The House of Night Series, written by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast, were next set of books that I set myself to reading. There are currently 5 books in this series at the time of this post. However book 6 comes out October 27, 2009. I am sooooo looking forward to that one coming out.
The first book in this series is "Marked." It is about a teenage girl named Zoey Redbird, who is 'marked' and enters a new school just for fledglings like herself. She has been Marked as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at this school called the House of Night, with special powers.
Now, as I have stated before, placing my imagination back in my high school years with all that teen angst was difficult at first... because that is where this all takes place...high school. In this story, Zoey seems like kind of the odd ball at first. However, in a very short time she hooks up with other fledglings who show her the ropes. She then discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, so Zoey has to look deep inside for the courage to embrace her destiny put before her. Of course she can only do this with help from her new vampire fledgling friends.
What I truly find fascinating here is that these kids are vampire fledglings, they are not full vampires yet. What this means is that they can go out in the daylight, they can eat regular food, they don't need blood, but they live with the idea that within 4-years, they will either die or mature to a full vampire. Now, they don't go out in the day, normally, because they are Marked with a tattoo on their foreheads. Yeah, strange...and as they mature as fledglings, the tattoo kind of magically appears and grows.
If you like vampire stories this is a good one. However, it is not like your typical vampire story. I think that is why I thoroughly enjoyed it.