I made the mistake of reading some reviews of Carrier of the Mark before starting it. Therefore, I went into it thinking Twilight. Which didn't bother me too much because I'm not one of those people who absolutely hated it. While I'll agree Carrier of the Mark had some very, VERY close similarities to Twilight it also held its own. If you want to get technical and everything then you have to say this about a lot of the books that came after Twilight. There are even books that came after Harry Potter that were close to it. Books that are close to Vampire Academy. So it's all good and dandy if you want to compare books, but just remember the Authors will have a slightly different take on things. Also I will say a few of my reviews do point out the fact that certain books (if you want to know which ones you'll have to look through my reviews) share these similarities, but I also try to point out the differences in them as well. Instead of just completely tossing it under the bus as a rip-off. I know this may come off as kind of rude, but it's only my opinion.
Now I will get off my soapbox. -steps down-
Carrier of the Mark really is a good story (twilight similarities aside).While the writing was nothing spectacular it was enjoyable. There were parts that sounded magical. It kinda made me want to be in that moment.
"He threw his arms up again. This time the wall rose higher and arched inward, until it finally met above our heads. It was like being underwater, our own private water cave. I could see fish swimming through the liquid ceiling high above us. The sun behind turned the sea dome a shimmering aquamarine. It glittered and sparkled like nothing I had ever seen. " -page 268
I enjoyed Leigh Fallon's take on the elemental aspect of the book, although there were some points where Fionn and the others were trying to explain the Carriers of the mark and the order to Megan that I just plain got confused. I eventually figured it out. It's something about books that have the elements in it that I enjoy. The whole Earth, Fire, Wind, and Air thing gets me. I think it would be interesting to be able to control those, and then there's the fifth one that always pops up later in the story. If you've read any elemental books I'm sure you can guess the fifth one.
I actually adored all the characters as well. It took some of them a bit longer to warm up to our MC, but eventually you knew it was going to happen. I saw Megan as being a lot stronger then other heriones, and her relationship with Adam although, it was insta-love -sigh- I still liked it better then others. Oh and as of right now I didn't notice a love triangle. Thank you Leigh Fallon!
Needless to say I'm extremely excited for Shadow of the mark.