Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.This summary really doesn't do the book justice because there is so much more going on than just this.
What I Liked: 1) I am always a big fan of elemental magic. There are a lot of books out there that explore that as a subgenre of fantasy, and it's definitely one of my favorites. It was never alluded to in the summary on Goodreads, so I was excited to see that aspect pop up in this book. There was a new, fresh spin on it (actually, I've never read two books that use the idea the same) so it made everything really interesting. 2) Ireland! I have never been to Ireland, but I love reading books that are set there. Megan seems to take to Ireland pretty quickly when she moves out there with her father. The setting was written in such a way that as a reader it felt like I was able to explore this new place right along with Megan and her friends. 3) Adam. Now this is one of those guys who draws you in. Their relationship doesn't just happen all at once, it grows gradually (although Megan's attraction to him is instantaneous). 4) Fast-paced and very detailed. There are some great details in The Carrier of the Mark, and they drive this fast paced novel and kept me interested as a reader. It was kind of like making a new discovery with every page turn. 5) Big shout out to Miz Fallon for explaining how some of the uniquely Irish words and names were pronounced. Nothing is more distracting to me than to not understand how certain words or names are pronounced, so I really appreciated her working that into the story.
What I Didn't Like: This book was good. It was well written, had some good characters, and the plot moved along the way it should but for me, nothing just jumped out and grabbed me like my favorites always do. It WAS good, I have no specific complaints, but it just didn't come alive for me like I usually want.
Overall thoughts: For fans of fantasy stories, Leigh Fallon's The Carrier of the Mark is a fun read that centers around Irish folklore and elemental magic. A sweet romance blossoms amid a busy plot with danger and intrigue. It could use a little more character development, but overall it is an interesting story that many will enjoy.
My rating: 3.5 shots
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