Title: Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Carrier #1
Acquisition: Free from a giveaway
I didn’t really expect anything before I read this book even though I’ve heard bad things about it. I hadn’t really read reviews though. I think it would have saved me a lot of time if I actually did. I think the only thing I liked about this book was the use of Irish mythology because I mostly see Greek mythology in books. I wasn’t able to read much on this though.
This book just didn’t sit right with me. The first chapter was actually pretty okay. And then things started to go awry. After page 179, I told myself that I could no longer go on. What ticked me off you might ask? I think it was the fact that this book was way too much like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I haven’t actually read the books and I have no opinion about them, but I have seen all 4 (5?) movies just because my mum loves them. I’m not sure why. Here’s a list of the things that I noticed:
- Female moves into a new place
- Small town. Everyone knows each other
- The town likes talking about a certain family and how they are different
- Said family doesn’t socialize with anyone.
- Girl calls attention of guy from said family
- What are you? Vampire. (Just Kidding!) They are different though
- Someone from said family doesn’t like the female protagonist.
- Someone from said family likes the female protagonist
And on and on. Which calls into question how this book was ever published. To see a better version and a better comparison of this book to Twilight, here is a really good review by Steph @ Cuddlebuggery, where she shows so many similarities ( a couple of which I missed). This is the first review that shows up on Goodreads for ‘Community Reviews.” I’m not friends with Steph and I haven’t really interacted with her at all, but I do think that her review holds a lot of weight.
OVERALL, I personally wouldn’t recommend this book. At all. This is just so wrong in so many levels. I honestly don’t understand how this book was published, in a well-established publishing company no less. Did anyone even bother to check on this? I don’t really understand. Maybe it will appeal to Twilight fans, but BIG similarities like these are a big no-no for me.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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