Reviews for Marked

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 9 Up-- In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but are also tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures "mark" as special enter the House of Night school where they will either become vampyres themselves, or, if their body rejects the change, die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though she's scared at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always felt she is destined for something else. Her grandmother, a descendant of the Cherokee, has always supported her emotionally, and it is she who takes the girl to her new school. But even there the teen stands apart from the others. Her mark from the Goddess Nyx is a special one, showing that her powers are very strong for one so young. At the House of Night, Zoey finds true friendship, loyalty, and romance as well as mistrust and deception. She realizes that all is not right in the vampyre world and that the problems she thought she left behind exist there as well. Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist. The story moves quickly (a little too quickly at the end) and purposely leaves many unresolved issues. A good choice for those libraries serving fans of the occult, but be aware that the book contains some suggestive language and sex.--Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2007 December
All Zoey Redbird wants is a place to belong. In Marked, she is just trying to keep her almost-boyfriend sober and her best friend close and to find a place to fit in at her high school. It is difficult, however, for her to maintain "normal girl" status when a Tracker stalks her to her locker and marks her with a sapphire crescent moon tattoo smack in the middle of her forehead. Marked as a fledgling vampyre, what little security she has had is destroyed as her friends reject her as a freak and her family labels her a demon. Zoey finds that she must make the transition to her new school, the House of Night, with only the support of Grandma Redbird. There her mark sets her apart from the others. Bestowed with an affinity for the elements and power beyond her years, Zoey must learn to balance aspects of her new life with those of her old existence. Not only must she make the Change from human to vampyre, dethrone her enemy Aphrodite, and shake off her almost-ex-boyfriend Heath, with whom she has accidentally Imprinted, but she must also pass her classes, make new friends, and land the hot older guy (and Aphrodite's ex), Eric. When two students at the school die after their bodies reject the Change, she is left to wonder whether she and her new friends will make it through. In Betrayed, Zoey has finally found a place to belong. She has a loyal group of friends at the House of Night, a supportive mentor in the High Priestess Neferet, and a new position as leader of the Dark Daughters and Sons. Admittedly things have become more complicated as her guy problems have tripled, her mother and "step-loser" have been banned from the school, and Aphrodite seems to be out for revenge. But Zoey has everything under control-until human teenagers from her old life are viciously murdered and her intuition tells her that their deaths are somehow connected to the House of Night. Unfortunately what Zoey fails to sense is that terrible loss and ultimate betrayal are imminent and that it will take the support of her friends and everything she has to set things rightThis highly addicting series offers a unique twist on the standard vampyre story and is sure to please a wide variety of readers. Although she is a vampyre, Zoey Redbird's journey is one for every teen. Her voice is genuine, and with the exception of a few vocabulary pitfalls, captures the sincerity and frankness of a teenager in search of a new home and a place where she truly belongs. The emotional portrayal of Zoey's troubles and tribulations enhances the quality of these books. True to life, she struggles with issues of trust, loyalty, love, sexuality, and identity and moves through a myriad of conflicting emotions from happiness to confusion to grief. These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly-sometimes all at once.-Courtney Wika 4Q 4P S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.