Posted November 15, 2012 by Emily in review / 0 Comments

TITLE: Carrier of the Mark
AUTHOR: Leigh Fallon
SERIES: The Carrier Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
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RATING: 3 Stars

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.


There are many different words I can use to describe Carrier of the Mark. Boring is not one of them. However, unfortunately, familiar is. As good as the plot was, I virtually already knew what was going to happen next. It seems a bit like Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed. Except, Starcross involves Greek mythology, while Carrier of the Mark has it’s own.

Carrier of the Mark is about a girl, Megan, who just moved to Ireland. Starting after her mother’s death in a car accident, she usually moves to a different place every year with her dad. For the first time, even though she grew up in America, Megan feels like she is truly home.

One of the things I like about this book is the fact that there aren’t that many characters. Most of them are either supporting characters or main characters. Unlike some other books where you are left wondering who is who after only reading the first few chapters, Carrier of the Mark seems to limit the characters to ones that Megan interacts with. All the characters in this book have a purpose of being there – they aren’t just there to take up space. But that is as far as my liking of the characters goes. I spent a good portion of the book on the verge of yelling “Why the hell would you do that?” or “how can you be so stupid” at some of the characters.

Oh, another thing that I like about this book is that it’s set in Ireland, somewhere books aren’t usually set (usually the books I read take place somewhere in the USA). Ireland is kind of a unique place with even more unique pronunciations and names.

One of my biggest complaints about this book is that some portions feel like fanfiction. Some parts are written where the reader is told more things by the author instead of being shown it. Also, some events seem to happen a bit too conveniently. A lot of them don’t seem realistic. Even in fantasy/paranormal books. It also can’t seem to follow a single plot line. Instead, it switches between a few. That being said, my biggest issue with Carrier of the Mark is its predictability. I shouldn’t be able to know exactly what would happen, but I did and no, I cannot see into the future, nor do I have any literary superpower.

In Conclusion…

I would recommend this book to fans of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini and those who want a change in setting.



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