As many of you probably remember I am taking part in Emma’s Vampire Readathon for the month of July. Although I still have regular reviews to post I’m still floating along in the bloodlust. I’ve quickly finished Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (which I was going to wait until I finished Immortal Rules but this one just sucked me in) and am currently reading Immortal Rules between books.
Author: P.C Cast and Kristin Cast
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: May 1st 2007
Series: House of Night #1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Description: 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 mis-using 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)
Ok so this book was both enjoyable but also extremely confusing. The way it starts out you’re expected to understand and know all this information about weird living-vampire-kid-things. The whole mark on the forehead was also really hard to picture because it described it as this huge thing and all I could thing was “uhg that would totally suck as a teenager. How do you even cover that up???” I know this book came before Vampire Academy (right?) but the whole “affinity for the elements” reminded me of that.
Also, how being a Vampire is seen as a blessing from the “Gods/Goddesses” but this is present day. Things like this always confuse me because I always wonder “What if she believes in a Christian God? What if she was agnostic? How do the churches react to stuff like that? Does that mean those Gods/Goddesses are real? How do you prove it one way or another? Do they believe in souls then?” I am a over thinker to the max and generally if I really dig a book I’ll just push all those thoughts to the back of my mind but this book had me reeling constantly.
Besides my generally type A behavior when reading this book I did enjoy the characters. I really liked her roommate with her cute little southern curls and light breezy personality. Zoey on the other hand is a typical pain in the bottom and general snarky mess but I still liked her. As you already know I don’t give away spoilers but this book was pretty crazy and all over the place. It was just confusing enough to make me wonder if I should continue the series but the characters were enjoyable so I’ll probably pick up the next book.
WOULD I RECCOMEND THIS BOOK?
I’m sorta on the fence with this one. I liked it, but it didn’t really WOW me. Maybe it was because I was so confused most of the time. I’ll try the second book and see how I feel after that.