Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
Carrier of the Mark created a wave of hype around YA community and the story behind the publication of this book was really cool. Furthermore, it received (mostly) 5 star reviews on Goodreads and because of that, I got really intrigued. What’s so special about this book? Why is there so much fuss about it?? I need to know! Thanks to Pinoy Book Tours I was able to get my hands on it.
My feelings for Carrier of the Mark are mixed. There are elements in the story that totally surprised me and grabbed my attention but there are also some elements that just didn’t work for me.
I’m going to start with the pros first. The first few chapters of the book was a teeny bit slow but I still find myself hooked because I was as intrigued as the students or inhabitants of Kinsale, for that matter, behind the DeRIs’ “weird” status. Then as the story goes and as the mysteries unfold and questions answered it was getting really, really exciting. My favorite aspect of the story would have to be the mythology Fallon used. It was different, thrilling and fresh. I kinda need it. It’s like a break from the common favorites like vampires or werewolves. And I give Fallon thumbs up for that.
Now the cons. From the moment I found out what the DeRIs’ and Meg’s special abilities are, I was so pumped up! I was thinking that it means action! Like hardcore action! I mean, the story talks about the four powerful elements. Air, fire, water and earth. I LOVE GOOD ACTION. And Carrier of the Mark kinda lacks that. I was disappointed, really. I really hope on the next book, there is going to be a blast of action. I also love romance on story. Ones that makes you giggle and makes your heart race. Adam and Meg’s relationship did that to me but the way their relationship started and progressed was another disappointment. Honestly, I kinda see it coming due to the part of the summary “…she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs…” but I tried to tell myself that maybe, just maybe this story would be different. And the way Meg revolve her life around Adam made me cringe at times. I know Meg is a wonderful character and she has a lot of potential, but her act made me roll my eyes more than once. I do hope to see her shine more with some independence on the next book.
Overall, I liked Carrier of the Mark and had fun reading it and all. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars and I recommend this book to all YA Paranormal Fantasy fans and Twilight fans.