Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

I Liked It, Despite the Shortcomings

House of Night #1:  Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

Paranormal Adolescent Romance

First of all, if you're bothered by the overuse of slang and the usage of such 'words' as ginormous and disturbed in any way by the modern lapse of grammatical methods, skip this book altogether because these things will drive you nutty.  These errors are so frequent that it often pulls you out of the story and has you reaching for a red correcting pen.

But, that's my only complaint.  I really liked everything else.

Zoey Redbird's life changes forever once she becomes 'marked', going through a change to turn into a vampire.  First, her face is now framed with the telling tattoo mark of the Chosen, then her mother and stepfather practically disown her and she now has to move to the House of the Night, a boarding school for vampire pups.  Added to that is that knowledge hat she might not make the full transition, might die before she finds out who she is and what she was really meant to be.  Some things do make her life better- new friends, for one.  Plus, she actually hated her parents and she's glad to be away; there is a potential new boyfriend on the horizon; and, she seems to be the headmistress's teacher's pet.

I really did like the book, most especially the character of Zoey.  She is spicy and intelligent and strong-willed.  Just my kind of girl.  While I have read dozens of vampire books and series, this one is really different with some unique details.  I do plan on continuing the series, which must be read in order.  I'm actually looking forward to #2, bad grammar and all!

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