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Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. 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 ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.
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Publisher's Summary

Book One in the House of Night series, this is Buffy meets Gossip Girl. Bolinda is thrilled to have this international best-selling series on its audio list. Listen up for Books 2 and 3 in late 2008!Five-star reviews on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampires have always existed.

Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. 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 ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire 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 vampire friends.

©2007 Kristin & P.C. Cast; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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    James G TaurangaNew Zealand 08/03/2009
    James G TaurangaNew Zealand 08/03/2009
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    "the start of a great series"

    it is a teen series but i am 31 and i love it. It is not ur normal vampire story. The girl gets marked and has to go to the house of night for the 4 year change. The first book in the series is her life at the house of night for the first month of her change. You think this is just going to be a normal teen but it is not. It is for everyone that love vampire stories of all ages. Once you start listening to the story u will not be able to put it down. And audible uk is the best!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Doncaster, South Yourkshire, United Kingdom 28/05/2010
    Katie Doncaster, South Yourkshire, United Kingdom 28/05/2010
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    "Harry Potter meets queen of the damed"

    Love it! Griping exciting vampire story mythic and not the usual vamp love story which is a refreshing change.
    If you liked Buffy, Angel and the vampire diarys you will love it, it's very different to twilight but in a good way, thought I still enjoyed twilight. Marked is just as good if not better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nadia Fleet, United Kingdom 18/06/2010
    Nadia Fleet, United Kingdom 18/06/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Marked"

    My mum recommended this book to me and I'm certainly glad I listened. Written by a mother and daughter team, this book begins a series unlike any other vampire series currently wetting our appitites, combining magic and folklore. With the main character, Zoe's narration to guide us, we are instantly sucked into her world. Her voice is excellent and she's a strong and likable heroine. The reader will sympathise as we watch Zoe struggle to come to terms with her fledgeling vampire state. The writing is descriptive and at times, both funny and moving, and the story is original and gripping. A promising start to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James TaurangaNew Zealand 28/03/2010
    James TaurangaNew Zealand 28/03/2010
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    "This is a great start to a series."

    Well this is a story of a teen age girl name Zoey. She is marked on the forehead to become a vampire. She has to go to the house of night to start the change. Its a school for teens that are charging into a vampire. Zoey's mark is different to the other 3rd formers and the adult vampires think she is special because of her mark.. This is a good start to a great series and cant wait to listen to the rest of the books. 5 out of 5. This book is aimed at teens but adults will enjoy the book as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Droitwich, Worcs, United Kingdom 27/06/2009
    Katherine Droitwich, Worcs, United Kingdom 27/06/2009
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    "Brilliant"

    This was my first time listening to an audio book and what a start this has me hooked. Absolutely brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Amy United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012

    I didn't think I'd get into audio books as I'm such an avid reader. I was wrong! I love them, and am now hooked! I like vampire books!

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    "Brilliant first book of the series!"

    Love the first book of this series, if you like fantasy novels like Vampire Diaries, twilight and etc I think you'll love this book.

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    Amy Purley on Thames, Berkshire, United Kingdom 09/01/2010
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    "Easy listening"

    Similar to Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series but not half so gripping.

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    Lucy Ellen Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom 08/07/2010
    Lucy Ellen Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom 08/07/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "Groovy!"

    Although for me it took a little while to get into and I did find it a little predictable at times (but that is not unusual for me).... I did really enjoyed this book, it turned out as a real page turner! Sort of Harry Potter vampire-style! Initially I was particularly engrossed by the scene setting of Zoey's human home life... I could totally relate! The book was well written, descriptive, giving you everything you needed to build a clear mental image in your mind, so you could be quickly lost into the world of the House of Night... I so wish I went to that school! Whatever age you are; I recommend this read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Forest
    Eugene, OR, United States
    04/12/08
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    "Warning, *Young adult*"

    This is a well written book, however I question the placement of YOUNG adult. Strong Characters, and real life situations make for rewarding literature. The concepts principles and the narrator are a total win-win.

    My only complaint would be that young adult and kids are so closely linked on the website. The introduction to the book even pronounces "This is Audible Kids". The subject matter is mostly adult, and older teens. High sexual content does make me worry that younger children might get an inappropriate dose of Oral Sex, Casual Sex, Sex as a way to keep a boyfriend, Alcohol abuse, Alcohol abuse at school and marijuana use. Of course that is only the first six chapters.

    All that having been said, it is a good book, which was well read. I hope that Audible gets the rest of the series (Currently they only have book 1 and book 4, 2 and 3 to be released in late 2008). I would however need to know the teen, and their mental maturity level to recommend this book.

    I would also suggest that Audible section 'young adult' and 'kids' sections in a way that makes this book less likely to fall into the hands of the young and mentally immature. Perhaps also amending the "Audible Kids" to pronounce "Audible Teens". As a responsible parent I try to check the literature my children listen to and read. Appropriately sectioning, and correct product placement does go a long way to assisting parents.

    53 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Smarface
    Florida
    11/11/09
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    "Unfortunate"

    This audiobook could have been better. The narration was just awful. The narrator attempts to perform accents but can't pull it off. If you can't do it then don't. It's that simple. It's really distracting. The novel itself is one of those that is borderline (the writing really isn't that great but it's tolerable) but the narration makes the book unbearable. It's a good thing I got this on sale!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Katheryne
    MD, United States
    12/05/12
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    "Just awful!"

    The narration and the story were just awful! I found the story boring and the narrator spoke with a strange accent and mispronounced many common words. It was annoying.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Pleasant Grove, UT, USA
    05/05/10
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    "not good..."

    Sorry, but the narrator is soo irritating in this book I couldn't get past the first half hour. I wanted to turn it off in the first five minutes but to get my moneys worth I left it on. Unfortunately I didn't preview the audio before purchasing. Not only is the main characters voice annoying it gets worse with the other characters. Not even my 14 year old sister could stand to listen to it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Logan
    Holmdel, NJ, United States
    09/11/09
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    "Narrator sucks"

    Edwina Wren is a terrible narrator, she cannot pronounce some common words, and she gives Shaunee a character from Connecticut a Southern accent, which makes absolutely no sense and is very distracting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MAB
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    02/03/13
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    "For older teens (and not many others)"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I admit that I enjoy a good young adult story, but this is not what I would consider good. I started the series, and I'm the kind of person who has to see it through to the end. I really wish I had borrowed it from my local library rather than spending a credit.


    What could P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing is pretty bad. The "teenaged" dialogue is over-the-top and annoying ... like, totally.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was odd. I had to look her up because her mispronunciations were so odd, but it seems Edwina Wren is Australian doing an American accent. Idea became "idear", Oklahoma became "Oklahomer", mocha became "mock-a", and so on. It was just odd at times.


    Do you think Marked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, there are 10+ books in the series (at the time of this review) and I can't leave a series unfinished. I wish there weren't any sequels!


    Any additional comments?

    The sexual content can be explicit at times, so this is definitely for older teens and truly young adults. This is not a series for anyone younger than 16-17 years old, or older than 21 or 22. Totally.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    tucson, AZ, United States
    08/07/12
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    "PRETTY GOOD STORY"

    THIS STORY WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR IT TO BE THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES. I DIDNT KNOW IF I WOULD LIKE THE BOOK BASED ON THE FIRST 30 MINUTES BUT IT GETS BETTER AS YOU GO ALONG. THE ONLY THING THAT MIGHT BOTHER SOME PEOPLE IS THE NARRATORS VERY SLIGHT AUSTRALIAN ACCENT.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    austin, TX, United States
    28/11/11
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    "For the whole series"

    In the broad strokes, this series is a lot like the Harry Potter series. It has:
    1 A band of friends including the smartie pants, the reluctant chosen one, and comedic sidekicks
    2. A truely nasty bad guy
    3 Big themes about fate v. free will, the struggle of good and evil, and the recognition that no one is entirely all of one or the other.
    Once you get past that, it is clear that J. K. Rowling deserves to be richer than the Queen and that P.C. and Kristen Cast deserve to be selling lattes at Starbucks. What Harry Potter has that this series lacks is:
    1 good writing
    2 characters you care about
    3 Death scenes with meaning that make the reader cry
    4 An overarching storyline leading somewhere while providing for complete stories in each book
    5 A compelling story that is fresh in each book.
    The thing is, I rather like YA fantasy. It's fun and exciting and a good escape, but the fact that it is YA doesn't make it O.K. to talk down to the reader, and the fact that it's fantasy doesn't make it O.K. to have ridiculous, convuluded, recycled, inane plotlines. I always try to say something positive though, so I'm saying this- this reader is acceptably good (not so much the later books), and that is the nicest thing I can say. Way to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    07/08/09
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    "House of Night"

    This series is very good. I try to read what my kids read to see if it is apropriate and I actually ended up enjoying it but I would only recomend for 14 and up.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patsy
    Navarre, FL, United States
    07/08/09
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    "Loved it!!"

    get ready to be hooked.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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