House of Night Series: Book Review

House of Night Vampyre

House of Night is a series of books, following on in the style of the popular teenage books about Vampyres. Ever since Twilight the latest vampire movie, hit our screens, we seem to be going slightly mad over everything Vampire. Since then there have been books about Angels, as in Fallen By Lauren Kate, and of course we have the wonderful Vampire Diaries written by L.J. Smith. So when I picked up the first book in the House of Night series, I felt sure that I was going to be carried along on a smooth ride, with lots of nice teens and handsome male Vampires, falling in love, fighting Demons and generally doing what they normally do. Bite each other, make up, and bite again. I will be honest here, when I first saw the book sitting on the counter my first thought was, this won't take long to read and then I can pass it on to one of my younger female members of my family. I love these sort of books but didn't really think that this one would be any different to the rest.

Well, let me tell you, I was so wrong.

Marked

The second that I started to read the first book in the series, Marked, I realised that this was no ordinary Vampyre book. This was different. The story grabbed me from page one and since then I have read four of the books, in fact I went to the shop and picked up as many as I could straight away. This is very unusual for me as I like to read at least half of the book before I decide to buy the next in the series. The Authors, P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast, have somehow managed to write a story that is so different from the usual genre yet is recognisable enough to capture the attention of Vampyre lovers. The story starts with a character named Zoey Montgomery, who is a normal sixteen year old school girl, until one day she starts to feel ill and to her horror realises that she is being targeted by Vampyres to become a Vampyre fledgling. The first line of the book captures you with the words:

Just when i thought my day couldn't get any worse, I saw the dead guy standing by my locker.

The Vampyres in the books are different in the fact that they are known to humans, and scientists have studied them to find out why and how they become Vampyres. Zoey knows from the second that she sees him that he is a Vampyre because of his distinct Mark on his face. He had a sapphire crescent moon on his forehead and additional tattoo patterns on his face that framed his bright blue eyes.

Zoey then hears the words that all humans fear.

Zoey Montgomery, Night has chosen thee, thy death will be thy birth, Night calls to thee, Hearken to her sweet voice. Your Destiny awaits you at the House of Night.

This is a sign that Zoey can no longer be called human, and must leave her home and her friends and take herself of to The House of Night school for Vampyres.

Characters

The characters in the books are quite unique in the fact that they include a Goddess called Nyx, who has chosen Zoey to be Marked as special, therefore giving her powers beyond her age and her abilities. She is allowed to change her name and she chooses to take her beloved grandmothers name thus calling herself Zoey Redbird, as her grandmother is named Sylvia Redbird, a native Cherokee and a wise woman. The following are her friends and allies within the House of Night.

1.Damien Maslin. An intelligent and warm gay guy, who has an affinity to Air.

2. The Twins. Shaunee Cole and Erin Bates, who are in fact not twins as one is white with blond hair and the other is Jamaican/American. They are so close they finish each others sentences and provide some of the most hilarious and brilliant one liners in any book that I have read. In fact I found myself laughing out loud to some of the remarks that they make. They also have an affinity for water and fire.

3.Erik Night. Zoey's on off boyfriend who turns into a fully fledged Vampyre.

4. Stevie Rae.This is Zoeys best friend and most trusted companion. There is a very poignant and sad part of the story when Stevie Rae succumbs to the rejection process that some of the fledglings go through. Not all of the Fledglings can become grown Vampyres, if their body doesn't take to the changes they will die a horrible death, bleeding from their eyes and ears, and holding their stomachs in agony. The story of Stevie Rae's death was handled amazingly. The pain that Zoey goes through, clutching her friend to her and not allowing anybody to get close enough to take her away, will make even the most hardhearted person feel a tear well up in their eyes. it was absolutely brilliantly done, and just goes to show how great these two authors are. I am not giving away any of the story here, as you can imagine, Stevie Raes demise is not necessarily all it seems.

Cats, Adult Vampyres and Ghostly Apparitions.

Along with Red Vampyres, Blue Vampyres, a High Priestess with the name Neferet, who is the leader and teacher of the House of Night, we also have the lovely story of the Cats. Each Vampyre Fledgling is adopted by a cat that lives in the House of Night. There are some lovely moments when Zoey's cat, Nala, appears whenever Zoey is in trouble, and gives her a wonderful meouw uf ouw! every time she needs to be comforted. There are so many other great characters within this story that I would like to add as they are just as interesting as those I have written about. Aphrodite, who is the school bitch from hell as the twins call her, also has some brilliant one liners. And of course there is Jack Twist, Damiens boyfriend, who is a technological wizard. And so many more. Along with magical powers, evil Demons, and of course a few pain in the butt ex boyfriends to contend with, Zoey certainly has her work cut out for her!

But suffice to say, I think that if I write any more, I will be giving away the whole story, and that's something that I don't want to do as I really believe that if you read these books, whether you are a young teenager who loves anything Vampyre, or older like me, who just loves a really good chilling read about Ghostly evil Apparitions and terrific characters, then these books are the ones for you, to keep you going on a cold black night. But I warn you, this isn't your average Vampyre teen horror, there are some really chilling moments in this story, in fact I even felt a chill go down my spine when I was reading about the first sighting of the Red Vampyres. But I will not give the game away, only to say, make sure that you leave a light on, and check your windows before you go to bed. You never know, you might just hear a tapping at your bedroom window!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for these great book reviews.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I don't read these really. I was married to a vampire once and it just brings back bad memories.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Interesting. Vampires are interesting and somewhat sexy. It is the fatalness of the vampire thing, and the seduction that does it. (:v


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Hello Hello, thanks for reading it, nice to see you, cheers nell

Hi, Micky, you should have written a book about it! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Valerie, these books are so much more adult than the normal ones, I was quite surprised! lol they will make a great film compared to the boring Twilight series, thanks again nell


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

While I'm not really into vampires, it sounds like you enjoyed it, and its a good review!!


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Wow great reviews....!

Can't wait until you get stuck into mine. (cheque's in the post).


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Ingenira 6 years ago

Interesting review. Tempting to get some of the books... :)


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I'm not really into Vampires either though I have a hub somewhat on this new craze of kids really bringing blood with a sucker bite, but Enrique's song made it worth it!

I have Mickey in my newest hub but I think he missed it.lol


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, carolina muscle, thanks for reading it, I don't usually do book reviews but this is fantastic, I can't stop reading them! lol thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Merlin, I am ashamed to say that I haven't got round to reading it yet, but I will and then i will be pushing for the cheque! lol seriously though, I am on the case! ha ha cheers nell


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ingenira, thanks for reading it, I am sure you would like the books they are certainly different, cheers nell

Hi, Polly, I forgot you wrote a similar hub, must be the craze these days! lol I will go give Micky a quick dig for ya! thanks again nell


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I shall have to check that series out - I've read a bit of vamp lit and I thought I wouldn't like it. But if you add in enough romance and the s-- word, it's great! Great hub!!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Audrey, it definitely is more adult, loads of romance but in a threesome sort of way! lol and yes there is the s- word! so go get it, you love Diana Gabaldon like I do, so we obviously have the same taste in books, so I am sure you will like this one as I love it, you never know! thanks again nell


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rgarnett 6 years ago from KC, MO

I love these books!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, rgarnett, yeah! somebody who has read them! lol they are great aren't they? thanks for stopping by, cheers nell


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rgarnett 6 years ago from KC, MO

I got Burned when it came out, because the series is so awesome. I am assuming since you have only reviewed the one that you haven't gotten that far yet? Its definitely a quick and exciting read. Its not like most 'young adult' books, its kinda naughty in places ;P


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, I have got as far as Hunted! I started off by buying Marked thinking that it would not be as good as other vampyre books and I got hooked! I love it because it is more adult, therefore making it more real, that's the trouble with Vampyre Diaries and Twilight they always skim around the real life things, so these are much more real! the great thing about it is the fact that, because I am so behind with them I can just go and buy the next one without having to wait for them to write it! I am hooked! addicted! and my house looks a mess because I can't put them down! hee hee thanks again nell


SilverGenes 6 years ago

This was great! There are so many out there that it's hard to know what's good and what isn't. I love a good one and it sounds like Marked may be it :) Thanks!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, SilverGenes, I am sure you will love these, they are addictive! the other vamypire books are quite good, but seem to be missing something, these books have what is missing! lol don't ask me what but I am stuck with them! I can't bear the idea that I only have three left to read! until they write the next one, thanks again nell


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JannyC 6 years ago

Book sounds interesting. I do have a gulity pleasure for those types of books.Your review makes it sound worthwhile. If you need of new read should check out my book Angelic Confession its getting trial run on textnovel.com Oh that was so shameless plugging wasn't it? >_< so sorry


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