Author: Leigh Fallon
Release Date: October 4, 2011 (paperback)
Overall: 4 Stars
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.
When I first heard that Leigh Fallon's Carrier of the Mark would have the honour of being the first novel published after being found on HarperTeen's inkpop website, I immediately added it to my must-have list! I actually didn't read the novel when it was on the website, so I really had no idea what to expect when I eagerly began to read the novel. In any case, I easily found myself flipping through the pages quickly as the story progressed!
When Megan moves to Kinsale, Ireland, she figures the latest move with her father for his new job will be just like the others. What’s waiting for her in this foreign country though is more than new friendships forged; it’s a dangerous destiny that she never knew she had… one that ties her to handsome Adam DeRίs and his mysterious family. And no matter how hard she tries, Megan can’t deny her strong feelings for Adam despite the short amount of time they’ve known each other. Initially, I kind of groaned at how quickly Adam and Megan were throwing themselves at each other, but it was so much easier to simply roll with it than really question it too much. (And, honestly, you can kind of already gather this would happen just by reading the plot description.)
What Carrier of the Mark perhaps lacks in developing the romance between Megan and Adam, it more than makes up for it with its beautiful descriptions of its setting in Ireland and the paranormal aspects Leigh Fallon introduces to her readers. I did feel that some of the explanations of the special abilities which the DeRίs’ family possess could have been eased more gently onto readers in some fashion, but similarly to Megan, everything did soon become much clearer for me. Megan is a very likable and easy-going main character, but her quick acceptance of her newfound gifts left me raising an eyebrow. It was rather unsettling how little hesitation and fear she showed, but maybe I’m just not as courageous as she is…
Leigh Fallon’s debut novel Carrier of the Mark is a fast-paced tale filled with suspense and swooning romance that will lift you off your feet! The trilogy has great potential to lead into more complications further along the line, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing what will happen next when Dawn of the Knights is released next year! If you’re looking for a fresh paranormal novel, I’m sure you won’t want to miss out on reading Carrier of the Mark!