July 3, 2013

ARC Review + Tour Wide Giveaway: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon


Welcome to my review stop on the Shadow of the Mark blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

Shadow of the Mark (Carrier, #2)
Title: Shadow of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 9th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher for blog tour

Blurb:
Their love could destroy them all.
Through the ages, Marked Ones have harnessed the powers of the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Much about the elements is shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: A relationship between two Marked Ones has the potential to cause widespread devastation.
Megan and Adam—Air and Water—are determined to defy the risks.
But the power that swirls inside Megan is growing in twisted ways. And the closer she is to Adam, the closer Megan comes to unleashing a dark force that could spell destruction for the entire Marked line.

My Review:
I loved Carrier of the Mark, and I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. Oh, but did I ever wait! About a year and a half after, I FINALLY had the chance to read Shadow of the Mark. I was a little worried that I may have forgotten where the plot was, and what was going on in the book. Well, I had absolutely NOTHING to worry about! Shadow of the Mark picks up right where the first book left off. I was immediately pulled right back into the story, and it just took off from there.
I really enjoyed watching Megan and Adam's releationship develop, as they tried to overcome the limits of two "marked ones" being together. The strength of their love is tested for a few different reasons, and it added a nice bit of romantic tension to the book. I loved all of the mythology It was explained in a way that wasn't boring at all, and just flowed very nicely throughout.  The constant worry over keeping the "marked ones" safe, and who was out to get them, provides tension in spades.
There are new characters who are introduced, and it was exciting to try and figure out who the good/bad guys were. Aime is one of my favorite characters, as she is funny, sweet, and smart. I always seemed to really love the scenes she was in. Also, Rian just seems to exude sex appeal right through the pages. Where Adam is more sweet and romantic, Rian seems like the kind of guy I would go for!
The pacing was perfect, and I read the book in one sitting. I just had to know what happened next! There are some great revelations in the story so that you feel pretty satisfied after reading, but also can't wait because you know that there is much more to come. I am soo excited for Age of the Fifth, the third book in the series, and only hope that I don't have to wait too long! If you have read Carrier of the Mark, then this sequel is simply a must read. If you haven't started the series then, well, what the heck are you waiting for?

My Rating:
4/5 STARS 

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About Leigh:
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20's. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, The Carrier of the Mark was conceived. She promptly abandoned her 'riveting' career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks her manuscript hit the coveted top five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the US.


***Giveaway***
1st place - Signed copy of Shadow of the Mark and a boat load of goodies including a silver bookmark. (USA ONLY)

2nd place - $10 book depository gift card & some signed swag . (International)
3rd place - Signed swag (International)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:
7/1/2013- The Irish Banana Review Interview
7/2/2013- Emilie's Book World Guest Post
7/3/2013- Jessabella Reads Review
7/4/2013- Bookaholics Anonymous Guest Post
7/5/2013- Tales of the ravenous reader Guest Post
7/9/2013- The Best Books Ever Review
7/10/2013- Reading with ABC Interview
7/11/2013- BiblioJunkies Review
7/12/2013- In the Best Worlds Interview

43 comments:

  1. wuahahah i love this serie .. so much ..
    i can´t express my feeling about the book.. ijiji
    thanks for write this story ... i just love it ...

    thanks for the giveaway
    almendra in the rafflecopter

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  2. I have been dying to read this series. I mean, look at how gorgeous that cover is!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm currently reading Carrier of the Mark!

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  4. Thank you for the chance and giveaway!

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  5. I love Carrier of the Mark and can't wait to see what happens next!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I am about to start reading Carrier of the Mark and I know I'm going to love it! I've read so many good reviews and the premise is totally my style! Also, some of the most gorgeous covers ever!

    Brynna

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  7. Your cover is beautiful! I love it!

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  8. Awesome giveaway! Thanks :)

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  9. cant wait to read this book!! thanks for the giveaway!!

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  10. I can't wait to read this book!! It sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I love this series! <3

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I can't wait to read Shadow of the Mark!!

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  14. I can't wait for Shadow of the mark and the cover is so beautiful. I have read really good review on the first book, and I am excited.

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  15. That cover is beautiful! I can't wait to read this book!

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  16. I've heard such amazing thing about this series and the covers alone are enough to entice me--can't wait to start these books!! :D

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  17. Ahh, I love the cover!! <3 It's gorgeous!

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  18. This is probably one of the most beautiful covers ever. I can't wait to read it, I'm so excited! I'm reading Carrier of the Mark now, I'm almost done with it and loving it :) Thanks for such an incredible giveaway!!

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  19. This book is so pretty! I love it because purple is my favorite color!

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  20. The cover is so gorgeous :3 I am so excited about this sequel c:

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  21. i cant wait to read this! the cover is very eye catching and beautiful

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Awesome giveaway, thanks so much :)

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  23. I love the cover! This series sounds very interesting and I am looking forward to reading it.
    Thanks the the awesome giveaway!

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  24. I love the cover, the purple color is gorgeous!

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  25. Such an intriguing idea for a story, and te covers are gorgeous.

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  26. I'm part of the tour but with Book Nerd tours and I'm really excited to be part of it, I'm yet to finish but it's quite fun.


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  27. Yup, the cover is one of the prettiest!! Love the blurb and looks like a fantastic read.

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  28. I do wanna read this book but haven't gotten around to read it what with all the books that have been piling up on my bedroom floor! That cover is seriously pretty!

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  29. Great review. I also really love the cover. :)

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  30. I really enjoyed Carrier of the Mark and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

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  31. First off I want to say I adore that fantastic cover on this! Second I adored your review! I have not read this book, but just by the sneak peek you gave in your open and honest review, I really want to read it! Thanks!

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  32. Thanks for the review and giveaway... the book sounds so good! And I love the covers...

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  33. Loved the first one, can't wait to read book 2.

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  34. Glad to hear the book was good. I have been wanting to read it for a while.

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  35. Great review. I love the covers in this series!

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  36. Very pretty cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I'M IN LOVE WITH THE COVERS FOR THIS SERIES! One of my favorite covers! I just bought the fist book! Can't wait to read it! (:

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  38. This series has the best covers. The concept of this book really interests me. I'm glad there are new characters in the next book! This review makes me want to read Shadow of the Mark more.

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  39. Awesome Review I have to tell you I have not read Carrier of the Mark yet I know I know but what I'm I waiting for I'm hopeful to get the books and read them ASAP!

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