that, making nonsensical pop culture references and mocking my target audience will create an instant bestseller.
Claiming that goths don't bathe and emos are freaks is the absolute best thing to do in a series that sports covers gothier than Marylin Manson post-Spooky Kids.
Calling any number of girls ho's, for no reason other than jealousy, and being racially insensitive is the sure way to go. Thank you Marked by P. This rancid, insulting, mock of a book should be hung, drawn and quartered and then burned to somehow purify its rancid shallow soul.
The NYT Bestselling status means nothing anymore. Any self-indulgent piece of "poopie" as our protagonist says can become a bestseller with the right cover and fan-dumb. The success of this book especially upsets me when Infinite Days remains mostly untouched by readers. Thus, proving that if the world does end in it wouldn't be that great of a loss since human creativity has reached its peak. House of Night is about an arrogant -itch named Zoey Redbird, who gets marked by a vampire tracker and becomes the chosen one.
I refuse to acknowledge her spelling of vampire as vampyre, you are not John William Polidori and any affiliation with his work I rebuke in the name of Heath Ledger. In the world of HoN, vampirism is a type of virus that infects an individual and the only place to ease the virus is at the HoN school.
However, there is a chance a fledgling's body might reject the change and start oozing blood from their pours.
Think Jet Li's Kiss of the Dragon without the cool factor of an interesting protagonist. From chapter one, Zoey comes off as unlikable, shallow, egotistical and ignorant. When it is revealed that her ex-almost boyfriend is slowly developing a drinking problem she is only concerned that he is going to get fat.
Then, on the same page chastises her "best-friend" for being shallow. I'm sorry, but I don't want to go out with a guy whose main focus in life has changed from trying to play college football to trying to chug a six-pack without puking. Not to mention the fact that he's going to get fat from all that beer.
I was feeling a little dizzy and forced myself to take slow, deep breaths when the coughing fit was over. Not that K-babble noticed. Heath, fat! Not a visual I want. Too bad he's so hot. However when K says that he's hot, that is shallow because K-babble is not as deep as our Gossip-Girl reading lead!
Do vampyres play chess? Were there vampyre dorks? How about Barbie-like vampyre cheerleaders?
Did any vampyres play in the band? Were there vampyre Emos with their guy-wearing-girl's-pants weirdness and those awful bangs that cover half their faces? Or were they all those freaky Goth kids who didn't like to bathe much? Was I going to turn into a Goth kid? Or worse, an Emo? I didn't particularly like wearing black, at least not exclusively, and I wasn't feeling a sudden and unfortunate aversion to soap and water, nor did I have an obsessive desire to change my hairstyle and wear too much eyeliner.
K's eyes teared up again, but, thankfully, her cell phone started singing Madonna's "Material Girl. At least we know the Cast's favorite Madonna track. I didn't want to do either. I just wanted to attempt to be normal, despite the burden of my mega- conservative parents, my troll-like younger brother, and my oh-so-perfect older sister.
I wanted to pass geometry. But most of all, I wanted to fit in—at least at school. Home had become hopeless, so all I was left with were my friends and my life away from my family.
Now that was being taken away from me, too. Or by not normal do you mean cool? High-pitched girl giggles flitted to me from the parking lot. Kathy Richter, the biggest ho in school, was pretending to smack Heath. I stared at the exotic-looking tattoo. Mixed with my strong Cherokee features it seemed to brand me with a mark of wildness…as if I belonged to ancient times when the world was bigger…more barbaric. Are you implying that your Cherokke heritage is barbaric?
Lemme guess, you love Dances With Wolves Right? I never liked him. I'm not just saying that se I can't stand him now. From the first day I met him I saw only one thing—a fake. He fakes being a nice guy. He fakes being a good husband. He even fakes being a good father. He looks like every other dad-age guy. He has dark hair, skinny chicken legs, and is getting a gut.
His eyes are like his soul, a washed-out, cold, brownish color. I walked into the family room to find him standing by the couch. My mother was crumpled near the end of it, clutching his hand. Her eyes were already red and watery. She was going to play Hurt Hysterical Mother. It's an act she does well. John had begun to attempt to skewer me with his eyes, but my Mark distracted him.
His face twisted in disgust. It was done to me. Every scientist on the planet agrees with that. They are not men of God. He was an Elder of the People of Faith, a position he was oh, so proud of. Thank you Cast duo. I will right my Anglican ways. It made me glad that it was the end of October and it had finally turned cool enough for me to wear my Borg Invasion 4D hoodie sure, it is a Star Trek: The real fans will know what your talking about and the other people can remain blissfully ignorant.
It was incredibly weird to look down on myself. I wasn't scared. But I should be, shouldn't I? Didn't this mean I was dead? Maybe I'd be able to see the Cherokee ghosts better now. Even that thought didn't scare me. Actually, instead of being afraid it was more like I was an observer, as if none of this could really touch me. Kinda like those girls who have sex with everyone and think that they're not going to get pregnant or a really nasty STD that eats your brains and stuff.
You're shitting me right? Her hair was deep red—not that horrid carrot- top orange-red or the washed-out blond-red, but a dark, glossy auburn that fell in heavy waves well past her shoulders. This woman's body was perfect because she was strong, but curvy.
And she had great boobs. I wish I had great boobs. Speaking of boobs—I was totally sounding like one. Boob…hee hee. You'll always want me! I shouldn't be there. I shouldn't be seeing this. I tore my eyes from his bloody thigh and took one step back.
The guy's eyes lifted. He saw me. And then something truly bizarre happened. I could feel his touch through our eyes. I couldn't look away from him. The girl in front of him seemed to disappear, and all there was in the hallway was him and me and the sweet, beautiful smell of his blood. That's not how it looks now," she said with a nasty purr in her voice. Yes, I was aware of the whole oral sex thing.
I doubt if there's a teenager alive in America today who isn't aware that most of the adult public think we're giving guys blow jobs like they used to give guys gum or maybe more appropriately suckers. Okay, that's just bullshit, and it's always made me mad.
Of course there are girls who think it's "cool" to give guys head. Those of us with functioning brains know that it is not cool to be used like that. Look I have no problem with girls who are into the whole abstinence thing and don't like oral sex. That is fine.
However, please do not assume that every girl who enjoys oral sex does it because she is being "used".
Believe it or not women have control over their bodies. She was a tiny blonde and darn near perfect. Actually, she reminded me of a young version of Sarah Jessica Parker who I don't like, by the by —she's just so…so…annoying and unnaturally perky.
Welcome to your new home. Instantly I felt bad for making a negative comparison about her. Okay, maybe I hadn't been too hasty in my comparison. How could anyone normal choose Aphrodite as her name? Talk about delusions of grandeur. I plastered a smile on my face, though, and said a bright, "Hi Aphrodite! Aphrodite's laugh, followed by her perky, "Of course I'd be happy to show her around!
You know I'm always glad to help you, Neferet," was as fake and cold as Pamela Anderson's humongously huge boobs, but Neferet just nodded in response and then turned to face me. You scorn every girl as a slut or a ho, but you read Gossip Girl? He had a smooth face that was totally zit free, and dark brown hair and eyes that reminded me of a baby deer.
Actually, he was cute. In less than pages, this heroine has become my least favorite character in the book and life.
It only gets worse from here ladies and gents, but I will not subject you to more of it.
My problem with Zoey is not simply that her personality is vile, which doesn't help. I mentioned this before, but I'd rather have a protagonist with a personality I didn't like, then one with none at all. Zoey's voice seems like nothing more than just the writers' blowhole.
She calls everyone a slut and even thinks of herself as one for kissing a boy she likes on the lips. I loved the way my body fitted his, hard against soft, and I pressed myself against him, forgetting about Aphrodite and the circle I'd just cast and the entire rest of the world.
This time when we broke off the kiss we were both breathing hard, and we stared at each other. As my sense started to return to me I realized that I was totally smushed against him and that I'd been standing there in front of the dorm making out like a slut.
I started to pull out of his arms. Why do you suddenly look different? This mother-daughter team seeped this book with so much propaganda, Lenin would grimace.
It's not even creatively done. As shown above all their personal opinions are just shoved in there with pop culture references that doesn't flow and dates their books. The vampires in this book are lame. Not Twilight lame, no sparkles, however there is nothing that differentiates them from humans other than body art. Blood-lust doesn't even effect vampires until they reach their late 5th-6th year of vampirism, other young vamps, except our lead Zoey, doesn't like the taste of blood.
It's just a bunch of good-looking people at some preppy boarding school. In this universe vampires are "out" and apparently run the arts; Kenny G is a vampire as is Shiana Twain. There is a Christian-sect church that is against the vampires called, The People of Faith.
Vamps worship the Goddess Nyx and perform gratuitous neo-pagan magic. Nothing connects in this book. It's all bits and pieces of stupidity. Vampire Sociology ? Epic Fail, thy name is House of Night. You want to read about a vampire school: Vampire Academy Final Grade: D- You might be wondering why this book didn't get a flat out F, well that is because the main character, while a Sue in the works, was actually assertive. I was also interested in reading more about Aphrodite, since as the antagonist will most likely end up being the smartest character.
Other than that, besides good ideas, this book is a collage of misses. The friendships are shallow, the relationship-in-progress is shallow and our main lead is shallow. Spoilers have even shown me that Zoey will end up juggling three boys at once? Shallow and a hypocrite. Our protagonist ladies and gents. Yeah, bestseller my ass. This is supposed to be a movie soon? God help me. View all 20 comments. Feb 16, Miranda rated it did not like it.
This probably one of the worst books I have ever read It was horrible.
The writing was stupid. If you like to read a grown woman try to talk like a teenager then this is for you.. I hated it. I mean I felt stupid after reading some of this. They compared people to Paris Hilton, and Ashton Kutcher, they brought oral sex into and they didn't just briefly talk about it they made it stretch out over a couple of chapters.
M This probably one of the worst books I have ever read My daughter will not read these books. Heck I don't even think adults would want to read this.. If you want a good series read Twilight or Blue Bloods series. Sep 23, Katy Johnson rated it it was ok. This was a really quick read, made even quicker by skipping over the pages of repetitive neo-pagan-vampyre rituals which I could have done entirely without. The author is clearly trying to win over the wiccan-teen demographic, while appealing to those who loved the Twilight series.
What bugged me most about this one was the author's attempt to address every controversial teen issue imaginable, while instilling good morals without being condescending. She managed, but honestly, the random comme This was a really quick read, made even quicker by skipping over the pages of repetitive neo-pagan-vampyre rituals which I could have done entirely without.
She managed, but honestly, the random commentary on sex, drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, religious fundamentalism, paganism, etc. I'm all about being honest with young adult readers, but you also have to give them some credit and trust they will be able to decipher subtlety.
I plan to read the rest of the series, not because the story was terribly alluring, or the characters very interesting, but because I'd like to see if the author evolves as a writer. I'm also interested in seeing whether she decides to scratch her attempts at "relating" to young readers by dropping pop culture references awkwardly throughout the novel Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Simpson, America's Next Top Model, Steve Madden flats View all 5 comments.
Jun 13, Mel who is deeply in love with herself rated it did not like it. The easiest rating I've ever given a book. Let us please bury the fact I gave Marked four stars upon first reading; I was only 14 or 15 at the time and in that stage of adolescence-- the fangirling, over-excitable stage which no person wants to look back on.
So embarrassing. But then, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Marked again in the library. I was curious as to what I'd think of the book now I'd grown up a bit in both senses of the word.
And my brother was still trying to hunt down a bi The easiest rating I've ever given a book. And my brother was still trying to hunt down a big fat textbook for his International Relations classes, so I had plenty of time for a flick-through. I grabbed the book and curled up on the library's second-floor window ledge, which overlooks Chamberlain Square. I was even kind of excited, because I had fond memories of staying up all night to devour the pages of this series.
But it only took me a few page-skims to come to the pretty obvious realisation. The slut-shaming; the name-dropping; the stereotypes; the pre-teen writing; the glorification of the protagonist and demonisation of her rival Only one.
This book That is all. View all 7 comments. Oct 23, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it really liked it Shelves: But all this matters for naught when she is Marked by a Vampyre Tracker and must move to the House of Night school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for four years while her body undergoes the Change into a Vampyre - or rejects it and she dies. This is a new and original take on the Vampire legends, and mixes in matriarchy and goddess-worship with pleasing effect.
Zoey 16 year old Zoey has a crappy home life, an almost-ex-boyfriend who drinks too much, a best friend who's shallow and a geometry test tomorrow. Zoey becomes marked in a special way - the Goddess Nyx has given her a special responsibility and added gifts; which she'll need, because something's not right at the House of Night, and her own mentor and High Priestess may not be the gentle, caring mother-figure she makes herself out to be.
What I especially liked about this book was how it handles issues relevant to teenagers. Yes it discusses topics like drinking, drugs, anorexia, sex, homosexuality, bullying etc. Zoey is a wonderful role model with a sensible head on her shoulders who looks beyond the surface to what really makes people behave how they do.
Also, to be perfectly clear on this point, despite what you might have read, there is no sex in this book, or the sequel and even if there was, I think it would be handled very maturely. There is some slutty behaviour from one of the characters, but this is hardly glorified. In fact, it's only the language of the teenaged characters themselves that stops this book from being too moralising. The slang etc. It's also dark, funny, and the inclusion of rituals invoking the five elements of air, water, fire, earth and spirit add a new, beautiful element that I really liked.
I honestly think this book and the ones that follow can only have a good impression on teenagers. Don't be afraid to put it on your library's shelves. In fact, my biggest problem with this book was the rather excessive product placement going on. It's unnecessary and grotesque.