Saturday, 17 December 2011

Review of CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon

Title: Carrier Of The Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Source: Review Copy from Harper Collins

I hereby award this book 5 wings!

I just finished this book about 5 minutes ago and let me tell you, it left me absolutely breathless.
I am really happy to see that it is part one of a trilogy as it left me deseprate for more.
I was fortunate enough to receive this book from Harper Collins for review, but let me tell you, I would have gladly paid the price tag for it then some.
I really truly feel like I have found one of my favourite books and discovered a new favourite author to add to my list.
I was on Twitter one day and saw that people were talking about Carrier of The Mark, so I went to Amazon to check it out and see what all the fuss was about.
Then when I was contacted by Harper Collins and asked if there were any books I wanted them to send me, this was the first one I picked.
I was so excited when I received it in the post but it had to wait until I had finished the book I was reading at the time.
Finally, I got around to picking it up on Thursday (15th December) and it has hardly left my hand since. I found myself needing to read it like a drug addict needs their next fix. To me, reading is my addiction and it is fueled even more so when I find a fantastic book such a Carrier of The Mark.
The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was it's setting in Ireland. It is a place I have always envisaged as being magical and breath-taking. Though I have never been, I have always wanted to go. Honestly, Leigh Fallon has depicted it in such a way that now I want to go even more. If only to see where Carrier of The Mark is set.
I feel I can't say too much about the story because it is a journey that you, as the reader, should undertake yourself. From the first word to the last, this was an amazing story. A beautiful, magical journey that will stay with me for a long time after the final word.
I simply cannot wait for the next two installments, yet I know that when I have read the last one, I will still be hungry for more.
The way Leigh Fallon writes is beautiful. She paints a vivid picture that took me beyond the boundaries of what I thought my minds eye was capable of.
Megan Rosenberg grew up in America but now she's moved to Ireland. She sees herself as a non-desript, normal looking girl who hopes to just blend in and not stand out as the "new girl". She hopes that the new uniform she must wear and her fair complexion will help her do just that.
On her first day at her new school, she meets Caitlin  who thankfully shares a few classes with her and makes her feel at ease. She also meets the gorgeous, delectable Adam DeRis. (Sorry that I don't have the required accents for the beautiful names)
Megan seems to fit into life in Ireland as if she had lived there all her life. She seems to get on with everyone she meets. Of course who could not like such a sweet natured girl?!
Things are going well at school and at home. Soon she finds herself alone with Adam Deris and he tells her he likes her. That's right, the hot guy is sweet on her.
I know people say it's a little cliche for the "normal looking girl" to get the hot guy, but I enjoy the way it makes Megan feel to be looked upon in such a way by someone as beautiful as Adam. The way Leigh Fallon writes, it makes me feel a connection to Megan, almost as though I could be her. I felt what she felt. Saw what she saw. It was amazing.
Soon Megan meets Adam's family, again I don't have the accents to do their names justice. His sister, Aine (pronounced Awn-ye, I think)his brother Rian (Ree-in, I think)and their guardian, Fionn (Fee-un?). The Deris family have a secret, they are all Marked Ones, vessels for the elements, Earth, Fire and Water. Because of this, they each have an affinity for that element and have a kind of magic. (I shall explain no further so I don't spoil it).
Upon discovering their secret, Megan isn't half as freaked out as I would have been. She takes it all in her stride and comes to learn that she too has something of a secret. Something she only discovers upon meeting the Deris family and she cannot share with anyone outside of the family.
I cannot share any more with you without blowing it and totally giving the game away. There is so very much more I want to share, but I know that I wouldn't have appreciated being told ahead of time what happened. All I can tell you is, Leigh Fallon wrote a beautiful story and I am so glad she shared it. She created a gorgeous setting within the magical country of Ireland.
I fell in love with the characters. If I had to pick a favourite, other than Megan and Adam, I would probably say Fionn. He has his own story to share and it would be nice to find out more about that in the second book maybe?!
All that is left to say I guess, is that if you don't already have this on your bookshelf at home, you are really missing out on something amazing. Go, buy Carrier of The Mark now. You won't be sorry!

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