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Marked Beauty

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to d
Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 2017 by Ellysian Press
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Ugh. No.
Only 15% in and already I despise Ana. She's judgemental, whiny and petulant, and I just... can't.

No rating for obvious reasons.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

Paranormal romances are my thing so I had to read this.
In this book we follow Ana, who can sense auras of people so she can sense their emotions. She is then in a car accident with her friend only to be miraculously rescued by a handsome stranger. Ana starts to feel drawn this mysterious guy and her auras are stronger than ever.

So I requested for this
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
MARKED BEAUTY -- what a page-turner YA contemporary fantasy! I could not put this one down. MARKED BEAUTY is full of interesting mythology and an exciting cast of characters that feel just as real as the world they live in. Perfect for fans of YA paranormal romance. I can’t wait for everyone to read it :D
Beverly McClure
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery. Adventure. Romance. Danger. Curse. Family. Surprises. Auras. Life energy. Another world. These are words I think of to describe Award-Winning Author S. A. Larsen’s latest novel, MARKED BEAUTY, and they’re not nearly enough.

Told from alternating points of view, we meet Ana, a girl with special powers on a quest to save the life of her friend Katee, who’s in a coma after a car wreck that Ana survived but left Katee in a coma. Viktor, who Ana meets in her search and the other point of view
C. McKenzie
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marked Beauty is a journey through a complex labyrinth that traces an ancient curse, an irresistible attraction, and a feisty, empathic heroine.

Set in a modern teen world, the story of Anastasia and Viktor unfolds like a fearsome and intriguing fairytale, one you have to read until you see The End.

Readers riding the wave of fantasy will enjoy this one.
Dorothy Dreyer
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marked Beauty is a beautifully written tale, laced with depth, action, and romance, propelled by an intriguing dark mythology that will keep readers enthralled. I loved the aura aspect of the story, which Larsen revealed with rich, descriptive tones. Definitely looking forward to the next book.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of secrets to be uncovered. Totally amazing read that was impossible to stop reading.
Maddy Martinelli
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for including me in this blog tour (My date was on October 18,2017 - head on over to my blog to check it out!), and providing me with a review copy for an honest review - I am so glad to be back once again on another blog tour! I absolutely loved how the author started out the book - it was strong and immediately threw you into the world of Ana and Viktor and the conflicted pasts that haunt them. We are presented with Josh, Viktor, and Se ...more
This book had me on a rollercoaster ride full of emotions. I started out this book not really expecting to love it, just seemed like a good book right up by alley. However, about a quarter of the way through I was sucked into the story and ended up staying up half the night to try and finish it. The story follows Ana and her journey of learning about herself and trying to find someone who can help her save her best friend. Instead she finds a steamy love, with a guy who would do anything to prot ...more
Pat Esden
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MARKED BEAUTY was a fabulous read. It’s a YA contemporary fantasy with tons of exciting and dangerous otherworldly happenings, romance, and a large cast of varied and interesting characters. Ana, the main character, can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. This gift is not only powerful, but it’s overwhelmingly difficult for her to live with. Her situation becomes even more difficult after the mysterious Vicktor saves her life. As they are drawn together romantically, pow ...more
Nicole Strand
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to the author for allowing me to review her book! 

I actually really enjoyed this one. It starts off strong and continues to build up and get better. With most books, t takes me a bit to get into them. But this one wasn't like that. 

The main character can be a bit annoying and melodramatic at times, but it's only occasional so it doesn't get super annoying, and it was really only in the beginning. I really liked Josh, wish he was a bigger part of the story. And Viktor was pre ...more
Alexia Moon
Jul 29, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
[I was given a copy from NetGalley for an honest review]
DNF'd it.

I couldn't finish this. I'm sorry, I had a different thought of a story when I got the book from NetGalley and I really did try and stick it through but I couldn't get past it and it was taking me ages to read and making me get into a reading slump. The writing is well done and very well written and the story has tons of potential but the characters... I don't think they're well developed. Viktor reminds me of Edward Cullen but wi
Kai Strand
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
SA Larsen did a great job unfurling this story. The pacing and emotion were strong throughout. Peppered with enough mystery to keep you turning pages and wondering who you could or should trust. But what I loved the most about this story was the unique fantasy world. The Lynceus, the Rifters, the hybrids, the Sixth, the blooprint – it was all very intriguing.
Natalie Decker
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's amazing! S.A. Larsen has a beautiful way of pulling you into Ana's world and keeping you there. You feel for her struggling with her ability to deal with her powers of being able to see, read, and tap into other's auras. There's also the very swoony character Viktor. I love this story! ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Larsen’s Marked Beauty is a lovely story with magic, mystery, and love. I found myself lost in the wonder of the world she created existing within our own. Lots of lush imagery, well-rounded characters (I just love Viktor.), and plenty of danger to keep you turning the pages. Keep an eye out for this author—I really think she’s one to watch.
Carrie Pack
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book
Ana has a strange pull over Victor it isn't until disaster stricks that he realizes that there is more to Ana then he first thought Victor trys to stay away from her but seem to keep being drawn to her. The secrets and that they discover and the love they share will it be enough to save Victor's soul and keep Ana Alive in the process
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lush writing and vivid descriptions set the scene in Marked Beauty. Larsen's world-building is superb, her characters are well-rounded and easy to root for, and the romance is both suspenseful and satisfying. All in all this is the perfect YA read for fans of paranormal romance and fantasy! ...more
Darby Karchut
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner! This rich blend of mythology and romance will appeal to fans of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and Holly Black’s TITHE series. Enthralling from start to finish!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed with this book. The premise sounded pretty good… I mean… A girl that can see/feel life energies and has a mysterious past? Yes please! Erm… no….

From the start I felt the writing was at times rushed or messy and confusing. There were a few times I almost gave up, but once I passed the halfway mark I figured I may as well finish it. Now, the main character, Ana, is the one redeeming feature. She is actually quite likeable. But I felt her character drowned in the world around
Sarah Z
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was on the fence on whether to give this a 3 or 4 rating. I really enjoyed the first part of the book but in the last 100 pages or so, I felt it lost a bit of steam. There was a lot bein* crammed into 1 little book. I’m also not sure whether or not I like the main characters and I’m not a huge fan of the ending.
I’m curious to see what other people think. I’d say give it a shot and see where you land.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I don’t leave spoilers. I’ve got to admit it was good. It had everything you would want from a paranormal/ fantasy novel. The writing was seamless between the characters own chapters, and boy did my heart ache for the two main characters, an innocent love story ran alongside the main storyline filled with Magic, supernatural elements, insecurities, sacrifices, loyalty, friendships, jealously, betrayal, suspicions and so much more. Each emoti ...more
Ciaran Mealer
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, teen
I received a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A great quote in the book: “Sometimes accepting our journey is even more difficult than traveling it...”

Books like this are the reason why I usually stick to traditionally published novels rather than giving self-published books a chance. So often they are disappointing, poorly written, and even more poorly edited.

The Good- The design and layout were beautifully done. There were a few really well written scenes in the book, but they were
Kathleen Burkinshaw
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MARKED BEAUTY is about a teenager, Ana, who realizes that she has powers beyond being an empath. She is involved in a car accident that leaves her best friend in a coma, yet somehow Ana was miraculously saved. She has an inkling that there is an evil force at work, but just doesn’t know what or how. But, Ana does know that she must be the one to save her best friend. A young man, Viktor seems to pop up whenever Ana needs saving. However, only he knows that no matter how many times he may try to ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it but I had trouble with this one. Had a hard time with picturing all the supernatural happenings. Was confused most of the time as to what was going on and why. I didn't connect with any of the characters and wasn't invested in the romance between Ana and Viktor. The supernatural groups were pretty vague in the beginning which didn't help with the story. Overall this book was hard to keep interested and I found myself wandering. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
InD'tale Magazine

A tale that will take the reader on a wild ride, "Marked Beauty" follows Ana as she struggles to embrace her abilities and fight off a villain she does not quite understand, all while juggling the antics of high school.

Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free ecopy of Marked Beauty via Netgalley.

3.75 rounded up to 4

I really enjoyed reading Marked Beauty, I found the world it was set in really interesting and I could not wait to find out more through the eyes of Ana and Viktor. I really loved the dual POV and I found myself looking forward to Viktor's chapters.

I did find Ana a little judgmental in the beginning of the book but as I read on I realised that it seemed that she was ever harder on herself. And as the book went on I did
Arin Barry
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book and I think my expectations might have been too high, because I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it. So this is my first DNF of 2018...

I couldn’t bring myself to care about the romance between Ana and Viktor and once Viktor said he “owned” Ana due to the bloodprint. This is an extremely problematic relationship and one of the main reasons I did not finish the book.

The author used existing concepts such as chakras, but then calls them energy portals... This c
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Marked Beauty is a very gripping book. The writer does a good job at reeling you into the story. The world the writer has created is amazing: the many storylines about Ana, her missing mother and her abilities and Viktor and his strange past are captivating. Especially the parts where Ana is finding out what she is and how she is trying to cope with her gifts.

At times, though, it feels very fast paced. I would have liked it if she had elaborated a little bit more about "the Realm, the Rifters or
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ana has the ability to see (via colors) and feel peoples emotions. Viktor is tasked with protecting the human world, but is also trying to find a way to break a curse that is on him.
When Viktor saves Ana from an accident, their lives are connected in more ways that either of them realize.

This is told from the POV of Ana and Viktor, and there are so many more characters in this book that we get to meet.
I loved all the characters and thought they just all flowed together so perfectly. All the d
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S.A. Larsen is an award-winning author,childhood apraxia of speech advocate, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count. She also has a soft spot for the strange and misunderstood, which might explain her love for dipping plain chips in ketchup. Her favorite stories push the boundaries of our world and open harbored emotions to inspire and challenge t ...more

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