Recommend to read- 9/10
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.
I was a little reluctant to start The House of Night Series because my friend disliked Marked. But I liked the concept of the story so she gave me her copy. I adored it! The only characters that I didn't like were the characters that I wasn't supposed to like. It was great to like all the "good" people. Stevie Rae is just so nice, comforting, and not big on conflict. Her and Zoey's friendship came quick and naturally. Damien was great, seriously. He brings in some comedic relief and offers support even through his own personal struggles. Before I go on I need to tell you that I love stories that take place in some kind of boarding school. I loved reading Spud because of that. So combining the school AND vampires? That was a fantastic idea! Yeah yeah I know they did that in Evernight but the Casts portrayed the idea in a much lighter way without as much reader trickery. Overall I think the characters, plot, AND setting were just fantastic. I can't wait to read Betrayed, which is the next book in the series.