House of Night: Marked, Betrayed, and Awakened by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
I read these books in 2015 and loved them. Seeing as I have now purchased books 4 to 8, I thought I’d do a triple whammy review of the first three to kick start my House of Night readathon.
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But 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 club, is mis-using 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 (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
The concept is simple, but engaging; a young girl, marked as a vampyre, has to leave her ordinary life and unaccepting parents, and join a vampyre school that teaches at night. I thought the blurb sounded a little cheesy for my tastes, but I enjoyed getting to learn about Zoey, her quirky, new friends, and the vampyre lifestyle. It shits all over Twilight, that’s for sure.
Great world building, interesting characters and narrative, and engaging love interests.
Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.
The story got a little deeper and a little darker in book two. Zoey has to get a grasp on her new role as High Priestess in training and leader of the Dark Daughters. She wants to shake things up a little in the House of Night, but in a good way. And she has to deal with all this whilst understanding her new Vamp life and the changes that are happening to her.
I usually hate love triangles, but I couldn’t hate the Zoey, Heath, and Erik shambles that Zoey can not seem to get out of. This book is quite sexualised for a YA/ teen book, but I believe it to be honest and true representation.
The main narrative follows the sinister deaths of human teenagers with the evidence leading to the House of Night school. Zoey is worried about her human friends, and gets tangled up in a web of lies and darkness.
There is also a heartbreaking storyline *sobs*. It takes a lot to make me cry when reading, and perhaps I was a little hormonal, but I sobbed like a baby.
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth…
If I thought the last book was getting dark, book three is getting blacker still. Zoey finds herself in a love square- three love interests on the go. I was totally shocked with the outcome of Zoey and Loren’s relationship… say no more. Zoey is confused and stressed, going through her vamp change, and pretty much struggling with teen issues, so I didn’t mind her testing the waters with the three guys. There are also consequences to her choices, so she does learn lessons.
To find out a new development with an ‘undead’ friend was an ‘ERMERGHERD’ moment. The narrative about the human murders steps up a notch, and Zoey is desperately trying to keep her shit together as much as she can, whilst piecing together a huge, ‘screwed up’ puzzle.
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