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Book Review: Marked

Posted by Sambow from Cardiff - Published on 11/08/2009 at 16:37
16 comments » - Tagged as Creative Writing, Culture

Marked is the first book of the House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast, in which 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is marked by a vampire and is expected to join the House of Night, a vampire finishing school. 

She has to spend the next four years going through bizarre changes that will completely shake up her life, and that's if the whole process doesn't kill her before then.

I'm already half way through the book and think its absolutely great, it's well written and adds a welcome twist on the vampire genre by introducing school issues and funny situations. 

It is a must read for any Twilight fan as I'm sure you were as heartbroken as me when the series came to an end. 

It's a completely different take on Bram Stoker’s original vampire story Dracula. I recommend the book to anyone interested in the vampire genre!

Other books in the series include:

  1. Betrayed ? Out Now
  2. Chosen ? Out Now
  3. Untamed ? Out Now
  4. Hunted ? Out Now
  5. Tempted ? Out October 2009

For more information on the House Of Night books click here.

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Commented 62 months ago - 11th August 2009 - 15:52pm

I have never read these books but one of my matees has and shee says they'ree WICKED!!! might reeaad them now !! :) x



Commented 61 months ago - 20th August 2009 - 12:25pm

I've read all of them now, but one of my friends has stolen the first 3.
Wonder who that is? :P
If you want to take Untamed and Hunted with you then I'm coming back a day early and I can give them to you tomorrow if you like
great reveiw X3



Commented 61 months ago - 21st August 2009 - 18:25pm

Thanks El,
lol you really did ruin the ending of betrayed for me >xP
You just can't help your spolier urges :P lol!!
By the way love your Lemon Demon post very cool -- Ha free advertising, you owe me ;) lol!



Commented 61 months ago - 29th August 2009 - 20:11pm

Yes I was heart broken when twilight ended and I posted on another one of youp articles. I havent seen these books but I will look out for them and get them. Thanks for telling us about these.

Keep it cool



Commented 61 months ago - 31st August 2009 - 18:35pm

Thanks again for your comments Cardiffgirl, I'm happy to see a fellow Vamp fan!!
Vamps rock!!



Commented 61 months ago - 2nd September 2009 - 17:09pm

Of course vamps rock sambow, of course they do!!!!!!!!



Commented 57 months ago - 7th January 2010 - 09:20am

Tempted is ofically out now!
Can't wait to get it x

Side Note:
I'm finding it difficult to post news in a the moment, it won't let me post my articles. Should I just wait it out?

National Editor

National Editor

Commented 57 months ago - 7th January 2010 - 09:48am

Hi Sambow,

What's going wrong when trying to upload? We'll sort asap!




Commented 57 months ago - 8th January 2010 - 04:28am

Sorry about constantly going on about this sort of thing,
It just comes up with an "oops" page and tells me I should contact the sprout, I wasn't sure how to contact you so I just posted a comment.

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 57 months ago - 8th January 2010 - 06:01am

Hi Sambow, sorry to hear of your uploading issues.

I thought the error message had been altered to something a little bit more helpful.

The best way to contact us with errors on the site is to use the "Support Ticket" system.

You know when you log-in to the site at the top of the homepage, you get a couple of icons like "Edit Your Info" and "Change Password". There should be an icon called "Support Ticket" too. This should take you to a page where you can outline the problem and the theory goes that your message will go straight to the tech-team.

I've had problems too, so you're not alone. I found it's best to copy+paste your article from Word and submit it as quickly as possible.

Hope this helps and sorry once again.



Commented 57 months ago - 8th January 2010 - 06:36am

Hi Sam,

I am a member of the CLIC Web team.

tut tut Sam (Sub-Editor) ... this is actually the main cause of this issue. Copying and pasting from Word. Word puts in lots of stray formatting which does not work on the web. Copy and paste your story into Text Edit, Notepad or a similar program. This will remove any formatting.

If you are trying to upload an image, please ensure it meets the specifications, which are bellow:

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This free website will allow you to resize your image, another issue may be that files from paint are saved as .bmp which are not accepted by the site. Try saving as a .jpg or a .gif after making your images smaller.


If your problem continues please fill out a support ticket, from within 'My Sprout' which you can view by clicking your username at the top of the page.

We can advise of why you may be experiencing this issue, but please note the website is functioning correctly and there is no problem that would be causing news to not upload.

Amy, CLIC Web Team



Commented 57 months ago - 8th January 2010 - 09:50am

Thank you guys, again!
Your a big help x



Commented 53 months ago - 25th April 2010 - 14:34pm

hey sambow hurry up and read hunted!!!



Commented 50 months ago - 21st July 2010 - 10:21am

read all the house of night books and i LOVED them!!!
i always re read them and recently bought burned.
it was immense!!
cant wait till the next book!!



Commented 44 months ago - 10th January 2011 - 14:50pm

OMG i've wanted to write about these books myself. . .i have them all and currently i'm reading Burned :( it's so sad but i love them. . .thou it took me awhile to get into the stroy i've fallen in love t=with the characters and can't stop reading, it's the first time i've been able to read a series of books in a number of days :) Great Work !!!



Commented 19 months ago - 7th February 2013 - 23:14pm

Fab review! I've been a massive fan of this series for a couple years now and I really hope the next one comes out soon! I'm a sucker for teen-vampire novels and this one is in my top 3 series, I could happily just read any one of the books in this series for a day and be totally happy!

Really tempted to read the other series that PC Cast has written, the Goddess Summoning series. Looks really cool!

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