Book Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

RATING: Star

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.

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JUVENILE.

Carrier of the Mark got me frowning from beginning to end. The characters were unimpressive, the writing is terrible, and the dialogues are sooo cheesy. You would think that for a book cover so stunning, the story will follow through. But no. Have you been waiting for this book? Please stop waiting. It’s not worth the hype, at least to me.

Megan reminded me of Luce from the Fallen series. Co-dependent, always swooning over the male lead. C’mon! How many times do i have to read about Megan falling into Adam’s arms, going into Adam’s arms, wanting Adam’s arms around her?!?!! I can only take a little sappiness, thank you very much. Heroines like her makes me want to hurl big time. Adam is no different. He’s kissing Megan the first time he acknowledged her after weeks of ignoring her. Then, it’s ‘let’s make out’ or ‘come here, beautiful’ or ‘i can’t take my eyes off you’. Ugh.

One thing i can say for the story: Too Much Information. I got lost in the neutral gene/royal blood/marked One talk. Can we just simplify things, Ms Leigh Fallon? The mythology and elements are interesting; too bad it doesn’t get better.

Carrier of the Mark reminded me of Twilight (which i liked) and Starcrossed (which i don’t). =( I think i’m better off reading fanfic than this book.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Imprint: HarperTeen

Pub Date: 10/04/2011

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

  1. rutro.. I had high hopes for this book. I am sorry you didn’t like it. You compare it to Twilight which I love!! Not sure if I will give this one a shot now.

  2. So I have to admit something, I read your review before I read Carrier of the Mark and I scoffed.I actually scoffed. The book had been getting such great buzz that I couldn’t believe it was ever that bad…but after reading and reviewing it myself, I must apologize for my scoffing. And I must say that your review is one of the most honest and accurate ones I’ve read so far. I think so many people seem to be giving it 4 or 5 stars simply because it’s such a talked about book.

    Here’s my Review if you’re interested. This was one of the hardest reviews I’ve written, simply because I like the author as a person so much 😦

    • Hi Aeicha! Don’t feel bad 🙂 we bloggers need to unite in order to find true gems in books and/or avoid those which could be a waste of our time (since there are a LOT of good books out there). Thank you for agreeing with me, it means we have the same taste. But even if you disagreed with me, i’ll respect that because you saw the book differently. =)

      Thank you for being honest as well! I blog so i can share my great finds, and naturally my not-so-great finds. I can only warn readers, but the decision to read is still up to them.

      Kudos to you for standing your ground!

  3. Hi Maria,

    I saw your review of Carrier on GR and I still went ahead and bought the book because I’ve heard so much about it. So far, I actually like it, better than Twilight. I couldn’t finish Twilight. I must be the only one who likes this book and didn’t like Twilight. I think it has something to do with my aversion to vampires.

    Anyhow, I’m following your reviews on GR. I like your opinion on books. =o)

    V/r,
    Melissa

    • Hello, Melissa! There goes our difference in opinion 🙂 and you don’t like vampires…! LOL. Let me know what you think of the Carrier once you’ve finished it, alright?

      and thank you for reading my reviews! >.<

      Looking forward to discussing books with you soon, Melissa 🙂

      • Hi Maria,

        I actually did end up liking this one. Here is my review on GR:

        http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/267383576

        Don’t be offended at my Twilight remarks. I wasn’t talking about your review. I was speaking out to all the reviews I’ve seen that say the story is just like Twilight, because there are quite a few.

        Anyhow, I hope your reading is going well!

        V/r,
        Melissa

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