Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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Title: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #1)
Author: Leigh Fallon
Release Date: October 4, 2011 (paperback)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Source: Bought 

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.

My Thoughts:
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!

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  1. I really liked this book as well. I thought the story was unique and interesting - especially since it was set in Ireland. You're right though that Megan and Adam seemed to fall in love ridiculously fast!

    I also had no idea what the sequel was called until now! Now I have a name to put on my must-read list!

  2. Excellent review, Liz! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well! I'm really looking forward to Leigh's next installment.

    I completely agree about the quick romance, too!

    -Wendy from A Cupcake and a Latte: YA Reviews

  3. Thanks for this review! I'm glad you like it! I can't wait to read it. I have it on the way.

  4. Great review! I love the cover for this book, and I can't wait to read it. I'm glad you liked it!

  5. I think we had the exact feelings! Though I think you're is put a little more elequontly than mine! I loved it, but I wasn't exactly in love with the love story - just wasn't feeling it, but I'm wondering what's going to happen with that! :D Too bad it just came out and we're going TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL FOREVER TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS! D:

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  6. I just bought this book last week! Im so glad you liked it =D. and thakns god is fast-paced XD (I just read The Faerie Ring and it was a bit too slow for me) I cant wait to read my copy =9 yey!

  7. I love this cover though, for some reason, this book doesn't call to me. It's odd how happens.

    I did love your review:D