Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
Harry Potter meets Twilight. That's how this book was described to me, and that's exactly what it is-- only not as fast-paced or interesting.
"Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker." With a first sentence like that, well, I was excited. But it all went downhill from there.
The dead guy by Zoey's locker was a vampyre Tracker who Marked her with a crescent moon on the forehead, thus beginning her Change into a vampyre.
She enters the House of Night-- vampyre finishing school-- where she sleeps during the day, takes classes at night, and learns about Changing into a vampyre.
She makes some friends, including her roommate Stevie Rae (an Oklahoma cowgirl) and Damien (gay), makes enemies with the HBIC (Aphrodite), falls for the resident heartthrob (Erik), and embraces her power, which is much stronger than your average fledgling.
It's a nice story of friendship and good overcoming evil. I just found it lacking in the actual vampyre department. The book seemed more centered around witchcraft than vampyres-- casting spells, calling to the spirits, worshiping the elements, having a deep connection to cats. There was some blood drinking, but mostly during rituals.
I hope the second book in the series is more vampyre-centric and fast-paced. I'll give the Casts one more chance to grab (and keep) my attention.