“Marked,” the first book in the “House of Night” series reeled me in, hook, line and sinker. I loved it. I was anxious to read “Betrayed” and hoped it would be just as good. I wasn’t disappointed. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast created an awesome follow up that starts right where “Marked” leaves off.
Zoey Redbird, fledgling vampyre, is starting to feel like she really fits in at the House of Night Academy. She’s settled into school. She has friends – and a boyfriend or two. Of course Aphrodite is still her biggest rival at school but Zoey has more important things to think about. She’s now the new leader of the Dark Daughters, an elitist clique that she’s trying to change. Her power has increased and she’s been singled out as special by the Vampyre Goddess Nyx who has marked her with a unique sign. But things go bad when human teens, boys that Zoey knew, are killed and drained of blood. All signs point to the vampyres and the House of Night as the culprits. To make matters worse Zoey faces a betrayal from someone close to her that could change everything.
In the adolescent vampire genre this series is a stand out. The premise is refreshingly original and the vampires are unique. Zoey is a strong adolescent heroine who grows in personality and abilities. The secondary characters are well developed as well. This book is darker, sexier and more emotional than the first. The conflicts are more intense and complicated and the plot takes some interesting twists and turns. You can read this as a stand alone but it works better if you start with “Marked.” Question remain that will have you anticipating book three.
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 2, 2007)
Paperback: 320 Pages