Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien

Title: Birthmarked
Author: Caragh O'Brien
Published by: Roaring Brook Press (2010)

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien was an excellent read. It was very well written, full of rich descriptions, great-structured sentences, and easy-to-love characters. The plotline was just enough action, twists, and excitement to keep me reading and I never lost interest. Unlike other books, this book did not appear dragged out to me (mostly because it was actually full of GOOD sentences!). The characters were extremely well developed, and the twists and turns in the end were well written and I did not see them coming.

Notes: As a whole, however, the story was geared towards an older audience. There were a few confronting birth scenes (our main character is a midwife) that I skipped over. It was written to further drive the point, as this is a very deep book, but it was too much for me in those few scenes.

Plot/Characters: Like I’ve said, this book was a very deep book: the storyline and the writing was definitely not a silly childrens’ book. The romance between Gaia and Leon was realistic and not inappropriate, and was not the focus of the story—it was more like a background thing going on (always a plus for me!).  As for the characters themselves? While they were wonderfully described and developed, at times they seemed flat and one-dimensional, and did not react enough when things are revealed. Yet, Gaia was an easy character to love.

Overall I did enjoy this book very much. A great dystopia with a fun plot, I would recommend this book to ages 13+.

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