Monday, February 27, 2012

Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #1) by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released by HarperTeen on October 4, 2011 and has 342 pages in print. I read this ARC and reviewed it on GR on September 8, 2011!
*This is when I was in the beginning of a huge flare up that lasted until the end of January. I'm posting it now because it's a One-Sit-Read for me and I absolutely LOVED this book!

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.


Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was an incredible book. I immediately fell into the story and finished the book in one sitting, the entertainment value was tremendous and it was set in Ireland, the home of my ancestors where I will someday visit!

I think I’ll avoid rehashing the plot since the books been out a while, what I’d like to talk about is the fantastic job Leigh did with the descriptives. Set in Ireland, Megan, the protagonist, moves to Kinsale, a relatively small village. Leigh does such a beautiful job of describing daily life in Kinsale along with Megan’s trip to Trinity College and Dublin and Cork. It made me want to visit Ireland more than ever.

A little side note: after I finished nursing school I received a large sign on bonus to work in a prominent hospital in Detroit, Michigan. It was enough for me to sign up and 4 friends were going with for a bike trip across Ireland for 2 weeks (it wasn’t all on bike, LOL; there were planes, trains and automobiles involved). I was 20 years old, just turned and it was set for June, just 3 months away. My boyfriend at the time proposed and my trip was cancelled and that money went to the wedding. One friend kept an explicit travel diary and they all brought me home all kinds of goodies which I appreciated so very much. Sorry for the digression but traveling to Ireland has been one of my life’s dreams.

Along with Leigh’s detailed descriptives of Ireland, I truly enjoyed the plot, to me, the Celtic lore/mythology Leigh incorporated into the story, actually was the story! Add in Megan and Adam and the rest of the Deris’s, all perfect characters for the Celtic lore/mythology the story is based upon and you have a fantastically realistic book that not only captivates but takes you on a mystical journey along with the characters.

The interaction between all of the characters felt so realistic, I could feel their despair, their happiness, their confusion and fear but most of all, I felt the love between Megan and Adam; like two magnets drawn together. I know this is another case of love at first sight and Megan and Adam actually address this in the book but in Carrier of the Mark it felt more real to me than in some of the other books where this has happened. There was quite a bit of physical attraction between them but along with that they had an emotional connection that is rare and I feel that Leigh captured that perfectly.

I would highly recommend this book to all of my friends of all ages and already have. It’s a One-Sit-Read for me, highest honor and all… I hope all that read it enjoy it as much as I do. I can’t wait for the next one!


Thank you to ATWT and the publisher for allowing me to view this ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.


  1. Ahem, so this was the book..yeah, not for me

  2. Wow! Kristi's highest honour! *o*
    Wonderful review! I really loved how you described the book's emotional and descriptive depth! Sounds like a good read!

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

    1. Thanks Vivian, Carrier of the Mark has so many mixed reviews, probably one of the books that has the most mixed reviews in the past year!

      I loved it but so many of my friends absolutely didn't! LOL!

      To each their own! That's what makes the world such a wonderful place! If everyone liked the same thing, what a boring world we would live in!

      Thanks for stopping by, Chicky Poo!

  3. I liked this book, but I saw a lot of mixed reviews. I found it entertaining, though.

    1. I know! I just told Vivian that I thought it was probably one of the most Love/Hated book in the past year, LOL!

      I loved it! I think Leigh has fantastic descriptives and wonderful narrative-her plot was exciting and of course, I loved the location :o]

      I'm glad you found it entertaining :o]

  4. I won this book but have yet to get to it. I would also love to go to Ireland. Oh, let's go! At least we can travel there in a good book. :) Oh that is one good reason for me to put this book higher up the tbr list!

  5. Yes, Let's go! I'm ready to drink some Ale and dance in the Faery Circles!

    I hope you like it, Melissa! You may not but then again you might, LOL!

    Regardless, your lucky to have the book!

    Enjoy it and let me know what you think when you read it, good or bad!

  6. I've heard a bunch of mixed things about this book... I HAVE it... I really need to read it soon! I'm glad you liked it so much!!

  7. I was one of the people who didn't like this book. I'm not into the whole BOOM I JUST MET YOU AND I'M SO IN LOVE WITH YOU. I still like the cover, though, and it's not very bad, but I wasn't in love with the story.

  8. Very nice review. I like when reviewers add some personal digression. It keeps things interesting :)