09 November 2011

Carrier of the Mark 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.

This book was so popular on Inkpop that Harper Collins published it. I think this is both a blessing and a curse. It’s going to sound like I hated this book, and I really didn’t. I thought there was a lot of potential and some great ideas. However, I do think that Harper Collins was a little afraid to mess with such a popular item that a large public had already seen, and I think it was a problem because the potential in this book was undeveloped. I feel like it needs one more time with a good editor to clean up some hanging threads, solidify character development, and tighten the direction of the plot. It still has a wonderful, indefinable spark that totally screams out *This is why I am popular!* but all writing can benefit from an edit by someone not engrossed by developing the work. That said, I loved Megan and her development. I totally felt what it was like to be a new girl in a new town trying to fit in when everyone there knew everything about everyone else. I liked her dad and how involved he was in her life. I felt that Adam could have used a little more work but he wasn’t entirely flat. His relationship with Megan was abrupt, I would have liked to see a few more scenes where they got to know each other instead of leaving their relationship totally up to destiny and the folly of teenage love at first sight. However it does make the plot with the druids more believable, I would try to break up that relationship too if I were an authority figure because it seems to be built on clouds and kitten laughs and nothing really solid and lasting. I do think, however, that this series is totally worth reading and I’ll be anxious to get the next book when it comes out.

1 comment:

  1. This has been on my TBR list. Thanks for this really honest review. It really helped me determine its placement on the list.