Published: 27th Oct 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Genre: Ya Paranormal, Romance
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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
Review:After reading a few mixed reviews on this book I was a little worried. However, when I received a copy for review from HarperCollins UK I was really excited about it Just because it was set in Ireland. And I when I read it I found that I really did enjoy it.
Carrier of the Mark is about Megan who moves to the US to Ireland with her dad. She quickly befriends Caitlin and Jennifer at school on her first day as well as feeling a pull towards Adam DeRÍs. The "odd" handsome boy at school. Soon she is pulled into a world full of love, passion and power she doesn't understand.
Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a trilogy and I thought it was great read. Megan is our main characters and I am not going to lie, I am really unsure if I like her or not. She isn't a bad character. She loves her dad and doesn't moan about being moved around to much. But there is just something that bugs me about her. And I did think that the relationship she had with Adam is a big part of. I like romance, I do but that instant connection and how their relationship played out just didn't seem believable. It was to rush. However, I do like Adam. And in a way I get why she is drawn to him. He is dark, handsome and a little bit scary at times.
I think I enjoyed the secondary cast more though. I loved Áine, Adam's twin. She is adorable and fun and I just wanted to be friends with her. I was also really drawn to Rían there older brother. I don't know why. I think it was because his power is so dangerous.
The big things I loved about this book is the setting and the mythology used it. It's set in Ireland! Yes, Ireland. I am so used to reading books set in America this was such a freshing change. I have never been to Ireland (I know shame on me, it's only across the water from me) so of course I don't actually know what it like and even though the setting isn't a big part of the story I still felt like I could have been there. Oh and of course, because it's in Ireland I have the accents for some of the characters in my head and man I love an Irish accent, makes me weak at the knees. The Celtic Mythology plays a massive part to this story. It's fantastic! (Dont want to say anything incase I spoil the story) I also liked that Leigh has brought in Irish names, proper Irish name with the Irish spellings. I understand stood them but it was good that she manages to weave in the correct pronouncation into characters conversations.
However, and this a kind of a big HOWEVER, there are some parts of this book that really annoyed me. It's quite slow at times and - I think this is in everyones reviews - there are alot of similarities to Twilight. Yes, I adore Twilight you guys know I do but I don't wanna see another book trying to be Twilight. I don't think this was intentional and some aren't even that noticeable to some but because I am a twilight freak I did noticed (See Misty @ The Book Rat's Comparision Sheet SPOILERS)
Overall, though apart from the few things that bugged over. Carrier of the Mark is a great read and a perfect starter novel to the trilogy. I can't wait to see what's next for Megan and Adam and the rest of the characters.