Thursday, July 4, 2013

Shadow Of The Mark (Carrier, #2) by Leigh Fallon ~ Tour post & Giveaway

Source: Received ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review
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Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark, the sequel to Carrier of the Mark, is a captivating love story set against the lush backdrop of Ireland.

Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden…and could cause worldwide devastation.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - Loving this one just as much as book one!

Some of my favorite paranormal books are elemental magic books.  There's a reason for that.  The idea of the 4 elements has so many wonderful possibilities that I can resist all the stories.  I love the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer and The Protector series by M.R. Merrick and this series.  All are fabulous stories based on the elements and all three of them are so very different.  That's what I love about elemental magic.

I will admit that this one started a little slower than the first book, but there came a point where the pages couldn't turn fast enough.  I read it in a day and totally loved it.

I wondered how the author would create the enviable tension between Adam and  Megan.  They love each other so much that it's hard to believe anything could tear them apart.  And when the little weirdness between Megan and the other elementals didn't do the trick, I was wondering how she would do it.  See that's really what's so cool about this book, I was wondering.  I did a lot of wondering.  I only figured out a few things - like who they could and couldn't trust.  But the events, no clue.  It all blindsided me.  The ending has me sad and unhappy, which is the case with most book twos, I guess.  I want to cry and scream and throw things.  NO! This cannot be.  And now I have to wait, impatiently, for book three to come and hopefully fix the unfixable.  It seems this is a good book.

I love Adam and Megan's relationship.  They love each other.  They sacrifice for each other.  They get each other.  There isn't the angst between them.  It's nice to have that kind of a relationship in a book.  I just hated...never mind.

There is lose in this book.  Some I was okay with and some I wasn't.  It always seems to happen, that the pain of loss is part of paranormal stories.  It's hard and I don't like it.  I hope that it serves a purpose in the next book.

I loved a lot of the secondary characters.  Aíne and Rían are particular favorites.  I can't wait to see what happens with them in the next book.  I really wasn't a fan of Chloe or Matthew.  I guess Chloe is okay.

If you read book one, Carrier of the Mark, then you so need to read this one.  But if you haven't started this series and you love elemental magic like I do, then make sure you pick this one up soon.  It come out on Tuesday and is a great book.

This is clearly YA and while it has some sweet romance, it's great for all ages.  Looking for that next great PRN, you just found it.

 About the author:

I was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in my 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork I discovered a love of writing. I write mainly for the young adult market. My current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted me to abandon my ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and have been writing ever since. I have another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects I'm working on. My family and I now share our time between Ireland and the US.


Grand Prize Winner will get:
- 1 Autographed ARC of SHADOW OF THE MARK
- 3 SHADOW OF THE MARK Bookmarks
- 2 Buttons for each book
- 1 Irish Bookmark
- 1 Postcard for each book
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1 Runner Up will receive a $20.00 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, their choice!
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  1. Great review Val!! I'm about half done with this one and love it so far!! I don't know what to think of Chloe yet. Right now I don't trust her at all. I will probably finish it this weekend. I had to stop for tour books.

  2. I am so wanting this book! I have heard so many good things about it and I am practically drooling from the awesome swag up for grabs! Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway!

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  3. It's been so long since I've read Carrier that I don't remember much of the paranormal aspect. I'd completely forgotten about the elemental magic. It's great that you loved this one, despite the frustrations. Great review!

  4. I've had Carrier since I started blogging. I really should read it.