Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampires have always existed.
Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do.
It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, 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 group, 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 vampire friends.
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This is a well written book, however I question the placement of YOUNG adult. Strong Characters, and real life situations make for rewarding literature. The concepts principles and the narrator are a total win-win.
My only complaint would be that young adult and kids are so closely linked on the website. The introduction to the book even pronounces "This is Audible Kids". The subject matter is mostly adult, and older teens. High sexual content does make me worry that younger children might get an inappropriate dose of Oral Sex, Casual Sex, Sex as a way to keep a boyfriend, Alcohol abuse, Alcohol abuse at school and marijuana use. Of course that is only the first six chapters.
All that having been said, it is a good book, which was well read. I hope that Audible gets the rest of the series (Currently they only have book 1 and book 4, 2 and 3 to be released in late 2008). I would however need to know the teen, and their mental maturity level to recommend this book.
I would also suggest that Audible section 'young adult' and 'kids' sections in a way that makes this book less likely to fall into the hands of the young and mentally immature. Perhaps also amending the "Audible Kids" to pronounce "Audible Teens". As a responsible parent I try to check the literature my children listen to and read. Appropriately sectioning, and correct product placement does go a long way to assisting parents.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
The narration and the story were just awful! I found the story boring and the narrator spoke with a strange accent and mispronounced many common words. It was annoying.
This audiobook could have been better. The narration was just awful. The narrator attempts to perform accents but can't pull it off. If you can't do it then don't. It's that simple. It's really distracting. The novel itself is one of those that is borderline (the writing really isn't that great but it's tolerable) but the narration makes the book unbearable. It's a good thing I got this on sale!!
Sorry, but the narrator is soo irritating in this book I couldn't get past the first half hour. I wanted to turn it off in the first five minutes but to get my moneys worth I left it on. Unfortunately I didn't preview the audio before purchasing. Not only is the main characters voice annoying it gets worse with the other characters. Not even my 14 year old sister could stand to listen to it.
In the broad strokes, this series is a lot like the Harry Potter series. It has:
1 A band of friends including the smartie pants, the reluctant chosen one, and comedic sidekicks
2. A truely nasty bad guy
3 Big themes about fate v. free will, the struggle of good and evil, and the recognition that no one is entirely all of one or the other.
Once you get past that, it is clear that J. K. Rowling deserves to be richer than the Queen and that P.C. and Kristen Cast deserve to be selling lattes at Starbucks. What Harry Potter has that this series lacks is:
1 good writing
2 characters you care about
3 Death scenes with meaning that make the reader cry
4 An overarching storyline leading somewhere while providing for complete stories in each book
5 A compelling story that is fresh in each book.
The thing is, I rather like YA fantasy. It's fun and exciting and a good escape, but the fact that it is YA doesn't make it O.K. to talk down to the reader, and the fact that it's fantasy doesn't make it O.K. to have ridiculous, convuluded, recycled, inane plotlines. I always try to say something positive though, so I'm saying this- this reader is acceptably good (not so much the later books), and that is the nicest thing I can say. Way to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Edwina Wren is a terrible narrator, she cannot pronounce some common words, and she gives Shaunee a character from Connecticut a Southern accent, which makes absolutely no sense and is very distracting.
Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
No. I admit that I enjoy a good young adult story, but this is not what I would consider good. I started the series, and I'm the kind of person who has to see it through to the end. I really wish I had borrowed it from my local library rather than spending a credit.
The writing is pretty bad. The "teenaged" dialogue is over-the-top and annoying ... like, totally.
The narration was odd. I had to look her up because her mispronunciations were so odd, but it seems Edwina Wren is Australian doing an American accent. Idea became "idear", Oklahoma became "Oklahomer", mocha became "mock-a", and so on. It was just odd at times.
Unfortunately, there are 10+ books in the series (at the time of this review) and I can't leave a series unfinished. I wish there weren't any sequels!
The sexual content can be explicit at times, so this is definitely for older teens and truly young adults. This is not a series for anyone younger than 16-17 years old, or older than 21 or 22. Totally.
Say something about yourself!
THIS STORY WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR IT TO BE THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES. I DIDNT KNOW IF I WOULD LIKE THE BOOK BASED ON THE FIRST 30 MINUTES BUT IT GETS BETTER AS YOU GO ALONG. THE ONLY THING THAT MIGHT BOTHER SOME PEOPLE IS THE NARRATORS VERY SLIGHT AUSTRALIAN ACCENT.
This series is very good. I try to read what my kids read to see if it is apropriate and I actually ended up enjoying it but I would only recomend for 14 and up.
"the start of a great series"
it is a teen series but i am 31 and i love it. It is not ur normal vampire story. The girl gets marked and has to go to the house of night for the 4 year change. The first book in the series is her life at the house of night for the first month of her change. You think this is just going to be a normal teen but it is not. It is for everyone that love vampire stories of all ages. Once you start listening to the story u will not be able to put it down. And audible uk is the best!!!
"Harry Potter meets queen of the damed"
Love it! Griping exciting vampire story mythic and not the usual vamp love story which is a refreshing change.
If you liked Buffy, Angel and the vampire diarys you will love it, it's very different to twilight but in a good way, thought I still enjoyed twilight. Marked is just as good if not better.
My mum recommended this book to me and I'm certainly glad I listened. Written by a mother and daughter team, this book begins a series unlike any other vampire series currently wetting our appitites, combining magic and folklore. With the main character, Zoe's narration to guide us, we are instantly sucked into her world. Her voice is excellent and she's a strong and likable heroine. The reader will sympathise as we watch Zoe struggle to come to terms with her fledgeling vampire state. The writing is descriptive and at times, both funny and moving, and the story is original and gripping. A promising start to the series.
"This is a great start to a series."
Well this is a story of a teen age girl name Zoey. She is marked on the forehead to become a vampire. She has to go to the house of night to start the change. Its a school for teens that are charging into a vampire. Zoey's mark is different to the other 3rd formers and the adult vampires think she is special because of her mark.. This is a good start to a great series and cant wait to listen to the rest of the books. 5 out of 5. This book is aimed at teens but adults will enjoy the book as well.
This was my first time listening to an audio book and what a start this has me hooked. Absolutely brilliant.
"Absolutely love it!!!"
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I have already read most of the series, and was so excited when I found that I could get this on audible. The story is great, the book is well read, and I couldn't wait to buy the next one! The end of every chapter makes you want to read the next one, and you'd be stupid to not get this.
If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, them you'll definitely love this series. They're not the same, and I've never found another book like this, but if you like that series of books, then you'll definitely love this one.
I liked how she pronounced the Cherokee words, cause even I didn't know how to do that! I also liked how she gave each character their own identity, and how her voice lets you imagine what she's reading. She's an absolutely brilliant choice for the book, and I couldn't think of anyone better.
The life of a vampyre sucks, literally.
Get this book. If you're like me, use a credit. If you're not, buy it anyway! It's too good to miss out on!
"Brilliant first book of the series!"
Love the first book of this series, if you like fantasy novels like Vampire Diaries, twilight and etc I think you'll love this book.
Similar to Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series but not half so gripping.
Although for me it took a little while to get into and I did find it a little predictable at times (but that is not unusual for me).... I did really enjoyed this book, it turned out as a real page turner! Sort of Harry Potter vampire-style! Initially I was particularly engrossed by the scene setting of Zoey's human home life... I could totally relate! The book was well written, descriptive, giving you everything you needed to build a clear mental image in your mind, so you could be quickly lost into the world of the House of Night... I so wish I went to that school! Whatever age you are; I recommend this read.
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