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Marked (House of Night, Book 1): A House of Night Novel Kindle Edition
-Gena Showalter, author of MTV's Oh My Goth
"Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting."
-MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times best-selling author of the Undead series
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- ASIN : B001VLXNLU
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (April 1, 2010)
- Publication date : April 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1714 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,323 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A lot of the character descriptions are bad and offensive at times.
1) Grandma Redbird is a cop out. A way for them to use a bastardization of Cherokee culture on a white character and make it make sense. There isn't a description of Grandma Redbird skin tone or facial features unless it's to talk about how pretty Zoey is. And even then you get a sense that they just don't know how to describe someone of Native American descent.
2) The black characters description. Now, this isn't necessarily a problem that is limited to this author but here we are. There are two black girl in the book and one mixed girl. For whatever reason the only way to describe black skin is 'coffee' or 'cappuccino but the nice quality kind'(quote). Then we get to the mixed girl: 'coffee-with-lots-of-cream skin' (actual quote including the dashes). The full back girl is called an 'African Princess' which may not seem bad to you but it is. Everytime white people want to give a condescending compliment it tends to be African princess. Whenever black women are fetishized, which is often, it's always African princess. The fact that in order to make the black woman positive in the story you have to call her and African princess is ridiculous. My point is the lack of good creative imagery for black characters is sad.
Then we get to the worst of it: Hair. She talks about how everyone has long hair. Then we get to the other black girl and 'must be a really good weave'(quote). Then we get to the mixed girl 'excellent hair that would never nap up' (quote). Disgusting. I don't think I need to explain the connotations this implies about black hair. Everyone in the story we find out has long hair because being a vampire makes your hair grow, whatever. It annoys me that the black girls grew long wavy white girl hair instead of beautiful gravity-defying afros. Except the mixed girl because she had perfect curly hair that wasn't nappy. I'd rather there be no diversity in your book then right stereotypical and offense things about black characters because you don't know how to write them.
3) despite all this I finished the book and it was trash. No wonder I didn't finish the series when I was younger. I really don't remember it either. How does it take two people to write something so bad? The imagery and dialogue was horrible. Zoey acted like a 10 yo. The book almost seemed like an intro chapter because there really wasn't any conflict or climax or conclusion. There really wasn't a story.
Basically, we have an intelligent girl (Zoey) who is in high school in Tulsa, OK. Her home life is miserable because:
(A) her father abandoned her mom, older sister and younger brother fourteen years ago;
(B) her mom remarried a church-going hypocrite who made life easier for only her mother who now has one goal --- keep the jerk stepfather happy at the expense of each kids' happiness and sanity;
(C) she had a boyfriend, a football player who recently has begun to drink A LOT! She has a bff that she's been close to since the third grade. She considers her friends and school her true family and has one goal. Get out and go to get school.
(D) finally, Zoey has a beloved Indian grandmother who lives outside of Tulsa on her lavender farm. This woman adores her granddaughter and throughout Zoey's life has showered her with love and knowledge of the old ways that's been passed down through her he ages.
This world knows of vampires and is aware that many celebrities are talented vampires. Children grow up aware in the knowledge that perhaps one day a vampire may appear and "mark" the child with the outline of a blue crescent 🌙 mark or tattoo. Upon this occurring these people have less than a day to report to the nearest vampire school.
Eventually, these kids will make a full change into a vampire... or, not. If not, they die.
Well, Zoey was marked and it was her grandmother who brought her to this new school of vampires in-training. So, regardless of the fact that Zoey has been marked she has to relearn the in's and out's of a vampire version of high school. Unfortunately her parents as well as her bff saw her mark and took a giant leap backwards wanting nothing to do with the girl.
Naturally, there is intrigue going on with our girl at the school. Who is good? bad? ...and, who is truly wicked? There is wit, humor and the stereotypical high school meanies. I recommend it as a light read that will occasionally make you 😂 LOL.
I read it about ten years ago and enjoyed it enough to read the series. To be honest, I cannot recall if I finished the (entire) series because the authors were then in the process of writing the following books in the set. I remember waiting a couple of times for the next book(s). So, this morning I saw the authors name and decided to reread the series.
I know I liked them the first time around and hope that I enjoy them again. In either case, 🤔 I will add to this review upon completion.
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I don't sense that the series is going anywhere exciting or different, but then I haven't read the blurb for book 2 yet.
There were some lovely unique elements of the world. I actually liked the concept of teenagers getting marked and then going through a transition, or 'change', into a Vampyre. I liked the marks on their foreheads and the whole tattoo thing. I also really liked the elements and circle business. I felt the spirituality of the book came through strongly, the rituals had a lovely rhythm to them that made them feel believable instead of nonsense.
What I was less keen on, however, was the cliché high school drama feel it had. The gang of hags, and the nerdy but cool new group of friends, the super hot love interest that used to date the 'enemy' - yawn
We find so little about the adult vamp world. I couldn't even get my head around how old Erik was or how many students were in the school, never mind how many vamps altogether. The world building was narrow and insubstantial. I appreciate it's the first in a series and some things you'd want to come out gradually, but I felt I came out with so many questions and rather than curious for the answers I was frustrated that I'd been left ignorant and confused.
I've shelved this as young adult because of the high school feel and Zoeys age and romantic immaturity but I did find that for a high school/young adult book there was some graphic language. I would call it unnecessarily crude actually, it had no sensuality or intimacy.
I did love the writing style generally though. First person always grips me and I read this in one sitting. I liked Zoey but I felt she grew too quick and was a bit too 'good', I mean who can relate to being that compassionate and well perfect? Deep characters have faults and grow slowly through experience. It felt like these events took place over about a week! But I liked the language she spoke with and the way she talks to animals.
I could go on with "I liked this, but not that" but I'll spare you that. To sum up; I was underwhelmed.
Zoey Redbird is our main character -for now- and she finds herself pulled from her mundane life into a world she barley understood yet already she was in the godess Nix favour.
Marked is just an opening, introducing the reader to the characters and showing a glimpse to what the series will turn into.
The characters are very stereotypical and it is annoying that the authors have portrayed them in such a way.
this book is worthy of five stars in my opinion just because its not to serious, its fun and unique and a generally easy and enjoyable read