Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Mark by Jen Nadol Review by Ana

Source: Received from publisher

Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

I don't know where to start with this book. I had never before read anything like it and didn't know what to expect. I loved how when I was reaching close to the end, everything was making sense and Jen Nadol threw in information I never thought was going to happen there. Like for Cassie's parents, I thought they had died together, but there was a whole lot more....

The characters in THE MARK weren't flat, but they had energy. I loved Cassie and how strong she was. She had lost for what I thought her whole family and had to go and live with an aunt she never thought she had, and if that were me, I don't know what I would have done.

I was so glad I finally had found a good book that didn't involve vampires and werewolves. This was something so new, I'm so glad I read it. Whenever I was not reading the book, I would wonder what it would be like to see the mark. I would be terrified and not know how to control it, but Cassie does find a way.

I absolutly loved the ending. It satisfied me, but left room for a sequal. No huge cliffahngers and it wasn't rushed. It was perfect.

The cover art is amazing! I love the glow you see in the purple background (also, I love purple) and the girl blowing on the flower. Truly does capture the essence of the book and puts the enite book in one picture.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be reading its sequal. If you love paranormal, this book is for you.


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