Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast Review by Alyssa Marcum

Marked Review
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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.

Can you imagine going to high school and trying to fit in, knowing that you are destined to become a vampyre? In the book Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast, Zoey Redbird was just a regular high-school student before a Tracker marked her forehead with a sign of a crescent moon. This was a sign the she was going to be transformed into a vamprye. Zoey has to leave her boyfriend, mom, friend, and her horrible step-dad because she had to go to the House of Night to learn about her transformation into vamprye. The person she misses the most was her Grandmother. The things I enjoyed the most in this book were the detailed setting, the characters in the book, and the theme.
The first thing I really enjoyed about this book was the setting. This setting was described with amazing details. I love books that give details about the scenes that make you feel like you are actually there. In the book, it tells about her first time day at school. Zoey had no idea what to expect and was very anxious. Can you imagine going into a school full of vampires? What do you think a vampire school would look like? I could imagine it would be a castle filled with flying bats and a moat around the castle. In the book the author describes the school as basically a regular high school besides taking fencing classes, drinking blood at special rituals, and having pet cats follow you around wherever you go. The thing that stood out the most to me was that the classes started at night. Just think about going to school night. I don’t like the dark and I would be afraid to go the school at night.

The second thing I enjoyed about this book was the characters. I felt as though the characters fit the parts and I feel that is what makes this book excellent and a good one to read. However, Zoey was my favorite character because in the book, she really stood out and was just trying to fit in. By the end of the book, she realizes that she is unique and she embraces her individuality. It was an excellent book in the House of Night series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Lastly, I really enjoyed the theme in this book. In the book, it tells about Zoey just trying to fit in. I think you should just be yourself. Would you want to be known as someone who is fake? She is just trying to get though school like everyone else but at the end, she accepts her differences. In the book, the theme also kind of talks about how you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up to people who are being mean to you. In this book Zoey has a lot of stress to add to her new life at the house but stands up against her enemies and embraces her destiny.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed everything about this book. However, my favorite things about this book were the setting, characters, and theme. This book was very interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. At the end of the book, it didn’t leave you hanging, but it lead up for the second book. I will definitely be purchasing the second book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

 

 

 

Alyssa Marcum 3rd period
Honors 9 English

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7 responses

  1. […] Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast Review by Alyssa Marcum (lhsbookreviews2014.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Hi Alyssa!

    Nice hook! I like that you began by asking the reader a question. That drew me in and had me wondering right away. I noticed that you spell vampire as “vampyre” several times throughout the review. I wasn’t sure if this was a misspelling or if the author uses that spelling in the book. Could you go into a little bit more detail with your plot without giving too much away? I would really like to hear more about the setting. You said that the setting was described with “amazing details”. Bring some of those details into your review. Maybe you could use some direct quotes from the book to help you describe it. Could you do the same with your characters? Who would you recommend the book to? Overall, I think you’ve made a great start–just try to be more detailed when you describe exactly what it is that you like about something.

    1. alyssamarcum1213 | Reply

      Thank you Katie. I totally agree with you when you say that I should add some examples and more details from the book. When I read this book I also noticed that they spelled vampires “vampyres” and it confused me as well. This was my first review and I will defiantly use your advice to help improve my next book review. Thank you very much for the advice and help.

  3. Alyssa,

    I really like your review, but I would like to offer a few suggestions. I think that your introduction paragraph seems a bit long, and I would suggest dividing it into two separate paragraphs. You included your thesis in the introduction, and you also begin discussing your first “point” from your 3P thesis in the same paragraph. I would suggest that you begin your second paragraph by discussing the setting. You may have intended for the setting to be the topic of your second paragraph, but the layout makes it seem like it is included in the introduction. You asked a few questions throughout your review, and I understand why you asked the questions. I would suggest that you reword the questions, and not use the word “you.” Typically, you wouldn’t want to use the word “you” in a formal piece of writing. For example, you stated “Would you want to be known as being fake?” There is nothing wrong with that question, but you since this is a formal piece of writing, I would suggest revising it. An example of a revision that I mentioned would be stating, “who would want to be known as being fake” or “very few would want to be known as being fake.” I noticed that you stated that the setting was described with a lot of details. Could you use a quote or two that demonstrations the descriptive setting? I think that adding quotes could further support your claim, and quotes could also add details that allow the readers to understand why the setting is one of your favorite aspects of the book. I really like your description of Zoey. After reading your paragraph, it was easy for me to understand exactly why Zoey was your favorite character. I would just suggest adding a quote or two that best displays Zoey’s character. Overall, I like your review, and I think you’re off to a great start.

    -Chassidy Marcum

    1. alyssamarcum1213 | Reply

      Thank you Chassidy. Your response really made me realize things I didn’t notice and that is a good thing. I totally agree with you when you say that I should add some quotes to the review. I also understand and agree that I should reword my sentences. I feel that your response helped me a lot and I will defiantly use your advice to help better my future reviews. Thank you for all the help.

  4. Alyssa,

    I really enjoyed your book review, it sounds like a very interesting book! Your review of Marked was very informative, however, it seemed a little summary heavy. I think in your introduction paragraph, it’s fine, there is just enough summary there to allow you to relate what was important to you to your readers. Then you add summary in most of your other paragraphs as well – an easy fix to this would be instead of summarizing what was happening use direct quotes to support your ideas on the setting, characters and themes. Also, make sure you go back through and proof read, I noticed a few places that could use some basic revision. I think you are on the right track and this is going to be a great review!

    -Jessica Kuhn

    1. alyssamarcum1213 | Reply

      Thank you Jessica. Many people have suggested I use quotes from the book, so I will defiantly be using that advice in my future reviews. I feel that I have an idea of what I want to say in my reviews, but it is difficult for me to write on paper and that is something I need to work on. Thank you for the advice and I will try to improve on my future reviews.

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