Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The Marked Son, by Shea Berkley

Title: The Marked Son
Author: Shea Berkley
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pub. Date: August 2011

Read an excerpt here!

It's 2:43 AM on August 15th, 2011, and I have FINALLY finished The Marked Son by Shea Berkley.

I started reading The Marked Son when it was released on the 2nd and though it may be difficult to believe, I tried to finish it as close to that date as I could (it normally doesn't take me nearly two weeks to finish a book, but what can you do?) .

The Marked Son is the story of Dylan Kennedy, who has always known something was off, that somehow he did not belong. When his mother takes him to the home of grandparents he's never known, who never even knew he existed, and abandons him, the feeling only intensifies and he's waiting for the moment they kick him out and do the same.

Then he meets Kera, the girl (literally) of his dreams, and the strange, yet undeniable pull between the two can only lead to the truth of who and what he is.

I hate making it seem like I didn't enjoy this book, because on some level I really did. For some reason, however, I could not get into this book as much as I wanted to.

I have heard lots of praise about it's fast-paced nature, yet for me it was hard to find a pace for The Marked Son that didn't drag. That's why it took me forever to read this book. For the longest while it didn't really seem like this story was going anywhere (at least not fast), and even when it picked up a bit, it still wasn't enough to pull me deeply in.

But I did enjoy Dylan's story, which wasn't without faults. There were a few things that I did not agree with/found a little unbelievable, but they mainly fall in the personal belief category—Like how open Dylan is with friends he literally just met about certain things he just discovered about himself and, of course, said friends's reactions (I can be a bit pessimistic, and have little faith in the human race, at times. I'm working on it).

Besides that, though, I found the story original, and I enjoyed the conflict and the majority of the characters. They afforded a nice blend of comic relief to dramatic situations, and I thought each character shined nicely in their own right.

My favorite, I think, was Bodog. He's a dwarf, of sorts, and probably the smartest, wisest of them all. Much of the advice garnered and lessons learned by the characters throughout the story comes from him (I've always been fond of sage-y characters).

Yet that's not all there is to him. He's a deternined little fighter, and always packs his weapons with little surprises. On top of that, he's not without his own little quips here and there.

I was not, however, too fond of the relationship between Dylan and Kera. They were sweet together, and I totally rooted for them all the way through, but it felt a bit opressive to me, if that makes sense. I understand that, in a way, they'd known each other their whole lives, but their immediate mutual obsession felt a bit too strong, too soon, in my opinion.

Overall, I found this book worth 3.3 Crazy Hearts, and would recommend it to and one who loves a good paranormal-based story.


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