Monday, April 12, 2010

Reading Rainbow: The House of Night Series

In early Fall of 2007 I had just finished the Twilight series (for the first time) and was busy consuming any and all YA books about vampires. I happened upon the House of Night series during this time and it's been my guilty pleasure ever since.

Description from the House of Night website:

HOUSE OF NIGHT is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling book series that follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, OK, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her.

It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s hard to fit in when everyone knows you’re “special.” As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-faultless plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

What I like about these books is that the authors (the mother-daughter team of P.C. and Kristin Cast) take a very different approach toward the whole vampire (or vampyre) mythology. The Casts draw from all types of myth and spirituality to pull together an interesting storyline led by Zoey Redbird and her band of misfits at the House of Night boarding school. And there are plenty (and I do mean plenty) of swoon-worthy guys. So many I can't even begin to pick a team. *grins*

I do have to admit that the writing style in these books is not my favorite. You know you're reading YA when you're reading these books, so keep that in mind. But, aside from that, the story is well done and has kept me reading for the last six books.

I'm going to recommend these books for summertime reading. When you want something light, a bit fun, with a great story. You know, when you're sitting outside letting your kids run wild and you need to set down the book every now and then to kiss an owie? Or you're at the beach and want to read while enjoying a Bahama Mama and pretending to pay attention to your family on vacation? These are the perfect books for that.

The seventh book in the House of Night series, Burned, is due out April 27th.


  1. I'm almost done with Tempted. I agree with you 100%, there are times the writing is... annoying, but overall the saga is fun and angsty.

  2. Molly (@Picksee77)April 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I think I need to add these to the list! I keep seeing the covers and hear the names but never really knew anything about them. I have a family reunion coming up this summer that these are kind of perfect for "getting away!" :)

  3. I've heard so much about this series and will have to find time to read them.


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