Title: Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
From the moment she sets foot at her new school in Ireland, Megan is inexplicably drawn to the darkly handsome Adam DeRis. But Megan soon discovers that her feelings for Adam are tied to a supernatural fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that unites them could be their ultimate destruction.
This electrifying debut novel was first discovered on inkpop.com. the online community for aspiring writers. THE CARRIER OF THE MARK sizzles with unbridled romance, a unique supernatural hook, and a breathtaking Irish setting, and will entice fans of the Need series by Carrie Jones and the House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast.
Carrier of the Mark is a refreshing story told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Megan Rosenberg, a girl who just made the big move to Ireland for her father's work. I can't say it's original (see this review if you need more on that), but I can say her supernatural being is pretty creative.
I enjoyed watching the plot slowly unfold from the very beginning. Fallon writes characters very nicely; they don't blend together in my head, like characters in so many other books. The plot was pretty slow in the beginning, while characters were getting to know each other and while Megan was getting to know Ireland, and in the very middle of the book, there is a sixty-page long infodump that made me want to tear my hair out. It was literally sixty pages, and it was very gruesome and terrifying, but the infodump itself signified something great, because the hundred-something pages after that flew by in a blur.
Fallon created a unique and interesting supernatural being, which I'm going to leave to the infodump to explain. It's refreshing in YA literature to see a paranormal creature that's not a carbon-copy or a recycled version of every other paranormal creature we've ever read about. Fallon passes with flying colors in this department.
Overall, Carrier of the Mark is a spectacular debut that had me flying through the pages in delight and whim. Expect me to buy the next two installments in the trilogy.