Monday, January 25, 2010

Review of The Mark by Jen Nadol

Synopsis: Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

After reading so many great reviews, I was really excited to pick this up. I don't know if I was overly excited or what, but I was quite disappointed. The book seemed to lack suspense and action. There was just a lot of back and forth banter and soul searching, but not much else. While I felt remorse for Cassie (the MC), I could just never relate to her. If I can't relate to a character, I start to lose interest.

For one, everything I read has to have a swoon worthy boy. Call me boy crazy or whatever, but I need it! With The Mark, there are a couple prospects, however, I never felt attracted to them. They seemed whiny and unoriginal. I did put in consideration that 1 of the boys is still in high school and the other in college, but they just seemed so...boring.

Also, the ending really did it in for me. It answered a question I was wondering about, but nothing was ever resolved. Nor was there a real cliffhanger that had me wishing for more. It just ended and left me with an obvious assumption that there will be a sequel.

Now, don't get me wrong. There are things I enjoyed. I enjoyed the philosphy and psychology references. It took me back to my sophomore year at UT. I also enjoyed the Greek Mythology. I just wanted something more.

I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars. There are readers out there who really enjoyed this book. For one, The Princess Bookie and for another, my friend Casey from Goodreads. It's funny because I tend to agree with their thoughts on books. I guess there's always a first time for everything!

If you've read The Mark, comment and let me know your thoughts. I'd love to hear them!


  1. Did you change the name of your blog? I feel like I recently visited, and it was something else - or maybe someone else just has the same background as you?
    Anyhow, I'm SO sad to hear that you were disappointed by this. All the other raving reviews have me super excited. . .:-(
    I'm okay with no swoon worthy boys, so hopefully I'll love it, anyway.

  2. Yeah I did change the name. It made more sense b/c of the URL. LOL, so you're not going crazy.

    I mean, the book was okay. I liked certain aspects, but I think I was overly excited. Everyone loved it so I built up this amazing thing in my head.

    When you read it, let me know what you think!

  3. Thank you! I'll give the book a look eventually, but thanks to your review, it will not take priority on the TBR. I noticed that the book had no author-rec blurbs on it, which might be telling.

    And I, too, want yummy guys in my YA! We're agreed on that. :-)

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