Series: House of Night #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 1st 2007
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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 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 (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
Why did I choose this?
I chose to read Marked all the way back in 2010 on the recommendation of a friend (who was absolutely obsessed with it). This was at the peak of Twilight’s popularity when everyone you knew was either bitching about it or high pitch screaming about it. Every popular YA book out back then seemed to have two major themes in common: vampires and love triangles. As I was going through my own misguided Twilight obsession phase at the time, I naturally felt inclined to pick up another vampire read.
Why should you read this?
Considering I’m trying to recommend this series to you I never actually finished it. But that’s no reason why you shouldn’t pick it up. I know my 15 year old self got pretty obsessed with this series but I’m not sure how much that would fare now (and considering I have 4 more books in the series left to read it would be interesting to find out).
From my 15 year old self’s point of view, this series was exceptionally sassy and full of pop culture references (some of which are a bit questionable). I was pretty much here for the ships and the friendships (and Grandma Redbird because that woman had a heart of absolute gold and you’ll want to adopt her. Trust me!). I’ll always vividly remember wanting to be a part of the gang and having my own elemental power. They had such a great camaraderie, it did feel like something truly special and I wanted to be a part of it.
This series touched on a lot of issues relevant to teenagers: drinking, drugs, sex, anorexia, homosexuality, bullying etc. I think this was probably one of the most important aspects of the series as it always touched on things in a way that could make a teenager comfortable with this tumultuous time between childhood and adulthood, and what was going on in their minds and bodies. It could be considered as a progressive read in that light? Perhaps not. It’s been too long since I’ve read it to make an accurate judgement.
If Gossip Girl was re-imagined as a vampire series, this is probably the kind of thing you’d get.
That probably didn’t do a very good job of convincing you to pick up this series. But if you do, let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts and perhaps encouragement for me to finish the books as well. It’d be interesting to see the contrast of how its read now when it subconsciously has to live up to the expectations of super great fantasy reads from the likes of Sarah J. Maas and Samantha Shannon which are on a whole other platinum level compared to this series.