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Thursday 13 October 2011

Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark
Title: Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Series: Carrier Trilogy
Book #: 1
Pages: 342
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Rating: 
Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Published: Oct. 04, 2011.
by HarperTeen

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Taschima's POV:

Carrier of the Mark was a bummer until it got to a little after the mid section, then it started getting some serious original content which helped the story along but it didn't really make up for the first half of the novel being disappointing. Nevertheless I managed to finish it without rolling my eyes way too much, and actually got interested in what was going on, I just don't think it should have taken me this long to get into it.

Carrier of the Mark is the story of Megan. She moves from the U.S. to Ireland and while she expects that this is going to be like the other hundred times she moved to a new home this time it seems to be different. She feels strangely at home in this new green land. She makes friends quickly and is drawn to the weird guy at school. His name is Adam DeRis. He's all a girl could want. But the DeRis family seem to be harboring a secret, and there are tales of all kinds out there about their little group. Are the tales truth? And how is she exactly connected to all of this?

The main problem with The Carrier of the Mark is that it's a Twilight rip off inspired novel. Girl moves in to a strange place with her single father, girl then meets this rather dark and weird boy and it's instantly interested in him, but boy is never interested in ANY girl in school so everybody thinks it will be a no go. But then Boy can't stand being apart from girl any longer and so gets together with girl, but there is some major obstacles in the way. Like for example, the boy's nature. Sound familiar? It did to me too. Only difference would be this girl ain't a klutz and she knows how to make some friends. Half way down the novel though we start getting original content which has to do with some kick ass magic. Of the mythology I approve. I don't want to get too into it in order to not spoil the good part of the book, I mean it's not like it's not something we've seen before these powers, but the story and intricacies behind the power are fairly original.

This book has a lot of glowing reviews, and I understand why, it has a good mythology and the romance is definitely steamy, but truthfully I was expecting so much more. The cover is amazing, and in person it looks even better. But a good cover and a steamy romance aren't going to be enough this time around. It's entertaining, it's a light read, but if you, like me, can't get the Twilight similarities out of your mind and just go with the flow are going to find this book a bit on the short coming side. If you don't notice it though you are scott free and are in for the ride of your life!


  1. I reviewed this a few days ago (here!) and felt pretty much the same way. Good story and definitely ended well, but the "familiarity" was just too much to overlook for me. Will stick with it for the next book, though! Great review!

  2. Kudos (I can't believe I wrote Kudos) for finishing the book. There's been a few books that I've given up on in the first fourth. I don't know if I could have kept going after half didn't catch my interest - it definitely would have been difficult for me to do so. When I've tried to re-read books that I loved as a young adult (adult books that I read when I was 16) I'm surprised at how slow and boring they are to me now. I think after living through an increasingly flashy and fast media changes, we're used to quick developing plots and action that starts almost as soon as the book begins.

  3. I have a feeling now that I have read your review I will be picking out all of the similarities to Twilight as I am reading it lol. But I will still give it a try! Love the honest feedback! It is still hard for me to blog about books I didn't love... I want to find Anything good to say about it! Which kind of defeats the purpose.

    Happy reading!


  4. While the unique magic angle sounds interesting, if overall it feels like a Twilight-inspired plot/ripoff, I'll definitely be skipping this one I think. :)

    And ditto the kudos for trudging through it. Me, if a book doesn't catch me in the first 50 pages, I'll usually put it down.

    Thanks for the honest review!



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