***** (5 out of 5) · Books · Fantasy · Uncategorized · Young Adult

Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

by Veronica Roth

Narrated by Austin Butler and Emily Rankin



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If you read my First Impression Friday post you may remember that I was struggling with the character names.  I was hoping that the further I listened the better it would get, and it sort of did.  For most of the story there were only a handful of characters who you needed to know, and I was able to keep track of them.  But, the beginning and end had a lot of different names and it was a little confusing, though I was usually able to figure out who was who based on context clues.  It would have been nice if the names were easier to differentiate, but I managed.  Also I think a big part of my struggle was because I listened to it on Audiobook.  I think it would have been better to see the names written down.

Speaking of the Audiobook, I really really liked the narrators.  The book is dual POV and there was one narrator for each POV.  Akos’ chapters were narrated by Austin Butler and Cyra’s were narrated by Emily Rankin.  I really liked how they changed narrators when the POV switched.  It made it super obvious who was narrating and this was really nice considering all the confusion around character names.  I am in LOVE with Austin Butler’s voice.  I don’t know if it was just because I really liked Akos or if it was all Austin’s voice, or a mixture of the two, but now I am in love with both Austin and Akos.

Now for the book itself! I loved the world.  The current runs through everyone and when you come of age, the current manifests into your current gift.  Some people have the ability to sooth, while others can cause pain, some can’t feel pain, and some can control electrical impulses.  The list goes on and on.  I love all the different abilities and how each one is somehow related to its owner and their needs.

I also love how every culture worships different aspects of the current and believes different things.  They all believe in the current, but some believe it should be utilized and others believe it should be saved.  And, all these cultures live in relative harmony and respect each other’s beliefs.  The conflict arises from politics and old wrongdoings and tyrannical leaders.  It has nothing to do with religious beliefs.  Its refreshing that religion doesn’t play a part in the conflict, the conflict arises from good old fashioned hotheadedness.

Did I mention before that I LOVE Akos? It may have something to do with the narrator’s voice but I haven’t fallen for a character this hard in a while.  He is so strong and hot and tall.  But he is also kind and understanding and sweet.  He is pretty much perfect.  I also like Cyra a ton, and I get butterflies whenever there is sexual tension between the two of them.  They are so perfect for each other ❤ ❤ ❤ Even a matchmaker could not have come up with a better match!! (Also this is an enemies to lover story and I am always a sucker for those ❤ )

There was a slight cliffhanger, but this series is only a duology and the second book is already released, so I am going to let it go. (this time!) I am a little worried about the next book because this was written by the author of Divergent, who may have a habit of killing main characters.  I might die if Akos and Cyra both don’t survive.  But Akos fate is so dire I don’t know what is going to happen.  I am super nervous about how the next book is going to end.

But I am also super excited to find out what happens! So I will be starting the next book today!! Wish me luck!!

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12 thoughts on “Carve the Mark

  1. Oh no! Sorry to hear the character names were still hard to differentiate from each other – maybe try the sequel in physical form instead and it might be better for you to keep track of them? I’m glad you did enjoy the rest of the story, though, despite the problems with the character names. I hope you’ll enjoy the sequel regardless of format (maybe you’ll have better luck with the name then?).

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    1. I thought about reading it as a physical book but decided against it for two reasons. The first is that I really enjoyed the voice of Akos! The Second is that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pronounce the names of the existing characters and I wouldn’t be able to match them back to the names I had heard, and then I run the risk of being even more confused. That might be a silly fear, but it was enough to make me want to stick with audiobook!


  2. I don’t listen to audiobooks since my attention span is SUPER short, but I totally get what you mean with narrators really affecting your thoughts! It’s like when I listen to speeches–sometimes I have no idea if I really agree with the person said, or they just said it in a pretty awesome way. 😂 Anyway, I’m super glad you liked this! It’s been a while since I read a Veronica Roth book–my last one was way back with Insurgent!

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    1. Audiobooks actually help my attention span! I hate driving and my mind drifts and I get sleepy. Audiobooks give half my brain something to focus on so the other half can drive 😂😂 I hardly ever listen to speeches but it seems like the same concept! Its probably the same in school as well. I tended to like the classes better where I liked the teachers! The only Veronica Roth books I have read are the Divergent Series and Four so I am right there with you!


    1. I don’t like to read reviews before I read the book and this one I am especially glad I didn’t! I had no idea about all the controversy so I was able to just enjoy the book and not feel like I had to judge it 😂 I read some reviews after and I can now see why there was controversy and its all valid, but at the same time I think people can look too much into things and not just enjoy the story!

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      1. Yes, I don’t really read reviews before I read a book anymore. I’m definitely not a critical reader and judge books based on my enjoyment of the story and characters. I’m glad you didn’t either and were able to enjoy this one! 🙂

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