Hi gorgeous people and welcome to Reading with ABC's stop of the Shadow of the Mark Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am so excited to be part of this tour because I love Carrier of the Mark (see my review here) and I have been anxiously waiting for the second book. Here is some information about this wonderful book:
Title: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Published: July 9th, 2013 by Harper Teen
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Group Age: Young adult
Genre: Paranormal / Romance
Their love could destroy them all.Through the ages, Marked Ones have harnessed the powers of the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Much about the elements is shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: A relationship between two Marked Ones has the potential to cause widespread devastation.Megan and Adam—Air and Water—are determined to defy the risks.But the power that swirls inside Megan is growing in twisted ways. And the closer she is to Adam, the closer Megan comes to unleashing a dark force that could spell destruction for the entire Marked line.
1. What inspired you to include the elements in Carrier of the Mark?
It rains in Ireland. It rains a lot. I knew from the beginning that these books would be set in Ireland, and I wanted to tie in the weather, the rich landscape, and the amazing lore of Ireland in a fun and magical way. The elements were perfect for doing all of this and allowed me to explore a little of Ireland’s pagan history, which is utterly fascinating.
2. Which of the two books was your favorite to write so far? Why?
That’s such a difficult question to answer. I love them both for different reasons. Carrier of the Mark was my first book, my first love. It was where I met my characters and fell in love with them, villains and all. But in Shadow of the Mark I got to play with the developing characters, torture them a bit, push their abilities to the next level. I got to see some of the characters darker sides. There’s a lot more action in Shadow of the Mark, and I loved that feeling of anxiety I felt as the book came to it’s conclusion.
3. The covers for your books are amazing. Is that what you envisioned?
Thank you! I’d always envisioned my covers as light and simple with just a touch of color, so I was so excited when I saw the cover of Carrier. It was just beautiful. The light cloud with the splash of inky blue really worked for me. I loved that they carried the theme for the second book making it instantly recognizable. The edition of the dark stormy clouds reflects the darker more sinister undertones of Shadow of the Mark
4. Who is your favorite character of the series and why?
I love all my characters dearly. Adam and Megan are obvious picks. I adore them. I also quite fancy Rían, and Caitlin is such a fun girl and such a good friend. There’s a couple of new characters that I’m having fun with in this book too and they are growing on me. I guess Áine is a firm favorite. I do love her so. Her character is really developing in Shadow and she’s starting to walk a fine line. I love that element of excitement and danger in her.
5. Are there any books coming out this year that you can't wait to read?
Yes. My bookshelves are still heaving under the weight of my TBRs from 2012 , but for the 2013 releases, I can’t wait to read Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Goddess by Josephine Angelini, Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, and If I Should Die by Amy Plum.
About the Author
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20's. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, The Carrier of the Mark was conceived. She promptly abandoned her 'riveting' career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks her manuscript hit the coveted top five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the US.
- 1st place - a signed copy of Shadow of the Mark and a boat load of goodies inc. a silver bookmark (pic attached) USA only.
- 2nd place - a $10 book depository gift card & some signed swag . International.
- 3rd place- signed swag International.
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