book reviews · young adult

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

30117284Title: Carve the Mark (book #01)
Author: Veronica Roth
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardbound
Publication:  January 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 468 pages
Category: young adult, fantasy,sci-fi, siblings


Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts)


On the cover:  The dust jacket is shiny..shimmery and splendid.. It has also a matte feel which makes me think that it won’t slip when placed on a slippery surface. The hardback cover has the map of the universe embedded on it. I love the cover so much that I can’t put my feelings into words.. >_<

On the story plot:  The story is about gifted people who are more special than other people because of their fates. These fates determine how they would affect the universe and how their lives would play out. Cyra and her brother, so with Akos and his siblings are part of this group which makes their lives intertwine with each other. I love how Cyra and Akos interacted with each other. Their romance was a slow burn that I was not sure if their was any. Anyhow, I love how the author wrote their love story in a subtle manner. The romance did not become the focus of the story but more of the need of both character to escape.

On the characters:  Cyra is a strong character but her gift makes her weak. She is able to inflict pain on other people and herself. However, she does not like her ability because she thinks that she could only destroy. On the other hand, Akos has a gift of manipulating the current which all gifts are from. Thus, he is the only person who could control Cyra’s gift. Also, he know how to prepare potions from hush flowers. He uses this as a bargaining chip with the princess. Cyra will teach him how to fight while he would teach her how to make potions. They both get to know and understand each other despite their conflicting heritage and culture.

All in all:  This book was lit. I love that everyone has a gift and it is connected to your personality, feelings etc. It makes me think that every one is special because of that gift. The story also portrays that different cultures can misunderstand each other. I also appreciate the different worlds which were imagined by the author. Somehow, the different flowers in the book got me engrossed with the story too. For the characters, I love how Akos never gave up on saving his brother, even if it seems impossible. On the other hand, Cyra’s sacrifice was also commendable because she went against tradition and family.

I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because the story has a long way to go. It was good and I hope the second book would be good if not better than this first book. A lot of questions have popped up because of the revelations on the last part. Where is the father of Cyra? Is he really alive? Will there be a galactic war? Will love be enough for Cyra and Akos? I recommend this book for people who love books set in one of a kind galaxy.


“Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

“This body had carried me through a hard life. It looked exactly the way it was supposed to.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

“I didn’t choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we’ve become what we were made to become.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

“You want to see people as extremes. Bad or good, trustworthy or not,” I said. “I understand. It’s easier that way. But that isn’t how people work.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

Though I had already read all those books, I wanted to open them again just to search out the parts he most treasured; I wanted to read them as if immersed in his mind.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark

“Honor has no place in survival.”
― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark


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