Let me preface what you’re about to read with the admission that I have already bought Betrayed AFTER reading 90% of Marked, and in spite of everything I’m about to write, I fully intend to read the next book in the House of Night series. Part of this is because in spite of this book’s many, many, MANY flaws, it is still entertaining. And I mean that in a guilty pleasure, “I totally love to hate you” kind of way.
This is a fan fiction that somehow got published anyway. I’m not saying it’s a lousy fan fiction, and for many years, I was a regular in newsgroups reading anime fan fiction not too dissimilar to this. So I was willing to stick with it, even if many times I rolled my eyes hard enough to see my own brain.
Marked is a story that came about after a Harry Potter fanfic and a Twilight fanfic got drunk and played seven minutes in heaven in J.K. Rowling’s walk-in closet. These vampyres (note the spelling) don’t sparkle, but their clothing does, a lot. And all vampyres, except the red shirts, are pretty and perfect. They don’t have fangs, and the sun just makes them woozy. In this world vampyres make The Change, which is foreshadowed by A Tracker showing up to totally humiliate you in front of all your old friends. Seems like Trackers might show up at home, like, before school. Or after. After’s good too.
But no, Zoey gets Marked at school, which means she has a crescent moon on her forehead to show off to her friends and make them run away. In The Change, this is the first vampyre zit. So embarrassing! Like, ohmygod!
Zoey soon runs away from home and thumps her noggin, and then meets the Goddess of night, Nyx, who at this point should have just said, “Zoey, I am Mrs. Cast, and I love you so much that I’m going to give you every gift you could ever possibly want, and then some.”