Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Mark by Jen Nadol

The Mark by Jen Nadol
Release Date: January 19, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury

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. Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them? - Goodreads.com

This was an unusual book to me in that I don't often read stories like this one.  It had an eerie quality to it, in that the heroine can see a death mark on people around her and know that they will die within 24 hours.  It raises some rather serious moral dilemmas for Cassandra, on whether or not she should tell these people, or whether she should let it go.

It was sad watching her agonize over this, even as she battles the recent death of her aunt.  She's been left all alone in the world, but is determined to stand on her own.  She's a very straightforward, quietly steady kind of girl, and I enjoyed watching someone who could be so self-sufficient at that age.  Although there are some romances in the book, they were not the main focus.

I had trouble liking one of the guys, and once you read the book, you'll probably know exactly which one I mean, but I loved the other one.  I was happy to see that this is actually the start of a series, and there is more to come for Cassandra in a future book called The Vision which will be out later at the end of the summer.

I would definitely recommend this book as being very enjoyable, and one that will make you think.
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