Barns and Nobles:
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