misty christoffersen

{November 25, 2009}   Marked

This week I started reading a series called The House of Night, which is sadly, another vampire series.  Everything seems to be about vampires these days.  I started reading this book because a friend recommended it to me and half thinking it was going to be another rip off of Twilight I gave in and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed however; this series is very different from Twilight.

The story centers on a young high school girl, named Zoey that struggles to fit in with her human life; she feels like she just doesn’t belong.  She has some family issues, a loser boyfriend, and she is also of Cherokee descent making her very spiritual. The only person she really trusts is her grandmother because she is the only person she feels cares about her and understands her.

Zoey’s life changes suddenly when a tracker comes to her school and marks her. She is then sent to the House Of Night (vampire school) and her life changes even more drastically and becomes even harder. When she starts going to the House of Night she finds not only is she going to a new school and has to make new friends and try to fit in all over again; on top of all that she is turning into a vampire. And not only that, she has a special mark from the Goddess, Nyx. Lucky for her, she makes friends quickly and they help her through this.

I have only read the first book in the series: Marked. But there are also Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted and possibly more to come.

The first time I saw these books their intriguing design on the cover caught my eye. They are done in mostly black and white with some interesting photography and they compliment each book with a color, which personifies each book.  There are also intricate patterns that contrast between glossy and matte. They are bumpy when you touch them and they are very interesting and very much attuned to the content in the book. Which is the fact that during the Change from a fledgling to a vampire, the goddess, Nyx, gives them special markings to show that she has touched them. They are gifts.

I find that if a good effort goes into the imagery of a book cover I am more drawn to buy it. And I’m sure it’s the same for any consumer.  Pique the consumer’s interest and they are more likely to buy the product.

here is a link to the House of Night website: http://www.houseofnightseries.com/


trollins7 says:

Awesome books! The mother daughter duo has signed on for 5 more after Tempted!!

jasminr18 says:

I also like the design of the front cover, very cool.
Sweet blog Misty!

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