Author: Jen Nadol
Series: #2 (The Mark)
Published: September 27, 2011 by Bloomsbury
Source: Teen Book Scene
Description: Cassie Renfield knows the mark tells her when someone is going to die and that she can intervene and attempt to change fate. But she still doesn't understand the consequences, especially whether saving one life dooms another. With no family left to offer guidance, Cassie goes in search of others like her. But when she meets Demetria, a troubled girl who seems to have the power of the Fates, Cassie finds the truth isn't at all what she expected. And then there's her heady new romance with bad boy Zander. Dating him has much graver repercussions than she could ever have imagined, forcing Cassie to make choices that cut to the essence of who she is and what she believes.
I Give This ...
I loved the first in the series. And while I'm use to the sophomore book tending to me inferior to the first, I struggled with this one way more than I normally do.
My biggest problem was the amount of time this book spends in the funeral home. And, I really feel this might be a personal issue with me. I'm not overly fond of the idea of death. So reading about all her work in the funeral homes was just NOT for me. I do understand why she was doing it. And I enjoyed what she learned about the different beliefs on what happens when we die. And also the idea of changing your "destiny" is discussed in different contexts which I found fascinating.
I liked Cassie's interactions with the girl in the mental health hospital. While the other girl never says anything, I think it shows a lot about what Cassie is trying to learn. She's really trying to get a handle on what's the right thing to do. Which brings us to Zander. I enjoyed learning who he is and what he can do in relationship to what Cassie does. But, as a character, I intensely disliked him. I really wanted to Cassie to stay far away from him.
So, really mixed feelings about this book. I hate saying it was a let down, but I just didn't have the same feel as the first book.