Monday, March 08, 2010

Review: The Mark by Jen Nadol

Summary: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?

Review: I’d heard really good things about The Mark but I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting. It sure wasn’t what I got!

The Mark was a great read, to say the least! It started off kind of weird, a bit boring, but intriguing all the same. It was a book I got really into and I read it in one day. I just didn’t want to put it down!

The characters are wonderful. Cassie seems like a girl I’d like to know. And her gift is one heck of a gift. Or is it a curse? This is what I felt was the main idea of this book. Or one of them at least.

The other characters aren’t that mention in the book, but their significance is greatly needed for this book’s plot to flow. The plot is well written, but slow and boring at some places. I think there could have been some revision in a few places, but other than that, it was all good. The dialogue was well written and sincere. I could see a lot of teens, and people, have some of the conversations that the characters in this book have. Of course, Cassie’s gift/curse (however you want to look at it), is something we don’t see every day.
I also loved the intake of the physiology put into this book. It helped me understand a lot of what was going on in this book. I can also tell that some research was need for this. The ending was superb and very surprising. It was something I didn’t expect and that made me fall in love with this book even more. But it was sad about her mom.

I think Jen Nadol has done an amazing job with her debut novel and I can't wait to read more from her!

Grade: Go to fullsize image.5 I really liked it. It was a good book, one that people should read!

Cover: A-,
it's a good looking cover, I like the "out line" or haze around the title. But it was missing something...

It's a great book! You should read it as soon as possible! You won't be dissapointed! A great book from a great author.

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