Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast

Marked (House of Night, #1)

Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 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...

Details Marked (House of Night, #1)

TitleMarked (House of Night, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2007
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreYoung Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy

Reviews Marked (House of Night, #1)

  • Haleema
    Beware of spoilers! (But then again, just don't read this book.)Warning: This review is just me being very negative. In no way will this review sound intelligent and well written. Therefore, if you wish to continue, you may.Anyway, I will start all the way from the beginning. There are so many things I'd like to point out.I pick up the book. I see the cover. It's a picture of half a girl's face. I'm guessing that's Zoey. Whatever. I look at the b...
  • Tiffany
    Read about half of it. Hated it. I'm returning the rest to the library.The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, they sounded ridiculous, and then were even proud of themselves for "sounding like teenagers," as they stated in the preface. Dumb. They tried to make moral lessons out of the life of this "fledgling," and had her reject things like Paris Hilton's weight, oral sex amongst teenagers, and Ashton Kutcher unfortunately l...
  • Mel
    This was how the book started. The first two pages literally went like this:Tweeny 1: "ZOMG like -insert some teeny bs gossip here-"Tweeny 2: "ZOMG like no! -more teeny gossip and more OMGs-"Tweeny 1: "ZOMG like yeah."All of a sudden some macho vamp guy stands in the hallway, points at teeny no #1 and is like "ZOEY YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A BOOK THAT IS SO NOT TRYING TO BE LIKE TWILIGHT BUT YEAH YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN."Then...
  • Jackie
    Oh, I liked this book SOOOOOOOOO much better than the Stephanie Meyer series--these kids are smarter, more diverse, less whiny and far more intersting. Add to that a new version of vampirism, and it's a completely winning combination. The story telling is top notch, the characters are interesting, and the book is compelling start to finish. I can't wait to dive into the next in this series!And I have to admit I'm intrigued by the concept of a mot...
  • Saniya
    Lets get straight to the point here.This book was weird, disgusting and epic fail at the same time. Let me tell you the whole story in pictures.Enjoy :)(I don't know why, but some of the pics are not coming, sorry for that!)MARKED -THE REAL STORY.Once upon a time, there was this stupid, smart-ass girl named Zoey who was marked as a vampyre. But don't worry my fellow readers! She was special failing.Then this fail-example-of-women got an ann...
  • Wendy Darling
    Hypersexed, boy-crazy, annoying teens. Plus some uninteresting supernatural stuff every once in awhile. For a series that involves so many teenagers having sex, these books sure aren't very sexy.
  • Danielle.
    Okay, I'm going to be posting gifs on this review because this book was just too much.My overall expression after reading up to 150 pages:I wish I could give this 'no star' or something of the sort. I don't even know where to begin with this 'book'. It was retched, horrible, disdainful, etc. etc. P.C. Cast as well as her daughter's writing is childish. All the girls had blonde hair (auburn-blonde, strawberry-blonde, blonde, curly blonde, etc.) it...
  • Taneika
    About 5 years ago when I first read this series, I powered through them and while I recognised they were problematic, I still consider them a guilty pleasure (the books are just so BAD and fun) 1.5 stars are purely for how trashy/fun this book was. This was SUPER problematic though which made me cringe, a lot. It's homophobic (yes I know there's a gay character but the 'joke' at the beginning saying he isn't really a guy because of this is really...
  • Janvi
    Not recommended - Slut shaming, and actual depictions of non-consensual sex present.
  • Nasom
    Full Review Wow, I really hated this book, more specifically, I hated Zoey. I can't believe there are 12 books of her as the MC. This is where I stop with this series- First of all, Zoey is such a hateful person. I don’t think I have read about an MC that radiates such negative energy in my life. This girl calls every girl she doesn’t like terrible names like bitches, hags, sluts, hos. She thinks she is somehow better than them. Her group of ...
  • Wildbriar
    To be quite honest, I almost don't know what to say, or how to say it. I read just under half of Marked this morning, then set it gently aside and stared at the wall in a numb silence for a while. Perhaps, in hindsight, I should have thrown it. Marked is, quite simply, the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. Forget one star, this book has achieved negative stars from me. The horror began with the Acknowledgements. P.C. Cast actually th...
  • Penny
    I know, I can't believe I read this book either. What's worse? I've read all of them--the six that have been published. Why? Because I'm a moron, that's why.Seriously, this is the worst YA vampire--I mean vampyre--series I've read (so far). While there are elements in this series that are interesting, it's nothing special. I mean, vampyres that control the elements? Come on! Richelle Mead already did that, just much, much, much better. Much bette...
  • Lina
    I would like to thank the House of Night Series for showing me that, making nonsensical pop culture references and mocking my target audience will create an instant bestseller. Claiming that goths don't bathe and emos are freaks is the absolute best thing to do in a series that sports covers gothier than Marylin Manson (post-Spooky Kids). Calling any number of girls ho's, for no reason other than jealousy, and being racially insensitive is the su...
  • Miranda
    This probably one of the worst books I have ever read... It was horrible. The writing was stupid. If you like to read a grown woman try to talk like a teenager then this is for you.. I hated it. I mean I felt stupid after reading some of this. They compared people to Paris Hilton, and Ashton Kutcher, they brought oral sex into and they didn't just briefly talk about it they made it stretch out over a couple of chapters. This mother/daughter writi...
  • Katy Johnson
    This was a really quick read, made even quicker by skipping over the pages of repetitive neo-pagan-vampyre rituals (which I could have done entirely without). The author is clearly trying to win over the wiccan-teen demographic, while appealing to those who loved the Twilight series. What bugged me most about this one was the author's attempt to address every controversial teen issue imaginable, while instilling good morals without being condesce...
  • Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
    The easiest rating I've ever given a book. Let us please bury the fact I gave Marked four stars upon first reading; I was only 14 or 15 at the time and in that stage of adolescence-- the fangirling, over-excitable stage which no person wants to look back on. Gah. So embarrassing.But then, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Marked again in the library. I was curious as to what I'd think of the book now I'd grown up a bit (in both senses of the word)....
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    16 year old Zoey has a crappy home life, an almost-ex-boyfriend who drinks too much, a best friend who's shallow and a geometry test tomorrow. But all this matters for naught when she is Marked by a Vampyre Tracker and must move to the House of Night school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for four years while her body undergoes the Change into a Vampyre - or rejects it and she dies.This is a new and original take on the Vampire legends, and mixes in matriarc...
  • Anushka
    {1.5 Stars}Okaaaay. So my theory is this - Overly hyped books like House of Night and Mortal Instruments were released near 2005 when there were very few YA Fantasy books and that's the reason these books are so famous. I mean, people are totally crazy about HoN & MI even though there are many books which are much better than these. So, House of Night.This book had a weak plot, weak as in pointless plot.Why did Zoey get 'Marked'? And why especia...
  • Savina M.
    EDIT: 28/03/14 I finally remember what Marked reminds me of. It reminds me of that horrible Harry Potter fanfiction My Immortal. They're basically the same, except Marked has much better spelling. (Thankfully).Well, hell. I finished Marked.Marked is not the worst book I have ever read. Halo still tops that list. But, damn, I haven't rolled my eyes so much since...since anything, actually. I actually took the liberty to tab every single annoying l...
  • Brooke Watson
    This book was so bad, I wanted to quit reading it, but then I could not have fairly rated it. So despite my better judgment - I read on, wincing all the way!Marked tries so hard to be hip - but "like totally" fails. I know you have to be careful when choosing YA books. Some of it is great - it resonates with those of all ages. And some of it, like this book, is YA crap.The main character was also very poorly created. She enjoyed reading the horri...
  • Annie
    This is – literally – the worst (published) book I have ever read in my life. Every time I so much as think about this book, or this series in general, I suddenly have the urge to take a nine iron to an old lady, or set a kitten on fire or something else just as random and pointless that won’t actually solve my hatred towards this piece of crap but will help release some of my anger because Zoey is only a fictional character and I can’t a...
  • Britt
    Typical teen story in which there is a black and white delineation between the heroes and the villains, and you will never mistake one for the other. Our heroine comes from a troubled family, longs for a place to belong, is marked as incredibly and shockingly extraordinary amongst her new peers, butts heads with the queen of the school who is also the flatly drawn villainess, immediately catches the eye of the hottest guy at school who is also th...
  • Aura
    **For more reviews, contests, interviews, book news and more go to my blog:, an absolute bloody shambles is how I can best describe this book.I don’t know what was worse, the tacky and unsympathetic attitude towards eating disorder victims, the blasé attitude towards male rape (the hallway scene, imagine the gender roles reversed and you’ll see how sexist it is) , or the constant usage of the wor...
  • Thomas
    Marked is one of the worst written books I've read in a long, long time. It is incomprehensible how an intelligent and/or civilized person could enjoy a book like this. Although it's understandable how someone could get swept up in the average, mundanely composed storyline, the writing - oh man, I think I might have lost a few brain cells. Hopefully reading this book hasn't permanently damaged my own writing.One of the most annoying things was Zo...
  • Naomi
    Wow I couldn't put this book down! At first I was hesitant reading it because it looked like a total cliche vampire story (which it totally was) and I'm not into vampire stories usually but it was addictingly good! I recommend this book for anyone who's into paranormal girly-ness
  • Sophia Triad
    "Zoey Montgomery! Night has chosen thee; thy death will be thy birth. Night calls to thee; hearken to Her sweet voice. Your destiny awaits you at the House of Night!”Well, several years have passed since the first time I read this series. I remember that it was very entertaining and so unbelievably addictive. I wanted to read one book after the other nonstop. And I did. I read the first books in greek translation and the rest in their original ...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    A very easy read. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book, but the first sentence, "Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse, I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker.", got my attention.The House of Night Series is yet another addition to the vampire/vampyre genre. Veering off of the traditional vampire path, in this series, vampyres are chosen and Marked, not Changed by being bitten, and not all those who have been Marked actu...
  • Melodie
    This book was recommended to me by my niece. I got her started with vampire books sometime back with Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. And I was the one who introduced her to Twilight. She gave me one of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books & I liked it, so figured this series might be okay, too. WRONG!! Others have mentioned the preponderance of pop culture references, which was annoying. However, my main quibbles are with Zoey's "perf...
  • Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
    Having a lot of different feelings...
  • Christina
    Awful. Awful, awful, awful. I got probably halfway through this, wanting to give it a fair go for reviewing purposes, and just couldn't continue.Where do I start? Probably with the style of writing, which was the first thing that hit at me. Written from the point of view of teenager Zoey Redbird, the prose is so stereotypically teenage that I'm surprised this entire generation isn't throwing this book down in insulted disgust. Just because someth...