What would happen if Captain Planet and Twilight had a baby? You’d get Carrier of the Mark.
General Summary: Megan has never been popular. But things change in when she and her dad move to a small town in Ireland. She finds herself having friends and attracted to a strange boy. And he amazingly likes her back. But can she and Adam be together? Or will forces pull them apart.
Review: I bought this book in good faith. I honestly planned on loving it. But when I read it, something just felt off. Being the sassy detective I am, I went to Good Reads and found out that I was not crazy. The book is like Twilight Éirinn go Brách Edition. I’m not going to go into the particulars because I feel that Stephanie’s review does this part justice. What I’m going to focus on is the actual book itself. I feel like there was a lot of potential here. Yet the book itself felt so stilted. First there was Megan herself. She seems nice enough, but there’s nothing really special about her. Oh, yes we’re told repeatedly that she’s able to do great things that she’s some sort of Wonder Woman in disguise (she’s no Diana Prince though). But really other than the fact that she’s a girl who is apparently a carrier of the mark, there’s nothing really that we know about her. So, she likes to eat cereal. Other than that, all she ever does throughout the novel is obsess over Adam, even before she has a conversation with him. This bothers me on a lot of levels. I understand that this is a fiction, but what makes good fiction is an element of realism (hence, creative writing lesson 101: write what you know). And most people don’t start obsessing over someone without at least talking to them. Or for that matter fall in love within the span of five minutes. Seriously, both characters fall in love with each other after one kiss. And yeah, there is such a thing as love at first sight. But it’s only supposed to happen in works like Romeo and Juliet or Twilight.
Best Feature: Ireland. I love Ireland. I studied there abroad last summer and I was hoping for some nostalgia with this book. Unfortunately, the beautiful lush setting of Ireland was often fluffed over. Although, I generally don’t like over descriptive passages, I think this would be the time to do them. Megan’s an American girl in Ireland, you sort of become obsessed with the foreign country that you’re forced to live in. For your viewing pleasure here’s some of the places that were mentioned in the book:
Worse Feature: Stiffness in the writing: I get this is Fallon’s freshman debut, but the writing really felt stiff (which I mentioned in the main review). I feel like a lot of this is probably the editor’s/publisher’s fault more than anything else for rushing this thing out. I really think there was a great concept here, it just didn’t work out and it’s really sad.
Blockbuster Worthy: This book would actually be interesting to see on screen, if for the Ireland bits and cool elemental powers. Here’s my cast.
Megan: India Eisley: I see Megan looking like her. So why not?
Adam: Damian McGinty: Yep, another Glee alum that I’m casting. He is Irish after all.
Possible Spawn between Megan and Adam: Captain Planet of course. Though he has yet to make an appearance in the series.
Overall Rating: For the content of the book alone, I’m giving a three. Yes, it received a higher grade than Modelland only because it was comprehensible and I finished it.