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Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1)

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Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published October 1st 2011)
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Steph Sinclair

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 intere
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Cait
Okay, I do feel slightly sorry for all that I'm about to say in my review, because Fallon does honestly seem like a nice person......but this is just....just too much.

First off, I'm pissed. Excuse me for a second while I rant, here:

I'M SOOOOOO MAD!! GOD DAMMIT AWEOIARHW;EHRIBENAOR;IERU;EHBAROE;JARE! AHHHHHHHH!


Yeah that's right I'm mad!

You know why? Just let me say that, if you put my name into a book, and actually spell it correctly (It's CAITLIN, people, not Kaitlyn, Catelyn, Katelyn, Kat
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Misty
I feel bad about what I'm about to do. Honestly. I'm not one of those people who just writes snarky, mean-spirited reviews, just for the sheer black-hearted, puppy-kicking glee of it. As tempting as that sometimes it, I just am not that reviewer (generally). I like puppies. And Leigh Fallon seems like a really nice person, and I had high hopes for this book. And everything I'm about to say makes me feel like a bully, but no. Just - no.

I knew almost immediately that I was not going to like this b
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Katie(babs)
Sep 09, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-award
The Carrier of the Mark 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 ...more
Kwesi 章英狮
Nov 14, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it it was ok


I keep on reading books, books are already part of my everyday life, but what if you manage to encounter a book that have similarities to the book you hated before you read it. What will you do? React like a destructive monster or an angelic reader who just leave the mess away and continue reading it, or in between. I read few reviews of this book and I was so shocked that until now I can still feel the intense feelings (mostly hatred) of those reviewers and I mean it, I agree to what they wr
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Carla *Jen7waters*
Feb 12, 2015 Carla *Jen7waters* rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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Isamlq
Oct 29, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok
Beautiful Cover strikes again. Dang it! What I got out of CARRIER was a story of what Bella and Edward would have done, had they not been vampire and emo-girl but rather some other type of supernatural boy and emo girl/Avatar-to- be. Things went quickly though, that I have to give it. Except this fact might have more to do with my feelings of having been there and read that rather than me feeling things like “Oh boy! What a good story!” Not just that it was in turns abrupt and over the top, but ...more
Katie
Jan 27, 2016 Katie rated it did not like it
Honestly, this book was disappointing for me. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and the gorgeous cover, and I had high hopes for a story set in Ireland. But there was something really generic about this book that just didn't spark my imagination.
I've complained a lot about insta-love in YA and how much it irks me. Really, this was a great example of some serious insta-love. I mean, she-sees-the-boy-across-the-parking-lot-they-kiss-the-next-week kind. It all just felt very rushed. Even after
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Jan 12, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this halfway through...it was pure torture.

I stopped reading when Bella...I mean Meg, got a sudden, inexplicable declaration of love from Edward...I mean Adam. Those who draw a parallel between this book and Twilight are correct. You've read one, you've read both. Don't waste your time. Mysterious boy who spurns all girls at their school suddenly falls for the new girl in town. He has a devoted sister who really loves Meg. They live in a makeshift family compound, and the rest
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Kris
Jun 08, 2011 Kris rated it liked it
I'm delighted that I was able to win an ARC from a competition that Leigh hosted on her blog and at the book's Facebook page. Now, I'm even more delighted to say that I adore the book. But I'm sad that this is only the ARC because it means that I have to wait over a year for the next installment.

Warning: beware of an overuse of adjectives and adverbs. I just loved the book so much!

The story follows Megan following her move to Kinsale, Ireland for her father's new job at a marina. Leigh introduce
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Sandy
2.5 stars

This book must have been written at the height of Twilightdom.

In the immortal words of Georgia Nicolson, this is a facsimile of a sham. I've read a lot of YA books copying the Twilight playbook, but Carrier of the Mark is the most blatant Twilight clone of them all. I won't get started on specifics because I would exceed the word count allowed for this review, but trust me on this one--just change some names and you've got Twilight (minus that addictive, guilty-pleasure-inducing quality
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Parajunkee
Nov 21, 2011 Parajunkee rated it did not like it
I am honestly just at a loss for the epic failure of this book. The sad thing about it was how well it started. I was immediately sucked in and excited and then after I had gotten my feet wet I just kept reading and going ‘what?’ ‘huh?’ and ‘I think I might have read this before?’ And I had read it before in a book that you might be familiar with, called ‘Twilight’. I really hate comparing books to ‘Twilight’ because basically you can probably do this to a lot of young adults books from love tri ...more
Aria Stuck in Wonderland
When I first saw this book I was so enchanted by the cover.
I was like “WOW look at that cover!!”
I thought the cover was just gorgeous and I told myself I had to get my hands on that book.
When I clutched the book in my hands, the feeling of excitement overwhelmed me.

Approvals

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Almost immediately after I got it, I started to read…

My reaction started like this.

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Then this.

Do Not Want

Then finally..

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Alas! Book covers and synopsis could be very deceiving.

This book reminds me of a book very close to my heart.
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Ezmirelda
So just to start off, this book was okay-ish. But there were times when I just could not take the characters seriously. The fact that the main characters had their first kiss SO early in the story completely confounded me. And when it did hapen everything felt so fake and completely out of place...the feeling you get when you're yanked out of the story because it starts to feel too unbeleivable. The dialogue felt so alien in that confession scene because there wasn't any real meaning to it. At t ...more
Morgan Shamy
Apr 05, 2011 Morgan Shamy rated it it was amazing
The Carrier of the Mark is magic. It’s a story that will haunt me for days. I was completely immersed into the world of Megan, Adam, Rian, and Aine. The characters are so real, I feel like they’re constantly with me, hovering somewhere over my left shoulder. Great build and progression through the story. Excellent tension. Fun humor. Leigh Fallon has the ‘it’ factor—the ability to make life spring from the page. As soon as I finished, I couldn’t decide whether to start over or just savor the sto ...more
Harper
Jan 31, 2011 Harper added it
This will be the very first book published by us that was found on inkpop.com. Very exciting!
Kristia
Oct 25, 2011 Kristia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Twilight Saga
Recommended to Kristia by: Leigh Fallon
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Jessica
Nov 02, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Let me preface this by stating that I have read some of the other reviews posted here about Carrier of the Mark, and I am disappointed by the constant comparison of Fallon's novel to that of Meyer's imfamously poor written Twilight Saga. I do understand that there are similar constructs at play--for instance, the idea of a girl and boy drawn inexplicably to one another. However, Fallon's novel proves in many ways to be stronger and is more original than "Twilight."

Number One: The Heroine. Megan
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Merary
Their love was meant to be.

COUGH!!!

Every time I see the cover, I have this imaginary rap in my head:

Bitches be like, I'm so fly
But the truth is that they're not
I'm the baddest bitch, you should never doubt
When I shit on these haters while I skyrocket high

Look at me motherfuckers, look at me fly
Look at me motherfuckers, with my ass saying bye
Don't forget to kiss it and my anus, too
Because you know deep down that I want to get kinky with you


Oh, the things my mind does.

That being said, I knew this
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Desiree
Nov 15, 2011 Desiree rated it did not like it
Shelves: less-than-1-star
I was really looking forward to reading carrier of the mark! I ordered it from my local book store and picked it up on the day it came out. Unfortunately I'm sorry to say that I was terribly dissapointed! Carrier of the mark turned out to be one of my least favorite books that I have ever read and when I say one of I mean like my top three worst of all time! And I've read a lot of books. I don't mean to be mean but this book was just so terrible! I'm amazed that Leigh Fallon has not been sued fo ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
*Sigh* OK, let's see umm...quirky, Converse-wearing new girl at school; check. Tragic dead mother; check. Doofy, clueless, but lovable father; check. Instant best friend for spunky protagonist at new school; check. Tall, dark, and totally unrealistic love interest; check and check.

I actually liked the build-up. This is a lot like Twilight, formula-wise, but better written. However, when the romance happens, it just comes up and bitch slaps you really hard in the face, no mercy style. I mean it.
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◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
Pre-Reading: Wow. I'm absolutely in love with that cover. Can't wait to read it!!

Review: You know what I'm really not liking nowadays? How most YA paranormal books are almost exactly the same thing, just with different paranormal situations. Girl meets mysterious guy, they quickly fall in love, girl gets pulled into some paranormal world, learns she is "special", etc. It's really ticking me off. Of course, not ALL YA paranormal books are like this. And I was really hoping Carrier of the Mark wou
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
At first I was willing to see this as a meh YA paranormal book.

Then I got to the point where I could not ignore ALL the Twilight similarities and was like, really?

I mean nearly the same plot, I'm not gonna say plagiarism but it wasn't that original. Or even close to it.

I don't mind fanfic, even published fanfic, but at least thoroughly change stuff to the point where we would have no idea. I can't judge because I wrote fanfic, but I don't think my smut writing is worth paying for, tbh. LOL

Anyway
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G.C. Nash
Aug 03, 2012 G.C. Nash rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Joining older siblings (versions) of the same tired plotline, Carrier of the Mark is the Irish version of Twilight, its closest relatives including, and yet not limited to, Die For Me by Amy Plum (French Twilight), and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Greek Twilight).

None of the above has out done Twilight in my mind, though Starcrossed was fun.

I cannot go another page further into the meticulously chronicled (paranormal) life of Megan, I just can't.

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flat
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Mateja
Jan 03, 2016 Mateja rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Carrier of the Mark is a wonderful addition to the YA genre. Carrier of the Mark is a thoroughly enjoyable read and it will take you only an afternoon of your time to devour it. And you will devour it. Once you start, there is no stopping.

The author created such a wide range of interesting characters, not just the main ones, but also side characters that really livened up the story. My favorite one is Caitlin. Her own boy troubles really enriched the story and she offers a welcome relief from Me
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Rebecca
Sep 29, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d seen a lot of hype over The Carrier of the Mark and so I was super excited to be able to read this one in advance of its publication date. I started The Carrier of the Mark and sat down to read it in its entirety in an entire day. I even stayed up later than I had intended just so I could finish the book.
Needless to say that I enjoyed reading The Carrier of the Mark very much; it has a lot of same-ish elements to it that books in the paranormal romance genre have; but at the same time there
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Kelly
Jan 12, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it
I think I've read this book before, though it was under a different name and instead of people who possessed the powers of the four elements, they were vegetarian vampires...

The first half of this book is pretty much exactly the same as Twilight. Megan has just moved to a new town, and is left speechless after first laying eyes on Adam DeRis. He, continuing in the Twilight theme, is arrogant and standoffish, sticking to his siblings while at school, and of course, is devastatingly handsome. The
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Lisa
Oct 26, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-collins
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Carrier of the Mark is simply amazing. It's been a long time since I've read a novel with explosive romance, brilliant mythology, a whole cast of fantastic supporting characters and nail-biting suspense. I could shout praises all day long! Alas, I must control myself...... Megan Rosenberg and her father move every year, but something about Ireland just feels right, like maybe it's where they're meant to stay for good. On the first day of school, Me
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Jennifer Armentrout
May 28, 2011 Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing
The Carrier of the Mark is thrilling, fresh and achingly romantic. It will have you up late at night, devouring the lives of Megan and Adam, leaving you wanting more and more.
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In short

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
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