Title:Shadow of the Mark (Click title for Synopsis)
Author: Leigh Fallon
Source/Format: won, paperback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Teen, July 9, 2013
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Ok, so I’m going to keep this kind of short today. Recently I’ve tried to read some of the older unread books on my shelf, and so I picked Shadow of the Mark as one I was going to get to at last.
I’m not going to lie: this one took me weeks…WEEKS to read and it’s not even that long. I’ve read the previous book, and it wasn’t bad, the writing was consistent and it was mildly entertaining. But with Shadow of the Mark, I found myself sort of bored, and I kept putting it down for days at a time. The middle was the worst for me, and everything else was just sort of meh. The writing was once again consistent, but the plot…well the pacing felt a little off. The beginning and middle were slow, and it wasn’t until the last so many pages that the action really picked up. The romance was just…romance, that’s all I’ve really got on it. The twist at the end with a few of the characters was pretty out of nowhere—I didn’t expect it at all—and probably the most interesting part for me, so I did enjoy it and I found that I was a little more interested in what was happening. The ending wraps up a few plot points, but leaves things wide open for the next book.
So in the end this book was sort of average for me. Would I read the next book? I don’t know, maybe, just to see where the story goes.