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by Laura Williams McCaffrey
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Rate: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.

Thank you HMH for sending me a copy of Marked for review. This in no affected my opinion in my review.

Laura has a very unique voice and it shines through in Marked. This book is such a great transition for Middle Grade readers into reading Young Adult. It gives them a visually stunning element but also gives them more complex situations that young people have to face.

I have to say I have not been disappointed with an HMH book yet. They publish such a wide variety but they all seem to such high caliber reads. Marked is definitely one I am excited to add to that list of great reads from HMH.

Lyla was such an intuitive character. She noticed things around her that others did not. I also like that the author made Lyla relateable she makes a mistake, learns from it and then tries to fix her mistake. We also get a great bond between Lyla and her sister Hope which is refreshing.

This was a dystopian and while you may think dystopians have been done to death already, Laura gives a fresh and different delivery that is unique and intriguing. I liked that this is a great story for boys and girls with not overly romantic elements. It is definitely a book I will be excited to have my son read. The only complaint I had was I wanted to be pulled in a little sooner. The pacing was great once you got into the story but it took me more then the first chapter to not want to put it down.

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I read, I write, I teach. I've published short stories in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Clarion Books will release Marked, my YA dystopian fantasy, in February 2016. My other fantasy novels are WATER SHAPER and ALIA WAKING (both published by Clarion Books). For more information, it's best to visit my website:

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  1. I'm glad I read your review to know that even though the book may start slowly, it gets much better. I am looking forward to reading this, especially since it has such a smart, strong female POV character.


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