16 June 2011

{Book Review} Carrier of the Mark

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 June 2011 at 2:46 AM | | | | |


Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Published: October 4th, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?
A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.
She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

Leigh Fallon sets her debut novel, Carrier of the Mark in Ireland, but you never really feel like you are a stranger in the land she chose. Unlike Leigh herself, I’m assuming most of you don’t split your time each year between the US and Ireland :0) The setting is perfectly described and even the sometimes hard to figure out Irish names and pronunciation is explained effortlessly as you learn things along with Megan. It’s never forced or seems out of place at all. In fact, in most cases you find yourself laughing along as Megan learns words like ”numpty”.

The ideas and myths Fallon creates are intriguing and memorizing and will take you on a journey so intense you will have no other choice but to really believe you are in Kinsale, seeing and experiencing everything right along with Megan, Rian, Adam, and Aine. The characters are fresh, layered and have hilarious banter.

This book has a little bit of everything, mystery, intrigue, romance, family, friendships, magic- you know everything that makes for a phenomenal paranormal romance!

Last, just a side note. On the back cover of the ARC, it says that fans of House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast and the Need Series by Carrie Jones will be enticed by Carrier of the Mark. I have not yet read the Need series, though it’s on my TBR; however I have read HON and have to say that it horrifies me that COTM was compared to it. Not only do I dislike with a deep passion the HON series ( I found it tired, poorly written and dragged out), I don’t see much of a connection other then mention of the elements. I just had to get that out of the way, it’s been bothering me since I read it when the ARC arrived.

Please, if you read this same thing anywhere and are not a fan of HON, do not let it deter you from reading COTM. You are doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t put it on your TBR list right now and pre-order!

Find Leigh Fallon and Carrier of the Mark

Also watch out closer to her pub date, for what’s sure to be an amazing and funny guest post done by both me and Leigh!(which will have some fa-tab-u-lous swag giveaways in it!)

4birdsnew4 – 4.5 Stars Average

amber copy


  1. Great review, I am definitely checking it out! :)

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  2. It sounds a lot better than I thought! And I am really glad it doesn't compare to the HON series...

  3. @Kay - yeah I was too - However I may have turned fans of HON away from this book which wasn't my intention....lol. I think everyone will love it, it's just not HON. (thank goodness!)

  4. Woot! Thanks for such an awesome review. *happy dance* I have to admit, I've never read the House of Night books, I guess I should so if I need to scream at HarperTeen I can. LOL.
    Thanks again, you're the best.

  5. Can't wait to read this! Glad to hear it's not like the HON series; I'm not a fan at all, so this is reassuring. Thanks for letting us know!

  6. I so agree with not being a HON fan but liking this book. I am currently reading this and if anything they should compare to Twilight, though that doesn't carry much merit anymore since they compare EVERYTHING to Twilight. Liking the book so far but wanted to comment on the HON comparison bothering me as well!


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