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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark

Title: Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Series: Carrier Trilogy #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: October 11th 2011
Source: Harper Collins Australia for review

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 is simply amazing. It's been a long time since I've read a novel with explosive romance, brilliant mythology, a whole cast of fantastic supporting characters and nail-biting suspense. I could shout praises all day long! Alas, I must control myself...... Megan Rosenberg and her father move every year, but something about Ireland just feels right, like maybe it's where they're meant to stay for good. On the first day of school, Megan is inexplicably attracted to Adam DeRís, despite the warnings from her friends to stay away. The Derís family have a reputation for being stuck up and caught up in the world of witchcraft... True? False? You're in for a nice surprise!

Adam and Meg…all I can say is WOW. Their love is intense, consuming, earth-shattering and meant-to-be. Fireworks are exploding everywhere here! Yes, they're drawn to each other immediately. Yes, they fall in love as they prepare for a huge paranormal battle. No, it is not like Twilight! Fallon is a magnificent writer and fully immerses her readers in the realistic world she's created. The romance is forever, but not cheesy or overdone. I dove in head-first and devoured every little "I love you" like it was water and I was dying of thirst. Throughout the book, my heart threatened to jump out of my chest because the romance isn't on a constant high, but is met with barriers and devastating revelations - not just between Adam and Meg, but their friends and family too! Even if you're not a romance fan…there are plenty of other things to love about this novel.

Usually when you have two amazing lead characters everyone else blends into the background, but you will love Adam's family, Meg's friends (and their cute boyfriends) and Meg's father. It's not everyday that you see a young adult character with a great relationship with her dad! What they have is sweet and trusting and will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside in no time! All of the characters will plaster a smile across your face with their humour and friendliness - oh, these Irish folks are so lovely!

So many things are revealed and turned onto their heads in Carrier of the Mark, which is why I haven't gone into the plot. It's all part of the mysterious allure! It's exciting and unique, and you'll have a lot of fun exploring…"things". The beautiful scenery of Ireland plus the magical element of this story is so engaging and will quickly have you falling in love! It doesn't get much better than this. I guess I should stop fangirling now and just let you read the book. Do it now, before I send evil villains after you!
Maybe I was in a serious romance mood? Who knows! I loved this book. That is all.

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