Monday, June 14, 2010

Book review--The Mark by Jen Nadol

Blog Tour Stop
The Mark--Jen Nadol

Book description from Goodreads:

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:

Cassie knows when someone is about to die. She sees an aura around the person very soon before their time comes. As any person would, she is having a very hard time coming to terms with her “gift”...or is it a curse? She's not sure which. Cassie struggles with the implications of her ability. Should she warn the person and try to save them, even though it will make her look like a crazy person? Or is “The Mark” that person's fate? Her boyfriend believes that she is morally obligated to tell, but he's not standing in Cassie's shoes. What would a person do if they found themselves in possession of this kind of ability? When Cassie finds out the truth about the legacy of “The Mark”, it opens an entirely new set of questions about her origins and how the ability is more than just a fluke.

I really enjoyed this book. It started out a little slow, but it picked up momentum pretty quickly. It's not a very long book and it is a fast-paced read up until the end.

Qualifies for the following challenges (be sure to check out my progress here on my challenge blog--when I reach 30 followers, I'm giving away a $10 gift certificate to Better World Books):

Pages Read Challenge
ARC Challenge
Countdown Challenge 2010
100+ Reading Challenge
New Authors Challenge

FTC disclosure:  This book was received to read for a blog tour and then forwarded on to the next participant.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for reading and reviewing this book.

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