Title: Carrier of the Mark (goodreads/amazon)
Author: Leigh Fallon
Expected publication: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC provided by Inkpop for review
Summary: "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."
First line: "Flames engulfed the boat, and my lungs ached as dark, noxious smoke filled the air."
Thoughts: There is nothing worse than a book with a striking cover, but disappointing story. Thank goodness this is not the case! When I first heard of Carrier of the Mark, I thought the premise sounded intriguing, plus I loved the cover. What I wasn't expecting was how addicting and life consuming this book would be. Badass characters, with amazing powers, instant connections and Irish folklore that'll make your head spin? Whoa!
The story revolves around Megan, a normal teenage girl who just moved to Ireland with her father. Things are so different for Megan here, but luckily, the students at her school are extremely welcoming. She instantly becomes friends with a girl named Caitlin and soon begins to find her place. With all that said and done, lets heat this up a little.
From the first second Megan lays eyes on Adam DeRis, she instantly feels connected to him in a way she never has before. Everyone warns her about Adam, and his other siblings Aine and Rian, but Megan can't seem to stay away from them. Soon, Megan will begin to realize that she's connected to the DeRises in a way she never thought possible. Their tale goes as far back as time, and so do the deaths of those who came before them. Is Megan and Adam's love fate or a tragedy waiting to happen?
One thing I loved about this book is how the author doesn't waste time introducing the reader to the love interest. I hate it when you read a book and have to wait at least 100 pages before any sort of spark happens. Luckily, this is not the case. You could feel the chemistry shooting off the pages, even if all they were doing is awkwardly looking at each other. With the way the story and characters are written, it's easy to fall in love with Adam or even Fionn and Rian.
Speaking of the characters, I have to tell you how much I loved each and every one of them. While the story mainly revolves around Megan, the author also gives you background information on the other characters, too. You have no idea how refreshing this is to me. In my opinion, this just makes the characters all that much more real and also makes the story come alive. I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book.
Now, while I loved the romance between Megan and Adam, I did feel like it came off a little Twlighty. Maybe it's the instant all consuming love, their intensity towards one another or the forbidden factor, but for some reason, at times, Megan and Adam became Bella and Edward to me. Even Aine came off a little like Alice. This in no way takes away from the story, but merely something I wanted to point out. The story is still very much unique, but some of the subplots and moments were not.
Also, was anyone else confused by the Carrier gene/Marked thing? For some reason, I'm still confused by how someone becomes a Carrier and Marked. It's explained in the book several times, and maybe I'm just clueless, but nevertheless, I still don't get it. Maybe the sequel will remedy this? I hope so.
Overall, if you're looking for an alluring, captivating and all around beautiful story, I would highly recommend checking out Carrier of the Mark. For three days, outside of work, I lived, breathe, drank, ate Carrier of the Mark and am sure you will do the same. For fans of Twilight and even the kids show Captain Planet (yes, I'm THAT old!), you are going to love this book!