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Marked - Kristin Cast
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Marked - Kristin Cast
Date: 13/08/12, updated on 14/08/12 (30 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, interesting and a different take on vampires.
Disadvantages: Characters can be quite stereotypical and 2D.
What's it about?
16 year old Zoe is at school, minding her own business when she spots a dead guy waiting for her by her locker. He's from the mysterious House of Night, a school for fledgling vampires to train and hopefully make it to being an actual vampire. Though not all make it through the dangerous Change.
From that moment, she is Marked and must join his school.
Quite quickly after joining The House of Night, Zoe realises she is no ordinary fledgling...she has a special connection with the Goddess, Nyx, and so with her new found responsibilities, she must take on the most popular fledgling at the school, who is seriously misusing her powers.
My thoughts on Marked
Interesting take on the whole vampire thing. I read this very shortly after reading Twilight (naturally..) just before vampires had been done to death - for want of a better word!
I liked the school environment, it worked just like it worked for Harry Potter - there isn't really a better way to show a group of young people interacting every day and the struggles and strifes of growning up (even if you are set to be a vampire, the normal problems still arise!)
It was a bit saucy in places and from quite early on, so be aware if you're under 16 - parent's probably wouldn't be too keen on that sort of material being portrayed as so acceptable in a teen world.
As you'd expect from a Dark Fantasy YA series, there are numerous 'forbidden romance' themes throughout the book and actually, the series. Lots of suspence and twists and turns. Emotional at points too. I've had a giggle and held my breath so I can't complain that it's a bad book...
Whilst the writing itself is good and the plots are interesting and involving... the use of language and the interaction between the characters sometimes makes me cringe.
It seems like each of the main characters are complete sterotypes.
Sometimes it's very american teenager "omg, like, seriously"
The characters use of "oh I really *heart* that shirt/handbag/boy" makes me want to set fire to the book every time I read it. And yet, I carry on... I've read 7 out of a series of 10 so far, so that's got to count for something!
Is the rest of the series worth reading?
You sort of have to! It's addictive, you know it's a bit trashy but you keep coming back for more.
They do get better, the writing get's tighter and the plots get a little more complex so it becomes more of a satisfying read.
The author has obviously researched into the Wiccan/Pagan religion (if she is not one herself?) and come up with some beautiful descriptions for magic and the rituals used at the school, so that's really nice and adds much needed depth to the books.
Would I recommend Marked?
Yep :) I'd probably have given it 3 and a half stars if I could.
Summary: Enjoy it for what it is, a bit of fun over 10 (so far) books!