Tuesday

The Mark by Jen Nadol

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.

This book was definitely not a light read. It touched on a tough subject: if you knew someone was going to die that day and you had the chance of telling them or warning them, would you? A veritable stranger who would most likely look at you as if you were crazy or how about a loved one... what would you do? It really had my mind turning these thoughts the whole time I was reading it.

I really felt for Cass and the predicament she was in. I thought she was a great character that Ms. Nadol did an excellent job of fleshing out - suffering from not only the confusion of seeing the Mark but also the insecurities and naivete of a teenager.

I will forewarn, this is not an action-filled nor fast-paced read - instead you have to appreciate it for the unique premise and thought-provoking story that it is. It is about death, first love, disappointments; about internal struggle and self-discovery.

All in all, I think this is a great start for debut author, Jen Nadol, and I can't wait to see where she takes Cass (and us) next.

7 comments:

Ivana said...

That is really a tough question. I didn’t read this one yet, but it really looks great. And I love that cover!

Crystal said...

Great review - I'm getting ready to read this one and look forward to it.

KyleeJ said...

I love the cover, I think I'll check to see if my library has it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOVE the cautionary note you placed on this one. Very nice. Looks like a good read.

miss cindy :) said...

Great review, I can't wait to read this one. It sounds fantastic!

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Pretty Cover :)

Jess said...

I have heard amazing things, and the cover coloring is gorgeous.

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