Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: The Mark by Jen Nadol

The Mark (The Mark, #1)
Title: The Mark

Series: The Mark #1

Author: Jen Nadol

Publication date: January 2010

Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Borrowed from library

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Sixteen year old Cassandra Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.

The one time she mentioned it to someone else, the mark was dismissed as a trick of the light. So Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her?

Most importantly: if you know today is someone's last, should you tell them?

My rating: ★★★☆☆

This book was great! But I have to admit, these were my thoughts about the first half of the book as I read it:

-“Whoa! That is so interesting! Cassie knows when people are going to die? Weird.”

-“Oh man, that is sad. Its horrible that her only living relative (her grandmother, Nan) just died. But that guy Jack is really nice ;)”

-“Cassie has an aunt she never knew about and now she has to move with her for 3 months? Weird.”

-“Hmm. A philosophy obsessed boyfriend (Lucas)? I‘m still liking Jack better ;)”

-“And who goes and has sex with a guy (Lucas) you talked to like 4 times before?!?! Tsk tsk, I disapprove.”

-“Okay, this is getting boring…”

-“Seriously? Where is this story going? Where‘s the action?!”

I just about gave up on the book right there. But since I’m not the giving-up type of girl, I continued. And I do not regret it! Though I do wish it would’ve been a little more, I don’t know, action-y. And I sometimes I felt like I was the one taking the philosophy class. Because I don't have enough of college as it is -_- lol.

With all this going on, Cassie also found out a few unexpected things about her family.
At one point in the book I suspected that Cassie’s gift was hereditary, which meant that one of her parents (her mother, I thought) had also possessed it.

When you read a book about a character who possesses some sort of supernatural ability, you always wonder how/why they acquired it... well, at least that's how I feel. The reason behind Cassie's power... was wow.

Besides the slight nothingness that I already mentioned a few times (lol), I thought it was a pretty good book.

I really liked (like always) the supernatural aspect. Plus, it was an easy read :)

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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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