Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon — October 17, 2015

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark

“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”

To be quite honest, for us a book cannot be just about the relationship. There needs to be action, and an antagonist. Sword fights and daring rescues. But the conflict cannot be just how much the relationship is at stake. So this book was definitely not a favorite. But we’re also not saying that it wasn’t an interesting read.

This book is more of a love at first sight romance. The struggle they faced was literally not being able to stay away from each other. So I feel like their relationship was way too intimate way too fast. But the book overall was well-written. It was almost realistic, in a magical-power way. It was obvious that the author put a lot of thought into the book. There was a lot of details about the setting, more so than the characters themselves. Unfortunately, the characters were very unrelatable. It was as if they were never changing. Also, they accepted what would seem to be impossible all too fast. It was just like oh no I have magic powers well this will be fun. What? Shouldn’t they be in denial, not believing the things they are told? Having to convince the person that it is true is what convinces the reader as well.

But this book was actually pretty good. The characters, although relatively flat, are easily attachable. They have admirable qualities,but are all extremely similar. There may be one personality trait that seperates each of them. The book gives a lot of details, and that made it easy to imagine what was going on. You could see the picturesque little town looming over a beautiful blue ocean. You could see the vibrant colors of his bedroom, contrasting drastically with his dark personality. You could see the swirling storm in the sky, growing darker by the minute. It was like you were there, just not alongside the characters.

The plot was actually pretty well thought out. It didn’t keep you on your toes as much as some of the other books we’ve read, but there were quite a few unexpected events to occur that left us in shock. The author did an a amazing job of writing in the tension that people faced, and the increase of it in many of these rough situations. The ending of the book was great, and definitlely the best part of the book, in our opinion. It was a big suprise, which is awesome, despite what other people think.

Okay, in closing, read this book if you love a romance. If to you, the romance is the best part of a novel, go ahead. But if you’re a person who craves the action, the tension, the cliffhangers and doubts, you might want to stay away. Although the story had amazing potential, and was pretty good, this book was not an adventure. Try reading this book if you want a refreshing teen romance novel to spice up your life.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding — October 3, 2015

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

Dragonfly

“Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. And he’s not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance.

When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there’s no escape–from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure–including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen–help them or betray them to the enemy?”

This book is one of the most unique books we’ve read.It has a perfect blend of culture as well as our usual fantasy and action. But to be quite honest, the book was extremely difficult to find. It wasn’t in any of our local public libraries or even at Barnes and Noble. It wasn’t available as an e-book, so we were just going to give up on it and pick a new book. Yet the ever persistent Annabeth decided that she would order it online, presumably the only way to get it. After reading the book, she forced us into reading it as well. So we both borrowed it from her and loved it.

The book seems almost cheesy from the description above. It definitely is not the best way to make people really want to read the book. It was the reviews that really made us look into choosing this book- 4.8/5! With these high expectations set, it was hard to really start and get into the book. But after only a few chapters, it was hard to put down. The connection between the two main characters, Tashi (Taoshira) and Ram (Ramil), is extremely well-developed. As are the characters themselves. The change is so well written and subtle that it’s just so natural to read. The writing is excellent and the author really sets this piece apart from other books through the cultures she blends and uses. It makes the characters and especially the setting stand out.

The characters in this book are extremely relatable. They make mistakes. They feel regret, loss, love, hate, annoyance, fear, jealousy, all of these emotions that make them seem so real. Not like characters in a made-up book. It’s as if they were living, breathing human beings living just like us. Except that they’re royalty in a land we can only dream of visiting. The characters are constantly changing- their thoughts, their behavior, their beliefs, themselves. What they go through in the book actually makes them reconsider what they’ve ever known and what they truly believe. This cannot be said of in many other books that we’ve read.

The plot of this book also made sure to keep us on our toes. There are so many times while reading this book that what we guessed would happen never did, and what we never expected came to pass. There are so many fights, big and small, that you never know if someone’s not going to come back. There are kidnappings, rescues, allies, enemies, peace, war. So many opposing things all at once that it would appear to be overwhelming. Yet through the author’s words the confusion is almost simple.

Make sure you read this book! It may be extremely hard to find, but if it comes down to it, it’s totally worth buying. The characters, plot, setting, all of it is just so exciting! While this review may not have entirely captured the excellency of the book, don’t underestimate it! This book is written very well and is extremely easy to just be absorbed into. Fantasy lovers or not, this book can entertain people of all ages.