Monday, July 09, 2012

House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristen Cast

So I wanted to do another blog post about my favorite books and talk about it. This is a very good favorite of mine called House of Night Series by writing mother-daughter pairing PC and Kristen Cast.

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  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.  But 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 club, 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

Now as I have mentioned earlier, this is one of my favorite book series. I really liked it in particular because it didn't have the boring love sequence Twilight had. This book series had romance but it also had action and adventure. It's alike a spin of traditional vampires, with a vampire goddess and the vampires go to a finishing school to learn to control their powers. It's like vampires with a cross of Harry Potter.  What I liked is how it takes place in Oklahoma and how the vampire Goddess marks the ones who are vampires, it's something refreshing in terms of vampires.

 BUT this post is also about how dangerous it is to write a book series during a trend. For example, the first six books in the series was fine, but now that the Twilight franchise has moved past it, readers have lost interest in vampires. Now because this book is under a contract with St. Martins for twelve books it really shows its dangerous about writing a long series based on a trend. Readers who have been very found of this particular series lost interest because when you read the whole series straight, the same thing happens every time, the main characters try to stop the villain and the villain escapes. The authors could have compressed this whole series into six books, maybe even four, the would have been longer, but the readers wouldn't have lost interest because now the people who were such avid fans of the vampire trend have moved onto the post-apocalyptic trend (which is more interesting because the ideas the authors come up with is so creative). Reading the other books in the series the story has started to just keep repeating, I think the series should have been wrapped up into six books.

If you have a chance, I suggest you give this series a chance, I read it myself and found it very enjoyable, but it now it's just not as interesting anymore, because it's so long.

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