Review: Carrier of the Mark

Carrier of the Mark
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is I assume the first book in a series. It is about a young girl, who after her mother’s death has been moving all over the place with her Dad as he seeks to forget the hurt. They land in a small town in Ireland, when he gets a job as the manager of the local yacht club. She seems to enjoy the differences, and attends a public school in town, where she immediately meets the girl who will become her best friend. From the very first day there is a boy, who everyone says is trouble, that catches her eye, as she does his. There seems to be an instantaneous connection. The gossip is that he and his twin sister, their older brother and their guardian are “different”, perhaps strange, and that odd things are told about the house they own, going back hundreds of years. As the story progresses, she learns that she is drawn to Adam so strongly because of a fate stretching back millennia, and that there is more to all of them that meets the eye. A nice romance, some interesting, but typical teenagers, not as well drawn as I would like – not full fledged personalities, more type-cast. And the story is somewhat slight, but the setting is lovely, and the twist unusual, and fits in with the whole Ireland thing. Good, not great, IMO, but should satisfy all but the most discriminating teens.

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