by Leigh Fallon
Published on October 4, 2011 by HarperTeen
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Carrier of the Mark was one of those books that I got my hopes up about and they came crashing down. Before I continue, I’d like to say that this review is in no way influenced by the events that occurred between book reviewer Stephanie over at Cuddlebuggery and author of Carrier of the Mark, Leigh Fallon, over Stephanie’s review of the novel. I do share the same opinion as several other reviewers, however, in that Carrier of the Mark was like reading the next Twilight.
If you’ve read Twilight before, just imagine it in Ireland. We have the typical, “ordinary” girl Megan who meets the extraordinarily supernatural DeRis family. Then bring in Adam DeRis, the guy all her friends say to stay away from and who she has an obsession with. Suddenly, insta-love! They just can’t stand to be without each other and will give up everything just to stay together, like both would die from separation (which I hoped for at times). Cue introduction into the supernatural world and the DeRis family with a kind, protective father-figure Fionn, quirky and friendly sister Aine, and brooding brother Rian who hates Megan because she has a choice in all this and he didn’t get that. Add weeks of the continued obsession with each other, then finding out they can’t ever truly be together or something bad will happen. Other reviewers have broken it down to plot-point similarities but I had enough with the characters alone.
Thankfully, Carrier of the Mark wasn’t about vampires. It takes you back to tales of druids and draws together the idea of the four elements. The paranormal element in this book is not only the reason I finished, but also why I gave it 3 stars. I haven’t come across many paranormal romances that use “carriers” of the four elements, with the united powers of those people being able to control earthly events (seasons, etc.). The info dumps concerning this interesting plot element could be confusing at times but overall, I didn’t mind too much. As for the rest of the plot, it let me down. I had high expectations for this book but instead I received a knock-off Twilight in a new setting. The only saving grace was the supernatural elements of this novel.
If you liked Twilight, you’ll love this book. For those of you who are tired of the insta-love dregs, I suggest you steer clear of this book. I’ll be reading the sequel, Shadow of the Mark, to see if the plot gets better (and hopefully there’s more about the Marked). Overall,Carrier of the Mark was a disappointment for me and I’d say don’t be fooled by the cover unless you’re ready for a preteen fandom romance. I’m hoping the sequel improves on this novel.