A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

A Mark Unwilling (The Reckoning, #1)

2.5 stars


This book started off so promising. Parents exchanging their baby’s soul, to a demon, for cash? Is it worth it to be rich? I’m sure a lot of people would do that. How horrible. I was really interested but this book was kind of hot mess. We start with Lexa in college and her mark starting to burn and itch. Signs that the end is near, her master is coming for her.

Now, I liked Lexa because she’s really snarky and has some funny one-liners. At the same time, she’s supposed to be in her 20’s but acted like she was in her teens. Sometimes her sassy-ness started to become really forced. She then starts to act and think later. She rushes into these horrible situations without thinking.

All of the characters seem really one-dimensional. I wished we could have had way more depth because some of them seemed really promising. I also didn’t get much of the world building. I’m not going to lie, I was really confused a lot of the time. Things didn’t really make sense and the plot just had huge holes in it. There would be something going on and then we are somewhere else completely. It took me a minute to actually realize what the heck was going on!

This girl is in college all normal and then everything changes in a day. Yet, she knows about Warlocks and demons but doesn’t believe in anything else. She doesn’t believe that Angels exist and all these other supernatural beings. How far-fetched is it to believe in warlocks, vampires and demons but not the underworld, angels and so on. Anyways, these are just some of the things that I found confusing. The author also brings in Greek characters, like Hades and then Gabriel, from the Bible. There is no explanation how or why. This is where the world building was just lacking and confusing. Cool concept but a little more expansion there would be nice.

I usually don’t really comment on typos and errors with e-ARC’s but this one was bad. There were so many spacing issues and typos that it really slowed my reading down.

Overall, this was such an interesting idea and I really wanted to love it but it just didn’t do it for me. The execution was just lacking. I really don’t think I will be picking up the next book. Even though, this one left off in a cliffhanger.

Thank you, to NetGalley and the publisher (Independently Published) for providing me with an e-ARC of this book!

#NetGalley #AMarkUnwilling


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