Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

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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 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...

My Thoughts:
I would give this book a 3.7 rating.  I liked it but it didn't really get good until about 60% into the book.  The pace of the book was uneven.  It was slow at first then at the end so many things happened so fast that I was left with several questions.   I did feel great sympathy for Dylan.  I can't imagine how it would be to grow up with such insecurity & instability.  I was glad when his grandparents showed him the love he deserved.  Despite his circumstances Dylan still wants better for himself.  He doesn't let his mother's mistakes define him.  I didn't really understand Dylan & Kera's connection.  I hope it's explained more in the other books.  I wanted to know more about why they dreamed about each other & why they seemed to be drawn to each other.  Kera was brave & did the right thing even when those around her so easily gave in to save themselves.   Dylan's grandparents confused me at the end.  I didn't understand why they couldn't remember Dylan's father but "Pop" did.  I do think this is a promising start to a good series.  I will read the next book to see if there are answers & if the story can blossom into the good series it the potential to be.

I received a copy of this book from NegGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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