Monday, October 3, 2011

Simply enjoyed being "Marked"








Title: Marked
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Category: YA, Fantasy
Format: Audio book/paperback
Age Range: Young Adult
Publisher: St.Martin's Griffin
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The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampires 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 vampire 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 vampire friends.







I listened to this one and followed along in my copy of the actual book as well.  I got the audio book from the library, it was a great way to "read/listen" to a book while I drove to all the places I needed to go.

I liked the idea of a vampire prep school and I really enjoyed listening to how different they were from the other vamps I've read about.  Though it was a slow start for me, all together it was a nice read.  I will continue to read more of the series and read Betrayed soon, but I'm not really jumping at the book and reading right this minute. 

As for the actual characters, to me they didn't seem well developed but they were good enough for the first story.  I did enjoy the differences between the main characters and Zoey's group of friends.  Mainly this bok was a starter to the whole series, but it didn't grab my full attention.  I'm hoping it will get a bit better as the series goes on.  I really enjoyed the Mark on Zoey as well but the book really didn't explain why her's was so different.  I mean I know shes special and all but why was she picked to be like she is. 

I did enjoy the book, not saying it was bad really, just a bit slow and it needed to be a bit more thought out I think.  I'm just not jumping right this second to grab the next one and that says something.




My over all rating of the story: 



Cover:


( I loved the intricate marks on the book) 


Audio rating: 



( Audio thoughts: Well, the person that read for the audio book wasn't that bad.  the voices she used for all the different characters, well some of them were way to close to the others and I couldn't tell which character was speaking.  That's why I gave it a three.)



So yeah, I liked the book... just not the best!!! What do you think of the book.  Totally understand if you don't agree with me, but would love to hear your opinions!





2 comments:

Hopey said...

Hey, luv. Just dropping by with a few words: I enjoyed thoroughly the series (still needing to read the last one). It does get better, and they do explain more about Zo and her very special group of friends. You'll know the whys, the hows and the whos. The book as a stand-alone has huge plot-hole. I reckon that's why it's not a big winner in your heart. I was truly, deeply hooked somewhere between the second and the third.
Thanks for your great reviews!

LadyAli said...

Thanks so much for reading Hope~! I'm really glad it gets better b/c I've heard such great things about them. I totally agree on the big plot hole, now you got me wanting to read more so I can see the answers lol.

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