by Veronica Roth
Released: January 17 2017
Series: Carve the Mark #1
Published by Katherine Tegan Books
Narrator: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
“CARVE THE MARK had so much potential, but quite frankly lacked execution. It was lackluster and boring at best.”
~ Under the Covers
I was so excited to read this book. The author, the cover, the blurb… I was ready to be taken away to another galaxy and get involved in a new set of characters. After all, I’ve enjoyed Veronica Roth’s work in the past! Sadly, that’s not exactly what happened.
At first I found the premise intriguing and I wanted to know more. But I quickly found myself….utterly bored. The pacing of this book is slow. Dreadfully so. And when something actually happens, the plot and characters were a bit too immature and dare I say, too “young adult” for me. The focus of the story didn’t live up to what I expected from it when I started reading it. There could’ve been real danger, and so many political complications for our characters. Instead everything felt bland and left me uninterested.
This is one of those books that I really wish my OCD would’ve let me drop and DNF. I just couldn’t do it. I kept hoping that it would turn around and get better. The basis for a good story was all there! I think the author didn’t do a good enough job at exploring what she had created. The world building was completely absent. The bad guy had no real depth to him and I found the reasoning behind some of his actions (revealed in the end) was not enough to make me buy into it. And our heroine and hero, even that felt uninteresting as their connection didn’t really… connect… for me. So I can’t even say that the glimpse of romance could save this story.
CARVE THE MARK had so much potential, but quite frankly lacked execution. It was lackluster and boring at best and I won’t be reading the next one.
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