Zoey’s life is relatively normal, that is until she comes across a Vampyre in her school. Now that she’s marked she has to go live in the House Night, and hope that the change doesn’t kill her.
If you’re unaware, a couple months ago I finished the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (you can read my review here). So when it came time for my trashy paranormal fix I realised that I needed a new series to read. Luckily I’ve had the House of Night series sitting on my shelf for a couple years, and well you could say I was blown away, just not in a good way.
There are so many things to talk about let’s just start with the main character. Zoey is, well how do you put it? A stuck up whiny judgmental and clueless character. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more judgmental character ever. She seems to be sitting on this pedestal of perfection while everyone else is terrible people who are also drug addicts (apparently). But at least she’s not terribly stereotypical, I mean she has that I’m not pretty but I actually look like a supermodel thing, (rolls eyes) but compared to the other character’s it’s nothing. Marked has it all, the hot guy, the slut mean girl, the gay guy, and the country girl best friend. I’m not even going to go into it because I know you’ve all seen them a million times before.
Now let’s discuss the plot, the new take on vampires (or vampyres) was quite interesting. Vampires have been done a million times so it’s nice to see an original spin. Mostly the plot was fine but it did seem to move a little fast. I wish we had been given more time to explore the world and the romance. My biggest problem though was the constant judgment and insults thrown throughout the book. People can drink alcohol without being alcoholics, and just because your best friend likes a guy who likes you (who you don’t even like) doesn’t mean they’re a slut. Although apparently in this book it does. I lost count of how many times the words slut, whore, and hag were aimlessly thrown around in this book. It came off as childish and tacky, not something I personally think should be promoted in a young adult novel, or any novel honestly. But that seemed to be the theme of this book. You could practically feel the authors desperation as they tried to write like teenagers.
The craziest part about this book is that I couldn’t put it down. No matter how many times I cringed I still kept reading it (I don’t know what’s wrong with me). Will I be reading the next one? The answer is yes. I just can’t stop my paranormal addiction. But if these problems that I’ve mentioned continue or get worse I think I will have to say goodbye to this series for good.