The Carrier of the Mark

The Carrier of the Mark

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by Leigh Fallon

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fallon’s debut novel, first published on the HarperCollins online writing community and then selected for print, is a better-than-average offering that occasionally betrays its amateur roots with some uneven pacing. The setup is familiar and briskly handled: 17-year-old Megan Rosenberg has moved to Kinsale, Ireland, with her father after several unsettled years following the death of Megan’s mother. Megan fits right in with the popular crowd at her new school, but a broodingly handsome boy, Adam DeRís, keeps staring at her, and Megan stares right back, despite her friends’ warnings. Several chapters of teenage day-in-the-life narration ensue before Fallon suddenly dumps mysterious marks, elemental forces, and the Celtic goddess Danu into the mix, and the story takes off in a paranormal direction that the first third of the book has only hinted at. The intense, immediate romance between Megan and Adam remains the focus and the main draw. It’s an engaging story, heavy on the “snogging” and light on the mystical perils, from an author likely to improve with time. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
“First-time novelist Fallon has blended a unique tale of magic, folklore, friendship, and sweet romance into a tantalizing mystery with a modicum of danger.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“With its page-turning pacing, tension is high and readers will want to read future episodes.”
VOYA - Ann McDuffie
Escaping painful memories, Megan and her father move from the United States to Ireland based on an anonymous job recommendation. Megan is quickly accepted into the small-town school by everyone except one guy: the aloof Adam, who has a problem with the new American girl. Despite coming from different worlds, Megan and Adam are irresistibly drawn to each other. While Adam teaches sailing class, Megan notices he has a supernatural command over water; his siblings have similar powers over earth and fire, and Megan experiences the ability to control air. Powerful forces are drawing Megan and Adam together, and she discovers that the scar she bears is actually a mark that makes her one of the four earthly elements in human form. Though their love is forbidden, Adam tries to unlock the code that will allow them to be together. Meanwhile, the evil Knox organization wants control of the elements and kidnaps Megan. Adam comes to her rescue, but in a surprising twist, Megan becomes the rescuer. If teens are not completely over paranormal novels, Carrier of the Mark will appeal to fans of supernatural romance. With its page-turning pacing, tension is high and readers will want to read future episodes. The romance is mostly implied, with a few breathless kissing scenes but nothing more. Minor flaws are that Megan accepts her magical talent far too quickly, and readers may be confused about details of the history of the mark. These faults will likely be overlooked in favor of likable characters and an engaging, though somewhat familiar, story line. Reviewer: Ann McDuffie
Kirkus Reviews

This obsessive,Twilight-like romance and teen debut, first discovered on, misses the benefit of thorough editing in a rush to be published.

After years of moving since her mother died, Megan finally feels at home in her father's most recent relocation, this time to Ireland. Despite rumors that his family may be witches, she's instantly attracted to Adam DeRís. Megan soon discovers in a nonstop information dump (which leaves little room for authentic Irish dialogue or interesting action) that she, along with Adam and his two siblings, is Marked as one of the vessels of the four elements (earth, wind, fire and air). If she can invoke her powers, then she and the DeRíses can perform an alignment on the Summer Solstice and turn the world's chaos into harmony. But Megan is also the Carrier of the Mark and therefore responsible for producing children that will continue the Marked lineage. Because "physical union" between two Marked is forbidden, Megan must decide if she should accept her fate and forsake Adam's love or repress her Marked powers and let the world fall to ruin. Complicating the decision are the Knox, who want to seize the elemental powers and instate a fifth element, and possible corruption of a secret Order with ties to Trinity College in Dublin. Perhaps the planned sequel will be less complicated.

Misses the mark.(Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Megan and her dad have recently moved to Ireland following the death of her mother. At her new school, the teen is inexplicably attracted to a young man, and the feelings are mutual. After a near-drowning, when it appears that her new love interest has the ability to control water, she is soon let in on the secret of his family: he and his siblings are "marked," and each one controls one of the elements of fire, earth, or water. It also seems that Megan herself has a budding mark, involving the control of air, first evident when she accidentally conjures a tornado to avert an assault. The lore is complicated further when it is revealed that many pagan prophecies will be fulfilled with the addition of her as the fourth, final element. Combine prophecy, amulets, and a secret society stalking the group and you have the makings of a fine paranormal romance, tame enough for younger readers. Wendy Delsol's Stork (Candlewick, 2010) and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush (S & S, 2009) will provide more of what they are looking for here.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

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jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
This story is rainbows, moths not butterflies, suspenseful, lovely, and everything in between. I really enjoyed Carrier Of The Mark. It is a fun, cute and quick read that had me smiling so much. :) Carrier Of The Mark starts off with Megan who after losing her mother in a car crash has moved around an awful lot. Finally Megan and her father settle in Kinsale, Ireland where Megan feels strangely at home. She quickly makes new friends, but when it comes to guys she is strangely drawn to Adam DeRis, the one whom everyone tells her to forget about. As time continues, Megan becomes more and more drawn to Adam and his family who seems to be hiding something. When Adam finally seems to return her affections, Megan starts to realize that she has something within her that she could have never imagined. One thing I really liked about this story was that it's spanned over a good amount of time (months actually!). Letting Carrier Of The Mark take place over so much time, makes the story more believable for me. It actually gives the love time to mature, the friendships time to grow, and the plot time to bubble up and then spill over. And it does. I really liked all the characters in Carrier of The Mark. Caitlin is such a good best friend, I'd love her as mine! She's the total lets-hang-out-drink-coffee-and-gush-about-our-super-hot-boyfriends type of friend, yet she's there when you need her and capable of forgiving you when something goes wrong. Next, I totally love Adam's siblings Aine & Rian. I think they're both the best siblings in the world. They're protective, fun, helpful, and well duh, super-powerful! ;). I'm really hoping these two have just as big of a role in the next book (There's going to be one, right?!?). Another character I really enjoyed was Meg's father. I think I really connected with him because he's just like my father. He's completely down to earth, protective of Megan but not overbearing, trusts her to go out on her own, but completely caring and dad-like when needed. So, who did I leave out? Oh right! The main characters... powerful, strong Megan and sexy, SUPER-sexy and adorable Adam. Megan has a lot of accept through out this book. A lot is thrown at her and she accepts it all and is pretty easy-going about it. That takes a lot of courage, but it is also helpful when you have a green-eyed, super sexy, caring boy helping you along the way... aka. Adam. Adam has it all - looks, grades, caring, gentleman, an amazing family, protectiveness, the whole I'll-hold-you-while-you're-crying charm and I'll text you good morning beautiful thing going for him as well. They're love story is so cute or as Rian would describe it "pukealicious" =P. They constantly had me smiling when they were together, and that's the kind of love I like to read about. I really enjoyed the plot of this story, the landscapes, and the elements factor. With the elements if I had to chose... man how would you chose?! It would be a battle between Adam's power and Aine's power. I'm obsessed with the ocean and water, yet being able to talk to animals is seriously a dream of mine. Keeping to the plot, the only thing I would say is the ending seemed a little rushed to me. It was kind of building up and building up than the 'boom' part seemed to happen very quickly. However, I still loved the whole story and how it ended for sure! :) If you're looking for a quick, cute, awesome read... this is it!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
If anyone knows me, they know how much I love Ireland. So this book not only had me bouncing in my seat, but I'm in love with Ms. Fallon's writing. Written beautifully, Carrier of the Mark captures the reader from the very first page, marking them forever... The plot line of this book is what captured me immediately. I loved the pacing of the story as well as the development of the characters. Strange things happen little by little, making the reader curious, ensnaring the reader to keep reading. Ms. Fallon's elements in this book aren't overly done all at once, but gives the right information at just the right moments. The characters of the book are amazing! I love it when an author came bring fresh voices to a whole new story. Megan is a smart, easy going girl that everyone loves. I love how Megan is not easily fooled by excuses. This girl knows what she wants and what she saw! The love interest is another great part of this book! I love that Ms. Fallon created a love that is not only meant to be but forbidden. It makes the story much more exciting to see to lovers fight for their right to be with each other. I love watching them endure hardships but also find peace in each other. Now that, is true love. If you like a type of book where there is more than meets the eye, read this book. It's a unexpected move, new school, new boy, and strange happenings. Dark and intriguing, Ms. Fallon created a world like no other. Are you marked?
haley18 More than 1 year ago
"This is going to sound crazy, but...since the moment I first set eyes on you I haven't been able to stop thinking about you." ~Adam When I finished this book, the first thing I thought to myself was "how on earth am I going to put into words how much I loved this book?" I honestly have no idea, I normally wait awhile before writing a review, but this one I just need to get out of my system now. It was perfection. I can't even think of a comlpaint right now. The romance was just amazing, it never once had that fake or cheesy feel to it, yet it was able to still capture the 'love at first sight' concept and keep it real and magical which in all honesty I feel no books have been able to really capture lately. Megan and her dad are on the move...again. Ever since Megans mother died she has never been able to really call a place 'home' thier on the move to Ireland, and this time is different, everything feels different, and right. Megan is enjoying her new school, and her new group of friends, the one thing she can't figure Adam DeRis. She doesn't know why, but she can't stop thinking about him ever since she first saw him on that first day of school, but all her friends warn her...Adam and his family..are strange, and she is warned to give up on him and forget about it...but she just can't. After more and more strange happenings, Megan is thrown into the world of the DeRis's, and she discovers she is one of them...she is a Marked one...and not just that, but she controls one of the most powerful elements...and she is a Carrier of the if finding out that isnt enough for Megan..she finds out there are a group of people..called The Knox...and they are searching for The Marked, to use their powers, to harm them. This story was beautiful, I loved it. The characters were perfect, Leigh Fallon did a superb job at putting together an amazing group of people, each character I felt like I really knew, and I can tell you right now that this is gonna be one of those series, that whenever it does end, it is going be heartbreaking to say goodbye to these characters. The romance, I dont even know where to start with it, it was so amazing, I just found myself smiling from ear to ear of the love that was so perfectly protrayed between Megan and Adam, this romance was just so sweet, this books romance fed my hopeless romantic needs to the max and more. One thing I loved about the romance that Leigh Fallon has put together is she was able to make it so magical, yet it never felt as cheesy as this sounds makes people believe in true love at first sight. The paranormal aspect of this book was such a treat! It was so new and fresh. The powers that Megan and the DeRis family has is incredible, the scenes that Leigh had put in her book of them showing there powers are just breathtaking. This is a world that I cannot wait to visit again and discover even more about. Forget vampires and Werewoves, make room for The Marked ones! I can't get over this story it was just in one word breathtaking, every part of this story draws you in and keeps you till the last page. With a story full of romance, power, action, suspense, and magic. Carrier of the Mark is one read of 2011 that you will not want to miss!
Haddy More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book! I was hooked right from the very first page and could not put it down. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it. Leigh Fallon has the start of an smazing series and I cannot wait for the next book, Shadow of the Mark! Comes out in July people, mark your calendars!
JeanBookNerd More than 1 year ago
The Carrier of the Mark is an alluring read that I truly enjoyed. Even with a mix of mystery, action, and romance, the pacing of the plot was perfectly in line. Author Leigh Fallon’s writing style is very addicting. She puts thought and care to each word on a page that brings each remarkable character come to life and their world glowing like the sun. The way she builds up the storyline towards an expected action-filled scene is brilliant. Leighfashions such great descriptions that it literally grabs you and raises your interest level to heights you have never felt. The story is a refreshing approach towards Celtic mythology, legend, and history. Usually there are three elements I look for in a book and The Carrier of the Mark possessed all three. It presented great paranormal elements and promised a very impressive romance. Place the story in a great setting like Ireland and it is a formula for a great read. I love how the characters are easy to relate to. The female lead, Megan Rosenburg, is strong and is not afraid to put herself in tight situations, yet has a few uncertainties that most young woman her age have. The instant attraction between Megan and Adam was a delight to read and see it grow. The building of their relationship is sweet and tender. The story turns your imagination in full attention and produces an amazing picture in your mind. The ending gave satisfaction but left it with questions that still need to answered. I cannot wait for the next installment so that I may continue this adventure with Megan.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Great plot, great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED it! Very well written. I gave copies to my teen neices as well as to my peers (30's+40's), loved by all ages. We are all anxiously waiting for book #2, can't wait! I have my book signed by Leigh, she is really interesting to talk to and has a great sense of humor.
jazz-singer More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I bought it yesterday and finished it not five minutes ago. Incredibly written there has to be a sequel! Can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an enchanting story. I can't wait until the next book comes out. Please hurry!
Ashnicole33 More than 1 year ago
Love!!! Amazing novel the characters are truly adoring ! Cant wait till the squeal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was overall a very good book but it reminded me too much of Twilight which is a big put down. I also wish she had devolped the charater of Adam DeRis more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a super good, but not too challenging read. It is suspenseful and full of surprises, yet full of romance. If you like action, adventure, and a twist of romance, you are going to love this novel.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one day. It had just enough romance to make me love it and also a lot of magic. My 12 year old has started reading it and is already into it after just a few chapters. I can not wait for the next book in this series!
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Leigh Fallon has created the awesomesauce in her debut release of Carrier of the Mark. The book starts off with introducing our main character Megan who has just moved to Ireland because her father's work was assigned there. Megan moves around often so she normally keeps a low profile and tried to make few attachments in her new places of residence, but this time it is different. Megan's father is talking about staying, Megan is making friends, and she is discovering a whole new future of possibilities in store for her. With in her first week at school Megan feels intensely drawn to the dark and quiet boy at school, Adam DeRÍs, a lad normally aloof to girls, Adam soon finds himself also drawn to Megan and together they both soon realize that greater things are happening for bother good and bad. Megan soon finds out that there are greater secrets in the world, and as she finds herself in the middle of a hidden magic and in the middle of a dangerous romance she feels torn and lost, everywhere except in Adam's arms. Carrier of the Mark was a great book rich in detail and description. I loved the characters and their interactions, top it with a great plot and story progression and I got carried away this this amazing new read.
AbbieLeeAE More than 1 year ago
First off let me say that it's great to have something different to read. Don't get me wrong, I love vamps and werewolves etc., but this was awesome. So a girl who has moved around all her life ends up moving to Ireland with her father. Her mom died when she was a little girl while they were in a car accident. She ends up getting a "scar" which turns out to be a mark. She is one of four who have inherited powers from some ancient goddess. She falls in love with one of the other marked ones and soon learns that it is forbidden. Their relationship as they know it can bring about the end of the world. (Figuratively speaking)And on top of that there is a group out to capture them. There is a lot of drama and romance and suspense (non frightening). It just keeps moving You have to read this to see how awesome it really is. This is one of those books that I could not put down at all. And was very sad when it ended because it was over. I hope she puts more out. She is such a lovely writer.
Taylor Fowler More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. I love stories about the elements and this one was a new one and i loved it... so cannot eant for the next one. Really need answers to what happens
Skye Smith More than 1 year ago
Good concept!! The writing style is good and the character development is spot on. I truly enjoyed this tale. I will get the next, there are some answers that I need! :)
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I want to start off by praising the cover art. This cover is absolutely gorgeous! The book is wonderful too. It does however remind me a bit of certain other books at times, but not in a bad way. It was a fast read, and had a nice storyline that moved along at a good pace. The relationships between the characters worked well, and was believable. Megan moves around a lot so she never really gets to feel like she belongs anywhere, but there is something much different about Ireland. She almost immediately feels that it will be different here. She makes friends quickly. At first I actually found her to be a pretty dull character at first, but got to like her as the book went on, and found her not to be dull at all. I liked the DeRis characters. Aine has a cute bubbly personality that you can't help but like. Rain is a little rough around the edges, but you get to know him and find out he's not so bad at all. Fionn who at first you find very intimidating because one of my favorites. Than of course there's Adam. I found him to be a little overly sweet at times, and annoyingly possessive, but there's reasons why so it didn't bother me too much. Overall the relationship between Adam and Megan was great to read. The way they are so unfailingly devoted to each other even knowing what the risks are. They are both trying to think of the greater good, but know they can't live without each other and will do whatever they can to find a way around it. This was an enjoyable book to read, and I am interested to find out what happens next.
NewUTMommy More than 1 year ago
I really don't know how to write a helpful review for Carrier of the Mark. I just REALLY loved this book! From the moment I cracked it open, I simply hated having to put it down. The story is about a girl named Megan who moves to Ireland with her father. After the death of her mother they moved around the US a bit but nowhere really felt like home. However things start looking up when she moves to Ireland. She quickly makes new friends and even catches the eye of the mysterious Adam DeRís. Soon secrets are revealed that may not only affect her future but possibly the fate of the world. I wish I could pinpoint for you just what it was about this book that made me love it so much but I really don't know. I just loved the overall story and the basic feel of the book. The characters were interesting and the plot moved very smoothly. I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. One of my favorite things about the book was that it was set in Ireland. I have travelled all through Europe but have never had the chance to visit Ireland or Scotland yet. So for me, it was fun to be able to experience this new country through Megan's eyes. Another one of my favorite elements in the book was Adam. Oh, what can I say about Adam? Sigh. He made my grown-up heart go all pitter patter and feel that excitement you get with new love. I really think all these perfect YA boys are going to give teenage girls unrealistic expectations though. LOL Leigh just has a fluid writing style that is so easy to read. Her characters felt real and relatable. I loved the dialogue and found myself smiling or laughing out loud so many times, especially when the girl's were all together and talking about snogging. I just felt her characters were familiar, I knew these people. Some people may say that's a negative aspect (to similar to other paranormal books) but I disagree. Because they felt real, felt familiar, I honestly cared about them. I got excited about the possibility of a first kiss, concerned when secrets were revealed and anxious when things seemed dark. Leigh created characters and a world I felt at home in. It was exciting and new, full of obstacles and the possibility that love can conquer all. This book was everything I wanted in a paranormal romance and more. I loved the ending but now I can't wait for the next book to be released. I want more Megan and Adam! When I started this review all I really wanted to say was just "read this book!" So I will leave you with that thought.
ValiaLind-Author More than 1 year ago
Seriously, I don't even know where to begin. I guess I can sum it up with a few sentences. Carrier is Fabulous. Yes, with a capital F. The characters are fun, real, and intense. Leigh is brilliant. Alright, I'm done. But seriously. I loved Carrier so very much. The characters in this book have a definite pull to them. Megan is a girl who had a trouble past but she still looks at life through rose colored glasses. When she moves to a new place, she meets people who help her discover a bit about herself. She learns about her destiny, and takes charge of it. Megan is a strong character who doesn't run away from things she wants. Such as Adam. Oh Adam. Insert swoon fest right there. I swear people need to stop writing all these wonderful guys into my life. He's a definite pull to the story. He is also not afraid to fight for what he wants and I find that drool worthy in a man. I loved Megan and Adam's relationship. They are pulled together by something outside of their control and yet they make sure that what they have is real. That was a special touch in their relationship that made me sigh more than once. Also, I enjoyed all of the characters in the story. Megan's best friend and her girly problems kept Megan grounded. Then there was Adam's family who are all very interesting individuals. The whole element of the story was unique and pulled me right in. Carrier is a wonderfully written debut. Leigh's words pull you in from the first pages and keep you addicted for more. Entertaining, intriguing, and passionate Carrier will take you to a world like none before, leaving you breathless. The magic of this book will stay with you long after you read the last page.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes do you feel like just getting lost in a swoon-worthy, enchanting book? Me, too. Carrier of the Mark is that kind of book. From the ominous prologue, through the very last line, this book pulled me in and carried me along on the remarkable journey of Megan Rosenberg. Carrier of the Mark has so much going for it. Starting with the characters. Megan is a lovely teen protagonist. She is sweet, slightly awkward, and has a great sense of humor. She's not perfect. She occasionally has a snarky comeback, but usually keeps the snark in her head. She is an American new to Ireland, along with it's customs and slang. Her confusion and funny reactions to the slang she doesn't understand and the names she can not pronounce had me smiling through the whole book. You would think my favorite guy in Carrier of the Mark would be Adam. And I do dig Adam, I'll get to him next. But my favorite man is Megan's dad, Caleb Rosenberg. The father/daughter relationship is so heart-warming and great to see in a Young Adult novel. So many of the fathers in these books are absent or bumbling, cartoon-ish men or distant and hateful with their child. Megan's father is loving and attentive with Megan. He's not completely clueless and that was so awesome! Now for Adam. If you like your guy to be a appropriately mysterious and aloof when first meeting, and handsome (of course), then you will fall fast and hard for Adam. He's sweet and loving, but not cheesy. Romantic, without being sleezy. Protective, but not condescending. Adam is everything you want in a Young Adult guy. As for the rest of the characters, they are all equally fabulous. If I went into all the details about why I liked each one, this review would be way too long! Megan's friends, Caitlin and Jennifer are always good for a laugh. Adam's family Fionn, Rian, and Aine (forgive me because I lack the proper character keys to type their names properly) are all equally as intriguing as Adam. Fionn just completely breaks my heart. Aine is a delight. And Rian, well, I think (and hope) we will learn a lot more about this mysterious quasi-bad boy in the future. Author Leigh Fallon did a fantastic job of creating her own spin on the "paranormal young adult" genre. The paranormal aspect of the story is completely unique. Yay! Because, let's face it. Sometimes we really need a change from the same old story. I try so hard for spoiler-free reviews, so I won't get into the details, but her background for the story is elaborate and extremely well-developed, and not overly confusing. And if you are into Irish lore and traditions, and who isn't, you will really enjoy the background story of the Carrier of the Mark. Carrier of the Mark is such an enjoyable book. I devoured it within a day. Leigh Fallon has such an ease in her story-telling, making you feel as if you are part of the world. Carrier of the Mark is paranormal Young Adult at it's finest. Favorite Quote: " 'You feel it, too. I can tell. It's more than just attraction.' His finger that was caressing my lips moved slowly to my cheek. He let it slide gently up my jawbone toward my ear, stopping there to twirl a lock of my hair in between his finger and thumb." * I received this book from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Source: won in a giveaway from the author My Summary: Megan is used to moving around. Ever since her mother's death, her dad seems content in one place for only so long. She's used to not really having a best friend or a boy friend. She's used to starting over at a new school in a new town. So when her dad lands a great job in Ireland, she's expecting more of the same even if it is in another country. But what she finds is nothing like what she's used to. Feeling more comfortable than she ever has in any town they've lived in before, she finds a best friend and a new life. Not to mention a gorgeous boy, Adam, who can't seem to keep his eyes off her. But what is Adam hiding? How will it affect Megan's happy life in Ireland? It's a sure bet it's not going to be peaceful! My Thoughts: 5 stars - a must read Every once in a while, you read a book and realize that it's a favorite even before you finish it. That's what happened for me while reading The Carrier of the Mark. I remember it happening before with a handful of books like Twilight, City of Bones, and Iron King. It's where you sigh contentedly when you sit down to read it. It's where you miss the characters when you've been away from them all day. It's where you frantically check to find out how long you're going to have to wait for book two. It's where you want to start rereading it as soon as you finish the last page because you don't want it to end. It's where you won't give your signed copy away because you know it's a keeper that deserves shelf space on your very full bookshelf. Why do I love this book so much and think that everyone who enjoys paranormal romance should read it? Let me tell you. The characters are real and I liked them right away. I could quickly see Megan as the new girl high school trying to adjust. I never had a moment where I didn't like Megan. She's strong and willing to move around for her dad, who she recognizes needs the changes as he still struggles with her mother's death. She doesn't hate him for that. She is amazingly strong, which I love in female characters. Adam has mystery written all over him. It takes a while to figure him out and while I had an idea of where it was going, really I was surprised. I love surprises. And what fun it was to figure it out. I love Adam and his stormy side. Yes they have an instant connection but I really enjoyed it. It didn't feel contrived or odd. The supporting characters are also fabulous. I really like Rían. He struggled with some things and we got to see some of his weaknesses. I saw how he changed through the book and why. I really enjoyed how his relationship with Megan evolved through the book. I also like Aíne. She's fun and yet protective of her brother. The moths were one of my favorite scenes with her. The plot was well paced. I could have read this in a day if my life didn't get in the way. Staying up late and trying to teach the next day is never a good idea but I was seriously tempted. Nonetheless, I was eager to pick it up at lunch and as soon as I could in the evening. It still only took about four days to read. The action was mixed with world building that I really liked. A mix of myth and paranormal, it was a different spin that I really enjoyed. The balance was perfect with cute Adam, mystery over what was going on, and Megan working through her new life. Really, this book is fabulous and you must read it! Make
Patricia-TwoChicksOnBooks More than 1 year ago
One of the first things that grabbed me about this book was the beautiful cover. That alone was enough to intrigue me about what it would be about. As I started to read I became more intrigued. I loved not knowing exactly what was going on in the beginning. I always like when everything seems to be in the air and then it all comes together. The characters were awesome! I enjoyed reading from the MC POV, Megan. She has a great voice and an easy going personality. I don't want to give too much away so I am going to leave her character a bit ambiguous. My favorite character has to be Aíne (pronounced awn-ya). One of the things that I really, really enjoyed in the book was that Ms. Fallon took the time to tell us how to pronounce these fantastic Irish names. I am often butchering characters names and so this was fantastic for me. I really fell in love with Aíne because she's got a great personality and a superb sense of humor. I loved that she's a bit mischievous, too. Of course I've got to talk about the fictional guys. There are a few very delectable and worthy eye-candy ones to choose from but there is one that just sorta stole my heart. That would be Rian. He's got that bit of tortured soul mixed with a fiery personality. Hmm-mmm :) Adam is pretty great, too. He's sweet and protective but not in that over-bearing, suffocating way. I truly enjoyed reading a Carrier of the Mark. And I absolutely loved that it takes place in Ireland as Ireland is on my bucket list of places that I want to visit someday. There are many questions left at the end of the book and I am dying to read what will happens next.
conroj More than 1 year ago
Addictive, Mystical, Romantic, Exciting; The Carrier of the Mark is an absolute must have for your book shelf this year. I can't wait to get my copy in September! Pre order your copy now! (and at Barnes & Noble's online discounted price...BONUS!)
camibaby More than 1 year ago
Poorly written. I will not be picking up the sequel and it reminded me of Twilight.