Review: Carrier of the Mark

9.18.2011
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Publish date: October 4th, 2011 by HarperTEEN
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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 ended up winning an ARC of this through Facebook :P If you go to Carrier's FB page, you can enter to win a copy. I think they're giving a copy away to two people every week until the release date.


I didn't get a chance to read Carrier back when it was still on Inkpop, so I can't tell you how different it is from what it used to be. I can tell you that Meghan was a great character - a little unbelievable at times, but realistic when it counted. It was easy to read her narration. The one thing I didn't like is that in the beginning, she gave up too easily after she saw Adam and his sister do some strange things. Sure, she still wondered about them, but she didn't really do much to try to figure it out, she didn't speculate about what it could have been.


I'm not sure how I felt about Adam. There were times when I absolutely loved him, and then there were times when he just felt . . . blah to me. Easily forgettable.

Adam's family was awesome, though. I loved how they each had their own history that we got to learn about. I feel like we might have met them a little too early, though.

And this is where I have something to seriously complain about - the speed of Adam and Meghan's relationship. They've barely said ten words to each other and then suddenly they're claiming they can't stop thinking about each other and kissing. I was like . . . come on. Meghan knows absolutely nothing about Adam, other than his name and who his family is and where he works. That's pretty much it. I don't care if he's pretty. You don't just suddenly start making out with each other. And then the next day she's going to his house. I don't know about you, but that screams. "CREEPY" to me.

I don't understand why everyone has to be "meant" for each other, "drawn" to each other by forces unseen. WHAT'S WRONG WITH PLAIN OLD FALLING IN LOVE, HUH?

There were some other parts in the beginning that seemed a bit rushed, too. You'd be reading a chapter, and then suddenly the next chapter is talking about how it's a month later, and I'm wondering what the hell happened.


It got better once you got farther along, though I wish there had been some more descriptions of things. I want to know what things look like, what the people look like. There was so much dialogue and the descriptions of what was happening through Meghan's eyes that i have no idea what anything looked like.


Overall: I probably made it sound way worse than it is. The plot of this book was awesome and original, and there were times when Adam was downright adorable that I loved him as much as Meghan. Adam's family  and their interactions with Meghan had me laughing sometimes, angry others. Carrier of the Mark brought out some emotions from me, and I'll definitely be waiting for the next book. 4 stars.


~Zoey~
21 comments on "Review: Carrier of the Mark"
  1. I want this book.
    But I don't have a Facebook.
    So.

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  2. WELL.
    Maybe you'll win it from me. ;D

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  3. Oooooooh, you got to read this early!
    I'm glad you reviewed it. I've been iffy on whether or not I'll buy it when it comes out because I remember being a little eh on the speed of Meghan and Adam's relationship and the whole INSTANT ATTRACTION deal when I read it on inkpop. But I'll probably check it out if you think it's pretty good.

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  4. Michelle: Yeah, I'm still kinda iffy on it. I want to give it three stars, but then I remember Adam's brother Rian and I melt inside. I loved him. And the plot is actually really creative, but I'm thinking this would have been way better with less romance. *can't believe I just said that*

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  5. Zoey: I agree with everything you said! I've had an ARC since April, and my biggest issue was Megan and Adam's Bella/Edward tendencies. Adam bothered me more than not.

    But I absolutely LOVED Rian... soo.....

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  6. Marisa: Yeah, I was thinking Twilight stuff part of the time too >_> What with the whole Adam having an odd family and then the MC becoming best friends with the sister . . . .

    YES. I just told Lexie I'd squeal like a little girl if Leigh decided to write a spin-off series about Rian.

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  7. Great review. Looking forward to reading this one. Really adore the cover, too.

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  8. I recently won an ARC copy of this book too! :D hope it comes in the mail soon. thanks for the review!

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  9. Yay! Thanks for the review! This book is already on my list. Awesome! :)

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  10. I really like this book but I think it has some flaws on the writing as well as the character building. Nice review.

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  11. I really did enjoy this book quite a bit, I thought the whole concept was interesting and I can't wait to see what else the author has in store. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  12. I honestly don't know how Leigh Fallon got published. This book just... sukced. I don't know how to describe it, I just didn't like it. I think it's because it's so similar Twilight.

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  13. You're so lucky. I want to read this book so bad I'm about to pull my hair out. I have to make an emergency trip to Barnes & Noble :P

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  14. I enjoyed this book as well however felt similar to you. I was so confused at points that I had to go back and re-read parts. But, it was interesting and different which I liked.

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  15. Love your review! I'm so moving this one up on my TBR pile. I won this book in a giveaway too after so many tries. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. It really helps give me insight :D

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  16. I've been seeing this cover all over since forever. Hesitant because... I don't do romances. They usually have a large eye-rolling factor for me. And I can't stand romances where the MCs "snap" together. Probably not for me.

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  17. It is funny how when we are reading there are definite annoyances and questions that creep in and at the same time we can love a book. I am always in a dither when this happens and do not know how to express myself. You did a really good job with this. I want to read Carrier of the Mark :)

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  18. Thanks for the honest review...I've been debating if I want to buy this book or not. I think I will give it a shot :-)

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  19. I just got this from a friend and I'm super excited to read it. I don't mind if there's not a lot of description (sometimes..) so hopefully I won't have that same issue. Although, I'm not really fond of 'I'm so in love with you yet we don't know each other at all' stories, but everything else about this sounds really good so...>_< I'll see!

    Thanks for the review.

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  20. I was not a fan of this book. It just didn't appeal to me on any level. I gave it 2 stars. The characters were meh...and the world building...needed more.

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  21. I absolutely hated this book. I could tell, right from the beginning, this book would be full of clichés. It truly was though. And I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't feel anything towards any of them. Especially the guy, Adam. I did not like him. Actually, it wasn't that I didn't like him. I didn't like how the author wrote him. He's supposed to be hot and brooding, but it just came off as fake. UGH! There were so many things wrong with this book... just ugh. I gave it one star. But, I'm glad you enjoyed it, as bizarre as that seems to me. Thanks for the review!

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9.18.2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Publish date: October 4th, 2011 by HarperTEEN
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//




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 ended up winning an ARC of this through Facebook :P If you go to Carrier's FB page, you can enter to win a copy. I think they're giving a copy away to two people every week until the release date.


I didn't get a chance to read Carrier back when it was still on Inkpop, so I can't tell you how different it is from what it used to be. I can tell you that Meghan was a great character - a little unbelievable at times, but realistic when it counted. It was easy to read her narration. The one thing I didn't like is that in the beginning, she gave up too easily after she saw Adam and his sister do some strange things. Sure, she still wondered about them, but she didn't really do much to try to figure it out, she didn't speculate about what it could have been.


I'm not sure how I felt about Adam. There were times when I absolutely loved him, and then there were times when he just felt . . . blah to me. Easily forgettable.

Adam's family was awesome, though. I loved how they each had their own history that we got to learn about. I feel like we might have met them a little too early, though.

And this is where I have something to seriously complain about - the speed of Adam and Meghan's relationship. They've barely said ten words to each other and then suddenly they're claiming they can't stop thinking about each other and kissing. I was like . . . come on. Meghan knows absolutely nothing about Adam, other than his name and who his family is and where he works. That's pretty much it. I don't care if he's pretty. You don't just suddenly start making out with each other. And then the next day she's going to his house. I don't know about you, but that screams. "CREEPY" to me.

I don't understand why everyone has to be "meant" for each other, "drawn" to each other by forces unseen. WHAT'S WRONG WITH PLAIN OLD FALLING IN LOVE, HUH?

There were some other parts in the beginning that seemed a bit rushed, too. You'd be reading a chapter, and then suddenly the next chapter is talking about how it's a month later, and I'm wondering what the hell happened.


It got better once you got farther along, though I wish there had been some more descriptions of things. I want to know what things look like, what the people look like. There was so much dialogue and the descriptions of what was happening through Meghan's eyes that i have no idea what anything looked like.


Overall: I probably made it sound way worse than it is. The plot of this book was awesome and original, and there were times when Adam was downright adorable that I loved him as much as Meghan. Adam's family  and their interactions with Meghan had me laughing sometimes, angry others. Carrier of the Mark brought out some emotions from me, and I'll definitely be waiting for the next book. 4 stars.


~Zoey~

21 comments:

  1. I want this book.
    But I don't have a Facebook.
    So.

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  2. WELL.
    Maybe you'll win it from me. ;D

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  3. Oooooooh, you got to read this early!
    I'm glad you reviewed it. I've been iffy on whether or not I'll buy it when it comes out because I remember being a little eh on the speed of Meghan and Adam's relationship and the whole INSTANT ATTRACTION deal when I read it on inkpop. But I'll probably check it out if you think it's pretty good.

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  4. Michelle: Yeah, I'm still kinda iffy on it. I want to give it three stars, but then I remember Adam's brother Rian and I melt inside. I loved him. And the plot is actually really creative, but I'm thinking this would have been way better with less romance. *can't believe I just said that*

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  5. Zoey: I agree with everything you said! I've had an ARC since April, and my biggest issue was Megan and Adam's Bella/Edward tendencies. Adam bothered me more than not.

    But I absolutely LOVED Rian... soo.....

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  6. Marisa: Yeah, I was thinking Twilight stuff part of the time too >_> What with the whole Adam having an odd family and then the MC becoming best friends with the sister . . . .

    YES. I just told Lexie I'd squeal like a little girl if Leigh decided to write a spin-off series about Rian.

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  7. Great review. Looking forward to reading this one. Really adore the cover, too.

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  8. I recently won an ARC copy of this book too! :D hope it comes in the mail soon. thanks for the review!

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  9. Yay! Thanks for the review! This book is already on my list. Awesome! :)

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  10. I really like this book but I think it has some flaws on the writing as well as the character building. Nice review.

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  11. I really did enjoy this book quite a bit, I thought the whole concept was interesting and I can't wait to see what else the author has in store. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  12. I honestly don't know how Leigh Fallon got published. This book just... sukced. I don't know how to describe it, I just didn't like it. I think it's because it's so similar Twilight.

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  13. You're so lucky. I want to read this book so bad I'm about to pull my hair out. I have to make an emergency trip to Barnes & Noble :P

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  14. I enjoyed this book as well however felt similar to you. I was so confused at points that I had to go back and re-read parts. But, it was interesting and different which I liked.

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  15. Love your review! I'm so moving this one up on my TBR pile. I won this book in a giveaway too after so many tries. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. It really helps give me insight :D

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  16. I've been seeing this cover all over since forever. Hesitant because... I don't do romances. They usually have a large eye-rolling factor for me. And I can't stand romances where the MCs "snap" together. Probably not for me.

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  17. It is funny how when we are reading there are definite annoyances and questions that creep in and at the same time we can love a book. I am always in a dither when this happens and do not know how to express myself. You did a really good job with this. I want to read Carrier of the Mark :)

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  18. Thanks for the honest review...I've been debating if I want to buy this book or not. I think I will give it a shot :-)

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  19. I just got this from a friend and I'm super excited to read it. I don't mind if there's not a lot of description (sometimes..) so hopefully I won't have that same issue. Although, I'm not really fond of 'I'm so in love with you yet we don't know each other at all' stories, but everything else about this sounds really good so...>_< I'll see!

    Thanks for the review.

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  20. I was not a fan of this book. It just didn't appeal to me on any level. I gave it 2 stars. The characters were meh...and the world building...needed more.

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  21. I absolutely hated this book. I could tell, right from the beginning, this book would be full of clichés. It truly was though. And I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't feel anything towards any of them. Especially the guy, Adam. I did not like him. Actually, it wasn't that I didn't like him. I didn't like how the author wrote him. He's supposed to be hot and brooding, but it just came off as fake. UGH! There were so many things wrong with this book... just ugh. I gave it one star. But, I'm glad you enjoyed it, as bizarre as that seems to me. Thanks for the review!

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