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A Marked Past: The Mercer Legacy: The Mercer Legacy Paperback – September 28, 2011
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About the Author
Leslie Deaton is originally from Dayton Ohio where she grew up in a haunted, old farm house. As an avid writer and English major she spent her free time reading great books and writing nonsense in her journal. Combining her love for writing and reading, she dreamed up Lyla Mercer and created A Marked Past. She lives outside Washington DC, with her husband, three dogs and her books. This is her first novel.
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A Marked Past had promise, but I was unable to connect with the book in the way that I had hoped. The book starts off rather slowly, and quite honestly doesn’t really pick up until well past half way through. The story at times was repetitive. I kept wondering how many times Lyla could possibly run upstairs to her room and kick off her shoes with Hana (her cousin) following right behind. Also, the story of her family’s history was retold again and again. Cutting the repetitive history out could have quickened the pace of the story. I did however connect with Lyla’s character. I sympathized with her pain and welcomed her growing relationship with her cousin’s and uncle. Also, I did enjoy the addition of her cousins (Sage and Hana) and the way in which layers were added to them. I also believe that the progression of Lyla’s and Hana’s powers was well handled. It was a slow build and I found myself guessing what they would discover next.
Lyla’s love life however, fell short. Lyla was too quick to declare her love for Caleb and to say that she would virtually risk her life to protect him. I did not understand where these emotions came from, especially since she had not interacted with him often nor had many scenes with him. Given this matter, the character of Caleb was not connectable and their relationship seemed disjointed.
Deaton’s intro into the Mercer Legacy series may not necessarily be the perfect story, but what is? A Marked Past shows promise and Deaton can build upon the characters and the development of the story in the coming books. I will consider giving the rest of the series a try, and I Iook forward to discovering the path which Lyla and her cousins take.
Now what to give this book in rating. This book, to me, was a better then average read.
So I am giving it four stars.
There are some great parts to this book, and some not so great parts. I will try to share what I felt were the best and the not-so-best.
I loved the way the writer unraveled the story. The detailed descriptions, and the fullness of the characters.
It was easy to imagine myself inside the town of Salem, sitting in the classrooms, listening to the teachers.
I could hear the crunch of the gravel at the church, smelling the pines, and the feel the cool spring air.
It takes a true talent to transport the reader into another world using only words. Kudos to Leslie Deaton for the use of her talent.
The characters (be they good or evil) were relatable. You could see the good and bad in just about everyone in the town.
The details added to the characters helps make the town come alive. Who didn't have at least one teacher like Madame Dorsey with ...'had a helmet of light brown hair that curled in around her face, and she wore way too many floral prints.'
I enjoy books with a good vs bad battle, and is a book has that covered with good villains, good heroines/heroes and combat battle scenes that were page-turning-exciting
Now for the maybe not so good part. The emotional ups and downs, mostly downs of this book.
The first four chapters were spent with the passing of Lylas' father. This was almost a deal breaker to me, but I had agreed to read it, so I pressed forward and
I am glad that I did. Once Lyla and her mother (finally) move to Salem, the story starts to unfold.
I am, however, disappointed in that the book ends in an emotional down note. Having struggled to get into the book (because it was so emotionally draining) I found the ending off putting. I think the title of chapter 27 captures the books emotional tone perfectly.. Coming full circle.
This is a good book, the writing is wonderful, the characters are endearing, I just wish it had something of a happier note to end on.
So do I recommend it?
Let me ask you this, Why do you read fantasy fiction?
Is it for an emotional ride with 'good vs bad' battle and tear jerking experience?
Is it for romance, lighthearted story line with a feel good ending?
If the first, then 'yes' this is a book you will want to read.
If the second, then maybe you should skip this one.
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