Thursday, 27 October 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Published by HarperCollins
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review copy



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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Carrier of the Mark and would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for something a little bit different in the YA paranormal romance genre.

I loved the first part of the book as you got to meet Megan and her friends. It was very easy to warm to her as a character and want to get know her even more. I loved the relationships she quickly built up with her friends and also enjoyed the fact that it wasn't one of those YA books where new girl starts at a school and gets pick on by the popular kids and befriended by the weirdos so that we all have to feel sorry for her.

I definitely did feel that this book has taken influences from twilight as there were several points in the books where there were obvious similarities. I don't necessarily say that as a bad thing but it is certainly there.

The book takes a complete change in direction when the paranormal supernatural element is revealed which seems to be based on Irish Druid mythology / history (I'm not really sure which word is most appropriate there) and it certainly quite interesting especially once the storyline starts to dig a little deeper and you get the background to everything that is happening.

I wasn't fully convinced with the relationship built up between Adam and Megan and actually thought it happened all a bit too quickly which annoyed me somewhat. I found their dependence on each other at such a young age a little bit over bearing and creepy and not sure it gave out an entirely appropriate message to teens.

The final section of the book is where everything kicks out and it is certainly action packed. It was a fast paced ride and it certainly kept me hooked and page turning as I needed to know what was going to happen.

All in all a book I certainly enjoyed and a series I will be looking forward to seeing through.

2 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I wasn't entirely convinced by the synopsis, but now I'm a little more willing to give it a go, if only for the mythology!

Clover said...

I think it's the Irishness of this book that really makes me want to read this book!