Here’s Your Goddamn Vampires: Bad Books, Good Times Reads House of Night

Posted on November 27, 2013 by


Do you want to hear something crazy? Between the Fifty Shades trilogy, the two Crossfire books, The Host, Hush Hush, our new favorites Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, and three different Goosebumps books, we’ve built up an impressive little library here at Bad Books, Good Times. Although it’s not “impressive” in the same way that most people would use the word “impressive”. And despite running a bad books blog in the early 2010s, we’ve yet to read a single book about vampires.

Well, you asked for it.

Does this look like Emma Watson to anyone else? This is seriously bothering me.

Does this look like Emma Watson to anyone else? This is seriously bothering me.

A few weeks back we asked for your suggestions, and we went through them and were immediately entranced by the first book in the House of Night series, Marked. And by “entranced”, we of course mean “couldn’t believe how stupid and awfully written it was”. Plus, we can’t put off a vampire book forever.

Oh, sorry. Vampyres.


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.

Ariel Says

I didn’t have to read more than a paragraph of the first chapter to know I wanted to write about this book. It starts off the way a fifth grader might begin a story, “I was having a totally normal day when suddenly it was no longer normal.” Is this low hanging fruit? Sure. Do I still want to write about it? Obviously. I mean they spell it vampyre.

I also just spent a half hour looking for a clip from the episode of Buffy “Storyteller” where Andrew is like “Vampyyyyre.” If anyone out there has a clip of this, please do share.

Matthew Says

After our post where we asked for suggestions for our next book, Ariel and I narrowed it down to a few choices, and I poured myself a glass of scotch and sat down with the Amazon previews for the potential new books. I read Marked first, and ran out of scotch. Ariel and I have been doing this blog for something like a year and a half and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much at one of our books.

Plus, vampires! How have we been doing this for a year and a half and never done vampires?