Marked, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, is the first book in the ‘House of night’ series. The book starts off with the very normal and realistically funny perspective of a teenager in high school but soon turns into a whirlwind of vampirism and romance, with a fair bit of girl-drama as well.
Marked was published in 2007, so it’s not an overly new book but tons of people just love this series. The House of Night series continues to grow and at the moment has released ten books with more coming.
The story begins with the main character, Zoey Redbird. She was just a normal human girl before she was marked by a vampire. Being marked means that Zoey has been chosen to become a vampire, but she must wait four years until becoming a fully developed vamp. Until then, she is just a fledgling.
Zoey, as a newly marked fledgling flees to her grandmother’s house escaping her discriminatory mother and step-father but if she doesn’t go to the mysterious House of Night soon she will die. When she passes out, her grandmother takes her there. While Zoey is unconscious she meets the goddess Nyx, who is the goddess of all vampires. She has been chosen to be Nyx’s eyes and ears and discovers that she isn’t any normal fledgling. At the house of night, Zoey soon finds friends and also enemies. She’s nervous because not everybody who is marked survives the change. As she gets immersed in her new home and the culture of vampirism she is invited to join a prestigious group called the Dark Daughters. Zoey soon figures out how dark these Dark Daughters really are and that she needs to stop them before they do something dreadful.
Marked is an interesting book that draws readers into a world that’s different yet similar to our own. Though it has similar characteristics to other vampire books, it’s definitely not your normal fangtastic book. This book rates 9 out of 10 stars on my list and is an exciting and riveting novel that I’d definitely recommend. There are a few racy scenes so I would only recommend it for people 14 and up.