Marked (House of Night Series #1)

Marked (House of Night Series #1)

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Marked (House of Night Series #1) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Edwina Wren

Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed.

One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school's star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who's way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow. The next, she's Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint with Heath, who just doesn't know how to take "no" for an answer. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: when she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Marked is a fabulous start to a hot young adult series by award-winning author P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin Cast

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742140612
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: House of Night Series
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night novels, including Awakened, Burned and Hunted. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force, then taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Cast's novels are New York Times bestsellers and have been awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma, where she is a member of the Oklahoma Writers' Hall of Fame. She splits her time between her ranch and midtown Tulsa where she has a home just down the street from the House of Night...

Kristin Cast has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends college in Tulsa.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, but Hypnotic by Marie E. wins this if it were a non series. Marked a great book also, love steve ray and the entire plot. I love craze movies that have some spicy occult in them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these books so far (except the one not out yet obviously). These books are the first books that I have read in a very long time that had me on the edge of my seat. I was captivated from the very beginning. I love the characters and the way they seem to catch your attention. I love the way that in all these books you don't know who you want to root for.They all have the ability to make you love them then hate them then fall in love with them again. I absolutly love these books. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a great read!! I hope there will be many many more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me because of how much I enjoyed the Twilight series. I was excited to begin the series, but was quickly regretting it. I had a hard time getting into this book, as it was clearly written for a younger audience. I realize that Twilight was as well, but I wasn't reminded of it while reading as I was with this book. However, about 2/3 through the book, the plot picked up and the maturity level didn't bother me as much b/c I was engrossed in the story. I couldn't wait to begin Betrayed, and read it in one day. Now I'm on to Chosen...hope they continue as they are.
EmmD More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this series to anyone. I bought the first one on my own and the second, third, and fourth books were presents. I finished all of them within a day, and I could not put them down! I'm eargerly awaiting the rest of the series. This is a must read!!
Imprinted More than 1 year ago
The book is a series killer! It made me want to read the whole series! It's relatable, fun, hilarious, and cute! There's friends, and enemies. Drama, love, comedy, and more all in one over 300 page book! Enjoy it, because I know you love vampires!
BookWormBaileys More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan of the Twilight series even though it is considered a teen book and I am 24. So I saw this House of Night series recommended by many who read the Twilight series as well. Although it is another teen series I thought I would give it a try anyways. I mean I read Twilight and I loved it. This book, althought I thought it would be hard to do, was very original in a seperate way from the other vampire series I read and loved. In a sense I like this one a whole lot better because it really gets you involved and intreged. It is beyond creative and just .. wonderful. I am a big reader and I love, love, love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book I think I was just so eager to read it like everyone else because Its a series and curiosity kills. I love Fallen Angel too puts you in that craze.. would prefer it over this book , just my opinion. This is a good read too.
icequeen0808 More than 1 year ago
I'm in the middle of reading this book and so far, I have thoroughly enjoyed the thrill and adverture of the storyline. At first, though, I have to admit that the book jumped in really quockly for my tase but it has now slowed down to a nice pace that makes the book more enjoyable. The only real problem I have with this book is that at every turn the writer bashes the "People of Faith" who we all know refers to Christians in the real world. I have no problem with others having their opinions about other people but I rather not have those opinions slammed into my face repeatedly, escpically when reading a book. Either way, this book is overall enjoyable and a great read for anyone who was into the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Maximum Ride series (like I am :D)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Due to the amount of people who say this book is amazing, I expected it to be a lot better. The writing is like a terrible fan fiction. If it were a fan fiction...it would be labeled as a "Mary Sue"....where the author is basically living out their fantasy through the story. This is a bad thing because the main character tends to be very unrealistic....and well...every character in this book seemed over the top. This book also had a lot of sexual content and strong language. It would've been fine if the author kept it reasonable, but this just made the book seem stereotypical high school. Anyway that is just my opinion and how I found the book to be. If you're interested in Marked, I recommend reading a couple chapters of it before you buy it.
holderbaugh More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series and was immediately hooked. P.C. Cast makes you get lost in the books with her excellent descriptions and witty story line. Kristin Cast helps to modernize these books, so that that most teens can relate to what is going on in the lives of the characters. I am currently reading the latest book Hunted in the series and cannot wait to see what is going to happen.
PsycoticBohemian More than 1 year ago
Being a 14 year old girl, I really enjoy female teen fiction, but this is ridiculous. I picked up this book thinking that Zoey would be a smart articulate girl, but I was disappointed to find that she was just another shallow character that authors write about to attract shallow teenage girls. If I had a nickel for every time the author discussed me with these ill developed characters, then I'd have enough money to buy the rights to the book and get a smart, articulate author to re-write it. I couldn't even get halfway through it! It was a library book so I took a sticky note and wrote "I lost five IQ points from reading this book" and put it on the cover page. Definitely a waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series, also love too crazy to live too beautiful to die another great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked reading this, I also go the 2nd one. Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To die, isn't a series, but its an amazing book too,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books and loved them. This book was no disappointment, either. It grabbed me from the beginning, and kept me interested the entire time, from page 1 to the last. I loved this book, it was simply amazing!
books-r-my-heaven More than 1 year ago
When I first got a good look at this book in the Barnes and Nobles store I thought wow this book must be a Twilight copy because the whole Twilight movie section was right next to it. So I picked up the book and brought it home (don't worry I paid for it) and started reading.The first chapter was so awful that I put the book down for some months. Then I came back to the book and I read on and discovered that this is a fantastic book. I then realized that Twilight was no match for this series. The two authors make the book so breathtaking and make it so realistic in a way that anyone could become a vampyre. I couldn't stop after this book I read on and on with my mom even and the both of us got hooked onto this series, its really amazing! If anything just try reading the first couple of chapters and then you will see why Twilight just got beat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forced myself to get through this book. I was looking for a quick, new book to read, so I didn't really expect it to be anything profound, but I thought it would be at least entertaining. I was definitely wrong. Within the first pages she's already a "vampyre", there was no depth at all to this book. The characters were very shallow, making teens seem stupid, using the word "poopie". I felt as though the authors were trying too hard to be "hip" and "with the times". Was the daughter telling her mother "Oh this is how teens talk these days! Put that!". Very poorly written and cliche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews until I've finished reading a novel, but I cannot bring myself to get past the fifth chapter of Marked. Everything about this story feels so cliché and forced. I'm not one to stop reading a book just because the beginning is a little slow, but this is the one exception. Not only are the characters completely unrealistic, they're all very bland. As a huge fan of the Twilight series, and now of True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries, I really thought I would enjoy yet another take on vampires in modern society, but what I found was not only disappointing, it was just pathetic. The entire beginning of this story reminds of something I would have written in a high school creative writing course. Normally I would tell people to just read a story and see for themselves if they like it, but I want to spare you all the pain of suffering through this horrendous novel. Don't buy it, if you're still curious to read it, do yourself a favor and pick it up at the library for free.
TitiLilo More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something to read while I waited for my new Sookie Stackhouse series book to arrive and found this series. I thought it might be too young for me but to my surprise I really liked it. I love Zoey, her friends and the fact that it's a vampire series but not exactly like any other I've read (Note: I have not read the twilight series or seen the movie). I think it's a great series although I would not recommend for anyone under 16 because it has more sexual content than I expected. Just finished buying the rest of the series. I fell in love with the characters and can't wait to start reading #2.
Emily94 More than 1 year ago
"Marked" is not much of a book. The writing was not good at all; the authors barely described anything or used detailed imagery(which is usually nessicary for a book). The plot was okay. It seemed a bit too childish, a vampire school! How foolish. All of the odd, stupid ideas were just so puerile. Although I myself am a teenager and found absolutly nothing attractive about the book, I could understand why others enjoyed it (especially girls). Obviously it's because of the so called hot guys, kissing, and other inappropiate things that the average tennage girl seeks in a book. From the very first sentence, I knew this was an amature book. After the first page I felt like giving up, it was just too boring for me. It seemed as though the whole book was rushed, and the begining was just a lode of rushed, unexplained, non-understandable nonsense. Although many of my friends love the series, I definatly do not plan on reading the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book swears A LOT and is highly inapropriate for ALL ages. I would highly discouage reading it. I stopped on page 63.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The review I am putting is from a 14 year old so it won't be as descriptive as everyone else's.......THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!! It's got your action adventure, romance, and a hint Of funny! This is the ideal book to read (well maybe more so for teenage girls and up) I got hooked on this book the moment I hit pg1 and started read this is an awesome book. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well, this book starts off with a lot of promise, but it just goes nowhere. the main character (zoey) is annoying and this book sounds like an adult desperately trying to sound like a teen. the ending is flat and boring. no real excitement, i must say. just a whole lot of lighting candles and talking. oooh, watch out! the action doesn't grow until book 3, and by that time, i was just about ready to strangle zoey.she just frustrates me, and she turns into a major slut. pardon my language. oh! and the language! can we get a book with no F-bombs in it nowadays??? obviously not, as basically there's an F-bomb every couple of pages. how effing lovely. take my advice,there are MUCH better books to buy.
attempting_elegance More than 1 year ago
This book had gotten such reviews, and I wanted to try out another vampire series, so I purchased it. I seriously regret doing so. Not only was the writing terrible, but the story itself was just silly in my opinion. I feel that the characters in the story are unlike real teenagers, except maybe very simpleminded ones. I would not recommend this to any of my friends, and when I see it in stores, I make sure to tell those that I'm with that it was an insanely disappointing and awful book. I suppose this is good for when you're bored, but honestly, you can find a better book. I haven't read a book this terrible in a long time. I also thought it was going to improve as I read more, but it really did not. If you're expecting another "Twilight", look somewhere else and spend your money on something worthwhile.
LookingCalifornia More than 1 year ago
The storyline of a vampire school and a very powerful yet clueless vampire fledgling in the style of Harry Potter is interesting, but the writing was weak. The authors' overuse of pop culture references and trendy catch phrases of today not only date the book but also rob it of its intended fantasy-like quality. Talking about Tom Cruise and Gossip Girl in every chapter makes the story too common and conventional, rather than creating that element of fantasy and mystery where the reader can be transported into another world. I also thought the book was a little preachy. The main character of Zoey mentions over and over how much she detests people of Faith and people who smoke, drink, wear dark eyemake, have sex, etc., all the while repeating how important it is to be accepting of alternative lifestyles, like homosexuality. I understand that the authors are trying to relate to teens, but as an adult, I found it quite hypocritical. The character development is pretty good with the exception of the male characters, who I found weak. The strongest character, Aphrodite, is written well and seems to have the best development and I feel that without her, this book and all the other books in this series would have been a complete bore. I actually found the story's issue of bloodlust intermingled with sexual lust very entertaining and thought it was an important ingredient for a story about vampires. Not all vampire stories mix the two, so I thought that was brilliant.
MissaStar More than 1 year ago
Marked is an awkward jumble of Harry Potter and Twilight themes rolled in to one book - with a horrible end result. The Casts' informal tone and awkward use of inappropriate words and phrases (such as cock, poopy, boobies, to name a few) make the cast of characters seem immature and irrelevant. The writing and choice vocabulary words hinder the story, which would have otherwise been interesting, making it somewhat ridiculous. Set in Oklahoma (like the Casts themselves), Marked is set at a vampyre finishing school. However, take away the vampyres, insert the poorly written dialogue and raunchy words, and insert the judgmental, shallow, and holier-than-thou "heroin" Zoey and you've got your typical high school story complete with cliques, best friends, and hot guys. The authors' constant references to being or sounding "Okie" or country and everything else relating to Oklahoma is dizzying and lacks imagination. It is clear that they set the story in Oklahoma because that is all they know - which is unfortunate. If the high school characters in Marked are any resemblance to the actual student population in Oklahoma, this book does nothing but paint a poor picture of the youth and education in Oklahoma. Based on the writing in this novel, I am appalled that P.C. Cast was (or is) an Oklahoma educator. What a poor standard of creative writing she has created. I hope her foul language and unimaginative style doesn't pass to her students. Skip Marked and opt for the hipper vampire series like Twilight, which actually is sexy, smart, and romantic as opposed to being raunchy and sloppy like this book.