Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Paperback, 342 pages

Released: October 4, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

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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 DeRĂ­s.

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.

My Rating: 4 / 5

My Thoughts:

Megan's latest move is  from Boston to Ireland for her Dad's new job. On her first day of school she notices a boy watching her and finds herself instantly captivated by the mysterious Adam DeRis. After all the moving around she had never gotten close to people, until now.

If you enjoy stories about mythology, the lore behind the story was fabulous. We learn about Druids, a secret world full of history and power and how when the the four elements (air, earth, fire, water) are together they have the power to transform the world! At times it was a lot to take in so pay attention.

I adore the idea of people being brought together by fate but lately I haven't found one that really worked. It's hard to make people instantly fall in love and for it to be believable. I think Leigh Fallon did a good job making this one work. What for me was lacking was a bit more romance/connection without being cheesey, and to be honest, I didn't get enough of the Irish setting, I wanted more! Megan's acceptance of her new found role was too sudden. She did not fear or question it as I think most would have. After finishing the book, I wonder why the school friends were even there, for me their presence didn't really add anything extra to the Mark storyline. That being said, I see book two as the opportunity to really develop all the characters, now that the world building has taken place. Maybe one of them may surprise me?!

Carrier of the Mark was great debut, I can't wait to see where Meagn and Adam go from here! Did you know Leigh Fallon was discovered on Inkpop?


  1. Glad you liked it! I ordered it, it should be getting here next week or so :)
    I LOVE mythology, so this sounds like it will be my kind of book :D
    Thanks for the review!

  2. I enjoy mythology so I think I am going to try this one. The cover by far is one of my favourites of the year.

    I'm glad you mentioned the four elements, that sold me more.

  3. Yes I liked the mythology too and loved the setting and I enjoyed the older del ris , and want to see what happens too. I also glad that they questioned the insta attraction :)

  4. Daisy ~ I really liked the Celtic myth in this one!

    Marce ~ Yes, it does get a tad confusing but hoping it all smooths over as the story continues. (This is a trilogy)

    Julie ~ Me too bc that always bug me :D

  5. I think everyone really wants the myth to be explored more. It would have been awesome if there were more manifestations of what their individual powers can do. I like your review. Short and sweet. :)

  6. Great review. I love mythology and Ireland so I will have to check this one out. I'm not a fan of insta-love but maybe I will still like this book. =)

  7. Awesome review! I really have to pick this one up soon! I love mythology so I just know I will really enjoy this!

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  8. Enjoyed your review! I've had my eye on this one for awhile and am looking forward to reading it.

  9. I really need to get to this one. I've been meaning to read it for a while now but its been hard as I know the author. I do keep hearing good things about it though so hopefully I'll get to it soon.