The House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast 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 ****4 STAR**** Review
I checked this one out at the library. I tend to be a fan of YA paranormal/romance and this seemed to be up my alley. I’m giving this 4 stars, but I had my ups and downs with it. I enjoyed the storyline, the flow of the story, and the writing style. It never felt like it was dragging either. The thing that was hardest for me to read through (have to admit I almost put the book down a couple times) was the hatred displayed through Zoey for people with differing opinions from her. Now granted, I could completely understand her feelings towards her step-father and in turn, her mother, who quit acting like a mother. But, Zoey tended to stereotype , and spew such hatred towards certain groups of people that it was just hard for me to read sometimes. I did totally sympathize with her character and the things she was going through, though. The author did a good job of making me feel what Zoey was feeling. I have to say that without the hatred she displayed, I would have LOVED this story. As it is, I had a love/hate relationship with the book. So, I’m continuing to read the series for now. I’ll just have to see if that aspect gets any better.
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