by T.L. McDonald

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'There is something terribly wrong with his eyes. My mind struggles to rationalize what I'm seeing and I tell myself that it's just a trick of the light, or that maybe I'm hallucinating due to the crushing amount of fear I'm feeling, because when I look at them, all I see is darkness. Deep dark voids that threaten to swallow me whole.'

When 17 year old Hanna Harper agrees to see a local band at The Iron Knife Club with her two best friends, she has no idea her life is about to change forever and that everything she thought was impossible...isn't.

Marked by a mystical symbol by a dying boy, she's thrust into a world she never imagined existed where her eyes are opened to the reality that fallen angels are very real, and very dangerous. And with just one look from their soulless black eyes, they can take everything from you.

And now, because of the symbol and the secret it contains, a secret she must protect at all costs, those black eyes have set their sights on her.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046558111
Publisher: T.L. McDonald
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Marked
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 386,708
File size: 376 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

T.L. McDonald lives in Ohio with her husband, her three wonderful children, and her little miniature pinscher Lola (who thinks she's a big beast.) When she's not spending time with her family or friends, she can often be found staring at the computer screen as she writes new material (okay sometimes she's actually just surfing her newsfeed on Facebook or Twitter), curled up with a good book, or occasionally binge watching an entire series on Netflix. Although T.L. has been writing since her childhood, Marked is her very first published novel and now that she's gotten this far, she has no plans of stopping. Nothing makes her happier than knowing she's put something out into the world for people to enjoy.

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Marked 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CatLandon More than 1 year ago
Marked is a YA paranormal romance read I thoroughly enjoyed. Though I did feel that many things could be improved upon, the general ideas and themes of the story are spot-on. Paranormal is one of my favourite genres and I was not let down. The author created an interesting world with a unique concept, one which I wanted to learn more about! I felt like she could have expanded and developed that part more. There are some great plot twists in this book and the cliffhanger ending had me scrambling for a sequel. There were definitely some nice action/suspense scenes that had my eyes glued to the page (or rather the screen) to find out what would happen next. For the most part, the characters were likable and relatable. By far, Hanna was my favourite character - she was the protagonist after all. There is some romance in the book which I hope is explored further in the sequel. The highlight for me in this book was the scenes where Hanna relives some of Sam's memories. They are the result of Hanna being marked by Sam as he was dying. I liked how we got to know Sam in this way and how I got a clear picture of him in my mind; even though he's dead, he still remains a significant character. I found the descriptions very vivid and real and though this kind of thing can get repetitive and annoying (since the reader is only getting a little bit of information each time), in this case I didn't find it to be so. Sam was probably my second most favourite character in the book, though he dies very early on. This is a testament of how well the author can write when I connect with a character who is portrayed through the eyes of his friends and Hanna and not him. One thing that needs to be worked on is the editing. For the most part this was great (unlike many other indie books I have read). However, a lack of commas recurred throughout the whole story. As well, there were enough missing words or awkward phrasing to make me notice. Luckily, this didn't detract me too much from the story. However, it definitely could for another person, and is something the author needs to look out for when she writes her next stories. Marked, for me, is one of the better indie books I have read so far. It had interesting characters, a cool concept and some great suspenseful scenes. I hope to see more development of the concept and world in the next book. Marked sets up relatively well for the sequel Fated, which I'm looking forward to reading. 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4) I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via lovers of the Paranormal book group on goodreads by the author. The author brings you into a world where things are not as they seem, and yet at the same time everything is so real. This paranormal book of awesome sauce is a must-read. The first chapter had me, and when life finally stopped cutting into my reading time I could not put this book down. This book was really something else. So different than anything else. This book was a very refreshing read. I am glad I chose to read this book. Once I got to sitting down and reading it nothing else mattered. I have to be up early in the morning, but I really don't care, because this book was worth every wink of sleep I lost. I loved everything about the book. When I got to the end I needed more. I am glad to see that there is a second book, and I look forward to continuing this story so that I might have those nights when it is worth losing sleep once again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I give it 3.5 stars. As someone who loves all things paranormal, I was very excited to give this book a try. The story picks up quickly with a teenage girl named Hanna witnessing a murder in an alley outside a club. After the attacker flees the scene, the victim marks Hanna with a strange symbol before he dies. Soon, Hanna finds herself experiencing strange visions and having nightmares that leave her with wounds and scars. I don't want to give away any of the mystery, but let's just say I found myself saying, "Whoa—I didn't see that coming!" quite a bit. McDonald does an excellent job capturing the teenage voice in Hanna, and I found myself liking her character, as well as those of her friends. I also enjoyed the nicknames Hanna gives to certain characters she meets. (You'll see what I mean when you read it.) There is a love triangle that develops, and honestly, I'm still not sure which side I'm on. Oh, and the cliffhanger end hurts so good! Why do you do this to me, T.L. McDonald??? MARKED is a rollercoaster ride of mystery mixed with the classic YA elements we all know and love, and it sets up perfectly for the next installment in the series. All that said, this book lost a star and a half for me because of what seems to be a lack of editing. There were mixed up words (lose vs. loose, to vs. too, peek vs. peak, break vs. brake, etc.) and grammatical errors that frequently pulled me out of the story. It is unfortunate because I really liked the story premise, and I think other YA Paranormal fans will, too. The twists and turns of the plot kept me turning pages despite the errors, so for those who can overlook them, MARKED is worth a read.
Gen923 More than 1 year ago
I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I absolutely loved Marked and cannot wait to read the next one in the series! The book has a bit of everything - excitement, danger, and the classic love triangle. The author does a great job of weaving a vivid tale filled with twists and turns and creating characters that are truly relatable. Without giving too much away, the story begins with teenage Hanna witnessing a terrible murder in a back alley. Before the boy dies, he marks her with a mysterious symbol. Her world gets turned upside down as the symbol begins to reveal strange nightmares and memories of the dead boy. She discovers a hidden battle of good vs. evil going on all around her and as much as she wants nothing to do with it, she can’t help but get swept up in the war. The story ends with a great twist and leaves you wanting more. I’m going to start reading the next one right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago