Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

Title: A Mark Unwilling
Author: Candace Wondrak
Series: Book One in the Reckoning Series
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Published: May 1, 2018
Source: ARC Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
Lexa Blue thought she had her life figured out. She’d go to college, maybe get a job, and wait until the Demon whose Mark she bears comes to collect her soul. No real concrete plans since it wouldn’t matter in the end. What she did not expect was the end of the world. 

Conquest. War. Pestilence. Death. 

Even with her trusted Warlock friend, David, Lexa is clueless about how to stop the apocalypse—but she’ll still try; because of her Mark, she can’t die. Who better to fight the Horsemen?

It’s not that simple. With a prophetic girl as a new sidekick, a group of Vampires who’re suspect, and an FBI Agent who somehow knows her connection to the biblical figures, Lexa’s life is going to get a heck of a lot worse before it gets better. 

When her Demon finally comes to claim her, will she be ready? 


...Probably not. 






I take very few reviews requests anymore, mostly due to not having enough time to review them all and because it seems one can quickly become bombarded with all kinds of requests and I have a really hard time saying no, even if its a genre I don't like or have no interest in. It was just easier for me both time wise and mentally (LOL) to just close requests from new to me authors. But I've realized over time, I might be doing myself an injustice because who doesn't love discovering new (to them) authors and books?

Every now and then something will cross my path that captures my attention and I will break my not open for reviews nonsense and with A Mark Unwilling, it was one such time. 

I'm not even going to lie, vampires don't appeal that much to me anymore, at least not on their own but throw in some demons and witches and other things? And yes, sign me up! 

How do I describe this read? Actually, I'm not. What I'm going to say instead is that it completely hooked me. I didn't want to put it down and in fact I rarely did. I had other things that I needed to do but for whatever reason (call it a great plot line or interesting characters or just really great writing) I had to know what happened next and how it would end and I put everything else I had to do that day off until this was done. 

And what I want now, is the next book! 

Truly a great captivating read that will surprise you in all the best ways. 




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


Please don't forget that right now there is also a giveaway going on to win a digital copy of this! 10 lucky winners will win one so stop in and check it out! Giveaway can be found HERE!!

49 comments:

  1. So glad that you enjoyed this book so much that you couldn’t put it down!

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  2. Ooh vampires! I have been craving a good vampire book, but it's been hard to find. I'll consider this one. Glad you enjoyed it, Ali!

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    1. Very little vamps so that isn't a huge focus but they are in there. ;)

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  3. I have been seeing this everywhere. I'm glad to see a vamps are back. (But really, did they ever leave?)Have a great week, Ali!

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    1. I don't think they did Tyler. ;) Have a wonderful day too!

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  4. That's awesome you gave this a shot and really loved it. I actually don't mind vampire books, but I haven't read one in awhile. That's cool it has a mix of "creatures" if you will though.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  5. I feel the same way about review requests Ali. This looks good but I'm curious what kept it from being a 5 star?

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    1. It wasn't perfect and sometimes it felt like a story I had read before but then it would throw something in and make it new feeling again, if that makes sense at all. :P

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  6. Well now you have me curious..and it's not YA so I think I will grab it.

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    1. You can enter the giveaway and win a copy. There will be 10 winners. ;)

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  7. Oh yes I was quite curious about this one

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    1. Make sure you enter the giveaway to win a copy!

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  8. That cover is pretty wild. I haven't read a good vampire book in a while. Except for the BDB series, but I rarely notice the books are about vampires nowadays anymore.

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  9. I get what you mean not having enough time, I feel like I could be missing out on some authors because of that, but bah!! I saw you rate this on GR and glad to see how much you enjoyed it! It's been a long time since I myself read a good vampy book

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    1. It was worth it and I'm so glad it did pay off, that doesn't always happen. ;)

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  10. I get what you mean not having enough time, I feel like I could be missing out on some authors because of that, but bah!! I saw you rate this on GR and glad to see how much you enjoyed it! It's been a long time since I myself read a good vampy book

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  11. I hardly ever accept review requests either but every once in a while I do if the book sounds good. Glad to hear you ended up liking this one.

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  12. Interesting that you wrote this as I highlight why I don’t accept requests anymore. Like you, I will however make exceptions. Glad this one worked out for you. I haven’t read a vampire book in a long while.

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    1. LOL I know, I thought that was a strange coincidence too! I hardly ever accept requests and the author didn't ask me to read and review her book, she actually just asked if I would post a highlight or do an interview and once I read the synopsis, I asked if I could read it instead. ;)

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  13. I don't take many review requests either. I don't have a form on the site. But authors and narrators I know will offer requests and I will try them. I will also try things on publisher lists. Glad this one worked out for you.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I do publishers a lot more than indies for sure but once upon a time I was almost all indies and it got to be crazy!

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  14. I haven´t read a NA Urban Fantasy in a while. This sounds with a good plot. Thanks for share darling.
    xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

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  15. Wow, that's quite the cover! Love it!!

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    1. I actually really like it as well.

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  16. Glad to hear taking a chance on a new to you author worked out! I feel the same way about review requests because it's so hard to say no, but there are so few times where it's worked out positively. Great review! :)

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    1. Yes, I think that is the hardest part.

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  17. I don't take requests anymore, but I do wonder about the books I might miss out on. But that's why I have you to let me know. :D This looks like my cup of tea.

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  18. You have me very curious about this book and author. Great review!

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    1. Thanks and you can enter the giveaway and maybe win a copy. ;)

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  19. I love vampires especially mixed with other creatures like demons and ofcourse witches. And my! This sounds really good!

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  20. This is new to me! I'm not usually into vampire books, but I'll read them occasionally if a friend recommends it. However, I really love the cover for this! I'll add it on Goodreads and look into it later! Thanks for sharing this! I trust your opinion, so it might be a vampire book I try. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Enter the giveaway with the link above then you can win yourself a copy maybe. ;)

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  21. Glad you really enjoyed this one. I don't know what it is with demons either, but I will check out a book with those as well. LOL Will have to check this one out!

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    1. *high fives you* Right? There is just something about them.

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  22. I definitely hear you on the review requests thing. I definitely stopped taking a lot. Obligatory posts can be time consuming. BUT, I'm glad you took this one and it wound up being good!

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  23. This sounds like a great read! I don't read Urban Fantasy, but I have had some luck taking chances on review requests, glad this worked out for you!

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  24. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! It does sound intriguing and that cover is striking I think. 😀

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  25. I don't know how, but I won this. I still had this review in my email to read. I remember reading a review so maybe I entered but didn't comment? Anyway, Thank you!

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    1. I have two separate posts for it so maybe you commented on the original one with the giveaway? Either way, congrats on winning a copy, I think you will really like it.

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