Monday, September 5, 2011

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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.

Wind-whirled Ice Cream Cake

Food to eat while reading: Wind-whirled Ice Cream Cake

The Ireland setting and the promise of Celtic folklore in The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon pulled me into the story right away.

 I love paranormal romance and I dove in as soon as I received the book. I have mixed feelings about this one. Overall it is well written and I think it will be very well received.

 The book fell short for me in a few places, but I am still recommending this one, as I think it is only a matter of personal taste and I think many people will enjoy The Carrier of the Mark. The Carrier of the Mark is well written and flows nicely.

 The characters are a bit teeny-bopper for my tastes, but stay consistent throughout. There were many questions that I wanted answers to that kept me reading, and that is always a good thing. In the beginning of the book I saw glimpses of Ireland and the culture and language were fun to visit in my head, but I wanted much more than the book provided and I think the author could have easily incorporated the emerald isle throughout the story.

 There are some original ideas and fun scenes in the book that intrigued me, but much of the plot felt like something I'd already read--Twilight and even a bit of Avatar: the Last Airbender. I did struggle past that though, and found that the story is worth reading.

The romance between Megan and Adam is eye-rollingly perfect and I found myself skimming some of the love scenes. There is a good reason why the two lovers can't be together (a situation which is always alluring) but neither of the lovers are taking the threat seriously and so neither do I.

 I love what happens to the couple's powers when they are together and I hope the second book in the series explores that more. There is quite a bit of profanity throughout the book and that lowered my ability to recommend the book to others.

 I think the cover is pretty well done, but what I really love are the water markings on each of the chapter headings.

Verdict: The Carrier of the Mark blew me off my feet and placed me in the middle of a modern Irish fairy tale.

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