Marked (House of Night #2) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
“When sixteen-year-old Zoey is marked by the Tracker, she knows her old life is over. Now she has to leave her friends and family to join the House of Night School, where there’s only one subject Zoey needs to study: Vampire 101. Of course, there’s always a catch, and this one’s nice and simple: if you fail, you die…”
”House of Night – Marked” is written by P.C. & Kristin Cast and is published in 2007. It is the first novel of a series of 12. The genre is fantasy-paranormal-vampire. I would say that is primarily written for teenagers but of course, others can enjoy the books just as much. The main character is called Zoey and in the first book of the “House of Night”-series, we get to know how she is Marked by the tracker and how she is slowly beginning to transform into a vampire. While going through this life-altering change, she also has to deal with the loss of her friends and family that she no longer can see when becoming a vampire. Zoey is basically starting a completely new life and saying goodbye to all that she knew in her human-life.
“I would spend the next four years going through bizarre and unnamable psychical changes, as well as a total and permanent life shake-up. And that’s only if the whole process didn’t kill me. But the good news was that I wouldn’t have to take the geometry test tomorrow”
“HOUSE OF NIGHT” – “HOUSE OF SELF”
Symbolically, the story is about the life-altering changes one goes through when hitting the teenage years. It’s about finding oneself, developing a unique character and of course, find a place where you truly belong. For Zoey it is also a matter of how to deal with these changes and the fact that some things are meant to fall apart, so other and better things can have their beginnings. Although, it is a paranormal fantasy novel, where the main focus is on vampires, the novel also deals with idealistic elements, such as: the developing of the individual, adapting into new settings or surroundings and basic human things, such as friendship, love and feeling safe.
I read this book a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. It is easy to read through and P.C. and Kristin Cast do a good job intriguing the reader. I like the character of Zoey and how she truly is a manifestation of the regular teenager, so everyone can identify with her. It is interesting to see her adapt and deal with all of the changes in her life after she is Marked. She goes through the worries of being a teenager; she comes from a normal family, where the new stepfather has changed everything and when letting all of this go, it suddenly gives her a new start. Ironically, it is the end of her life becoming a vampire, but for Zoey it is really a start of a new and better life.
Another thing I liked was the myths, spirituality and rituals that Zoey’s grandmother has taught her about. It is almost as if country life symbolizes the calmness and transformation into Zoey’s new life, while the city symbolizes her past.
I thought of the fact that Zoey seemed (already before her change) that she didn’t seem to belong anywhere and she felt that she was no longer needed or loved, except by her grandmother. It seems like Zoey at some extent had always known (or hoped) that something better would come along – because it had to.
“House of Night – Marked” is a great book and I am already looking forward to reading next book of the series (“Betrayed”).