Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.
The first book in the Carve the Mark series.
My rating – 3*/5*
‘In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s current gift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?’
I was very sceptical of picking this book up because of the controversy surrounding this book regarding race, chronic illness and self harm so I wasn’t really sure that this book would be something that interested me but I loved the first two Divergent books and I brought this book when it first came out as it was the first thing Veronica Roth had written in forever so I was super excited to pick it up but all in all I just wasn’t impressed with this books. It was slow paced, boring and predictable.
I didn’t dislike this book exactly I just wasn’t really impressed with it as a whole – there were some things I enjoyed about this book and some things I didn’t.
“You want to see people as extremes. Bad or good, trustworthy or not. I understand. It’s easier that way. But that isn’t how people work.”
THINGS I LIKED
⚫ POWERS ARE COOL. Not all of theirs are cool of course but I think Vas’ may be my favourite, never being able to feel pain (BYE BYE STOMACH CRAMPS).
⚫ Instead of the girl being a damsel in distress and the guy being the strong saviour it’s almost like the roles are reversed for Cyra and Akos. Cyra is the tough strong one who’s had a difficult life and Akos is more like a gentle soul.
⚫ There are some good action scenes but I felt like they were rushed and were over far too soon, I wish that more time had been spent on those scenes as the book would have been a bit more enjoyable then.
⚫ I liked Cyra – Maybe not all the time but I liked her she was flawed and it made her feel more real too me; she was far from perfect.
THINGS I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE
⚫ This book may be a bit too long considering there wasn’t much action in it, at times it dragged a lot and I found myself loosing interesting quite easily ☹
⚫ There was too much detail in some areas and nowhere enough in others which was super annoying.
⚫ The “Villain” was boring, I wanted him to be more evil and scarier but he just ended up falling a little flat.
⚫ The romance (this should be shocking coming from me as I love romance), but I just felt it was boring and forced and not for me.
⚫ I was a little confused about the world, I didn’t really understood how it worked and found I had stopped being interested in finding it out pretty quickly so I ended up just going with the flow :’D
“I didn’t choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we’ve become what we were made to become.”
Overall, as a fan of her other work I wish that I hadn’t actually picked this up, I felt like I was constantly comparing the two together. This isn’t exactly a bad book but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I’m not 100% sure if I will pick up the second book just yet but I do hate not finishing a series once I’ve started!!!