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The Mark [Kindle Edition]

Marilyn Bunderson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's a secret that's been hiding in plain sight. Tori's just your average teenager, or so she's always thought. But one day she discovers that what seemed like an ordinary birthmark on her wrist is really a set of tiny strange-looking symbols. And when Tori meets others with the same mark, they soon realize they'll need to work together to save their real homeland—an ancient culture that's been hidden for centuries. Now Tori and her friends must find their way home, master their newfound powers, and save the land they are destined to rule. Filled with fantasy, suspense, and romance, The Mark is a spellbinding thrill ride you won't want to put down.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599553511
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (March 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM5P2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 15, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was very well written and the storyline was excellent. It tells the story of five young individuals who come together for an amazing journey. Questions are answered, secrets are revealed, and mysteries solved, all while relationships are formed and friendship is tested. One of my favorite things about this book is that even without graphic and sexual details seen most adult books with romance in them, you can get a sense of how deep the relationships are. I hope there is going to be more to this story, I just finished the first book and hope there's a second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right on the Mark May 14, 2010
"The Mark" is a fascinating light fantasy perfect for the young adult audience. I was drawn in by its cover, with its almost hypnotizing pattern on the cover with its single golden mark.

In this fantasy/romance, we follow the lives of four teenagers brought together by the strange microscopic mark on their hands in the same spot, and other strange similarities in their lives, such as all being adopted. They have to find out their true natures, and it keeps you guessing until the very end of the book.

I found that I really felt for the characters and that they were given interesting traits, such as the main girl practicing her Gerswhin piece throughout the book, and showing the passage of time by showing her progress. The premise was original and I found myself walking down paths that didn't feel like I had taken them before. Sometimes the dialog made it seem that the characters were older than teenagers, but overall, I enjoyed her use of dialog, even including some IM conversations. That was a very interesting touch that I think will appeal to teen readers especially.

From the way things ended, it looks like there will be a sequel, which I will definitely pick up. You can find more about Marilyn and her writing at [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading The Mark. It’s a little slower paced than some of the books I’ve read recently. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. This gave plenty of time for both the story and characters to be well developed. The mystery of the marks and the children who bore them unfolded piece by piece until everything came together for a very satisfying ending. As Marilyn Bunderson’s first novel The Mark is a squeaky clean and a great addition to the science fiction/fantasy/romance genre.

The ending left plenty of room for a sequel but I felt like it wrapped up well enough to be satisfying as a stand alone read.

Content: This is a clean read – no sex, no language, no graphic violence, no innuendo.

Rating 4 Stars – If there is a sequel I’ll read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog October 7, 2010
The Mark is a wonderful book. It has romance, mystery and a paranormal element. Marilyn paces the book wonderfully and has written very good characters. The premise for the book is very intriguing to me, and I love how the characters have a special connection to one another. They are mysteriously drawn together, having unique characteristics in common. As they uncover more information, they realize that the further they go could lead to an amazing discovery, but what happens when mysterious powers do not want them to know more?
So that is best as I can talk about the plot and what I liked without giving spoilers. I can talk about the characters themselves a bit more. Tori is a good protagonist- she has an active voice, and the writing is descriptive so that I could connect with her and understand what she is going though and feeling.
She has a wonderful best friend Shae, who even though is not directly affected by the mystery surrounding Tori and her other friends, she is accepting and wanting to help. Tori also builds a wonderful friendship with Eric, Amanda, Miles and Sebastian- the ones who share the unique characteristics and are directly involved. These characters all have unique personalities and voices and this is nice to have because sometimes when you get numerous characters they can be hard to distinguish.
The relationship between Tori and Eric is nice. They have the paranormal element that contributes to the fairly quick progression, and they were also questioning it, and I feel like that is a good thing, because real life relationships and characters that I relate to easily have basis in real world even if they are paranormal. Another element that I saw and like that the trend seems to be reversing is that Tori's family was involved in her life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it! July 26, 2010
I met Marilyn at my writing conference where she gave me a bookmark with a little synopsis of her book and I was intrigued from the start. While the romance was a bit predictable, she does a fantastic job of weaving a web of question after question, but giving only enough answers to keep you reading to the end. I'll definitely be reading the next book
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little bumpy but enjoyable ride... September 26, 2011
By M. Cady
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Overall, I liked this book; it's a very intriguing and compelling story about four teens with far too much in common for it to be coincidental. We are pulled into the mystery as they search for clues as to who they are - and the danger that comes with actually finding the answer - as well as the excitement and uncertainty of first love. It had a great hook in the prologue that pulled me in immediately.

This book is heavily plot-driven, and while I know the story is the most important part in this particular book, I feel like our view of the characters is shallow, including our first-person narrator. I missed out on a lot from Bunderson's lack of detail, especially with the last character, Miles. However, the author still was able to make her characters believable, and I cared about what was happening to them.

For the most part, I was able to lose myself in the book except for two issues that continued to jostle me back to reality. First, the pacing was off for me. Bunderson pulls us along at a constant trot, which works well for most of the book. It dragged just a little at the beginning (which is easily forgivable when the author is setting up a story), but I found myself begging her to slow down for tense, important events. Before I could really relish the moment and feel the tension, Bunderson had already moved on. Again, she provided too little detail for my taste, and I wanted to know more about how it was affecting the characters besides "I was trembling." She also passed up several opportunities to crank up the tension and her characters sailed along too easily with everything resolving rather quickly.
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More About the Author

As a child I often imagined that I had magical powers like super strength or the ability to fly. Other times would pretend I had rich relatives somewhere who would swoop in and turn my life into a fairytale. In the meantime I spent my time with a very normal loving family in a very normal small mid-west town. I survived high school (go KV Tigers) during the "big hair" eighties, which my children think is hilarious, and spent my time reading, shooting hoops, playing the violin, spending time with friends, and studying. When I grew up I got whisked off to a beautiful castle by a handsome prince to find the fairytale life I'd always looked for. I still spend my time reading, shooting hoops, playing the violin, and spending time with friends; along with writing, trying not to do housework, and teaching my children to live their dreams.


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