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Friday, 10 February 2012

Review: Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon

Author: Leigh Fallon
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: HarperTeens
Source: Bought

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 don’t really have much to say about this book. To say the least, I was disappointed. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, it just didn’t exceed my expectations.

The writing is so plain and at times I felt like I’m reading fan fiction. I didn’t feel like I was reading a published book. I know this was the first book discovered on Inkpop (a HarperCollins website where anyone could post their own stories) but I expected more from this, I guess.The only reason why I gave this story a three-star instead of a two-star because of the paranormal elements. I adored it. Unfortunately, this was the sole reason why I kept reading on. 

Megan. She’s one of those heroines that doesn’t stand out. She’s not great, but she’s not awful as a character. She’s just ok-ish. Now, let’s talk about Adam DeRis. My God. Edward much? He’s like Edward Cullen minus the sparkly business.

I hated the romance. Everyone keeps saying that it’s so sweet and so hot. But it’s not. I don’t know how two people can declare their ‘love’ for each other just after like one week of dating, and less than a month of knowing.

They also can’t sleep with each other. Surprise,surprise. The reason? Because according to some ancient Irish tradition, the world will blow up if two ‘marked’ ones get intimate. Literally. Ha-ha. I don’t know why writers/publishers/everyone keeps making up some ridiculous reason for the two to not sleep together. Now, I’m not saying that they have to sleep with each other, it’s just that I would have preferred it if they don’t sleep with each other because they feel the relationship is moving too fast, not because they think the whole freaking world is going to explode if they do.

Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading Twilight. Which is not a good thing, people. Also, all the characters were very bland, boring and not very developed in my opinion. Except for Rian. God, he’s HOT. Like sizzling hot. Oh, and Aine, Adam’s fascinating twin sister. Maybe Leigh Fallon should have had the two as the main characters instead.

So. One star for Rian, one for Aine and one for the mythology. I don’t know if I can be bothered to read the sequel (Jesus. There’s TWO more).


  1. I have completely taken this one off of my TBR list after reading Stephanie Sinclair's review of it. Most of the reviews I've seen have complained about this being too Twilighty.
    Ugh, instalove. That's one of my pet peeves in literature. You can't love someone you don't even know!! It's so annoying. I'll definitely pass on this one. Thanks for the honest review!

    Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads


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