Title: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier of the Mark #1)
Author: Leigh Fallon
Medium: Paperback ARC
(Gift from Bree @ The Magic Attic)
I've been contemplating on how to start this review. Lets start with the summary.
Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland when her dad gets a new job there. Her first day of school was uneventful as ever until she notices the dark and handsome, Adam DeRis staring at her like she's a piece of meat. And immediately she feels a drawn to him and him to her. Then Megan finds out that this "draw" or "captivation" towards him is more related to the supernatural that might be way too powerful and even destructive for both of them and the whole world.
The beginning of the book was captivating, especially with the perfect prologue. Megan goes to a new school and meets new people and notices Mr. Hottie staring at her and she stars back. Her unmistakeable pathetic draw to this guy is cute and somewhat romantic but when we're talking about realistic love, this isn't much like that. Then again, this is fiction and appeals more to the teenage generation of our time. So I can't blame Fallon for that.
Events begin to roll in and the book starts to drag. Then finally things started to become a lot more unpredictable and a little more exciting until I get this realization that I've seen all this before. The characters and parts of the story reminded me so much of (A lot of people have said this already but I can't help but say it as well) Twilight. Yes, Twilight.
It started from Rosalie (Rian), then to Alice (Aine), then The Voltori (The Order) and even Carlyle (the DeRis' guardian). This realization nearly stopped me from reading the book all together and since I'm the kind to never give up (so to speak), I kept on reading.
On the bright side, Fallon touched a new twist in the paranormal genre involving 'The Elements' which I found very cool and fresh. Though her characters seemed a little lacking in uniqueness, I still liked them. Especially, the crow Randel. Hes cute. :D
In conclusion, the story and characters did hold some cliches and at the same time held its own unique flare that is strong enough to get you to read the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing a change in Fallon's writing especially when it comes to this series.