Marked by P. C. Cast
(House of Night, Book 1)

66%

22 Critic Reviews

She’s tacky, weak and uninspiring. Being inside her head was frustrating and I found it impossible to lose myself in the story. I didn’t feel like I was sharing her experiences with her, and watching her stumble through one predictable situation after the next got tiring.
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Synopsis

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. 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 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.

 

About P. C. Cast

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 #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance writer, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. Her novels have been awarded YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and have received the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, as well as the PRISM, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers Best, Holt Medallion, Beacon, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Affaire de Coeur awards. She lives in Oklahoma with lots of dogs, cats, horses, and a burro. KRISTIN CAST is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin is working on her first stand-alone novel, a dark, mysterious fairy tale.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin. 319 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Marked
All: 22 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 10

Examiner

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Reviewed by Teri Harvey on Aug 13 2009

Marked, by P. C. and Kristin Cast is a novel that grabs onto the reader and holds him or her in a headlock until the very end. It is fast paced and extremely well written.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Jul 08 2009

What I did like about this novel was that it made the teens relatable in their interactions with each other...What I thought could have used some work were those devilish details.

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Open Book Society

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Reviewed by hmhibbit on Dec 30 2011

It’s just a little too peaches and cream if you ask me and really unrealistic…as if anything in this genre is realistic, but I think you get my point. I’ve heard to keep reading this series that it gets better, but I honestly don’t know if I will.

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Love Vampires

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on Apr 08 2015

Marked is a fascinating read and a good start to the House of Night vampire fantasy series. My one criticism of this novel would be the length and frequency of some of the religious rituals in the story, they slow down an otherwise fast-paced read...

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Book Buzz

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Reviewed by Caryn Shaffer on Mar 18 2012

The book is extremely entertaining and a very fast read compared to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle...Using the words “ohmygod” and “totally,” and having the character go off on side-tangents about now-irrelevant pop culture, is really unappealing.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

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Reviewed by Stephanie Toland on Apr 08 2015

This book isn’t a bloody horror novel by any means. It is much more than that. I found it to be exotic, engaging, and just plain fun, and I highly recommend it.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Nov 01 2014

All Twilight readers drop which ever book of the series you're reading for a week and get captivated by Marked! And YES!!-A week is all it will take to finish the book!! You're eyes will be glued to the page...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Amery2014 on Apr 30 2014

A lot of the writing this author does mixes fantasy and mystery. Reading this passage from the book makes me wonder if she is really seeing ghosts or she is unconscious. This is one of the many reasons why I recommend this book and series.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Gail Pruszkowski on Jun 16 2009

It's always refreshing to find a different take on the traditional vampire story. In this world vampyrism is accepted and fledgling vampyres are trained at a special school. Zoey is a dynamic and spunky heroine.

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Book Loons

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Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto on Apr 30 2014

Other than this minor point, the Casts do an excellent job with Marked. It is realistic but fantastic and the suspense builds, leaving the bigger storyline unfinished and the reader waiting for the next House of Night novel.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 23 2010

I felt the characters were more believable, the danger more apparent, the story more appealing. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series.

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Story Snoops

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Reviewed by Tiffany - StorySnoop on Apr 30 2014

This first book in the House of Night series is an addictive and fun read...Welcoming and supportive new friends balance out the typical mean girl clique so common in this age group.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by SB Sarah on Jun 12 2007

In addition to that world are some nefarious elements that aren’t quite identifiable yet. The evil in the book, and the forces working against Zoey, and possibly against Nyx, are layered, mysterious, and of course not at all satisfactorily worked out in this, the first book of a series (dammit).

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

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Reviewed by Felicia S on Aug 25 2009

...I can’t wait to see what Zoey Redbird will have to deal with next. I recommend this book if you like vampire type of novels

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I'm Loving Books

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Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 30 2011

Overall the book was alright. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt, being that it’s a setup for a series. It didn’t have much action and the action it did have was very much “meh”. But, I also get that they’re setting up a new world and all, which can take up a lot of pages.

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http://www.inismagazine.ie

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on Mar 01 2014

As with many such books, the protagonist emerges as a ‘special’ arrival to this world, and yet her own accounting of the events belies this. Her narrative is not insightful enough and somehow dumbs down the action, which does a disservice to the young reader.

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Miss Page-Turner

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Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Nov 04 2010

If you like to expand your vampire novel horizon, Marked is just the right choice to start with. It is an easy, but fresh and funny read! Let’s enter the House of Night together with Zoey Redbird!

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YA Reads

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Reviewed by Nikki on Nov 19 2008

She’s tacky, weak and uninspiring. Being inside her head was frustrating and I found it impossible to lose myself in the story. I didn’t feel like I was sharing her experiences with her, and watching her stumble through one predictable situation after the next got tiring.

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Bart's Bookshelf

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Reviewed by Darren on Mar 15 2009

All in all Marked (House of Night) is a fast, light, and enjoyable read (particularly for those who enjoy The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Cain), but don’t look too deep or you’ll find niggles in the writing.

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Reviewed by Zoe on Mar 08 2009

This was a really, really good book. It was thrilling, action packed, and gossipy; all in one little neat package! Before reading it; I had heard that it was pretty good. I couldn't stop reading.

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Hooked to Books

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Reviewed by Michelle on Jan 09 2011

I really enjoy the world that the Cast's start to create in the first book of this series. It is full of crazy teenage drama but it was just one of those stories that you can escape into and not worry about anything else for a few hours.

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I Read Banned Books

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Reviewed by Jen Bigheart on Nov 12 2010

This is a difficult book to review. There were elements of the book I liked and elements that were totally rediculous!

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