Book Review: Marked

by Melissa on December 17, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, Fantasy, Horror & Suspense, Part of a series or set

Title: Marked
Series: House of Night, Book 1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Lexile: [?] 850L
ATOS Level: [?] 5.4
Parent Rating:
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Stop For Age Range: 14-17


Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre, if she makes it through the Change.


This book has received multiple awards for being good for reluctant readers, but be aware the content is VERY mature. I’d be hard-pressed to recommend the books from a content perspective, and definitely not for younger teens. In addition to language and sexual explicitness, there are multiple occult references.


Level 1, 2 & 3 (as well as vulgar slang) [?]

Sexual Content

References to oral sex, lots of obscene language and provocative behavior.


Teens drink and smoke cigarettes and marijuana. They drug an adult to knock them out.


Well, it’s a vampire novel, so it’s dark. There is a fairly graphic description of a teen dying and visits by ghosts.


Teen sneaks out of the house with a hidden key. Multiple gay/lesbian references with crude slang, a teens tells of her father raping her for years.


Mainstream religion is bashed pretty hard. References to paganism abound, including rituals and blood drinking.

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