The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 2nd 2011
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.
When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before...in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.
Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...
The Marked Son opens with a GREAT beginning. I was hooked immediately and found myself laughing so hard at some of the things that came out of Dylan's mouth. He was very entertaining and very mature for his age. The story is told from two points of views and that is Dylan and Kera. The relationship between Dylan and Kera at first was just okay for me. I liked the connection they had and the way they were with each other, but at first I wasn't big on them together. It was almost to fake for me. As I kept on reading though I did end up in love with the both of them.
My issue with The Marked son was that I felt Dylan's character did not stay consistent. I really like his character, but I wish he stayed the same through out the book. He was up and down a bit. You would have to read the book to understand what I mean. Another issue was that some where in the middle I found myself losing interest in the story, but obviously it wasn't to the point that I did not finish reading it. It did pick back up and it was just non-stop from there.
Overall, the world that Berkley created was very believable and other than the issues listed above it was a good story. I give it 3.5 stars and would be interested in reading the next in the series. It had a great ending.