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July 15, 2022

My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Harper Collins
Genre - YA Fiction
Publishing year - 2017
Language - English
ISBN - 978-0-00-815949-8
Pages - 468

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

Book Review - 

Carve The Mark is the first book in the duology written by Veronica Roth. The plot revolves around a planet divided into two territories, Thuve and Shotet, and both hate each other. Their enmity reached a point where they even kidnapped the children, especially fate-favored. 

Shotet nationals abducted Eijeh and his younger brother Akos Kereseth due to their destinies. However, soon Eijeh realizes that he has a gift to see the future, which makes him unique to the present monarch of Shotet, Ryzek Noavek. 

Akos was destined to die in the service of the Noavek family, and he was forced to work with Cyra, Ryzek's younger sister, but in reality, she is a pawn. Her powers to inflict pain on others made her a weapon for Ryzek's enemies. However, Akos realizes there is more to Cyra, and they fall for each other. 

Everyone has different plans, Ryzek wants to kill Thuve's chancellor, Akos and Eijeh want freedom, Cyra wants Akos' safety, the renegades want to kill Ryzek, and many more things are unfolding with time. All these things and ambitious plans lead to political upheaval. 

I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, but this one is slow-burning and lacks a strong bond and essential elements. The plot is also dragging, and it was hard to finish reading it. So I've mixed feelings about this book, I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. 

This is my first read by Veronica Roth, so I didn't have any expectations. Also, I'll read the second part and hope that it will be better than this one. If you like slow-paced average stories, then this is for you.

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