Publication Date: September 11, 2011
Source: Shut up & Read - Read & Reap program
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Lyla Mercer’s life changed the moment her dad was murdered, and again when she heard that she could be next. Forced to move to Salem for safe keeping, Lyla soon discovers her family has a dark history in the small town, and when a glossy black moon appears on the back of her neck she becomes newest part of that legacy. Her family is marked and being hunted, but Lyla may be the weapon they need to survive. Lyla attempts to ignore the danger, pretending to be normal, but whispers and rumors follow her everywhere. She thinks nothing can ever be normal for her again until she meets Caleb, the minister’s son, and the absolute wrong boy to be dating a witch. He’s everything she wants to be, just a normal kid from a normal family. At least that’s what she thinks, but nothing is as it seems in Salem. Caleb has secrets to keep about his family that rival her own. Until recently, her father's murderer has managed to keep his true identity a secret, but when Lyla uncovers the truth about him, nobody is safe, especially her.
Everything started when Lyla Mercer's dad was involved in an accident and died. Together with her mother, the two of them moved to an old family home in Salem left by her father. She had to leave her friends and boyfriend behind in Chicago and she wasn't very happy with it.
She met her uncle, Nathan, in Salem. Found out that she had a cousin, Hana, on her first day in school and another cousin, Sage, after school. She didn't know she had any other family until then. What a shock!
What's more intriguing was that Nathan found a mark behind Lyla's neck, a mark of their family, a mark of magic and a proof that she was a witch. Nathan also explained to her their tragic family history which ended up with many deaths and that a certain pastor was still after their lives and hinted that her father been murdered and it was no accident.
Together with Hana, Lyla sought to uncover the mysteries and dangers behind their family and to use their new found powers to protect who they loved. And of course, Lyla just had to take a liking to the accursed pastor's son, Caleb... which made things more complicated...
A Marked Past is an enjoyable book, packed with action (towards the end) and of course, romance. Furthermore, it's about witches! Who could resist it? Certainly not me. Totally unpredictable, the suspense in this book makes you want to know more and left you hanging at the end of the book.
The downsides of this book was that the pace of the story at the beginning of the book was very fast. There was little introduction before her dad ends out dead and then they had to move to Salem. Well, I'm fine with that since it was explained later why they had to move. The next thing was about some of the characters... What happened between Lyla and her boyfriend in Chicago? There wasn't much after she moved and then she was suddenly interested in Caleb. Hmm... OK... I'm fine with that also since Caleb was not bad. And one thing, I felt that I don't really knew Andrew, who was together with Hana in the book. Just these three things which had a potential for improvement.
Overall, A Marked Past is still an interesting and enjoyable book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book for some closures. Read all about Lyla, why she moved to Salem, how she befriended her own cousin and how they experimented with their powers and to fight off the evil in A Marked Past.
3.5/5 Stars for A Marked Past.
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