Ok, This Book ‘Marked’ Is Interesting.


In the ‘House of Night’ series of books, vampyres [as they’re called] are an accepted part of society. When a child is “marked” they must move to the House Of Night to complete their vampyre-conversion. ‘Marked’ takes yet-another approach to vampire mythology – their fledglings have to develop into vampyres over the course of a few years. They’re not bitten, the cause is some dormant gene (or something) nor do they change overnight. They have crescent-shaped tattoos on their forehead that further distinguish them from humans. These vampires can be out in the day, like Twilight vamps, but their skin and eyes are sensitive to the sunlight.

I like the story, it has an interesting take on vampyre [that is not a typo] mythology. The story is told from the first-person perspective of a 16-year-old girl form Oklahoma (Okla-fucking-homa!) and she tends to think out loud [basically, she’ll say something then make a side-comment that’s placed in parenthesis, to emphasize that it’s out of context; like “I don’t want to think about drinking blood (ewww)…”] Which irks the shit out of me. Most of the things that I initially liked about the book have begun to annoy me; like, I like that the characters are pretty believable, albeit pretty cliche [because cliche’s are just stereotypes that are proven true time and time again.]

One of the things that I liked at first was that the characters talked like teenagers and didn’t bullshit around cuss words but over time, it became annoying. I definitely don’t mind profanity or sexual references, or the inappropriate (not to me, but in general) way the characters spoke, but it was too contrived; it felt forced. Like, I of all people know how teenagers can talk, but this shit just got ridiculous.

This is a part of a one-star review from Goodreads:

The authors tried to make so many references to pop culture, they sounded ridiculous, and then were even proud of themselves for “sounding like teenagers,” as they stated in the preface.

Pretty much!

And what’s really fucking things up for me, my main pet peeve about this book, is that they make WAY too many pop-culture references. The main character mentions music artists like Shania Twain, socialite Paris Hilton (even referencing “that’s hot”) actors like Leonardo DiCaprio (and the movie, ‘Titanic’) as well as other current TV shows, movies, and celebrities. This just makes the book feel timed; like if I were to keep this in my collection, my grand-kids (who only exist for the sake of this example) will have to do whatever futuristic version of google [the verb] to find out who and what these things are.

Oh, and this one sums it up pretty perfectly as well.

I plan to read the rest of the series, not because the story was terribly alluring, or the characters very interesting, but because I’d like to see if the author evolves as a writer. I’m also interested in seeing whether she decides to scratch her attempts at “relating” to young readers by dropping pop culture references awkwardly throughout the novel (Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Simpson, America’s Next Top Model, Steve Madden flats….this book is going to be dated in less than three years)

Hammer, meet nail.

All in all pretty good, though… like, I want to read the rest, but my life won’t end if I don’t. There are a lot of humorous moments, but I cannot say for sure whether or not those were intentional. The story is not completely unique, but it does take some interesting turns. This is the first book of six, so with that in mind, I can forgive this books shortcoming and expect that the series will develop. It’s set up to go in a promising direction, I just hope the writers drop the unnecessary bullshit.

They’re pretty good books.  The 6th book is like halfway through what is planned for the series.  (I think there are supposed to be 12.)

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.