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Carrier of the Mark Paperback – October 4, 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Carrier Series

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“First-time novelist Fallon has blended a unique tale of magic, folklore, friendship, and sweet romance into a tantalizing mystery with a modicum of danger.” (Booklist)

“With its page-turning pacing, tension is high and readers will want to read future episodes.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“An engaging story.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Combine prophecy, amulets, and a secret society and you have the makings of a fine paranormal romance.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Cork in her twenties. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the United States. She is also the author of Carrier of the Mark.

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Product Details

  • Series: Carrier of the Mark (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062027875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062027870
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Let's play a little game of:

WHO AM I...

-My book starts with me moving to a new location and starting at a new school.

-I live with just my dad, but don't worry about him, he's not important. In fact, you'll barely notice he exists at all!

-I quickly make friends at my new school. I'm not sure why everyone likes me. I'm not remotely interesting.

-I've never had a boyfriend before meeting my love interest and for some reason people at my school find that hard to believe.

-As soon as my love interest catches my eye, I can't get him out of my mind. He's the mysterious type, but he only has eyes for me. He quickly becomes my boyfriend and we fall deeply in love. *swoon*

-My boyfriend happens to have a sibling who simply adores me. How could she not, I'm so awesome! She has a super special sight too. P.S. her name starts with an "A."

-My b-b-boyfriend---sorry that was me swooning again; he's so super howt *giggle*---also has another sibling that doesn't seem to like me at first. They are always glaring at me! It unnerves me. But I can get through anything with my boy toy by my side! Oh, and P.S. their name starts with an "R."

-My boyfriend just happens to save my life with his mysterious powers. At first when I confront him about it, he plays it off. It really upsets me. It just wasn't fair!!!

-He later tells me that he can't stay away from me any longer and soon after he takes me to his home to really introduce me to his family.

-I find out he's been stalking me for a while. But it doesn't bother me. I find it incredibly romantic.

-*Psst*, if my boyfriend and I were to have a baby, it would be some strange half-breed child.
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I bought this book for my Kindle after sampling the first chapter. The first chapter was fantastic, and I thought that I could relate to the main character. However, from about chapter four on, the entire story went downhill. The plot jumped around and didn't make sense, and I hate insta-love. I also agree with other reviewers that it's a Twilight rip-off, hardcore, but at least Stephanie Meyer knows how to show and not tell. Leigh Fallon does not. I will not be reading anymore books in this series. Don't waste your money on this book. It's not worth it.
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I was going to leave a scathing review, but then I read the review "More like.. missed the mark," and it said everything I had to say. I only gave this book a 2 star (instead of a 1 star) because it provided me with something to make fun of for a little while. I can't even say "If you liked Twilight, you'll love Carrier of the Mark," because this wasn't nearly as good as Twilight, DESPITE the fact that it is practically the EXACT SAME STORY.
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The Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #1) by Leigh Fallon was one of the much buzzed YA books at this year's BEA. The cover is striking and it takes place in Ireland. Also, Leigh was published by posting the original Carrier of the Mark on a writing site called Inkpop. Unfortunately I DNFed this 100 pages in. Yet another example of what's wrong with the YA genre. If Carrier was well received at Inkpop, so much so that Harper Teen wanted it, it makes me wonder what other entries are up on there because Carrier has nothing to recommend for it.

The Carrier of the Mark is an example of how to use info dumping in conversations as a sneaky way to not get caught using it the old fashioned way, usually as internal monologues from the characters. Leigh's info dumping is so dry and formal as if her characters are robots, much like the animatronic ones found at Disney World. How else would the reader find out that there's something rotten in the state of some back water town, literally near the water, in Ireland? Our timid, not so plucky heroine Megan has a world of woe. Not only does she move from place to place almost every year because of her father's wanderlust, but she's stuck wearing an unattractive uniform at her new school where she doesn't know anyone. This American girl is a fish out of water, or rather a black crow that can't fly (the crow reference is explained later on). Her first day of school doesn't start out well at all because when she notices a tall boy leaning against the lamppost, who stares at her as if she has two heads, her hands tingle where they feel frostbitten. They're now connected and Megan can't stop thinking of him. He's Adam DeRis of the freaky DeRis clan who everyone warns her to stay away from. But Megan just can't. Why?
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Carrier of the Mark got me frowning from beginning to end. The characters were unimpressive, the writing is terrible, and the dialogues are sooo cheesy. You would think that for a book cover so stunning, the story will follow through. But no. Have you been waiting for this book? Please stop waiting. It's not worth the hype, at least to me.

Megan reminded me of Luce from the Fallen series. Co-dependent, always swooning over the male lead. C'mon! How many times do i have to read about Megan falling into Adam's arms, going into Adam's arms, wanting Adam's arms around her?!?!! I can only take a little sappiness, thank you very much. Heroines like her makes me want to hurl big time. Adam is no different. He's kissing Megan the first time he acknowledged her after weeks of ignoring her. Then, it's `let's make out' or `come here, beautiful' or `i can't take my eyes off you'. Ugh.

One thing i can say for the story: Too Much Information. I got lost in the neutral gene/royal blood/marked One talk. Can we just simplify things, Ms Leigh Fallon? The mythology and elements are interesting; too bad it doesn't get better.

Carrier of the Mark reminded me of Twilight (which i liked) and Starcrossed (which i don't). =( I think i'm better off reading fanfic than this book.
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