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Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon This review was completed by Camille Morales, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.This book is about a girl named Megan who moves to Ireland after growing up in America all of her life. When she starts school, she’s immediately drawn to the very hot, very mysterious Adam DeRis. Their attraction is undeniable, but she finds out that there is a reason for that. They’re meant to be together. Okay, so that’s the best I could come up with. This book, overall, was good. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read or anything, and I’ll tell you why. I love the concept of the story. I loved it. It was unique. But I felt the book could’ve been so much better. I wanted more action and way, WAY less romance. I understand that this is a YA book, and there has to be romance, but MY GOD, PEOPLE. Don’t you get tired of the whole, “OMG I LOVE HIM SO MUCH WE ARE MEANT TO BE I WANT TO MAKE OUT WITH HIM RIGHT NOW,” thing? I mean, that’s before they’ve met. That’s what annoys me. After they know each other and they’re together for a looooong time? Sure, you can think that you’re meant to be together. Whatever. Until then, this annoys me endlessly. The thing is, there was too much of that. I mean, the book, like I said, could’ve been WAY better. I could’ve used more action. The action happened at the VERY END of the book. NO. You need action throughout the book. I like romance in books, I do, but it needs to be well done. In this case? It was not. The characters were likable, I guess. I didn’t LOVE them, but didn’t HATE them. They were all okay, in my opinion. I loved the setting. Ever since I read the book, I’ve wanted to go to Ireland. It sounds amazing. Hopefully, I can go. All in all, I recommend this book to people who like or do not mind insta-love, and to people who are looking for a unique story. Even though it lacks originality in some aspects, there were others I thoroughly enjoyed. I give this book a 3/5 stars, and I will read its sequel, but it won’t be on my “I MUST BUY THIS BOOK NOW” list.