Courtni Recommends MARKED


Eighth grader Courtni Reams from Hillsboro, Oregon recommends. . .

Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Not only is the book Marked (a young readers book written by P.C & Kristin Cast) intriguing, but it is very suspenseful and makes me want to never put it down. I know a lot of you are saying to yourself right now why should I read this book? Well I guarantee that after I’m done you’ll want to pick it up right away and start reading!

Nothing will stop her from speaking her mind especially when she’s the new girl in a school full of vampires. Zoey Redbird is a newly marked fledgling who’s transferring to a new school, the House of Night where all vamps and fledglings go. When Zoey left her house to go to the House of Night she agreed to leave her old life behind and start a new one but that doesn’t last long when her human ex-boyfriend (Heath) decides that she could use a jailbreak. When the jailbreak doesn’t turn out as well as Heath planned,  Zoey finds herself lost in the arms of another guy whose comfort was all she needed. But not everyone is as nice as Eric especially when it’s Eric’s ex-girlfriend Aphrodite. When Aphrodite finds out about that little something that happened between the two of them she decides that someone needed to be taught a lesson. She tries everything in her power to get Eric back but unsuccessfully fails and  also loses her rightful spot as leader of the Dark Daughters.

When you read Marked you will be entranced form the very beginning; it pulls the reader in and makes you never want to take your eyes off the page. One thing that makes this such a good book is how descriptive it is. For instance when Zoey firsts arrives at the House of Night and meets the head priestess Neferet, she was as descriptive as could be saying how beautiful she was I could almost imagine it.  “Her voice was amazing. Even before I looked up from my reflection I knew would be unique and incredible. I was right she was movie-star beautiful, Barbie beautiful. I’d never seen anyone up close who was so perfect. She had huge, almond-shaped eyes that were a deep, mossy green. Her face was an almost perfect heart and her skin was that kind of flawless creaminess that you saw on TV. Her hair was deep red. . . .” Not only was this describing what someone looked like, but it was also painting a picture of that person in my head.

If I could, I would go on all day and tell you all about the book, but what fun would that be when you could read it for yourself? And I am sure that you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. If not then at least you tried something new. And nothing could be more exciting then jumping into a new book and finding out you’ve been lost in the pages of another world.


Several of Courtni’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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