CBR III Review #129: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
I really really wanted to like this book. It was in Ireland, it had mystery and romance. Apparently this book has been getting a lot of buzz in the YA world so I thought I would enjoy it, but honestly it was so damn confusing I’m not sure what the hell happened. It has all your normal supernatural romance parts. Withdrawn slightly nerdy but really pretty girl who keeps having weird things happen to her (check). Hot mysterious and somewhat moody love interest (check). Supernatural powers (check). A villain that is keeping the love interests apart (check).
Megan and Adam and his brother and sister are all “Carriers of the Mark” they can all control an element (water, earth, wind, fire) as well as produce awesome but cheesy 70’s music (joke). However, the “scientific” explanations of how they become marked and the biology behind it gets a little murky. Plus there is a small ick factor when all the other kids that are marked are related. Makes you think they are going to get into Star Wars territory and Megan is going to end up being a long lost sibling….however incest would make the novel a lot more interesting.
Carrier of the Mark is not a bad book and I applaud the fact that there are no vampires, witches, and werewolves. There is definitely some originality in the novel. I’m just not 100 percent sure what the marked are suppose to do. Apparently they can snap the earth back into proper balance by doing some ceremony, but the earth has survived millions of years without this ceremony so I don’t see how a few more centuries are going to destroy life as we know it. Ohh and I’m fairly certain this is trilogy because it ends on a cliff hanger.
- Reading level: Ages 13 and up
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062027875
- ISBN-13: 978-0062027870
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars