by Jen Nadol Series: The Mark #2 Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
on September 27th 2011 Pages:
Cassie Renfield knows the mark tells her when someone is going to die and that she can intervene and attempt to change fate. But she still doesn't understand the consequences, especially whether saving one life dooms another. With no family left to offer guidance, Cassie goes in search of others like her. But when she meets Demetria, a troubled girl who seems to have the power of the Fates, Cassie finds the truth isn't at all what she expected. And then there's her heady new romance with bad boy Zander. Dating him has much graver repercussions than she could ever have imagined, forcing Cassie to make choices that cut to the essence of who she is and what she believes.
Jen Nadol offers readers a romance with big stakes and an ethical dilemma with no easy answers in this riveting sequel to The Mark. Paranormal fans who love the psychological thrill of Lisa McMann's bestselling Wake trilogy will flock to these books.
The Mark left off with a bit of a reveal about Cassie's past and why she is the way she is and it intrigued me greatly. When I heard there was a sequel coming out, I had to pick it up.
I was hoping for more depth into Cassie's past, but it definitely wasn't jumping out at the beginning of the novel. The book slides back into her normal day: going to school, trying to find another like her, etc. And, of course, another guy interest. Only this one is more obsessed than Lucas, but for different reasons. Poor Cassie cannot seem to win on the guy front. Zander is all bad boy and into her for some reason. She keeps seeing him hanging around a girl at this hospital who she thinks can see the mark like she does. It's fishy and it draws her closer to Zander.
I'm not going to ruin anything but let's just say it starts to wind into a dark path from here. Zander isn't the guy Cassie thought he was and she starts to question why he is really interested in her. She has to decide what path she wants to take in life and how to deal with seeing this mark and what it truly means.
I have to say this book started off just kinda so-so and as it went deeper I was drawn more into the story. Fans of the first one will probably dig into this one with no problem, but if you felt iffy about the first novel, you'll probably get the same feeling from this one.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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