Burned, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

BurnedThis is book seven in the House of Night series, about teenage vamps at a vampire boarding school. As a general rule, I really like books about witches much more than the whole vampire scene. Magickal elements are fascinating to me, and that may be why I felt so drawn to the House of Night series. Specially gifted vampire fledglings can invoke earth, wind, fire, water, and spirit whenever they cast magic circles to communicate with their goddess Nyx….or possibly whenever they need the elements to help shield them from danger. But these teens really have to use their brains too. They can’t be totally saved from peril just by invoking their elements.

The first several books in the House of Night series take place at the vampire school itself. Once the action is well established and several plotlines begin to come together, the later books—most notably, Burned—feature several new components that coincide with welcome changes of scenery.

If you too like other elements in your vampire fiction—like Wiccan magick, Native American traditions, mythology, Scottish lore, a bit of western religion—then this is the series for you.

Marked, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Marked

Looking for a cool read on a hot summer day? Try Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast; mother and daughter authors. Marked is the first in a series called House of Night. It’s a great blend of the Harry Potter series where the main character has a crummy relationship with parental types of the human world and doesn’t quite fit in but finds that there is a special uniqueness that brings out heroism in another realm AND the teen vampire relationships that we really luvvvv to read about!

Zoey Redbird has been chosen and marked with a crescent moon zapped on her forehead by a vampyre. However, she is not your normal vampyre fledgling. She has been chosen as “special” by the Goddess Nyx. As Zoey starts her first month at a new school, she is faced with meeting new people, making new enemies, meeting a hunk and finding her destiny. Marked by tattoos and no fangs, this vampyre story is a cool twist to the teen vampire genre.