The Carrier of The Mark
October 27th 2011
HarperCollins Childrens Books
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.
I was super, SUPER excited to read Carrier of the Mark, and had been since I saw the cover (which is just amazeballs). Sadly, for me, it didn't live entirely up to my high expectations, but it was still good! Just not as amazing as I was hoping...
I think the thing that let me down about it is that it wasn't really anything special. Which sounds really bad now that I'm typing it out, but it's true. I was expecting something new and fresh, something that would stick out in a sea of paranormals, but it was just kind of a bit.. samey? It was just kind of safe, I guess. And that's not to say I didn't like it, 'cause of course I did, but it just kind of was the same old thing I find when reading paranormals.
Saying that, there were many things that I did really like about the Carrier of the Mark. I thought the mythology behind everything, and it all being based around Celtic myths, was all really cool and I really enjoyed learning about it, though there were one or two chapters that were just solid explaining and it kind of dragged on. But it was really interesting! And the setting was great too! I've always wanted to go to Ireland, and I loved reading about it. Plus the DeRis house was really awesome (though again with the whole big family - Cullen thing going on...)
I also liked Megan as a character, despite the fact she was kind of a fish out of water, she dealt with it really well (seeing as she moves a lot), and she makes friends really easily, and I was glad to see that even after she started going out with Adam, they didn't just disappear, like how the friends usually do. I thought Adam was a little a typical romantic hero, and I wasn't really that taken with him, but I did love the rest of his family!
Although the story could be a little predictable, there were some parts that were a surprise, and as I said I really enjoyed the mythology, and that Megan was kind of a bad ass at the end. I really hope to see Megan grow into her powers even more, and that she kicks some more ass in the next book! That'd be cool.
The Carrier of the Mark is a book that I enjoyed, even though I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. Perfect for fans of paranormal, though! Plus it's a super quick, fun read. Really looking forward to see what else the series has in store!
Hm. Sounds like it doesn't break the mold -- in fact, it seems to follow a few very popular molds -- but at the same time, it sounds like it was decently written. We could see that as a great option for people looking for more of the same kinds of books they loved, or an easy fun vacation read.ReplyDelete
Thanks for writing such a thorough and honest interview! We always like understanding what to expect from a book.
I'm quite looking forward to this one but I have read a couple of reviews that flag up similar points to yours.ReplyDelete
There are an awful lot of middle of the road YA paranormal out there, it's becoming an exception to have a book in this genre that I really want to shout and scream about rather than just say it was 'ok'.
Great review - as always! :D
I'm half way through this now, and I see what you mean about it being rather samey as all the other paranormals around right now! I'm still really enjoying it though :) Sometimes it's nice to read something familiar, haha ;) Great review!ReplyDelete
I am really looking forward to this, but I'm glad I can now go into it not expecting amazing things. Like Bella said-I do sometimes like the comfort of reading familiar stories-but it is nice to break away from that sometimes. Great review Cicely =]ReplyDelete
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What a shame that it didn't completely WOW you. I'm still in the excited phase for it and can't wait to read it :)ReplyDelete