Saturday, 13 February 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey


Marked
by Laura Williams McCaffrey
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Rate: 4/5

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.



My Musings :

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This would in no way impact my review.

I admit I was a tiny bit hesitant when signing up for the tour. The reason was that the dystopian genre has been kind of over saturated of late. Or rather, it felt that way to me. I seem to have read most of the variants of the dystopia out there. But the blurb intrigued me enough to take a chance on it.

So did I regret my decision? Nope, absolutely not! The author has given an unique story with her interesting world building and the adventurous tone. 

The characters were a bit of an integral part of the world. Lyla came across as a strong heroine with her intention to give her best for her family and to try to reverse her fortune and correct her mistake. The author has included familial and friendship values in the tale. Lyla's relationship with Hope and Gill gives an insight into the person Lyla is. Her inner thoughts interspersed throughout the pages adds additional light on her psyche. 

The graphics included in between are good at giving insight into the history and also adds enjoyment to the reading. The pace of the story picked up after a couple of chapters. It was slow to begin but did snowball into a series of fast incidents after that. In short, I can say that I enjoyed the story with its cool premise and struggle. 

My rating : 4/5



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Meet the Author :



I read, I write, I teach. I've published short stories in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Clarion Books will release Marked, my YA dystopian fantasy, in February 2016. My other fantasy novels are WATER SHAPER and ALIA WAKING (both published by Clarion Books). For more information, it's best to visit my website: http://www.laurawilliamsmccaffrey.com



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