After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. 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 mis-using 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 (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
Paperback from my bookgroup. It looked interesting, on paper at least. However, the execution……Written in the first person, this is the story of Zoey, who is marked whilst at school and has to immediately move to the House of Night, whilst waiting to fully transform into a Vampyre. The local community know about and fear the school, and everyone knows the dangers that await – not everyone will survive the Change and those that reject it die a “permanent death”.
The rest of the book is a mix of Harry Potter (bad home life, doesn’t fit in at school, starts a new school and immediately at odds because of the unusual mark on the forehead), The Craft (lots of goddesses and learning Witchcraft), and Twilight (pale, swoon inducing male Edward – sorry Erik – who immediately starts following Zoey around) and Mean Girls (Aphrodite and all her coven). The mix of witchcraft and Vampire had the chance of actually being interesting, but it ended up being a lot of witchcraft with the bad girls drinking blood as part of their ceremonies – very little vampire action was involved.
I tried to ignore the 16 year old valley voice the book was written in, as I’m not that au fait with YA and thought it was just my bad reaction to it. Unfortunately not – the reviews I have seen are unanimous in their dislike of everything about this book. The reviews seem to pretty much sum up what I think about the book too. Whilst I did finish it, more to spite myself than because I was enjoying it – I will be unwilling to read the other two books in this series – I’m sure there are other YA and other Vampire stories that are presented so much better.