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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
The Marked, by Inara Scott ****+ I couldn't wait for this to come out -- I've been waiting for it since I read the first one (Delcroix Academy: The Candidates). And yes, I did love this! There were some rough spots, however. 1) The pacing wasn't as smooth as I remember it being in the first book, and some of the relationships seemed to move in skips and jumps. 2) Dancia was an idiot about one thing through much of the book -- and although it was a minor detail (in some ways), I couldn't see why she wouldn't just talk to Cam about it. 3) I'm not sure about Jack's journey...so much of his life is now off-stage, and yet, he remains a central figure in Dancia's life. (I feel like we need to be seeing more of what's really going on wit him.) Anyway, I truly enjoyed reading this, but those few things did niggle at me throughout. I'd definitely recommend it, however, especially if you loved the first as much as I did. I'm hoping there will be another (and who knows? Maybe we'll learn more about Jack there...). The story: Dancia is now a part of the Program, but despite her outward show, she's still unsure of everyone's motives. The training techniques are tough too, and Dancia doesn't understand why they're pushing her so hard. Her relationship with Cam is great, but they're both holding onto secrets...and Jack keeps calling her and questioning everything. Dancia doesn't know who to believe, but when the Irin come after Cam, she has to make a stand, one way or another. (YA paranormal, released 4/12, publisher: Hyperion)