By Leigh Fallon
HarperCollins, HarperTeen, $8.99, 344 pages

“There have been rumors…What kind of rumors? There has been talk of ‘odd goings-on…’ Really odd, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night odd.”

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon is a diamond in the rough.  At first this reviewer felt that the plot was going to be cliché; however, the author has taken a common concept and twisted it into something truly unique.  The main character, 17 year old Megan moves to Ireland with her father, where she begins a romance with the mysterious boy at school, Adam.  As the plot progresses Megan learns she has power over the element of water.

Adam and his family control the other three elements.  They have not had a fourth in a very long time, but their family is not the only one that wants Megan’s power.  It has romance and drama, with some great twists.  The writing flows well, is easy to read, and portrays the characters well.  Anyone who likes young adult fantasy and romance will enjoy this book.  This reviewer enjoyed the book and is looking forward to the next book by this author.

Reviewed by Jina Oravetz