The House of Night series by P.C. & Kristin Cast. I know the for a lot of people, the first thing that springs to mind when they hear those words is a not very positive response. Just head right over to Goodreads and you will find that many, if not most of the reviews will have given the books either one or two stars, along with a very harsh and blunt review on many of the negative aspects that people have found in this series.
I know that I am probably not alone in the fact that I on the other hand absolutely adore this series, but sometimes it can feel that way. I have found so much joy and beauty in reading these books, and hopefully these review will be a way for people to understand why and show people that if you look carefully and dig a bit deeper you can see the well thought-out and carefully crafted details that make these books worthwhile.
WARNING: There will be SPOILERS!!! I will might include spoilers from books further on in the series (for things like foreshadowing).
My Ultimate Favorite Quotes
Published: May 1st, 2007
Page Count: 306
“After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is no 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 – and with a little help from her new vampyre friends.”
The book opens up with a slightly modified version of an extract from The Theogony of Hesiod:
Moments after being Marked, she rushes to the bathroom to look at her forehead. This is another turning point for Zoey, since the Change has already begun to affect her in a magickal way.
Being of the Indian Cherokee descent, we can also clearly see that her heritage will later on also have a major part to play and is also foreshadowing some cool things to come!
Now this is where one of my favorite quotes in the entire series comes into play. Despite being terrified and scared, something inside of Zoey is reaching out and embracing this new life, and the magick that is filling her veins.
Things have changed in her family since her mom remarried John Heffer. Being an ultra-conservative elder of the People of Faith, he completely changed Linda and the way she was as a mother and person. Whilst before she was compassionate, liberal and happy she is now not the mother that Zoey needs, throwing away make-up, her old friends and romance novels for a comfortable and safe life at home with her new ‘perfect’ husband. Or, not so perfect as we will see.
Lesson #1: Seems you can’t and shouldn’t try and run away from your destiny.
“It was life staring into the face of a familiar stranger. You know, that person you see in a crowd and swear you know, but you really don’t? Now she was me – the familiar stranger.” (p. 8)
Heath and Zoey had been together since they were quite young – dating since their early teens. However, Zoey has had issues with Heath’s excessive drinking, and has pretty much broken up with him.
Not only that, but after Heath accidentally cuts himself, Zoey begins to smell something extremely strange but attractive – Heath’s blood. It mystifies Zoey and she can’t stop staring and moving closer to him, entranced.
Something is definitely up with Zoey, something divine.
Ultimately, Zoey does not let herself get broken by the bigoted way that her father is reacting to her Mark. Instead, Zoey shows her sassy side and tells the readers what thinks about John throwing God in Zoey’s face about this.