Saturday, October 20, 2012
Carrier of the MarkPublished: 10.4.11 by HarperTeen
by Leigh Fallon
by Leigh Fallon
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Even before I read this book I was at war with myself about reading this one. The cover and blurb looked fantastic, if a little cliche and the reviews were mostly Love-It or Hate-It. It kinda leaves a little room for doubt. But I was able to borrow a copy from my friend. I'm still at war with myself. I don't whether to love or hate this. I found a few things to be annoying, but at the same time I gobbled this up. Was it the moment? The writing? I don't know. But I will try to compose this into a realistic review. If that's possible...
So, we start off with a very cliched beginning. Girl-moves-to-new-town-sees-hot-guy-insta-attraction. It wasn't that bad at all. I didn't feel overwhelmed at it, but what did get to me was insta-attraction. She's drawn to him, almost obsessive like and she has a few run-ins and stuff but then when they finally talk/hook up it was just C-H-E-E-S-Y. Lol. I'm not kidding, like a few scenes were just *gag*choke* However, I think it wasn't devoid of all development. Luckily. As far as I can remember there is lots of romantic stuff, they have some moments of getting to know each other. I won't kid you though, Adam was pretty hot, and kinda cliche-hot boy. But I liked him.
Darn you addictive, half-cliche books.
Now, Megan was a good MC she wasn't hard to connect to, but she felt too easy? Oh, she was very realistic too the situations, she didn't have any unusually out of place feelings, but she didn't have as much depth as I would have liked in her. Past the romance and the part she's to play in the big "prophecy" I didn't feel like I knew her as well as I could have. But nontheless she got the story told. I liked the side characters. They were nice, adding some mild conflict, and more dimension to the story. Yay side characters.
By now you're probably thinking I didn't like this as much as I say I do after all that bashing. BUT, I really did like the originality behind the plots. I thought that it was an interesting idea and even though there is the issue of cliche "prophecy" it still held it's own and came out. BUT, I do have to say that I think this book could be more of a "set-up-the-plot-of-the-series" kinda book. Things don't revolve around much more than the romance until the last 3rd of the book and even then it's not alot. So plot-wise, I'm interested to see where it will in the next book.
Lastly, her writing is GORG. It wasn't over the top in descriptiveness, like too much butter on the popcorn, but it was easy to follow, and that's how it sucked me in. I just couldn't stop. So I really have to give Leigh a thumbs up for that. Good job. So there you have it. I have laid it on the table and now it's up to you decide how you feel. As for me, I enjoyed in the moment but after some thought I still found a few holes in the sweater. Luckily, I'm not frozen.
(Language throughout. Nothing explicit. Kisses, they sleep-onlysleep-together. Some innuendo.)
3 Stars - Cool Beans
(Great in a salad, mashed, or refried. A very nice appetizer, but I'm still hungry)
So, those are my blurbs on this book. What are yours? Have you read? Did you hate it? Love it? Are you interested to read it? Have you changed your mind about reading it? Love to hear! XOXO,
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