published March 8th 2010
by Bonneville Books (first published 2010)
details Paperback, 288 pages
Synopsis from Goodreads- She's had it forever. A tiny mark on her hand. No big deal, right? But when Tori discovers that her ordinary freckle is really some kind of microscopic tattoo, she doesn't know what to think, especially after meeting Eric, a guy she feels strangely connected to--and not just because he has a mark too.
All too soon, Tori and Eric realize that their marks are only the first clue to a mystery that will change everything. And with each new discovery, Tori finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into a world she could never have imagined.
I received this book in the mail after being contacted by the author as an autographed copy with bookmark and personal note. Now that is NICE! But that's not why I gave it 4.5 stars...the fact of the matter is this is an amazing book! The preface was a couple of pages long of background history that I struggled to understand. (go back and read them once you are finished) From Chapter one on I was reeled in hook, line and sinker.
Told from Tori's point of view, four teenagers soon unravel a mystery that links them as members of an elite society. They are drawn to each other by touch, the small birthmarks on their knuckles and an irresistible comforting pull. Soon they find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous journey of uncovering their past and discovering who they really are. The characters are fully developed and my favorites are Tori and Eric. Their chemistry is off the charts and Eric's charm undeniable as he becomes a protector of the group. The Mark is completely free of any swearing, sex or questionable material from a mother's point of view and I give it 4.5 stars for action packed excitement and swoon worthy romance! I sure hope there is a sequel in the works because this one was an absolute treasure!
My favorite quote from the book (spoilers here!) : "Shae snorted. We're definitely right-and can you tell me one thing we're doing right bow that isn't hard? We've just traveled halfway around the world and we're backpacking who knows how many miles through the freakin' Himalayas to get to some secret valley that may or may not exist, while be chased by a homicidal maniac--don't even talk to me about hard."
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