Published by HarperTeen on October 4th 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.
I’m going to go right out and say it: I was very disappointed with Carrier of the Mark. I admit, perhaps I went into this book with too high of hopes, but I had good reason to. A good chunk of reviews that I came upon praised this book and it’s unique story.
Basically, I’d been craving to read this book. The synopsis promised romance, mysticism, and adventure–all taking place in the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland. For once, our main character was going to arrive at a new place and instead of feeling like an outsider, immediately find their niche. Our male lead was going to be scorching hot and mysterious (just how I like ‘em). All these plot-building ingredients were going to be mixed into a bowl in order to make one yummy dessert. Unfortunately when the timer went off and the creation was complete, it was not the satisfying treat I had hoped it would be. Carrier of the Mark had started out with great characters and an imaginative plot–all taking place in a richly historical and magical place. I may have finished this book in a quick fashion, but I never truly felt satisfied. I felt it started out with so much potential, and like a souffle, once out of the oven, fell completely flat.
Besides certain paranormal aspects that I’ll keep on the D.L. so as to not spoil a big reveal, a good chunk of this book surrounds Megan and her romantic attachment to Adam. This particular part of the plot annoyed me to no end because it was one of those insta-love cases. From the beginning these two had an intense connection that they couldn’t control. Throughout the book they try to figure out if the love between them is real or only fabricated by the “connection”. This is a small spoiler… but at one point they end up declaring that their love is real, regardless of the connection. I’m sorry but I just don’t like nor believe in insta-love like this. I don’t think it’s possible to truly, deeply, and madly be in love with another person who you’ve never met or only known for a couples weeks — to a month. I had hoped that it would be revealed that this “connection” was playing with their emotions, and as time progressed they’d get to know each other and truly fall in love. However, Megan and Adam foolishly pronounce that regardless of the connection they’ve been in love since the beginning. I don’t find this plausible or real.
The insta-love wasn’t the only bone I had to pick with this book. Like many others I couldn’t help but notice the blatant similarities between this book and Twilight. Although it was a different location and type of supe the family/friends dynamic was the same along with the general plot. It took me a little bit to catch on but once I did I could pretty much predict what was going to happen.