Feb 2, 2010

Book Review: MARK

Title: The Mark
Author: Jen Nadol
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Good if...you want something refreshingly unique, thought provoking, and beautiful.

Summary (Amazon):
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?

My thoughts....
Wow. Where do I even start? First let me say, this has to be the most amazing cover ever! Before I even knew what this book was about I had to have it--for the cover alone. But (for once) the book matches the cover; meaning that it wasn't just a mediocre story with a piece of good marketing slapped on the front. It was an amazing story--thought provoking with a touch of darkness to it. There was no definded bad-guy in this story. It was all about Cassie. Her dealing with her parents' death, her Nan's death, her first real boyfriend--all of it while facing the mark. She grows and learns through the story. There never was any impeding danger--at least not to Cassie, but still I couldn't put it down!
4.5/5 Stars

10 comments:

Nicole said...

Awesome review! I can't wait to read this.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Awesome review, I agree this book is amazing!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm definitely going to pick up this one! Thanks!

InABox said...

I can't wait to get hold of this!

Good review; I like this line: "meaning that it wasn't just a mediocre story with a piece of good marketing slapped on the front" because it feels like that happens a lot. I'm glad to know that's not the case here!

Adriana said...

The cover is so pretty. I've been wanting to read this, so hopefully I'll get it soon it since it sounds like a great book.

Melody said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Sarah! I hope you'll drop by often. :)

This book is high onto my wishlist!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.

hmsgofita said...

I've heard this one is good! Great review...I'll be getting this one soon.

Jo said...

I totally agree about the cover. It's fantastic.

I hadn't heard of this, but it sounds great. I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

Sarah said...

It was just released, I think Jan. 19ish. So pretty new.

Amy Holder said...

Great review! I'm in love with this cover and can't wait to read the book!