Wow, I whipped through this one FAST. It's a quick, absorbing read.
In the world of this book, vampyres are born, not made. More specifically, the signs of being a fledgling vampire (spontaneous magical forehead tattoos) come upon you when you're a teenager, and then you'll immediately have to go to the nearest House of Night to go to school. (It's really amusing how various celebrities, and Shakespeare, are vampires in this world.) If you don't make the transition to vampyredom, you drop dead spontaneously. Whoa.
When Zoey gets tagged as a future vampire, it's almost a relief because her mother has married a religious wacko and has pretty much abandoned her in favor of the stepfather. Her Cherokee grandma, on the other hand, takes it all in stride because magic runs in the family. It especially seems to run strong in Zoey, as she is personally chosen by the vampyre goddess of night, Nyx, to "be her eyes and ears." After having a vision of Nyx after hitting her head, Zoey's forehead mark goes from being an outlined crescent moon to being a filled-in moon. This isn't normal fledgling vamp behavior, so everyone notices her right off the bat. Zoey also seems to uh, vampirically mature faster than everyone else, which is awkward. Yup, guess who's a future high priestess.
Vampyre (god, I hate having to spell it with a Y, btw) school is pretty damn awesome though. Instead of taking math classes, you take fencing, Tae Kwon Do, and horseback riding- I guess that's much more useful for vampyres. You go to school at night, and the teachers are pretty awesome. Zoey's mentor, Neferet, is the high priestess of the school. Oh, and you can have a cat if it wants to have you. And the friends she makes instantly are great, and a hot actor guy is interested in her.
What's not so cool at this school are the Dark Daughters, a group at the school run by total snotbag and potential HP Aphrodite. She's clearly one of Those Girls, only with twists like her having visions of future disasters that she won't bother to prevent because they involve humans. And of course, she treats people like crap, sexually harasses her ex, etc. Zoey soon decides to take action against her...
Kickass book. I will immediately begin the next one to see what happens. Some loose ends are definitely left here, and I want to see where that goes. Four stars.