|These teenaged vampyr novels push all the right buttons. The
heroine, Zoey, is savvy, opinionated, misunderstood, and Native American (well, in
ancestry anyway). She is forced to leave her home and friends because she has changed into
a vampyr fledglingsomething she cant help, and they (all humans except her
grandmother) revile her for it. Once at the vampyr boarding school (yes, I know) called
the House of Night, she turns out to be amazingly powerful and skilled. She faces
opposition, and the events of Marked proceed to their logical
The second book, Betrayed, is largely a placeholder,
and I wouldnt advise reading it on its own. More opposition, more proceeding events.
The picture of what Zoey faces becomes clearer, and its obvious its big.
The third book seems at first like it might be the culmination of a trilogy, with some
major conflict coming to a head. Towards the end, though, it becomes clear that this truly
a series, not a trilogy or series of trilogies. There is character development and
generally a satisfying feeling of forward movement, and a feeling that greater conflict
In spite of these positive things, I found the heroine annoying, shallow and
short-sightedin other words, just like most teenagers. The first book dwells
lovingly on things like her class schedule, the changes Zoey goes through in becoming a
vampyr, and the nicknames her friends give each other. The plot is only a small part of
the book, and being a plot-oriented reader I was impatient with this. The second book is
plagued by a similar lightness of plot, with rather too much detailed repetition of what
the first book told us. The third book, however, has less repetition and more plot, and
feels rather more substantial than the other two.
Overall, I think the story is supremely suited to the books target market of
teenage girls. Though books like this could easily become shallow, facile stories that
glorify teenage angst and hostility, these have enough depth that they miss doing that
(albeit sometimes narrowly).
There is a UK website about these books, which includes info about the books, the
characters, and future publications, as well as a store and a place where you can
The site lists two future publications in the series, so it seems that those who want more
will get it. It is very definitely targeted at the younger generation. (I feel like an old
fogey saying that! On the other hand, Im so far out of the target demographic I can
barely see it from here.) I think teenage readers would be the group most likely to enjoy