Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Marked by Sarah Fine

Title: Marked
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Book One in the Servants of Fate Series
Published By: 47North (January 1, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Fantasy w/Dystopian Elements
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.
Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?






Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, let me count the ways I love thee....

I fell in love with Sarah's writing after reading her Guards of the Shadowland series and that love has been fueled and grown with each new book she writes. 

Time and time again she proves just how well she can write, in any genre she chooses next.

Her latest release Marked, is no different.

I loved this book. This story. And all the characters so very much, and even though I was expecting greatness from this read, I was still blown away by it. 

The twist between dystopian, mythology, and an almost sci fi feel was a heedy combination and one that had me eagerly turning the pages wanting more. 

Sarah has always had the ability to write a well thought out, swoon worthy male leading role but she truly made a stand out hero in Eli. He was everything I like in a male lead, heck, everything I like in a man period. Hard working, loyal, loving, protective, sweet, romantic...really should I go on because I probably could be here all day. 

Truly I loved every single minute of this story, the sexual tension, the family relationships, and of course the dark desolate world that Sarah created, not to mention the mythology behind it all.

Book two can not get here fast enough!




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

60 comments:

  1. Great short review! It;s been a while since I've read a fantasy book, I'm so glad that I found your blog HAHA I think I'm gonna enjoy this but I've never heard of Sarah Fine. Hm…HAHA

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    1. Oh gosh she is an author you should definitely try, she is just fabulous!

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  2. I adore Sarah Fine! Metal and Wishes was just amazing and I've been meaning to check out her other stuff since I finished that. SO GLAD it impresses!

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    1. Her Guards of the Shadowlands are a must read!

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  3. I love book with strong familly relationship, this book sound really great ,, happy you loved it :)

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  4. I have heard only amazing things about Sarah and I really want to read her stories, but I still haven't got a chance. Anyhow I'm so glad that this book blew you away even though you had high expectations. Great review, Ali :)

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    1. Oh gosh Tanja, you really should try something of her's, I just know you will love it!

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  5. Wow, you make this author sound great. I love a writer who actually knows how to write the shit out of a book! lol.

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    1. She definitely knows how to do that. ;)

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  6. And... this book's going on my wishlist. Yes, I haven't read a Sarah Fine book YET, but I will get to those ASAP. I can't wait to meet Eli! ;)

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    1. Yay! So glad you are adding this! *does a happy dance*

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  7. I love all of Sarah's writing I've read so far, so I'm sure I'm going to love this, especially after reading your review! Can't wait to check it out!

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  8. I had no idea who Sarah Fine was until I read your review, but now I feel like I HAVE to discover her writing for myself. Living vicariously through your post simply will not do. Happy Friday!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. Yes you really should, if not this than her other series, you will love her writing style Carmel!

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  9. I MUST read this Ali! I've loved everything of Sarah's I've read, and I'm pretty much already in love with Eli after reading your review. I'm very, very ready to swoon:)

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    1. Yay! So excited for you to start this!

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  10. Squeeeeee!!! I'm so happy you loved this. You're the first person I know who gave it the same rating as I did and that makes me so happy! Sarah deserves all the love. I adored Eli and Cacy! They were so great together. And Sarah's attention to the world building and the mythology was amazing. I'm in so much awe of her writing style!
    Beautiful review, Ali!

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    1. Thank so much Nick and I couldn't agree more!!

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  11. Squee! I'm so glad you loved this. I've had my eyes on this as soon a I read "she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife" in the blurb. I was like - How cool is that?! I've not had the chance to read her other books, but THIS sounds like a *me book* for sure. Thanks for the great review.

    Have a Wonderful weekend, Ali :)

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    1. Thanks Kim, you too and I do hope you get this and love it!

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  12. Yeah, I have this one waiting to read. I am so looking forward to it, because you know what a big fan of Sarah I am. I won't be around much either so just in case I don't make it over here before the big day. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Heidi and enjoy your time with the family!!

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  13. I haven't read her but wow with all the votes here it looks like I should :)

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  14. YES!!!! I didn't realize this came out so soon. I'm so excited!

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  15. After reading Of Metal and Wishes and loving it, I'm so tempted to try this even if dystopia isn't exactly my thing. I'll think about it.

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    1. The dystopian feel is so slight I think you would still really enjoy this!

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  16. I think I have found my first Fine book to read, Eep I wonder if this will be on audio?

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    1. I'm not sure but hopefully it will be. I am so excited either way that you are going to try her!

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  17. hehe..it was on sale on audible for 7.39..woot

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    1. Oh yay! That is awesome and thanks for letting me know!

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  18. Damn, I still need to start the other series. I had planned to do it this year, but don't think that'll happen. I'll eventually get to her books.

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    1. You will love her other series Christy, it is very dark. :)

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  19. Oh it's nice! I didn't know about this one but it's great to see you had such a great time. I hope book 2 will be the same!

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    1. I really hope so too but Sarah is such a great author I know it will be so I'm not too worried about it. :)

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  20. Wow, she does sound like a great author. I bought, by the way, her Guards of the Shadowland series, so I cannot wait to start it. And then maybe this one? ^^ Anyway, glad you enjoyed! :D

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  21. I love it when an author is able to make a male character both swoon worthy and original! Looks like a very promising book!

    Lovely blog! I followed via Bloglovin! =)

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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  22. Wow I'm so glad that this one worked for you! I really want to read something by Sarah Fine--heard that she's a brilliant author just like this review suggests.

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    1. She really is and I highly recommend her, especially if you want something original and unique.

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  23. This is the first time I've heard of this book. I concur with everything you said about this author though. The only thing she's written that didn't work for me was her Of Metal and Wishes. :/

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    1. I bet you will love this one if you liked her Guards series Joy. :)

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  24. This is the first I've read of the author and after reading your review, I'm definitely checking out her books! I'm a bit fan of swoon-worthy male leads too and Eli sounds like an amazing hero! Great review kindlemom! :)

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    1. Definitely check out her books, her writing and the originality of the story lines are amazing!

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  25. I still need to read her Guards of the Shadowland trilogy. My library has the first two; I think one of them is checked out though. Hope I can read those soon- and I'm so happy to hear this is the start to another great series for you!

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    1. I am excited that you are going to read them, they are fabulous! I can't wait until you do!

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  26. I still haven't read anything by Sarah Fine but you've got me interested about this one so so much! I'm glad this one worked for you. I'll have to look for it at the library.

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    1. You really should, I bet you love her. :)

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  27. Brilliant review, so happy to hear so many good things about this book. I'm not sure I have ever read anything by Sarah Fine though. All your praise is definitely making me feel like that's something I need to change. I'll have to have a look for something by her at work next time I'm in. Great review :)

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  28. I seriously only heard good things about this author, especially since Rashika is all praises for the her Phantom and the Opera retelling. Because of that, even though I have never read her, I have so much faith in her storytelling skills. I am definitely excited to read this - the skills of Fine in a Fantasy, Dystopic setting? ME WANTS. Me. WANTS.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  29. I actually have this on my Kindle. I'm happy it was good. So often when I have high expectations I'm disappointed. I love combing genres. I so have to read this soon!

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    1. I am so happy you have this already! I hope you love it as much as I did Molly. :)

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  30. It seems like her books are amazing! After reading all of your glowing reviews for them, I definitely plan to give one a try soon :) I'm thinking I'll probably start with Of Metal and Wishes.

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