Mother daughter authors vampire series
Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. CastBeware of spoilers! (But then again, just dont read this book.)
Warning: This review is just me being very negative. In no way will this review sound intelligent and well written. Therefore, if you wish to continue, you may.
Anyway, I will start all the way from the beginning. There are so many things Id like to point out.
I pick up the book. I see the cover. Its a picture of half a girls face. Im guessing thats Zoey. Whatever. I look at the back. There is a comment from Gena Showalter on the top that says:
From the moment I stuck my face in this book it hooked me! Totally awesome new take on vampires! Marked is hot and dark and funny. It rocks!
First of all, what kind of author talks like that? Or is she just as idiotic as the Casts? Or maybe she really did like it. Or maybe the Casts made her write that. Confused? Youll see what Im talking about shortly. There is also a dreadfully long summary of the whole damn book on the back. Way to give away almost everything.
Lets start with the protagonist herself, Zoey Redbird.
I found someone whinier than Bella Swan. Someone more stupid than Bella Swan. Someone more clumsy than Bella Swan.
Specific evidence of Zoeys stupidity:
- Page 1: If I died, would it get me out of my geometry test tomorrow? One could only hope.
Oh, thats completely understandable. I mean, I feel dumb for thinking about whether I left a lasting legacy. I should be thinking about minuscule matters such as school tests. Silly me.
- Page 46: She wasnt thin like the freak girls who puked and starved themselves into what they thought was Paris Hilton chic. (Thats hott. Yeah, okay, whatever, Paris.)
Freak girls? Because anorexia and bulimia are not serious issues at all...
Page 100: Cereal? I suddenly perked up. I seriously adore cereal, and have an I heart Cereal shirt somewhere to prove it.
Do I need to even explain whats wrong with that?
Page 188: Can I ask you something? Its kinda personal, Erik said. Hey youve seen me drink blood from a cup and like it, puke, kiss a guy, lick his blood like Im a puppy, and then bawl my eyes out. And Ive seen you turn down a blow job. I think I can manage to answer a kinda personal question.
Page 277: Aphrodite laughed a throaty, Im-so-grown-up-and-youre-just-a-kid laugh. I really hate it when girls do that. I mean, yes, shes older, but I have boobs, too.
Yes, because only breasts signify that a girl is grown up. Great message, Casts.
Also, I wanted to shoot myself with the stupid parenthetical overkill they put throughout the whole damn book.
Im not sure if they deliberately created Zoey for the sole reason that we should all hate her. They have no idea how teenagers act and talk. Apparently all teenagers say LIKE OMG! NO WAY! YEAH, WHATEVER! I HAVE BOOBS, TOO! ZOMG.
Zoey is the special, one-of-a-kind, chosen one. Only she can rule the world, basically. Her mentor is the best. She has all the powers. She is the one and only. Cliche much? Very. I was just sad I was stuck inside her head for the entire book. I felt suffocated.
Zoeys friends are all pathetic excuses for friends. The twins are annoying little brats. Damon is just a moron. And oh yeah, the country girl. Stevie Rae is just fucking annoying.
Aphrodite and Erik. I couldnt stop laughing every time I read about them.
AND WHO THE HELL HAS ORAL SEX IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCHOOL HALLWAY?! Or am I really that naive when it comes to horny high school children?
- Erik is the
Thats the ugliest thing Ive seen in my entire life.
- Aphrodite is just a poor excuse for an antagonist. *Googles Aphrodite* Oh! The Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality! Another character whose name defines her personality. *rolls eyes*
I guess editing just lost its meaning in the midst of horrible books. Where is Editing?! Where are you, my love?!
Im not even going to talk about the plot because there was no plot. I only read half the book (painfully), but Im certain there was no plot for the parts I didnt read as well.
I know this is said very lightly sometimes, but this is actually the worst book Ive ever read. It was so painful to accept that this was actually published.
I just want to say one last, important thing to the Casts:
P. C. Cast
On her own, P. Cast is known for her Goddess Summoning and Partholon book series. In , she and her daughter began co-writing the House of Night series. According to P. Cast, the concept for the House of Night novels came from her agent, who suggested the theme "vampire finishing school.
Awakened is the eighth volume of the House of Night fantasy series written by American authors P. Cast and Kristin Cast. The novel was published in January 1, by St. Martin's Press , an extension on Macmillan Publishers. Zoey has returned from the Otherworld and is spending time on Sgiach, learning of her powers.
Marked is the first novel of the House of Night fantasy series written by P. Cast and Kristin Cast. Young teenagers are selected to enter a four-year period transformation to a vampyre and marked with the unfilled mark of a crescent moon. Those are sent to their local Houses of Night , private schools directed by vampyres, specialized in helping the adolescents, called fledglings, survive the Change. Young fledgling Zoey is unusual: unlike other normal fledglings, she bears a filled mark, a sign that the goddess of vampyres, Nyx, has bestowed a great destiny onto her, but she also has to deal with normal high school girl issues:school, boyfriends and the evil popular girl waiting just around the corner.
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Embed Code Restart. Now playing. The latest series of books to chronicle the tales of the undead come from an unlikely pair -- mother and daughter authors! Cast, a former English teacher, explains to Rachael how the idea of collaborating with her daughter Kristin emerged as a way to make the writing more appealing to a younger generation. And for our young adult audience, they really identify with them because kids think that they're immortal. The mom and daughter talk about their dream cast. Sep, 23
House of Night is a series of young adult vampire-themed fantasy novels by American author P. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a "fledgling vampire" and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Books in the series have been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 63 weeks  and have sold over seven million copies in North America,  and more than ten million books worldwide, in 39 countries. Instead of vampire , the authors use the variant spelling vampyre throughout the book series.
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