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Carve the Mark

(Carve the Mark #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  76,482 ratings  ·  8,004 reviews
In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the so
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Elias No, the other YA author Veronica Roth. YES, OF COURSE IT'S THE SAME ONE WHO WROTE DIVERGENT.…moreNo, the other YA author Veronica Roth. YES, OF COURSE IT'S THE SAME ONE WHO WROTE DIVERGENT.(less)

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Emily May
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
1 1/2 stars. Just.... soooo sloooowwww.

Let's be honest, I actually liked Divergent for what it was - a fast-paced, exciting YA adventure that demanded very little of me. Sure, a lot of the world made absolutely no sense, and I still find that whole "I'm Dauntless so I jump off moving trains" thing so ridiculously laughable, but I found it really entertaining. In this book, though, I spent the majority of it wondering where the actual plot was.

It's set in space, and I've heard other reviewers tal
2018 edit because I'm still getting hate mail.

The UK publisher asked me to review the book, they sent me a contract to sign for me to sign saying that I would get paid. I declined because I don't rate books well to earn a few coins, I'm the Book Bitch for a reason. When I declined the UK publisher then broke all contact with me and we've not had a working relationship since.

Let's talk about the elephant in the room: Sponsered reviews from booktubers who were paid to give a positive review and
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best YA fantasy! what will happen?

i'm going to review this without giving too much away, which seems to be the publisher's desire, since this is the first time i have ever gotten an arc that had this

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across every single page.

text blurred so no one yells at me.


i am someone who liked the divergent trilogy. i even sort of liked those four stories: Four: A Divergent Story Collection.

but i am SO SO pleased that roth has diverged (h
Meg (fairy.bookmother)
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-copy
So, I should preface this with a few key points. I work for a bookstore and received an ARC of this book through my job. All opinions are my own. This review is not an attack on the author, the publisher, or anyone else. I am also white, and I am aware this affects my position to call something out as racist. I find that it's helpful to raise awareness of problematic representation in the media we consume.

In regards to advance copies being sent out to reviewers, I've noticed in a lot of Goodread
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Oh dear!! Where do I start?????

1) Racial stereotyping and questionable use of certain imagery (please seek out the reviews from reviewers of colour that can give greater insight into this).
2) Ill advised plot lines that reinforce rape culture rather than expose it as negative
3) Unflagged trigger warnings.
4) And a romanticised depiction of chronic pain (something that is very personal to me).

But let’s begin with the writing. Wow talk about dull! The first half of this book was so incredibly tedio
Three things:

1. This book tries to YA too hard
2. This book tries to Sci-fi too hard
3. This book tries to world build too hard

I do give it 3 stars because overall I found it enjoyable, but the the things above distracted me so much. (Note: Lowered to two stars on 10/17/2017 because I thought I already gave it two and I keep thinking back to how much I didn't care for it . . . so, I had to drop it!)

YA - There is a general YA formula, but if you mix it in well with a creative story, it doesn't matt
Ben Alderson
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this book. Maybe after Divergent my expectations were too high, and it probably not fair to compare the tow although when a book is released saying the writer of Divergent it is hard not to expect a lot and compare the two. Also knowing Veronica Roth was a Star Wars fan and I am a Star Wars fan I figured what could possible go wrong.

The book is very slow then as soon as something exciting happens it is the end of the chapter and the moment is lost. Worse still in som
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
This book already has 70k reviews and ratings... fml.

This book is interesting not because of it's story (which is dull) but because of the circumstances surrounding it's release.


Every now and then a book comes along that presents some toxic ideas which are commonly seen in tons of books. But our GoodReads community turns into a hive mind and decides this one book is the absolute worst.

I can't help but feel that this book got unlucky. The Winner's Curse was gushed about despite it's
Mar 02, 2015 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
After Allegiant I don't know wether to trust Veronica Roth. I mean, that book... that fucking book:

But let's give it a chance! Let's read the description:

"in "the vein of 'Star Wars'"
"a boy's "unlikely alliance" with an enemy"
"what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge,"

Okay, okay! I'm in! I'm SO in!!




Listen to Solo, Veronica! Listen to him!
this book reminds me of preteen me, meaning it tries too hard to fit in with all the cool kids. oof. not a good look for anyone involved. trust me.

this book tries a little too hard to be YA relatable, to be sci-fi intense, and to have the most fantastic world ever built. and i think because there is so much focus on all of these different elements, it neglects one major component - THE PLOT. my goodness. its practically nonexistent. combine that with some slow pacing and you get many bored reade
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
I'd like to put a disclaimer for all the controversy surrounding this novel. I read this before anyone and didn't see the underlying issues everyone saw with the story until a few of my friends told me about all the explosions on social media sites I don't even have. I did still adore this story, I'd be lying if I said I didn't, but I don't want to offend anyone by liking this book. I want everyone to know I can't possibly relate to these issues, but my eyes are open and I understand people are ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Divergent Wars: One Force will define you.

Curious (and polite) people kept asking me if I was enjoying CARVE THE MARK while I was reading it. For the flippant response to that question, please refer to the opening of the song "Nobody But Me" by The Human Beinz. Or, you know, check out my star rating. (But my way is more fun, and you get a fun song out of it, too!)

I was one of the few people who did not like DIVERGENT. Part of that was
Jan 24, 2017 marked it as on-hold-for-now  ·  review of another edition

Having spent the last hour reading through Review 1, Review 2, Tweets, opinion posts, in addition to the comments threads, there seems to be a whole lot of furore about this book which, I must say, now has me intrigued enough to want to read Carve the Mark.

A few reviewers felt the need to disclaim previous reviews, while some bloggers sought to distance themselves from both the author and HarperTeen, the publishers. My understanding is that one, the book has racial undertones, the aut
BR with the evil little pie. <3

Dnf @ page 88
This book is putting Maggie and I in a slump, not to mention extremely boring and slow.
Long review for a rather long read. I'm still struggling to figure what words are appropriate to describe the mediocrity and utter pointlessness of this book. My thoughts about it aren't as concise as this review will turn out being, because I only have so many words to fit in my review space and I want to illustrate why this book ended up being such a horrible experience. It's my worst read of 2017 thus far, though I considered giving it credit for at least the last quarter of the book holding ...more
DNF @ 22%
Sana and I are bored and are being put in a reading slump reading this. It's extremely slow and boring and nothing interesting has happened. We encountered some of the issues going on and asked each other if it was triggering for either of us and since it wasn't, we continued. I do agree that this does have issues that can be triggering for people, so I suggest watching out for that before starting it. We also have read like 2 more pages since our last update (pg. 108) and stopped ther
Simona B
EDIT 11/02/2017/: Lowering my rating to two stars because holy moley, I already don't remember a thing of what happened in this book. And I read it, like, a month ago. This is Lady Midnight happening to me all over again. Is it my memory's fault or these run-of-the-mill-yet-super-popular books'?


“Growing up here really has warped you, hasn’t it?”
“Growing up here,” I clarified, “has made me see the truth about people.”

•I feel that a foreword is needed here.
First, I read the Divergent trilogy a
the burning dreamer.
By god, is that cover appealing.
Now let's pray the stuff inside it is too.
2 stars
Uncensored review as always
And spoiler-free

Oh boy. This is not going to be pretty. I’m sure you have seen all the upchucked Haterade that the “controversy brigade” so generously spewed about this book before and after it’s release. So obviously, I wanted to love this book SO HARD if only to shove a raving review in the face of absurdity! Unfortunately, I can’t do that here.


On the other hand … I honestly did not see ANY of the controversy. Like … where is it? I have no idea. I’m sur
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I liked the story overall! But there a few things that might seem minor, but are actually really detracting from the story, and I took issue with them. It was a good story, don't get me wrong. But I have some things to explore in my review that I just didn't like.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Book One of the Carve the Mark series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Natalie Monroe
Am I the only one confused by the blurb? What I'm getting is Romeo and Juliet, superpowers, and a thinly-veiled Abnegation/Dauntless showdown thing.

Too much, yet too little.
Mar 05, 2017 marked it as no-thanks
I refuse to put myself in a position where the likelihood of myself being triggered is high. I don't think the "kill marks" which feature in this book are okay. My friend Cait talks more about how they these marks can be connected to self harm. I was curious about this book but after hearing several quotes which feature in the book about these marks I am physically sick and disgusted. It honestly saddens me. I wonder how such a thing passed by so many ARC readers though.

The cover itself is a re
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Golden stars!

wow! I didn't think I would love this story this much! the characters, the thrills, this beautiful world!
To be honest I didn't even expect it to be a space sci-fi, & it was wonderful!
I was looking for a satisfying sensible Space sci-fi & this book mostly met my expectations! I really enjoyed it.
World Building: ★★★★★/5
the world, the usual jobs, every responsibilities, the rules & the gifts. everything was great! it took its times to get used to this totally-new world
Natalie Monroe
"I didn't choose the blood that runs in my veins," I replied. "Any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we've become what we were made to become."

I feel like I could throw a dart in a bookstore and hit at least a dozen YA books with practically the same quote and premise.

The nature vs nurture debate is well-trodden ground in fiction, not just in YA. Is there such thing as fate? Are villains born or made? These are all themes that can be reinvigorated and made fresh and unique, but Carv
Andreea Pop
Mar 06, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-love
Well, hello there, pretty book.
Josu Grilli
Apr 28, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

January 17, 2017!!

Francina Simone
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok...I'm gonna film a review tomorrow and talk about something. Over al, objectively, I'm bouncing between 4-4.5 more towards a 4. Subjectively...really not my style so more of a 3 if you have similar "preferences" as me.

As far as everything else goes, I'll get a video up soon to discuss all my thoughts 😉
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a YA sci-fi/fantasy story, set in a different universe.

I liked how strong Akos was in this story, and he really did hold up under some terrible circumstances. I also liked Cyra, who put up with so much pain from such a young age, and was still able to be feared, and able to stand up to her brother when she needed to.

The world building in this was pretty good, although it did take quite a while for it all to come out, and the odd-sounding names did make things a little more difficult. Th
Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Carve The Mark is straining to be everything to everyone yet ends up hollow and soulless. It is a novel seemingly comprised of editorial requests yet seems to have been untouched by the editing process. It begs to be unique in its world-building but falls so fast into the most derivative of tropes that parts feel like straight-up copying. It is devoid of any display of technical competence, with clumsy plotting, soporific pacing that only wakes up when it remembers it’s got a sequel coming, per ...more
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Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection), the Carve the Mark duology (Carve the Mark, the Fates Divide), The End and Other Beginnings collection of short fiction, and many short stories and essays. Her first book for adult audiences, Chosen Ones, is out now. She lives in Chicago.

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