Carve the Mark

4.5/5 Stars
As someone who wasn’t quite a fan of Divergent, I will admit that I came into reading Carve the Mark somewhat skeptical of how good it would be. Besides the somewhat dull introduction, Veronica Roth exceeded my expectations and presented a truly interesting story. The novel idea of ‘currentgifts’, abilities that each character has due to the mystic ‘current’ that runs through the world, really spices up the characters by giving each and every one of them an unique ability. However, where Roth fails with this to some extent is how it is executed- for a long time, I was extremely confused as to what a currentgift actually was, despite them having mentioned it, talked about it, and even having seen some examples. Yet these currentgifts are some of the most interesting parts of the book, since the way each character uses their magical abilities and how it negatively affects them is what makes the characters seem human. After all, many times in books, characters get magical abilities with no side effects, but here, they have to deal with the backlash that comes from being above mere humans. The plot isn’t bad either, with revenge and redemption being the main point. Also, unlike with Divergent, I was truly excited for more after this book- due to some interesting plot twists, you can truly see that there is a future to the series, and I’d love to read more of it.
Review by: Lucas H.

This is a fast-paced, action packed book that simply hooks you in and drags you across the pages. A story of two boys, Akos and Eijeh, kidnapped from their home to serve the enemy. Ultimately, Akos falls in love with his captor and they begin a journey to save a nation from the iron grip of the cruel Ryzek Noavek. 
Honestly, I found the book amazing. When I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading, and I HAD to know what happened next. It took my breath away as I watched an innocent young boy become a man to protect his loved ones. You can clearly see how much Veronica Roth has matured and blossomed as a writer in this. The only part I disliked was how suddenly Akos fell in love with Cyra Noavek, because it seemed that one day they were barely talking, then the next they were laughing together and in love. Otherwise, I loved it all; the characters seemed like real people, not something I read between pages and my heart cried when they did, it laughed when they did, and it's just an absolutely amazing book.
Rating: 4.5/5
Review by Maggie L.
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