Tuesday, June 30

Book Review: Marked

Title: Marked (The House of Night Series)

Author: PC Cast

Pages: 306

Summary: The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. 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.

My Rating: 3.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Okay, so this book was painful to read. In fact, I want to go back to the Twilight Series, and give it another chance, because that was very well done compared to this. Being another vampire book, I thought I would have something interesting to read. The author’s idea of vampires is not bad, although I disliked the idea overall, I still enjoyed the goddess and mythology behind that, but that was a very tiny proportion of the story, and they don’t sparkle in the sun light, which was a bonus and the rest? The rest I hated.

I get that this is a Young Adult book, so the author is writing to a young adult audience, but does that mean it needs to be the world’s biggest cliché of young adults? All of the jocks are drunks, stupid and reckless. All of the pretty popular girls are sluts and bitches (and according to the author sluts are girls who dance, kiss boys on the lips after they’ve been walked home while in public. The Horror! Think kissing your boyfriend!). The ugly people are loners, and the rest of the people are “unpopular” and are either gay, average people (who make up most of the population) or country folk (who of course are obsessed with everything country) they are all the good and wholesome people, and innocent, doing nothing wrong ever. This of course makes up the main group of friends for the main character, who obviously, is the same. I don’t understand why all aspects of media directed towards young adults need to reinforce these stereotypes. But that alone made the book difficult to get through. Combined with the annoying teen drama, that is so over the top and drawn out, that the reader loses touch with the fact this is a book about vampires. It’s very easy to forget that these are in fact vampires and not a bunch of young kids pretending to be vampires in some new fad. Instead, it’s a book full of teen clichés, which made my head spin.
The writing style was written as a “sixteen year old voice”, but the author’s execution of that was horrid. It reminded me more of a twelve or thirteen year old who was trying to act cool in front of their older sibling and their friends, in what they, the twelve year old, thinks sixteen year olds do and say. The writing style reminded me more of fan fiction, then something by a professional, and again made the book difficult to get though. It’s the first in a series, and originally I planned on reading the series. I had the first two books checked out of the library, but I returned the second without reading it. There was nothing in this book to make me want to continue the series. Not the best reading experience.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I wouldn't. There really isn't anything interesting that makes the book jump out to readers, it's just an attempt to get in with the latest teen fad of vampires, that is poorly executed.

What to read next: Betrayed is the next book in the series. But if you like Vampires, read Twilight, its better. (I can't believe I just said that)

Challenges: 1st in a Series Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, A -Z Challenge,
YA Challenge


5 comments:

  1. I am impressed that you made it through the 300+ pages. I read one chapter and decided it wasn't for me. Try Vampire Academy, it's not the best I have ever read, but the characters are interesting and the plot moves fast.

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  2. This book sounds horrid! I am sorry you disliked it though. I hate it when something I am reading turns out to be a huge disappointment. Thanks for your honesty.

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  3. Wow, a vampire book that makes Twilight look good? I'll have to remember if I ever read more vampire books (only two so far) to skip over this one!

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  4. Thanks for the recommendation Jess, I have this compulsion, that once I start a book I must finish. Twice I didn't finish a book I started. One of which I will pick up again. B

    Yes, I said it, it made Twilight look good. I want to re-read it, to get the taste out of my head.

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  5. I've heard really grave reviews about this book but when I started reading it I was quite impressed.

    It's definitely better than Twilight in terms of research and vocabulary. I have been in a bit of a reading rut where I stopped reading for awhile and this got me back on track.

    I'm sorry you didn't like it but I felt it was so much better written than Twilight and I adored the info that was provided in the book, it seemed that the Author/s really thought about the story.

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