The first six books in this series include Marked, Chosen, Betrayed, Untamed, Hunted, and Tempted. They are quick reads, written simply for a YA audience. They are good but not great books. I guess I'm trying to say that they are somewhat forgettable. Now, that's not to say I won't read more of them (we've heard chatter online that there will be 12 books in all) but I'm not eschewing food, sleep, or better books to read these books.
We have the familiar themes associated with so many YA books: a new boarding school for "different" kids, the cute older guy, the requisite mean girls, the teacher who appears to be caring on the surface, and the estrangement from the parents. Oh, and let's not forget the protagonist with special powers/abilities.
These books are written in teenage vernacular; example: "you know I heart me some..." and that got a little old to me after a while. Another caveat is that there is a lot of PG-13 and even borderline rated R material in here. These are not appropriate for a younger audience.
I enjoy the world the Casts have set up for their vampires, excuse me, vampyres. The circle ceremonies and worship of the Goddess Nyx evoked a feeling of witchcraft and even some devil-worship to me. I didn't like the way that made me feel. Tempted has a big cliffhanger ending, which kept us on edge for the release of Burned.
Burned, book 7 in the series, was released this week. I think the fact that I'm reading book 8 of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series first says enough, don't you?
Just One Gripe:
Well, I've got several, but the most prominent is the spelling of VAMPYRES. Just go with the rest of the paranormal flow and spell it vampire like everyone else!
The Best Thing About This Series:
The parallel storylines of the ensemble cast of characters.
Appropriate for a younger audience:
No, these books shouldn't be in the YA category, in my opinion.
YA Vampire Series Done Better: