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The Vision Hardcover – September 27, 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Mark Series

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About the Author

JEN NADOL has a B.A. in literature from American University and currently resides in a 150- year-old farmhouse with her husband and three young sons. She is also the author of The Mark, which has been optioned for television by Warner Brothers.  She can be found on the web at jennadolbooks.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599905973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599905976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today's review is on The Vision by Jen Nadol

The Vision is the second installment in Nadol's The Mark series, and though I enjoyed it, there were some times where I was a bit lost. It was as if there was something missing, some explanation of why, who, and how come.

Cassie Renfield is able to tell when someones last day of life will be. That person(s) has a glow around them that Cassie calls "the mark", but she has no idea what to do about it. does she warn the person(s) or does she let nature take its course? After her grandmother dies; in book one, she finds that she's a descendant of the Fates, and with that comes her ability.

Wanting to find someone like her, Cassie leaves everything behind; including her boyfriend, and moves to a more populated area. She begins working at a local mortuary/funeral home to try to learn more about death and enrolls in high school.

Trying to stay under the radar, Cassie begins to feel increasingly lonely until she meets Liv and two of her friends. She even catches the eye of the most handsome boy in school, Zander.

The attraction to Zander is unbelievable, and when he touches her she feels it all the way down to her toes. Zander is the yin to her yang. She sees the mark while he guides the soul. Their abilities are meant to work together but Cassie begins to question why, and how he can be so cold about the whole thing.

The Vision left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Does Ryan get over Cassie? What happens to Petra if Cassie goes back home? What about Nick and Demetria? More importantly, what is Death, (Zander) going to do next? Does he actually care about her or does he only want her so that he can do his "job"?

I don't think that The Vision is anything special, but I do like the fact that it's something different, and that is why I will keep reading the series. I just don't expect greatness.

3 of 5 stars
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I'm glad that I read The Vision right after reading The Mark, but at first there seemed to be some jumping around (Jack, the move to a diferent city..although it is explained later on in the book). Once again, I really liked Cassie's character. I loved how she was trying to figure out what the right thing to do really was, not just going off of the history of what she was told to do.

And there were some great secondary characters. I really liked Liv, her new best friend. I loved her personality and how she was sarcastic with Cassie, but completely there for her. And then you have the two new guys: Zander and Ryan. At first, I didn't get what Cassie's attractiong to him was, but that's explained too. I liked Ryan. He seemed so sweet and eager to please Cassie.

I do feel that its kind of weird that Petra would divulge patient info to Cassie but it did make it an interesting side story but I wish there was more of a conclusion with that patient.

This book had a teeny tiny cliffhanger, and I'm eager to see what's going to happen next in the third book in the series, The Touch.
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This book is the sequel to her first book which was called "The Mark". And I must admit that I actually liked "The Mark" better than I liked this one. This one left me confused. I guess maybe with book three coming out next year, it would probably help me understand it more.

Cassie has this special ability to see glowing mark around someone who is on their last day on earth. In other words, she can tell when someone is going to die. And she was hoping to find others like hers. But you'll never know what you'll find when you're searching for something you're not so sure of.

While making new friends and having an odd job, she gets the attention of the hottest boy in school. He wants to be with her and basically he's claimed her. But he has his own reasons behind wanting to be with her. And soon, Cassie discovers exactly what she's looking for. But the question is, she really ready to face that what she believes in is not exactly other people's beliefs? Because although she finds Zander, (her new boyfriend) she finds something very important about him that she can't comes to terms with. Zander isn't who she thinks he is. He's her complete opposite. I personally didn't like Zander. So what do you do when two people are complete opposites?

I really like Jen, Damaris and I met her at a book signing. And I swear she is the sweetest person ever. She took tons of pics and chatted with us until they basically had to close the bookstore on us. She's a blast. When I read her first book, I was hooked. I really liked the revelation of how Cassie finds out what exactly the mark means and how she handles it. But with this book I can't say I enjoyed as much as the first. Maybe because I kind of had the same expectations from her last book. But she took this one a different route.
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My Thoughts: It has been quite a while since I read The Mark, the first book in the series. I believe I read it in February 2010, almost 2 years ago. And, I remember that I loved it. So when I heard the next book in the series was coming out, I was pumped.

We are back with Cassie who has realized she has abilities and can see a glow around someone when they are about to die. She calls it the mark. Cassie can still see the mark and is constantly in an argument with herself. Should she tell the person or should she keep it to herself? If she tells them and change things, than another person will die in their place. One life for another. Its a slippery slope on who to save and who to let go.

Cassie has came to a new town and is staying with a friend. She meets a few new guys. The first guy is Ryan. Ryan works at the funeral home with her. He really adores her and seems like he's in it for the right reasons.

The other guy is Zander. Zander also has something very special about him. She discovers through him that they both have a big role dealing with the fates and being a descendant of the Fates and she has a much bigger role than she thought. With Zandar's help she finds out more and more about why she can see the Mark and what is behind his secret ability. They make quite the pair, even though she tries to fight it.

Than we are introduced to her new best friend Liv. Liv was very outspoken and had a mind of her own. She really does care about Cassie and tries to be there for her when things get rough.

My favorite parts are when she finds out Zander's back story and when she gets caught lurking by Ryan. Very funny moments.

I really liked all the characters and the plot was interesting.
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