Right, so Marked by P. C. and Kristin Cast, a mother and daughter team. I had already read Divine by Mistake by P. C. Cast which I enjoyed emensly so I was looking forward to reading this one. The story follows the life of Zoey, a 16 year old American girl who discovers she is turning into a vampire, in this world a vampire is something you become, something you were born with a genetic disposition for, not something you are made. She is then sent to the House of Night, vampire school.
It did seem to me that this was a standard American high School drama but with added blood and magic. In her old school Zoey is one of the popular kids, dating a guy on the football team, has lots of friends, looks down on those kids who are different, well to a certain extent anyway. In the new school it’s all pretty much the same, makes a load of friends, gets hit on by the hottest guy in school and makes an enemy of the girl who is head of the school soriety.
Now I mentioned magic, the vampires worship the goddess Nix, who they believe gave them their powers, and she will bless certain higher level vamps with special abilities, for example Zoey’s mentor has the ability to communicate with cats. They also all partake in school wide rituals to honour Nix, which as far as I can tell are fairly accurate representations of pagan worship. Though this is one nigglely thing I don’t like about this book, if being a vampire is a pre-disposed genetic condition that could affect anyone why do they instantly have to convert to paganism. Sorry just doesn’t make sense to me.
Other than that I thought it was great, a new twist on the vampire idea, though maybe jumping on the Twilight bandwagon a bit. Hey vampires are really popular right now lets right a book about them! I do want to read the next book in the series, Betrayed, but may have to get through some of the other books on my mammoth to-read list first.