Authors: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Synopsis: Zoey Redbird is leading a somewhat normal, if non-desirable teenage life in Oklahoma when she is "marked". Marked means that she will be leaving everything that she knows to take up residence at the House of Night and learn how to become a vampire as her body changes. Many fledglings, as new vampires are called, do not survive the changes and die.
Zoey never really felt like she fit in at her human school or even with her family - especially since her mom remarried a few years earlier. She has a secret hope that at the House of Night she will finally fit in. Her mark fills in overnight though and this immediately sets her apart from the other fledglings. This is usually something that happens over the course of their training. Neferet has also become her mentor - and this is definitely a big thing. Neferet is like the high priestess at the House of Night.
It doesn't take long for Zoey to make some friends - Stevie Ray - her roommate, Damien, and the twins (not really) Shaunee and Erin. Then there is also Erik Night, someone for whom Zoey feels an instant attraction.
On the other end of the specturm is Aphrodite. She is currently the leader of the Dark Daughters - sort of the elite group at the House of Night, and thinks she is still Erik's girlfriend - even though he has made it very clear that they are through. Hoping to intimidate Zoey, she invites her to one of their rituals. Unfortunately, things don't work out exactly as Aphrodite had planned. The things that Zoey is learning about herself though also leaves her feeling unsettled and unsure - especially of her mark and what makes her special.
I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to start this series! I had given this first book to my sister, and after receiving Burned, knew that I had to get it back and get reading! I was sucked in pretty quickly - but who doesn't like a story about beautiful (mean) rich girl vs beautiful (but thinks she is ordinary) nice girl - Then throw in a little romance, some good friends, and vampires and it is a win-win!
I am lucky that I have the first four books of this series (thank you Paperbackswap!) and also have the sixth! So I can keep reading and hopefully get a hold of the fifth book before I reach that point!
Marked (House of Night, Book 1)
Publisher/Publication Date: St. Martin's Griffin, May 2007