Author: P.C Cast & Kristin Cast
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
From the back of the book:
Enter the dark, magical world of the House of night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. 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 average fledgling. She has been chose as special by the vampyre 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 vampyre friends.
I picked up this book based first on the cover, it was a very mysterious cover and I felt that it would be a good read. Boy I was right!
This book starts off with Zoey talking to her friend Kayla about her almost boyfriend Heath. They're talking about a party when Zoey notices an undead guy, and in an ominous voice he proclaims her marked. Kayla freaks and Zoey is left to deal with it on her own. She goes home to tell her parents, and let's just say her mom is less than thrilled and brings out the People of Faith.
With home an unsafe place Zoey heads out to see her grandmother, the only person she knows without a doubt she can trust. However, things don't go as planned because while looking for her grandma Zoey trips and falls and hits her head. She has a weird out of body expierence and the next thing she knows, she is waking up in a strange room.
From there things just get equal parts better and worse for Zoey. She was taken to the House of Night, and she actually makes some friends. However, her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend show up to spring her from the weird-o house. Zoey isn't sure she want's to be sprung. Besides if she leaves she'll have to leave hottie Erik Night, who might just be interested in her.
For Zoey it was one thing after another, but she never lost herself in the shuffle. The only thing I didn't like is that Zoey seemed to react to everything perfectly. Her life is in shambles and she has to totally reconfigure it, and she just kind of shrugs it off and goes with the flow.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5