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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Tori always thought the birthmark on her ankle was just a freckle. But when she discovers it's really a set of strange symbols and that others have the same mark, she soon realizes they'll all need to work together to save their real homelandan ancient culture that's been hidden for centuries. Filled with fantasy, suspense, and romance, The Mark is a spellbinding thrill ri ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Cedar Fort (first published March 8th 2010)
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Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed "So this is how it ends" by Tui Sutherland
2.5 stars.

- It is kind of slow.
- The plot consists mainly of talking, gazing into each other's eyes and being needy.
- It, or to be fair the first third, is noticably repetitive.
- It features a girl consumed by infatuation who is more than willing to give up her dream university to be near to the boy she is addicted to. For about a paragraph she mourns the good program she is about to miss, but after that she smiles and affirms that the only important thing for her is to spend her life -
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
published March 8th 2010
by Bonneville Books (first published 2010)
details Paperback, 288 pages
isbn 1599553511
4.5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads- She's had it forever. A tiny mark on her hand. No big deal, right? But when Tori discovers that her ordinary freckle is really some kind of microscopic tattoo, she doesn't know what to think, especially after meeting Eric, a guy she feels strangely connected to--and not just because he has a mark too.

All too soon, Tori and Eric realize that their mar
Hollie Robb
This book really sucked me in it's story. I had a very hard time putting it down. Look out, within it's pages lies an emotional roller coaster.

The maine character Tori, reminded me a lot like Bella in the Twilight series, they have almost the same personality. They both cannot survive with out there love interest, they can they just wont. So that was a annoying for me to read. Tori's love interest, Eric becomes.......okay this whole loves story between Tori and Eric, is a lot like Bella and Edw
Deborah Sloan
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Five teens discover they have many things in common that just can't be coincidence and embark on a journey of investigation that could endanger their lives and the lives of those they love. Stolen from their birth families and adopted into loving homes, unusual eye color, a birth mark that is more that it appears to be, a unique emotional connection whey they make physical contact with one another, and special abilities when they are together.

The story of how these teens find each other and thei
Michael Young
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
“The Mark” is a fascinating light fantasy perfect for the young adult audience. I was drawn in by its cover, with its almost hypnotizing pattern on the cover with its single golden mark.
In this fantasy/romance, we follow the lives of four teenagers brought together by the strange microscopic mark on their hands in the same spot, and other strange similarities in their lives, such as all being adopted. They have to find out their true natures, and it keeps you guessing until the very end of the
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I think 2 stars is actually being somewhat generous for this book. I had to give it 2 for the plot /storyline. It has great potential and I could imagine how good it could have been. It is very sci-fi (stargate-ish, maybe) and has good mystery, but is very under-developed. The whole story wraps up in the last 5 or so pages, and those the details and questions surrounding the events of those 5 pages could have been several more chapters, or even another book.

The writing...
I almost felt like I wa
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
3 1/2. There were things that I really liked about this book. Including: it is written by a local author (even better a neighbor of a mother-in-law of a friend), it was interesting to read about the mystery of where these kids came from and where they go from there, it was creative and had some great story telling elements and I like books that can draw me in enough that I can get through them quickly.

Things I didn't like: just one, but it went on through the entire book. I can't stand reading a
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
If I could use only one word to describe this book it would be sophomoric. It was unrefined in writing style and content. The idea was sound, just poorly executed. It is a Cheeto read. Cheetos are the lowest life form of food, they taste good while you are eating them but you immediately regret eating them when you look at orange fuzz all over your fingers and you are hungry an hour later. And yet, sometimes you grab the orange bag and over look all the other good chips on the aisle. That's how ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was action packed with some great elements that drew me in. The two main characters are drawn together when they touch hands and see another world that they both vaguely remember. This creates a mystery to solve and I found it very interesting. I couldn't put it down. I also liked that it was clean. ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
The storyline of this book is amazing and incredible unique. I have never read a book like this one and that is refreshing. However, I wish it was fleshed out more. The characters needed more to them they were all very 2 dimensional. Also the story could have been written smoother and could have been told better if it was longer or a series. I also would like to know what happens after.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Could not put it down! It was great!
Scott T.E.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The sci-fi element of the story was unusual. I liked the characters with their lavender eyes, gifts and connections, and of course the birthmarks. After that, the story took on the feeling of a "Lost Horizon" novel. It would be an interesting sequel should there be one. ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
3.5 stars

The Mark is a good, clean cut fantasy read, with mystery and romance. It follows the story of Tori and 4 other teenagers all brought together by their strange colored eyes, mysterious birthmarks and the strong connection to each other. This connection leads them to discover who they really are and where they came from, an elite and highly sophisticate society hidden away from the rest of the world for centuries.

I liked Tori's voice and how relatable she is. I really liked getting to kn
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fantasy/romance fans
Recommended to Heather by: M.R. Bunderson
To start, I have to first say that this author, M.R. Bunderson, is my cousin, and I am SO PROUD of her for writing a novel and getting it published!! How exciting for you, Marilyn! So if my review is a bit biased, that's why, but I will try to be objective.

What I liked:
I loved the premise of the story and was impressed with the author's ability to create another world...I'm always envious of that level of creativity! :) I thought the idea of a hidden society was a great one, and it was fun to re
Brandi Kosiner
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Mark is a wonderful book. It has romance, mystery and a paranormal element. Marilyn paces the book wonderfully and has written very good characters. The premise for the book is very intriguing to me, and I love how the characters have a special connection to one another. They are mysteriously drawn together, having unique characteristics in common. As they uncover more information, they realize that the further they go could lead to an amazing discovery, but what happens when mysterious pow ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

The Mark is a good, clean cut fantasy read, with mystery and romance. It follows the story of Tori and 4 other teenagers all brought together by their strange colored eyes, mysterious birthmarks and the strong connection to each other. This connection leads them to discover who they really are and where they came from, an elite and highly sophisticate society hidden away from the rest of the world for centuries.

I liked Tori's voice and how relatable she is. I really liked getting to know her
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
WOW, what a great story...

Smooth details, with an elegant story...

A really solid first book, it's left so open I can only imagine there will be a sequel, or I hope so.

Couple things bothered me, first - the story starts and BAM we are already learning about the strange birthmark - it seemed a bit fast. Secondly, we bounced around a lot, one minute we would be in a scene where the main character is talking about, or looking forward to an event - the next scene the even had already taken
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmm...This book was quite a so-so compared to other books i have read for fantasy and teenage romance. The sypnosis is good, a few chapters at the front engaging to the readers but what went wrong was the ending..It's really lame. When i was reading the chapters infront, i thought that the ending would be somewhat interesting and unique,but it was such a waste to end a good book like this and i was disappointed at the end. For the romance part, the author wrote about how they were 'magically'att ...more
Kris Irvin
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Eh. This is one of those books that could have been awesome had it not been ...well, a little bad.

It wasn't VERY bad, it was only a little bad. I just didn't really like Tori very much at ALL. And the going on and on about how she felt about Eric drove me a little crazy. It only started to get really interesting once they left for Nepal.

I would like to read more about Eirini. I think that would be very interesting. I want more details about life there, and what the characters learn, etc etc. J
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, own, signed
Fabulous debut! Full of mystery, friendship, and romance!!…It has all the components to become a really good saga. I do hope there is more to come …right?

Tori soon will find out her world is not what it seems and her life is tangled with four other teens. The journey won’t be easy but she is not along and soon will discover a lot of challenges ahead.

I really enjoy this book; I just wish I had more time to finish it sooner! The mystery is pretty good and it really drove me crazy (in a good way).
Sydney Conrad
Mar 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. The idea is good, but the diaologue is not genuine, she makes the teenagers sound like they are overly polite 40 year olds that are constantly afraid of hurting each others' feelings. She also feels the need to literally state everything the characters are thinking or reacting to, instead of implying or letting the reader make the connection themselves. I also hate the ending, the first 220 pages of the book are devoted to uncovering this mystery and taking a journey to this c ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had a gift card to the Borders by us (which is closing) and by the time I got there to spend it, the place was pretty well cleared out. I found this book and thought it looked sort-of interesting. Unfortunately, it was just that. Sort-of interesting. The story itself was a good idea: four babies kidnapped from their secret society forced to grow up in the outside world. They discover that they're different, they discover each other, and they attempt to get back to their secret society while an ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Tara SG
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
* * * * 1/2

--This book in 6 words:

cryptic puzzle with sweet young romance

--Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?

After reading the summary for The Mark by M.R. Bunderson, I instantly signed up for the book tour via Around the World Tours. I’m so glad I did!! This book had me guessing until the end (I still have a few questions..). The mystery kicks off very early and sustains the whole way through. The romance was well-done (I’ll talk about this in characters section) and the pieces of the pu
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
The storyline had promise but the execution and writing were not quite there. It was a little predictable and not in a good way. The suspenseful parts were obvious and boring, the plot could definitely have been developed more. I felt that this idea could have really been a very interesting book and probably even more than one book had the author spent more time on it. One thing was never fully explained, why are the two main characters so drawn to each other romantically? I guess the main roman ...more
N Bunszel
When I started reading this book, I didn’t think I would like it at all, but It wasn’t that bad. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and/or fantasy. The book is about five kids and their adventures trying to find a lost civilization, which made the book interesting. If there was a second book I would definitely read it. The book starts off slow which I didn’t like about it. The book is mainly just two or more characters talking to each other. One of the characters is really cl ...more
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Okay, 3 1/2 stars. I loved the story, the book was good. It drew me in and held me. The mystery of who these kids were and the why and how was all good. My only issue with the book was this: The early development was good, drawing us in, but the end of the book felt so rushed and undefined. Early in the book, I felt and saw everything that the author was saying, but the end, when the description and the details really felt necessary, was completely lacking. It felt so abrupt and anticlimactic.

Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school
This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed learning about the special abilities of the main characters, how they were drawn to each other, and how they discovered where they came from. Once in a while, some of the researching dialog dragged on a bit, but for the most part I was entertained. I loved all the dating that went on - high school should be that kind of fun. However, I was as frustrated as much as Tori was with her romantic situation. (Though, we’ll both survive.) I liked the mysterious Mar ...more
Jess Myname
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book had me feeling everything that Tori felt from beginning to the end of the book. At times I thought my heart would just jump out of my chest I was so caught up in the feelings of the story. The end of the book was a disappointment. It really bugs me when stories go so strong and then just end. The story was not left hanging but there could have been a few more chapters to finish it off. Not to mention that the last few chapters could have been longer. I felt like the last of the book wa ...more
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