Carve the Mark – Spoiler Free Review

The wonderful people at Harper Collins were lovely enough to offer me a copy of The Fates Divide to review for you all, however I had to admit that I hadn’t managed to read Carve the Mark yet! After sitting on my bookshelf for close to a year, I finally picked it up in preparation for it’s sequel, and I am really glad I did! I am very excited to pick up The Fates Divide and find out how this story ends.

I had heard a lot of different opinions of this book, and a fair amount of controversy, and if I’m honest it is probably why it took me so long to pick it up. However I am a big believer in always trying something for yourself before expressing an opinion, and I definitely recommend that you all do the same. This review is simply how I felt about the book, and I am in no way trying to diminish or discredit other peoples feelings and opinions. And now that I’ve got that out of the way, lets just launch into the review!

Carve the Mark 

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Author: Veronica Roth

Published: January 2017 by Harper Collins

Genre: Scifi, Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 468

Source: Purchased myself from a local Bookstore

Rating: 3.5/5


Cyra and Akos grew up in enemy countries on a vibrant yet divided planet. Cyra’s ability to transfer extraordinary pain with a simple touch makes her a dangerous weapon for her tyrannical brother. When Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra, it’s clear that their hatred is mutual. But as Akos fights for his survival, he recognises that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift – resilience – might be what saves them both.

Their world is on the brink of political chaos, and Akos and Cyra must decide if they will fight for what’s right, even if it means betrayal of their families and countries.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?
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Carve the Mark, although a little slow paced at times, was a fun and interesting read for me. Not only was there a new world for me to learn about but an entire Planetary System! This is something that I really enjoyed, and has encouraged me to pick up more scifi books in the future, as I actually haven’t read a lot of scifi. Overall I really enjoyed this book despite the negative things I had heard.

Carve the Mark InstagramI did find the beginning of this book a little confusing, as there were a whole heap of characters and places with really odd names all being introduced at once (Here is a helpful pronunciation guide for you all).

I also found that things weren’t really explained much to start with. This initially made me think that I was going to struggle through the entire book, but that wasn’t the case. After about 6 chapters I found a rhythm with names, and I started to become really interested in the whole concept of the story. However, I still could have done with a little more backstory and explaining at the start.

As enjoyable as I found the plot in this story, I think the characters could have had a little more work. Their was one character (Cyra), that I really loved and connected well with throughout her story, however I think the other characters did not get the same love.

Carve the Mark InstagramThe main male character, Akos, had the potential to be one of those characters I fall in love with (which isn’t hard… I’m a sucker for a swoon-worthy book boyfriend), however he just felt quite bland and fell short of the kind of development I enjoy. I am definitely interested in the rest of his journey, but I’m not in love with him just yet.

The same lack of character development felt very obvious with other characters too, such as Eiheh and Ryzek. Both were characters that I think should have drawn a lot of emotional reactions from me, however due to their characters not being built up over the course of the book, I was just kind of unattached to them. I really hope that all the characters get a lot more attention and develop more over the course of the next book, and not just one or two. A well developed set of characters is what really makes a book great for me. No matter what is going on plot wise, I am always more invested in the characters.

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My favourite part of this story was the idea that some people were fated.That no matter which one of the millions of future came to be, these specific people would always find the same fate, but how that fate would play out was unknown.

The moment this idea was introduced to the story, I was hooked. The whole way through I was thinking of all the different ways the fated ones would actually meet their fate, and each time we hit a new plot point my ideas would change.

Having that slight amount of mystery weaved into the plot is what really kept me hooked the whole way through. It also made me care about the characters that I felt otherwise unattached too. Even though I wasn’t really connecting with those characters, I was still invested in their stories as I wanted to find out more about their fates. I am very eager to find out just how each Fated Character is going to reach their fate, and if any of them are strong enough to change it!


You can find out where to purchase a copy of Carve the Mark, or read a sample, over at Harper Collins NZ.



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