The Marked Son (Keepers of Life, #1)
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The Marked Son (Keepers of Life #1)

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Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what. When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published July 27th 2011)
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Whoa. That was awesome.

I didn't realize how much I would end up loving The Marked Son. Before I read this book, I read some reviews and opinions seemed kind of mixed. It's amazing how different people's reading experiences can be when reading the same book. I found The Marked Son to be such a thrilling read! I was captivated from the very beginning. I thought the main and supporting characters were very likable and had great relationships. I lov...more
Darynda Jones
As I said in a recent blurb, reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before your eyes. I want to be her when I grow up, and I adored this book. Love, love, love the hero.
Poor Dylan, he really has had a tough go of it pretty much his entire life. His mom is anything but traditional, he has to keep going from place to place and for as long as he could remember he's dreamed of the same girl, pale, hauntingly beautiful in the cold eerie woods.
He's always known he was different. Out of place. Out of time, but he's about to find out just how much.

The Marked Son is a very well crafted, unique and intriguing story with a fun adventurous twist. I really liked the other-...more
Nikki  Peterson
Poor Dylan has always felt like he just didn't belong anywhere. His basket-case mother uproots them from their current home, due to the same reason as always. Her loser boyfriend breaks up with her. This time however, his mother is taking him back to her childhood home. To meet a grandmother and grandfather who have no idea about him. As if that isn't enough, she pretty much abandons him with his grandparents. She wants a life of her own without having to take care of him.

Now, to break in here,...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
My Cover Thoughts: I absolutely love this cover. The cover draws you in because it is a picture of a guy with piercing violet blue eyes staring into your soul. When I first saw the cover I said I have to read this book and I searched and searched for an ARC copy and when I was able to get one thanks to Misa Ramirez I nearly fell off the bed. Thanks Misa :)

My Thoughts/Review: Okay I have read a lot of books but this book left me speechless! Shea did a great job weaving a beautiful story starting...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
WOW! I finished The Marked Son thirty minutes ago and my heart is still racing. This book is amazing. It’s like I took off on the most fantastic paranormal fantasy adventure ride, and still haven't touched ground.

The storyline and plot just don't quit. It keeps taking you higher and higher, and just when you think you’ve reached the top, Shea Berkley gives you another awesome shot of adrenaline. Shea Berkley has definitely got an imagination overload going in this story. The Marked Son had me l...more
Tammy Baumann
The Marked Son will take you on a fantastic journey that includes some self-discovery, lots of action, loads of adventure and heartwarming love. A must read for all ages.
Trisha Wolfe
What I loved about this story was being inside Dylan’s head. It’s different and unique to live a story from the guy’s point of view, and Dylan Kennedy is an amazing character. What he grew up dealing with, a mother that cared little for him, made him into a tough guy, but vulnerable, too. He truly didn’t see how anyone could care or love him. His only outlet, his fantasy world he lived through his dreams . . . His dream girl.

We get to see Teag from the dream girl’s—Kera’s—point of view. It’s don...more
Buat yang enggak percaya sama Tuhan, coba, deh, baca novel penuh hikmah dan berkah ini! Bukan, bukan karena kontennya yang sangat religiusiyah, tapi bisa selesai baca novel ini benar-benar sebuah anugerah buat saya.

Jadi, bahkan sampai sekarang setelah saya selesai baca novel ini, saya masih enggak paham sebenarnya nyonyah Shea Berkley ini mau ngomong apa, sih, melalui novel ini?

Hum, jadi begini. Ada dua tokoh di sini. Cowok ganteng bernama Dylan, dan seorang gadis bernama Kera—ya, kalian tidak...more
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The story opens up as Dylan and his mother make a road trip to his grandmother’s house, who does not even know of Dylan’s existence. It seems as though mom hasn’t spoken to her parents since his birth. We soon learn that Dylan’s mother is not of strong-will when she abandons him. Dylan is used to his mother’s issues, however. She falls in love at the drop of a hat and when the relationship falls apart, she picks u...more
Jul 28, 2011 Jody rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Iron Fey; YA Romance
Recommended to Jody by: NetGalley
Shelves: ya, special-abilities
It isn't often that you get to read a book and be taken on a journey that is so fantastic and unique. I didn't know what to expect with this book because the synopsis didn't really give me a feel for the the category this book would fit in: vampires, fey, etc. I know understand that this book doesn't fit in any category and sort of in all of them. The story is fresh and unique and I didn't want to put it down. Although this isn't really a fey book, I enjoyed this book like the Iron Fey series by...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
The Marked Son is a story that instantly takes ahold of the reader because the main character, Dylan, is just so enigmatic and alluring. His 17 years have been rough – with a mom that’s constantly chasing the next fling – and he’s as jaded as they come, but there’s just something about him that will pull readers in. Maybe it’s his unconcealed anger towards his mom or his ease in giving up, but I wanted things to work out for him from the beginning.

Shea Berkley captures teen angst perfectly, then...more
First Impression:
Dreams? An Evil Lord? A teenager who thinks he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life? This summary had me at hello.

While Reading:
The Marked Son is definitely not my typical YA read. But that is really what drove me towards it in the first place.

As the first book in a planned series, The Marked Son does not have many of the hang-ups that I often find in other first books. It is not a stepping stone type novel. Nor did it feel slow or frustrating caus...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I did go into this book a little nervous about the whole seeing a girl in his dreams and then she comes to life theme because I have read it before. What I think was different about this one is that the girl comes from a different place.
I really enjoy reading books from the boys perspective, it is such a nice way to change up the reading stack. There are some sections told form Kera's perspective but as she is from a different place the reading style changes between the two until they meet and...more
Jennifer (Books&Barks)
Shea Berkley’s latest YA novel, The Marked Son, is an exciting tale of love, adventure, and danger, and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The twists and turns throughout kept me reading till way past midnight, eager to find out what would happen with Dylan and Kera. I was not disappointed by this book at all. I was worried that it was going to end on a cliffhanger, but The Marked Son was wrapped up nicely while still leaving things open for a second book.

Dylan has led a life...more
My thoughts:
Cover: I absolutely like this cover.WATS NOT THE LIKE A BOUTH IT? A couple of YA Fiction covers are hideous , or the cover is the best thing about that book, meaning it sucked. Not this one the cover added to the book, you could see Dylan ,that the way I imagined him. The cover draws you in because it is a picture of a guy with piercing violet blue eyes staring into your soul. When I first saw the cover I was happy that it was on netgalley and I requested it. I got approved. So here...more
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book since I didn't read the blurb, but I absolutely loved it! It had pretty much everything including action, romance, drama and friendship.

Dylan is 17 and hasn't had the easiest life so far his mother moves him around the country constantly after falling in and out of love with less than savory men and shows no love to her son and he can't make friends since he is moving about so much. Dylan has been having dreams...more
The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

My Summary:

Dylan Kennedy’s life sucks. His mother moves them around every time her relationship with some guy goes south. No one seems to remember Dylan and he has no friends. There is the dream of the beautiful girl that he has had for, well for a long time but that’s just a dream. His mother once again drags him from his life the summer before his senior year. She takes them to his Grandparents house, who didn’t even know he had been born, in the middle of nowhere...more
Wow! I finished this book a half hour ago and my heart is still in hyper drive. The action in this book doesn’t let up for a second and I loved every minute of it! You enter this world with Dylan as he is being driven to his grandparents’ house by his mother. He assumes it is just another stop on their every changing living environment, but is shocked when his mother takes off one night without even saying goodbye. He is abandoned by the only person that has been a constant in his life and left...more
Kelly Hart
I absolutely loved this book.
It was different than any other book I've ever read -- with it's unique world, 17 year old male lead, and it's switches from 1st person to 3rd person -- but those differences only enhanced the story and storytelling in my opinion.
It definitely kept me enthralled.
Just when you thought you knew what would happen next something different happened. It definitely kept me guessing, and turning pages, with all it's twists and turns.
Really, I feel it was wonderful and I'm...more
Robin Perini
An amazing debut from a talented author who I expect to see on bestseller lists soon. Shea's hero is a boy who grabs you by the heart from the first page as he tries to discover who he is, and realizes very quickly he is more than he ever believed. I was crying for him one moment and cheering the next. His love for the heroine is epic and the surprising world Shea has created, the depth, the detail and the gorgeous writing make this book one you should add to you 'to-read' list as soon as you ca...more
Rahma Dilla (seetheworldwithbooks)
Waah akhirnya novel ini selesai juga. Haha, maaf walau novel ini bagus tapi aku aga maksa namatinnya berhubung:
a) kertas burem yang bikin mata aku berat dan ga mood
b) ak punya banyak pr dan ulangan (OH NOEESSSSS!!!!)
c) ada beberapa bagian yang bikin ak kurang sreg.
Nah, lihat poin c, apa aja yang biki n ak kurang sreg sodara-sodara?
Aku kurang suka sama persahabatan antara Dylan-jason-Leo yang bagi aku tuh terkesan dipaksain. Maksud ak, mereka baru kenal Dylan tuh kira-kira dalam hitungan hari tap...more
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
This story is set in two different realms; the human realm and the Teag realm. Dylan lives in the human realm, living a life on the go. Dylan’s mother never stays in one place long. She tends to date someone, breaks up with him, and up roots Dylan to a whole new place. This time is different instead of going someone where his mother knows no one; she brings him to her parents’ house. Dylan gets to meet family that he has never know about, and he starts to learn a little more about who his father...more
The Marked Son was for sure a well written story. I felt like I was in the story, the adventure the action and the love was breath taking. I really enjoyed the adventure I was on and the fact that I did not want to put the book down and needed to get to the next page for more! The action was one of a kind with the love mixed in! A for sure read for an amazing ride into a wonderful story!! Great for all ages!
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
A good fantasy read in the realms of Robin Hobb and Maria V Snyder.

Loved that for a change we mostly had the POV from the male side and only a little from the female side.

Dylan really has had I rough in his life, and being dumped with his grandparents really doesn't make things any easier, even if he does finally meet the girl that he has been dreaming about since he was young.

Shea Berkley builds another realm/dimension that is fundamentally like ours, but with a few subtle differences. Magic be...more
Danielle Barclay
Ditto on what Darynda Jones said! Remarkable writing from Shea Berkley, this is not the voice of a debut author. The Marked Son is a polished, compulsive and completely entertaining read. I can't wait for more!
What happens when worlds shift into each other? The earthly world plus the world of magic unite a young man, Dylan, with his mysterious dream-vision young woman Kera.

Well written with plenty of action and intrigue this mystery behind Dylan's background leads us to the magic of Kera's world. Dylan is abandoned by his mother and left, he believes, defenseless against the unknown.

Battles rage and when it seems like evil is winning Dylan learns he is the son of the Lost King and belongs in this worl...more
What really captured me with this book was the human characters at the beginning of this book. The mother was portrayed perfectly as a parent who is abusive to his son. I know that is strange praise, but I really felt it was true to form and usually authors tread lightly around this subject. I thought the subject was handled with great care and realistic. She is also not a one dimensional character, but later we see some of her motivation as to why she was so abusive. That perhaps was less reali...more
Elizabeth B
Let me start off by saying that I had a lot of issues when I started this book. I almost put it down several times because, truthfully, the beginning annoyed me on every page.

Meadow? Check.
Pacific northwest? Check
Fantasy dream girl? Check.
Flighty mom? Check.
Angtsy teen boy that’s rude and disrespectful to everyone? Check.
Changing pov’s with a dated descriptions that don’t match the modern dialogue? Check.

I did not want to continue. It was like the melding of two really bad books all in one...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/19/11:

Wow. I finished The Marked Son a few moments ago and I am literally speechless. There is no way anything I write in this review can possibly do this book justice. You need to preorder or make arrangements to snag a copy of this one when it hits the shelves August 2nd.

Okay, now that I have had a moment to breath and collect my thoughts I must say that this is one of the most impressive debut novels I have ever had the...more
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