A Marked Past

A Marked Past

by Leslie Deaton

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Lyla Mercer’s life changed the moment her dad was murdered, and again when she heard that she could be next. Forced to move to Salem for safe keeping, Lyla soon discovers her family has a dark history in the small town, and when a glossy black moon appears on the back of her neck she becomes the newest part of that legacy. Her family is marked and being hunted, but Lyla may be the just weapon they need to survive. Whispers and rumors follow her everywhere in the town and she thinks nothing can ever be normal for her again until she meets Caleb, the minister’s son, and the absolute wrong boy to be dating a witch. He’s everything she wants to be, just a normal kid from a normal family. At least that’s what she thinks, but nothing is as it seems in Salem. Caleb has secrets to keep that rival her own. Until recently, her father's murderer has managed to keep his true identity a secret, but when Lyla uncovers the truth about him, nobody is safe, especially her.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013347687
Publisher: LeslieDeatonBooks
Publication date: 09/11/2011
Series: The Mercer Legacy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Leslie Deaton is originally from just outside Dayton Ohio where she grew up in a creaky old farm house. As an avid writer and English major she spent her free time reading great books and writing nonsense in her journal at coffee shops. After decades of reading young adult novels, she dreamed up Lyla Mercer and created A Marked Past. She currently lives outside of Washington D.C., with her husband, three dogs, and all her books. A Marked Past is her first novel.

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A Marked Past 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Schnauzerpom More than 1 year ago
I knew the writing was great when I found myself wanting to get to the end but slowing down so it would last. Reminiscent of when I read the Twilight series. SO glad it is a series and I was hoping the next one comes out soon! Very good character development and I read that this is her first novel. Don't pick it up, you won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Marked Past kept luring me back to my Nook. I often found myself wondering what was going to happen next when I had other things to do. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a wonderful story, I had trouble putting it down to sleep. Lyla is a 16 year old who suddenly loses her father, and also finds out her mother is moving them from Chicago to Salem, the home of her fathers ancestors, and that is where she learns of her heritage and the man who is hunting her family to kill them all. Her Uncle Nathan and her two cousins,Mohana and Sage and her boyfriend Caleb all try to help her embrace her legacy and find a way to stop the witch hunter. There are covens, witches,witch hunters and lots of crazy witchy things going on. This is a series I must follow to the end. Can not wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Marked Past is my debut novel, featuring character Lyla Mercer. Lyla is a sixteen year old girl who is thrust into a world of magic and mystery. When her father is murdered, Lyla moves to Salem only to find that a legacy of secrets and danger plagues her family there. Undeterred by the threats in the town, Lyla attempts to live a normal life, but nothing is normal in Salem. Throughout the novel Lyla grows from a self absorbed teen to a self aware young witch who must protect the family that she loves, learn the ways of their people, and battle an ancient enemy. It's an exciting ride. Hope you enjoy it!
-essence More than 1 year ago
This book definitely had tremendous potential to be amazing. Just by reading the synopsis I liked it immediately. Witch trials and Salem witches are always an interesting material and make great storylines. I loved the main characters name, Lyla, and not to mention that she has Irish roots, she's a witch and there's some big family history secret going on. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my expectations and all that excitement was for nothing. There were some good things too, for example I really liked the writing for most of the part - I think it was fluent and easy to read. I got confused by the end of the book though, there was so many things going on and Lyla was jumping in and out of the battle and back in, and it wasn't really believable. However, the dialogue was very repetitive for me. Sometimes the characters were just repeating themselves over and over again and each time someone was explaining the whole historic background to someone else, we had to read the whole story over one more time and found out nothing new. I had a problem connecting to the main character, since I can't help but find her annoying, spoiled and very self-absorbed. It might be just the attitude she has towards world, towards people, life, love, everything. It seems that she can never really relate with others and she always makes quite superficial remarks - like saying that Caleb, her love interest, is hot and then repeating that over and over again, it makes us think that she's into him just because of his looks (all though occasionally she does mention that he's also very nice, smart and so on). And how she judges Hana at first just because she's wearing all black and keeps to herself. Lyla is also always butting in everyone else's business and she always does more damage than good. When it comes to love connection between Lyla and Caleb, I just didn't feel it. It was all very... I don't even know. She tried to hard and was very obvious about her crush, while there's still a lot of questions about Caleb. He didn't appeared as a strong character, he was just supposed to be perfect and the reader was supposed to accept that. I still think he should be paired up with Hana instead, since there was more chemistry in my opinion. For all it's worth I loved the character of Sage, I wish there would be more of her. She seemed so down to Earth, strong in her own way and the way she fought against everybody else and doing her own thing, but in the end did what she had to do to protect Hana, her sister. I'm still wondering, though, how old she really is? There are so many unanswered questions all through the storyline. I am curious though to see what will happen in the sequel but this time I won't let my expectations get up again.
EGorski More than 1 year ago
A Marked Past is absolutely 'bewitching'! For Lyla Mercer, life couldn’t possibly get any better. She has a best friend and a boyfriend who love her and a newly secured spot on the Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Yup, life is darn near perfect. Until a freak, car accident murders her father on her “perfect day”. That one tragedy sets into motion a chain of events that Lyla never could have imagined. The question is, is she ready to accept all that she’s about to learn? When I started to read A Marked Past, written by Leslie Deaton, I was immediately taken with how skillfully she was able to capture not only my attention but my emotions, as well. From the first sentence of chapter one, I was hooked. However, I wasn’t expecting such an emotional roller coaster ride right from the start. I found myself so wrapped up in the plot and the emotions of Lyla’s story that I actually had to put the novel aside for a few days and take a break because reading it was leaving me ‘emotionally raw’. (Yes, I can really be that big a sap.) Sappiness aside, I have never had a novel affect me that quickly. The only issue I really had with A Marked Past were the frequent typo’s which occasionally made reading the novel a bit more difficult. However, they were honestly more of an annoyance and slightly unprofessional in appearance than anything else. And truly, in the grand scheme of all things novel related if that’s the only complaint I have (and it is!) then there isn’t much to worry about. Typo’s aside, I was hooked and invested from line one; I couldn’t wait to sit down each night and read on to uncover more of Lyla’s story. While parts of the plot were fairly easy for me to figure out before they were revealed; there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing and on my toes. I found it to be a quick read. The slower a novel is, the more likely it is to lose my interest and A Marked Past was the perfect speed for me. The plot kept moving pretty quickly only slowing down in a few spots and even in the ‘slow spots’ the story held relevant information concerning plot line or characterization. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed A Marked Past. I know I’ll reread it again in the future, probably numerous times, which I often do with novels I particularly enjoy. I’m already anxious for the next book, A History Renewed: Book Two of The Mercer Legacy, so I can see how the next ‘chapter’ of Lyla’s life unfolds. If you are a fan of the House of Night series, written by P.C. & Kristin Cast, A Marked Past (The Mercer Legacy) is a good match. Especially if you found the House of Night series to be a bit more ‘R’ than ‘YA’, A Marked Past is definitely a good place to start. I received a free copy of A Marked Past, written by Leslie Deaton, to read and review. I am in no way committed to writing a positive review; all reviews are my own thoughts and opinions. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt find it as enjoyable as I hoped, didnt really even like the main character. Seems like it could have been explained in more detail, it was just missing that hook that keeps you reading.