Review – Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

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The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends

This is one of those books that I wanted to read for ages then found a copy and left it unread for months. When I finally got round to reading it I loved it though! It reminded me of Hogwarts but with vampyres!

Zoey was not a character that I immediately liked. She was one of the stereotypical “popular” kids which immediately put me off her. Once she was marked though it made for a much more interesting story as she had to change her whole outlook. Once she started at the House of Night I fell in love with the vampyre school with amazing history lessons, fencing and equestrian studies. I don’t want to give too much away but the ending was really gripping and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Off to find the next installment now!

Have you read the House of Night novels? What did you think?

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Top Ten Favourite Characters in the Vampire Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week they are looking at your top ten characters in whichever genre you choose! This has prompted a lot more variety as each blogger has chosen the genre they like best. I spent ages trying to decide which genre to choose and have decided on a quite specific one of Vampire novels. Now I know this probably comes under the fantasy genre but I wanted to be a bit more specific as I read a lot of fantasy. So here goes, my top ten favourite characters in the vampire genre (in no particular order)!

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1) Eric Northman – The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

Now this is the kind of vampire I like. Although I have included some Twilight characters on this list they don’t scream vampire to me. Eric is my favourite character in this series (I can’t stand Bill!). He is confident to the point of arrogance but man does he deserve to be! He’s also the only character who has ever been true to Sookie.

 

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2) Alice Cullen – Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Although not the typical vampire type I love Alice. She’s so petite and fragile looking but is amazingly strong (physically and emotionally). I love the bond she has with Bella too, she is pretty much the total opposite to her and yet embraces her easily as a sister. Alice is without a doubt my favourite character in the Twilight series.

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3) Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

I love Damon for a similar reason as I love Eric. His brother (Stefan) is one of the most boring vampires I have ever come across. Damon is more like a traditional vampire, he embraces the evil parts of himself. This makes him a much stronger character in my opinion because he lives a similar life to Stefan but doesn’t ignore who he is. I’ve only read the first book in The Vampire Diaries series but I really hope Damon and Elena get together!

 

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4) Count Dracula – Dracula by Bram Stoker

Of course Dracula had to be on this list. He has such pride in what he is and where he’s come from and is so charming. There is an anger there though which many vampires are missing in modern stories. He also inspired so many novels, tv programmes and films about vampires and he is the archetypal vampire character.

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5) Erik Night – House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

I have just finished the first novel in this series (Marked) and already really like this character. He’s only a developing vampire but I think there’s huge potential. He is attracted to the main character in the novel (Zoey) and is really sweet and kind about the characteristics that are making the “popular kids” hate her. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character develops throughout the series.

6) Neferet  – House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Again, my opinion on Neferet is only based on the first novel in this series. I love her character because she has such power about her. She’s really nice to Zoey as well and makes her feel welcome.

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7) Diana Bishop – Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I found Diana immediately like-able and related a lot to her. What I loved most about her is that unlike most female characters who fall in love with vampires (Bella Swann I’m looking at you!) she is a strong and powerful woman. She doesn’t come across as helplessly in love and she doesn’t let her vampire fight her battles.

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8) Jasper Hale – Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

It is probably no coincidence that the other vampire I love from the Twilight series is Alice’s partner, Jasper. There is a vulnerability in Jasper as he tries his best to lead a “vegetarian” lifestyle. I like that about him because it shows amazing self control and belief. His troubled past is also much more interesting than that of his other glittering siblings.

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9) Pam Ravenscroft – The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

If you’ve only ever seen the TV programme of True Blood then you need to read the books ASAP! Pam is just one of the characters that is a lot different on TV than she is portrayed in the books. What I love about her is loyalty and her sense of humour. She’s also the person who kept Eric grounded for 160 years.

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10) R.M. Renfield – Dracula by Bram Stoker

Renfield is held in a lunatic asylum in this novel as he is under the influence of Count Dracula. I’ve always found him deeply interesting and remember reading the novel waiting for him to come up again. Towards the end of the story he manages to fight against the mind control that Dracula is using on him and helps to save Mina’s life, giving up his own in the process. An extremely strong character who helps to drive the story along.

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