Friday, November 11, 2011
Book Shelf: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #1) 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 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.
Blurb from Goodreads......
Carrier Of The Mark is a very enjoyable debut by Leigh Fallon! While I admit it may not be the best choice for someone looking for something different in the YA paranormal romance genre, it blends together all the elements that make a great paranormal romance book; romance, mystery, action and danger. It’s a traditional, boy meets girl tale with a supernatural element and is a nice tale to relax and enjoy.
I loved the mythology in this book and I must say that the idea of Carrier’s and Marked is really interesting. It was a tad confusing when it was first being explained, with so much going on but it’s nothing I’ve heard before. The way it all goes together and each element is very intriguing. It took a while for me to really slip into the book and characters but when I did, I found that I really enjoyed reading it; especially towards the end. Then I just could not stop reading and was drawn into the mystery.
The characters were nothing I hadn’t seen before, but I loved them regardless. Megan was easy to read about and her voice easy to follow. She experienced a lot in such a short amount of time and I felt she dealt with it well, if not a bit too well at times. I liked seeing her learn about her new abilities and the world around her and I enjoyed seeing her form such strong friendships with both Caitlin and then later Aine.
Adam was your typical male lead, so of course I found him very sexy. Liked his element and he had a good heart. I felt he was good for Megan and I did like the relationship that developed between them.
I really loved Aine and even Rian---I thought the relationship that Adam had with his siblings and even Fionn was very well done and was actually a highlight of the book for me. I’m a sucker for any story where families have a close bond and this was the case with this book.
Adam and Megan’s relationship built very fast and seemed to sprout from nowhere really, but there was no denying the passion that seemed to jump off the pages when they were together. Fallon writes really well in this respect and you couldn’t help but feel the depth and desperation these two felt, regardless of how quickly their relationship began. The trials and issues they face as part of their relationship and being Marked are very real and I foresee it being an ongoing problem for them in future books. It goes without saying that I want them to be together, but I think it’s going to be a tough road for these two.
This whole book is shrouded in mystery, even as things are revealed. The pace is easy to read and relaxing, but races to a conflict towards the end that leaves more than one of the characters in hospital and Megan having to embrace what she is.
This chapter of the series ends well, and regardless of the similarities I found with it and other YA novels I’m looking forward to the next chapter and seeing what Megan, Adam and their family are in store for next.
Source: Sent by HarperCollins Australia (Thank-you very much)
AU Release Date: Available now!
Expected AU Price: $16.99
Recommend: For fans of the paranormal
Recommend borrow or buy: Borrow
Cover: I do like the cover--very pretty
Read sequel/continue with series: Hmmm, I think so....