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The Beginning: Marked and Betrayed

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When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre, she has to leave her family and move into the House of Night, a boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for other fledgling vampyres like her. It’s tough to begin a new life away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no av When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre, she has to leave her family and move into the House of Night, a boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for other fledgling vampyres like her. 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 singled out by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s hard to fit in when everyone knows she's special. As she tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-faultless plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to discover the truth and embrace her destiny?


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When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre, she has to leave her family and move into the House of Night, a boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for other fledgling vampyres like her. It’s tough to begin a new life away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no av When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre, she has to leave her family and move into the House of Night, a boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for other fledgling vampyres like her. 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 singled out by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s hard to fit in when everyone knows she's special. As she tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-faultless plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to discover the truth and embrace her destiny?

30 review for The Beginning: Marked and Betrayed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Savanah Ranae

    The first two books in the seires were amazing. After Zoey Redbird was marked as a vampire, she took a very long and dangerouse road to becoming who she really is. She meets her bestfriends as she moves in the house of night. She meets new people and adapts quickly. And soon has more enimes than thought. I became addicted to these books and fell inlove with each crazy charictar. Id recomend this to everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kierstan

    I have never disliked a protagonist so much. It was almost painful to read from her pov. Between the slut shaming and "I'm not like other girls" BS. There was just nothing redeemable about her or her character. The one boy that isn't throwing himself at her feet fits every teenage boy gay stereotype there could possibly be. It's almost as if the authors had never actually met a person that wasn't heterosexual in their lives, and just drew inspiration from every stereotype they saw on sex and the I have never disliked a protagonist so much. It was almost painful to read from her pov. Between the slut shaming and "I'm not like other girls" BS. There was just nothing redeemable about her or her character. The one boy that isn't throwing himself at her feet fits every teenage boy gay stereotype there could possibly be. It's almost as if the authors had never actually met a person that wasn't heterosexual in their lives, and just drew inspiration from every stereotype they saw on sex and the city. It was just so bad. This was an interesting idea, just not executed well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rashmi

    overall pretty boring series.. zoey s moral dilemmas never seem to end.. and she has hots for every guy possible.. teacher, actor,warrior or normal dumb guy.. cultural references are good.. I think somehow I find the whole future resting on one persons actions thing too far stretched. high school scenario is shown too.. I know I sound like I am cribbing but zoey is boring.. period.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caridad cruz

    This series really is an awesome series. BRAVO to mother and daughter who are the authors. you both have talent and both together have FANTASTIC writing abilities. Its a refreshing vampire story, it has good people, bad people, bad turns to good and vice versa. It is a thrilling fast paced read. It grips you from page one and doesn't let go not even when you go all the way to book 5, its an addiction of good reading. You will fall in love with the characters, tears will be shed, you will be root This series really is an awesome series. BRAVO to mother and daughter who are the authors. you both have talent and both together have FANTASTIC writing abilities. Its a refreshing vampire story, it has good people, bad people, bad turns to good and vice versa. It is a thrilling fast paced read. It grips you from page one and doesn't let go not even when you go all the way to book 5, its an addiction of good reading. You will fall in love with the characters, tears will be shed, you will be rooting for some of the characters and booing for others. I am telling you this series is a heck of a fun, addicting roller coaster ride of suspense, romance, vampires and so much more!! LOVED IT and I am always on the lookout for more books by these authors. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy you will not regret it!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I really got pulled right into this book from page one. It's witch/vampire/wiccan/goddess/creepy undead, a bit of everything. It also has that teenager rescued from a bad family situation to head to magic school like the Harry Potter storyline without making it feel like a copycat book. Loved that this was a special book housing both books one and two and found two other series that start with 2 books in one. I will definitely follow this series thru!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Devon Tozer

    The bind up of books 1, Marked, and 2, Betrayed. I loved both of these books and can't wait to continue the series! Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in urban fantasy and kickass and sassy vampyres (that's how they spell it in the book)!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tangled N Books

    Marked - 3 stars I think if I had read this a couple years back I would had enjoy this more. Betrayed - DNF I made it to chapter 6, I could not do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Olinger

    I stopped reading this book after I read 'Marked' simply because I didn't have time to finish it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Villa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay so since this is a 2-in-1 book i have a lot of things to say about it. So the first book was completely awesome. Zoey was totally relatable, a normal kid just trying to survive an emotionally abusive home, gets marked by the Goddess, Nyx. The goddess even blesses her, saying she is destined for great things basically. She is then brought to the House of Night. There she meets the High Priestess Neferet. Neferet is everything Zoey wishes her mom was, and even immediately adopts the nickname Okay so since this is a 2-in-1 book i have a lot of things to say about it. So the first book was completely awesome. Zoey was totally relatable, a normal kid just trying to survive an emotionally abusive home, gets marked by the Goddess, Nyx. The goddess even blesses her, saying she is destined for great things basically. She is then brought to the House of Night. There she meets the High Priestess Neferet. Neferet is everything Zoey wishes her mom was, and even immediately adopts the nickname Zoey’s grandmother has given her. Almost instantly after meeting the “Perfect” mentor, Zoey meets her “perfect” nemesis, Aphrodite. Aphrodite is the stereotypical mean girl head cheerleader. P.C. And Kristin Cast do a wonderful job at making me hate Aphrodite. As the book continues, Zoey learns of her powers and makes four best friends; Stevie Rae, Damien, Erin, and Shaunee. And they, along with Aphrodite’s hunky ex-Superman-looking-boyfriend, teach Zoey about the world of Vampyres. The book ends with Aphrodite showing her ineptitude at magic and leading when she does a summoning ritual on Halloween that goes horribly wrong and Zoey and her newfound friends save the day. Neferet appears and punishes Aphrodite and rewards Zoey. The Book had me invested from start to finish and things played out as one would expect to a satisfactory conclusion. However it is book two that I start having problems. Things are flipped on their head rather hickory and for seemingly odd reasons. Without any sort of transition, Neferet’s personality switches from caring mother/mentor to sneaky manipulative snake. She acts out this change in obvious way and yet only Zoey and Aphrodite are able to see it. Aphrodite is no longer a mean girl, but instead we are expected to feel sorry for her because we get to see that her parents are rich jerks, and then excuse her behavior in Book 1. Zoey’s four best friends almost constantly antagonize Aphrodite calling her a “hag” and a “ho” and yet we learn in book 2 that Erin and Shaunee are also sexually active like Aphrodite and yet they aren’ shamed for it. Then the worst part of it all is that all four of Zoey’s friends are gifted with elemental power and then not two hours later Steve Rae DIES. By the end of the book we learn that Neferet is killing fledglings for some unknown reason and then resurrecting them. Neferet even threatens Zoey at the end of the book with Zoey replying back in a I’m not scared of you kinda way. All in all I am still going to read this series because there are too many question I have but I’m liking Zoey less and less and I hope that there are no more abrupt changes in personalities.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    My teenage self was a sucker (no pun intended) for torture when it came to vampire books. I worked through far too many of these books before I allowed myself to give up, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever forgive myself for that. I think my biggest annoyance with the books is the slang. The teenage version of myself found it endearing in the first book, but even my teenage self grew annoyed with it. You know something is bad when teenage you is annoyed by it. Then there is the fact that the stories ge My teenage self was a sucker (no pun intended) for torture when it came to vampire books. I worked through far too many of these books before I allowed myself to give up, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever forgive myself for that. I think my biggest annoyance with the books is the slang. The teenage version of myself found it endearing in the first book, but even my teenage self grew annoyed with it. You know something is bad when teenage you is annoyed by it. Then there is the fact that the stories get so repetitive. It’s a rehashing of the same things over and over again, and you can only take this for so long before you start ripping your hair out. I guess I stuck around out of teenage stupidity. I found the different take on vampires interesting, and being in that vampire phase I wanted to know more about this vampire world. However, by the time I reached book six (I lasted longer in my teenage years than I would now) I knew I couldn’t carry on as I’d grown to hate both the characters and the storyline far too much to feign interest in how things ended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Marked (House of Night, #1) - 1 star 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is marked and her whole entire life as she knows it gets turned upside down. Now she has to go to the school, House of Night, where she will train to become an adult vampire, that is if she survives the Change. I pretty much never not continue on with a series (yeah I know how that sounds) but this one was just horrendous. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t find the plot interesting, and I was overly annoyed by how the characters sp Marked (House of Night, #1) - 1 star 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is marked and her whole entire life as she knows it gets turned upside down. Now she has to go to the school, House of Night, where she will train to become an adult vampire, that is if she survives the Change. I pretty much never not continue on with a series (yeah I know how that sounds) but this one was just horrendous. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t find the plot interesting, and I was overly annoyed by how the characters speak. I love vampires but there is not much (or anything I can think of) that is redeeming about this series. I am not going to continue on, it would be too painful, and I am not going to recommend this to anyone, even my worst enemy, in the future. Not finishing series

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marin Thomas

    The Plot to the series was well written. The Author put twist into the books giving you different thoughts on the characters. Even though sometimes it was harder getting into some of the chapters it made you want to read more and more. soon getting you into the whole series. I felt you couldn't just read one book and finish it off on that. You got deeper and deeper into the story and the characters lives. you were wanting to be the characters or know them more. Bringing the whole story to life. The Plot to the series was well written. The Author put twist into the books giving you different thoughts on the characters. Even though sometimes it was harder getting into some of the chapters it made you want to read more and more. soon getting you into the whole series. I felt you couldn't just read one book and finish it off on that. You got deeper and deeper into the story and the characters lives. you were wanting to be the characters or know them more. Bringing the whole story to life. Everyone who likes these types of books would love to read this. The writing is every well done. Its a great set of books and hopefully soon will come the movies to enjoy as well as all the books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Mavaega

    I finished reading Marked at work yesterday and I just couldn't continue reading to the sequel of this series. I'm going be real honest about his book but before I start I just want to say this is of no offense to the authors and anyone else that likes this book. OK so I'm gonna start. I HATE THIS BOOK! LITERRAALLYY!!!! First off slut shaming really? I swear every girl seems to be a slut to Zoey. Every guy seems extremely hot to her. I just don't like this book AT ALL! The mean girl thing is real I finished reading Marked at work yesterday and I just couldn't continue reading to the sequel of this series. I'm going be real honest about his book but before I start I just want to say this is of no offense to the authors and anyone else that likes this book. OK so I'm gonna start. I HATE THIS BOOK! LITERRAALLYY!!!! First off slut shaming really? I swear every girl seems to be a slut to Zoey. Every guy seems extremely hot to her. I just don't like this book AT ALL! The mean girl thing is really cliche and I just can't continue reading something that constantly annoys me to the point where I wanna burn this book.So Yeh that pretty much sums it up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    in all honestly this book was okay. it isn't the best series i have ever read but it was DEFINITELY a good read. i practically read the whole first book in one seating. i do recommend this book to anyone who is waiting for a new book in a series to come out or is they are feeling bored, or if simply they are into vampire stuff

  15. 5 out of 5

    Irie

    these books are pretty cool. kind of hard to like the main character at first... she is both strong and yet shows a bit too much weakness at all the wrong times unlike riley in the demon trappers series however i think if you did read demon trappers you probably would like this series once you get past how annoying the protagonist can be at times.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa M. Echeverry

    I like the first book, but the second book put me in a reading slump because the vocabulary used was very child-like and to much cursing for my liking,towards the middle of the book I just got bored but then at the end it got cool and that was the reason why I finished it.I like it but I guess I was expecting more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Shanley

    Somewhat predictable teen vampire story about a girl who tastes blood, zombie vampires, and crushes. The characters are engaging and I can see why students like it, but the plot is a little weak and obvious.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Moulton

    I would recommend these books to anyone. Its a new twist on how a person becomes a vampire, and the emotional struggle that of one girl makes throughout the series. It brings in different cultural ideas and keeps you guessing. These books has kept me reading from the moment I picked it up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tiwi / Kayleigh

    no words for these books. :( They are so bad.... I liked the beginning but book 2 was rubbish.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    it was a great book lots of detail it always left me hanging after a chapter! cant wait to read the rest

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Moss

    Basically my favorite series of all time right now. AMAZING. Already have the next one preordered on amazon for October.!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Norris

    Anybody who think this book sucks is a Titan loser so olive with it this book is awsome

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yianna Yiannacou

    See individual book for review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raelynn Dolcine

    I've never read the beginning of a series that starts out sooo damn hot

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shobha

    Maybe I'm just too old for this book. My 22-year old niece tells me she's way too old for it. Sorry! Am sure there are tons of you out there who'd like this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    LaShonda

    Marked - 3.75 stars I think if I had read this a couple years back I would had enjoy this more. Betrayed - DNF I made it to chapter 6, I could not do.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Molloy

    very good read can be funny and light hearted at times

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Although I finished I can't give these two books any higher than a two star. It's a lot like trashy tv, but in a book form. Kind of like if you put jersey shore into a vampire school.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kira Russell

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Pridgen

    I've never seen such a blatant author tract or so many Mary Sues crammed into one book. I couldn't finish reading the second one.

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