Review: BirthMarked – Maria Violante
Charlie Kale has led a difficult life. She’s had to make do with the little she has, and is finally starting to get back on her feet again. Living a trucker’s life, she’s determined in making something of herself. Her father taught her all she needs to know about driving a rig, and she’ll do everything possible to uphold the memories of her past. Still, she can’t quite deny that she sometimes yearns for things in her life to be a little different than how they are now.
An unexpected accident soon turns Charlie’s life upside-down. Thrust into a world she never knew existed, she soon realizes that there’s a lot her father never told her about. Most especially about the crescent shaped mark she bears on her shoulder. Though she does her best to make sense of the new goings-on around, there’s no denying the fact that she’s in way over her head. She’s begun to see things, things that shouldn’t exist, as well as come into her own powers. Powers, she realizes, she hadn’t been aware of until now.
Forced to join The Markers, an unlikely clan who seem determined in unlocking her potential, Charlie can’t help but to wonder just what she’s gotten herself into. With nowhere else to go, she knows she’ll need to integrate herself into her new life. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done. Secrets about her past follow her every wake, not to mention that there are those who seek to do away with her at every turn. Despite what others want, she knows she’ll need to do her best to survive what’s coming her way. Only then, will she able to unlock the secrets no one else wants her to know.
This was honestly an intriguing story. I like its premise, and think the series itself has potential. Charlie seemed a little too trusting of these Marker people. If I were in her shoes, I’d be a little wary of them. Most especially since she knows nothing about them in the beginning. The storyline itself is original, and piques interest, though I do think that parts of the story were a little rushed. Never-the-less, the book is a good read.
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Charlie Kale knows life isn’t easy. But for the first time, this truck driver might have finally found her little piece of happiness. She’s got it all—her big rig, friends, a great mentor, and a man about to join her on the road.
That is, until the good things in Charlie’s life all fall apart, and she finds herself at the mercy of a sexy but mysterious gunman who claims to be a member of a secret order dedicated to fighting the supernatural monsters that filter over into our world.
She’s given a choice—join up or die, and while the gunman might be insane, Charlie’s hell-bent on not dying.
Too bad it looks like that might not be an option.
About The Author:
Well-traveled and uncoordinated, Maria Violante is the best-selling author of several books in the realm of speculative fiction–all of them crossovers that require hyphens in the genre description (see: gladiator-dystopia-rom-sci-fi, shifter-western-historical, or gunslinger-mercenary-urban fantasy.)
She enjoys a well-roasted coffee, Bell’s Winter White Ale, and lives in Michigan with her Chihuahua, Beau, also known as “Piggy Wiggy”.
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