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This dark, thoughtful sequel to The Mark (2010) eventually subverts practically every paranormal-romance cliché.
Seventeen-year-old Cassie has accepted her ability to see impending death; she is a descendent of the mythological Fates. Seeking guidance on this "gift," she leaves her small-town home and friends to immerse herself in a study of death, working at a funeral home, researching different spiritual traditions and visiting a young woman committed to psychiatric care after seeing the "Angel of Death." She also becomes involved with the supremely arrogant (and dangerously magnetic) Zander, who claims to have the answers about Cassie's purpose and destiny. Cassie is both mature and sensitive, ever conscious of the feelings of others and agonizingly aware of the consequences of her own choices, while retaining all the foibles and yearnings of a realistic teenager. If her school life and the multicultural Chicago setting are given short shrift, and most of the secondary characters remain opaque, that's because so much depth is given to Cassie's interior struggles. While it may frustrate some readers that her ethical quandary never receives a clear solution and so many plot threads remain dangling, others will respect her eventual acceptance of uncertainty.
For those willing to ponder difficult questions and appreciate the opportunity to come to their own conclusions, Cassie's visions will resonate long after the last page is turned. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
Posted January 1, 2012
I loved the first in the series. And while I'm use to the sophomore book tending to me inferior to the first, I struggled with this one way more than I normally do.
My biggest problem was the amount of time this book spends in the funeral home. And, I really feel this might be a personal issue with me. I'm not overly fond of the idea of death. So reading about all her work in the funeral homes was just NOT for me. I do understand why she was doing it. And I enjoyed what she learned about the different beliefs on what happens when we die. And also the idea of changing your "destiny" is discussed in different contexts which I found fascinating.
I liked Cassie's interactions with the girl in the mental health hospital. While the other girl never says anything, I think it shows a lot about what Cassie is trying to learn. She's really trying to get a handle on what's the right thing to do. Which brings us to Zander. I enjoyed learning who he is and what he can do in relationship to what Cassie does. But, as a character, I intensely disliked him. I really wanted to Cassie to stay far away from him.
So, really mixed feelings about this book. I hate saying it was a let down, but I just didn't have the same feel as the first book.
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Posted June 3, 2014
I really loved this and the first book! I loved everything about it accept I felt like it had an unfullfilling ending. If I read the last book in a set and am not content or feel like another book should follow, then it makes me slightly resentful. I wish there had been some closure, I want another book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2012
I loved this book it was amazing! To those who dont like the funeral home, dont read the book. A lot of important scenes happen there. I honestly loved this book , there was not a lot of jack, just some memories..... the first few chapters are really confuzing, she apperently moved to chicago and now has to make all new friends. All in all i REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! (And kinda zander too!!(: )Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2012
Someone needs to write a comment! I always need good comments about the book before I read it! And if you do write a comment, please spell the words correctly. People can't understand you if your comment is spelled wrong. Now onto the review. This is a very good book, though you should read the first one first if you want to understand it a little better. It isn't like the Hunger Games, but is still really good! Please read and rate it! It is a good book! And PLEASE rate it when you have read it. If not for me, for the sake of others!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.