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The Marked Son Review

themarkedsonThe Marked Son by Shea Berkley

Published: August 1st 2011 by Entangled Publishing

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what. When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power. Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death…

This book had a good premise. It started off interesting, slowed down a lot, and finally picked back up near the end. The plot was decent, I just wished it developed more quickly. Maybe if I liked the characters more I could have gotten into the book more. It took me a lot longer to get through this book than normal.

Characters: Dylan was abandoned by his mother at his grandparent’s house in the beginning of the book. I felt very sympathetic towards him in the beginning. As his story unfolds I begin to think of him as a whiny character who thinks everyone is out to get him and who has a lot of temper tantrums. Reminded me a lot of Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only is his angry at everyone and throws fits (like at Faldon’s house), he is also obsessive over Kera. From the beginning we are told that they dream of each other ever since they are little, but other than that connection we don’t know why he suddenly loves her. “Faldon was right—my obsession is out of control. I only see Kera. Only want Kera. If I don’t free her from her realm, destroying anyone and anything that gets in my way, I’ll go crazy. I don’t even recognize myself.” At least he finally realizes near the end that he is obsessive and needs to control his anger.

Kera on the other hand started off as a very strong character. She is trained in self defense and in how to use her powers effectively. But, as soon as she sees Dylan, it’s like she has no backbone whatsoever. “At my sudden withdrawal, her eyes well with tears, and though she tries her best to stop them, they slip down her cheeks. Wow. That looks real. I watch a single teardrop fall to the ground and splatter onto a dead leaf.” Really? Tears?? A boy steps away from you, and you resort to waterworks? At this point I really started to dislike Kera. She redeems herself when she smuggles supplies to the half-breeds who are in hiding from Navar. But then she has a conversation with her friend and ruins everything. “’You’re wrong. Wherever we go, he’ll make it safe. He’s amazing. It feels like he has unlimited power. I don’t know where he gets it, but I’ve seen it, and I just know he’ll do anything for me. For us.’ ‘And that sounds normal?’” Now that she is in love with Dylan, the only choice they have is apparently to run away together. At least at the big battle scene, she realizes she can’t leave because all of her friends are dying. There was a lot of back and forth with this character, in thinking that she is a strong individual to a girl just letting her guy do everything. Other than the fact that she is pretty, we don’t really get to see what other traits Dylan sees in her for him to love her completely.

Setting: I liked that there was the human world and then the world of Teag. Although, I wish it was explained why Teag was set a few hundred years ago whereas the human world was modern times. It just seems as if people who have magic abilities would be more advance than the humans. It is never said that the people of Teag are faries/fae, but they have a lot of similarities.

Plot: The pacing could be better. I did really enjoy the ending, although I do not know if I want to continue this series. At least Dylan saw what the major flaw in the firsts were when everyone else was condemning him for being a half-blood (very Harry Potter-esque). All the nobility follows Navar, only because they think he is the most powerful and it’s his way or the highway. And his way is to destroy all the half-bloods and assume the throne the Lost King left.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book, but if asked I would say give it a chance. Who knows maybe you’ll enjoy it more than me.

This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Posted in Lists, Young Adult

16 Books to Look Forward to in 2016

2016 is upon us, which means a whole new year of new publications! Last year we had new series popping up everywhere  (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, etc.) This year their stories continue, which I am extremely happy about! The list below is in no particular order in recommendation, but by publication date.

The 16 books I am looking forward to this year:

Firsts

January 5, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 3 out 5 stars

Check out my review here.

 

 

SanctuaryBay

January 19, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 5/5 stars

Check out my review here.

 

StarsAboveFebruary 2, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

A collection of short stories from the Lunar Chronicles universe? Yes, please! My sister’s birthday just happens to be this day as well, too bad she doesn’t read that much. I guess I could be a good sister and purchase this book 😉

 

GlassSwordFebruary 9, 2016 by HarperTeen

I am so looking forward to this next installment! I have already pre-ordered a signed copy from Barnes and Noble! Which is something I almost never do, but I just happened to be online looking for something else and just went ahead and bought it!

Check out my review here.

 

theShadowQueenFebruary 16, 2016 by Balzer & Bray

This is another Snow White re-telling, but looks very promising.

Check out my review here.

 

 

9780373211579_BB.inddFebruary 23, 2016 by Harlequin Teen

This is a new series from the author that gave us the White Rabbit Chronicles. Hopefully this will be just as good!

 

 

February seems to be a very popular publishing month. There are about 5 or so more books that are coming out that didn’t make this list because I already picked 4. So definitely keep an eye out for the others ;).

BurningGlass March 1, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

This is her debut novel, about a 17 yr old girl is forced to use her powers to protect the emperor from would-be assassins.

Check out my review here.

 

GlitteringCourtApril 5, 2016 by Razorbill

I loved the Vampire Academy series, so I will definitely be checking her new series out! To avoid an arranged marriage a girl must join the glittering court.

 

 

theMirrorKing    April 5, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

This is the conclusion to the Orphan Queen series. The wraiths are destroying the two kingdoms, and Wil must somehow protect them all.

 

 

theRavenKing  April 26, 2016 by Scholastic Press

This is the 4th and final book in the series. Blu doesn’t believe in true love after being told she will cause hers to die, but after being around the Raven Boys, she’s not to sure anymore.

 

Soldier April 26, 2016 by Harlequin Teen

In the 3rd installment, Ember and Riley must use Garrett’s knowledge of the Order to come up with a plan to avoid an all out war.

 

 

acourtofmistandfury1 May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

This is the 2nd book in the series.

 

 

 

theCrown2 May 3, 2016 by Harper Teen

This will be the last book in the series. I haven’t read the 4th one yet, but I will most likely before this one comes out!

 

 

AndIDarken June 28, 2016 by Delacorte Press

I give this book 4.5/5 stars

Check out my review here

 

 

theFlameNeverDies August 16, 2016 by Delacorte Press/MIRA Inc.

This is the 2nd book in the series.

 

 

 

witch's pyreWitch’s Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3) by Josephine Angelini

September 20, 2016

I’ve enjoyed the first two, and I can’t wait to see how this story ends!

 

 

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And an extra novel just because I can:

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

September 22, 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

Check out my review here.

 

There are plenty of great books also coming out after September, but if I did that then I wouldn’t be able to call this 16 books for 2016. =p

Like Heartless by Marissa Meyer coming out in November, so excited for this one to be released!