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I found out about P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast through the amazing website/blog called Free Book Friday, that is founded by author Jessica Brody. I’m so glad that I read and even heard the wonderful podcast interview of Jessica and P.C. talking about her House of Night series. Listening to the podcast about how P.C. and her daughter Kristin came to write the Young Adult series about vampires and finishing school. I had to find out more about this series and to get them immediately so I can read them all. I also recommend that you all listen to it also so you can decide for yourselves if you agree with me about this series and P.C. Cast’s inspiration for writing them with her daughter. I’m glad that I bought these books because it didn’t disappoint and now I’m a fan of the House of Night series and I look forward to all the future novels in this series. Especially since I found on her website that the next book in the series called Hunted is coming out in March 2009, which is 2 months away.
Marked is the first novel in this series and at first I had a bit of trouble getting into the plot of the story but once I got a couple of chapters in I was definitely hooked. Zoey Redbird is one unique teenager and her world of having vampyres always existing is a fascinating world. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. I think even though vampyres have always existed they are still treated horribly like any race that isn’t considered “normal” and that will not change even in this series. But her becoming an adult vampyre is a possibility only 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 just a couple of hours after she has been marked in a dream of hers. Zoey’s maternal grandmother is of Native American descent and her people believe in the Goddess that is the same as the vampyre Goddess Nyx.
Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. I don’t know what to make of her human ex-boyfriend Heath because he seems such a jock which is exactly what he is but he’s also very into Zoey. He’s very different from his friends who really freaked out when they saw Zoey was marked but Heath was very cool with it. 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. I’m totally loving Zoey’s grandmother because she is the only one who understands her and that Zoey’s life is going to change for the better not the worsest. Zoey’s new vampyre fledling friends are pretty cool and my favorite is Zoey’s roommate and bestfriend Stevie Rae. I love this series even though again it’s another book in the first person which is starting to grow on me with each new author I discover. I give this book 4 Open Books

Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
MARKED $ 8.95 (Book 1)(306 Pages)

ENTER THE DARK, MAGICAL WORLD OF THE HOUSE OF NIGHT, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a 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 her human ex-boyfriend. 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.

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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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