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Format: Paperback, 342 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2011
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.
Although backed up by an interesting idea, Carrier of the Mark ultimately fell short for me for several reasons.
I've said it before and I have no doubt that I'll say it again: I am a character person. While I didn't have a problem with most of the supporting characters (one huge exception), I could not stand the main character. Megan came across to me as so weak and selfish, and she was way too clingy to Adam for my liking. Speaking of Adam, I wasn't too huge a fan of his either. While I can sort of see his motives, he seemed controlling and condescending for a large chunk of the novel.
I don't think (and please, correct me if I'm wrong) that I'm generally one to rant about insta love in my reviews but wow, this book. I rolled my eyes so. many. times. while reading this book. Megan and Adam become inseparable and willing to destroy the world to be together after probably a maximum of a few months. Yet, I don't really recall them doing much talking or interacting beyond make-out sessions and a few behind-the-scenes get-togethers. If there is going to be such a strong connection and pull in a couple, I want to actually be witness to them bonding together. In this case, I felt like one second they were staring at each other across the room and the next they were in pain when they weren't together for an hour.
The lore of this novel was one part that managed to capture my attention for the most part. It was all interesting information and I was quite eager to learn more about the history of how Megan and Adam came to be. That said, I do wish the information had been a bit more staggered in its delivery. It was at times a lot to take in after a long period of pure romance and such with Megan and Adam. There were also parts of the plot that made absolutely no sense to me in that they sound so implausible... but I guess it's called fiction for a reason.
Unfortunately not a book for me.
Cover Comments: Looooove this cover! The stormy colours and large, classic font work so well for the mood of this cover. And then the image itself of Megan is stunning... I love all of the details and how she's suspended in air like that. Awesome!