The popularity of the vampire genre has exploded in recent years and people cannot seem to get enough of the undead blood suckers. Following on from successful adaptations in film and on television, Stephenie Meyer’s Twlight Saga, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, and L. J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries are flying off the shelves in bookstores worldwide. So is there room for another vampire series?
Well, you could say that we’ve been writing about humans for over 5,000 years and no one ever got tired of that so perhaps another vampire series is just what we need! Silliness aside, the House of Night series by mother-daughter team P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is an exciting, imaginative, and inventive series that breathes new life into the ever more popular genre of vampire novels. The books are written for the young adult market but are not intended for readers younger than 16 years of age.
Six books have been published so far out of a planned twelve and the seventh book, Burned, is due to be released on April 27, 2010.
Marked (May 1, 2007) - Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is marked by a vampyre Tracker and must leave her home and school to attend The House of Night, the prestigious vampyre finishing school. Zoey is no typical fledgling though and her powers are soon required to fight an evil secret society in the school called the Dark Daughters.
Betrayed (October 2, 2007) - Now the leader of the Dark Daughters and a high priestess in training, Zoey soon discovers that an evil force within the school is killing human teenagers. When her human almost ex-boyfriend Heath disappears, Zoey must rush against time to rescue him and encounters a heartbreaking betrayal.
Chosen (March 4, 2008) - Continuing on from the events of Betrayed, Zoey must now deal with an undead best friend and what appear to be a series of attacks on vampyres from the religious group People of Faith. The action really starts to heat up in this book and you find yourself racing towards the end.
Untamed (October 1, 2008) - Alienated from her once tight group of friends, Zoey must rely on her two remaining friends (one of whom is undead and the other unMarked) to help her fight the high priestess as she declares war on humans. Loyalties are tested and true intentions are discovered as the book hurtles towards a shocking end.
Hunted (March 10, 2009) - Reunited once again with her friends and her boyfriend, Zoey discovers an unexpected danger at play at the House of Night. Can she convince the others that there is evil amongst them and rid the House of Night of this curse once and for all?