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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review: The Ancillary's Mark

Title: The Ancillary's Mark
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Daniel Cohen
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Release Date: November 4, 2010
Book: Sent by publisher

"The legend of the Ancillary flower has existed for centuries. Foretold to bring out the limitless potential of its bearer, the flower and the legend have been forgotten by many. Recently, strange events in a shrouded Tibetan town have sparked rumors among those who still believe.       Jacob Deer is a quirky young man, bound for college, with an eccentric old librarian for a best friend, an obsession with sitting down in elevators, and a strange birthmark on his hand that's shaped mysteriously like the markings on the Ancillary's petals. When Jacob's mentor Mr. Maddock reveals to him his connection with the legendary Ancillary, it sets in motion a series of events that sends Jacob and friends across the world. Alongside an alluring young woman, a marine-reject, and a Tibetan kid obsessed with comic books, Jacob must face off against a vengeful maniac for the fate of the flower, the legend, and all mankind."

This book is a great and entertaining read. It reminded me of the movie The Librarian, where ancient stories come to life. I really enjoyed the whole researching and searching for the flower. What I mostly loved was watching Jacob become who he was meant to be and fulfill his destiny.

This book was one that I enjoyed because of the whole researching and following along. I just love to figure out clues and the mysteries of the story. Plus the story about the blue flower and the sun was really intriguing.
The adventure of traveling from place to place was one that took me on a great ride.

My only grip was the fact that things weren't fully explain well. I had some trouble putting pieces together. I had to re-read some parts and then come back to what I was reading. The MC Jacob was one adored heartily. He was sweet and kind and just blubbered on when he was nervous. He made me laugh frequently over his dorkiness. Sofia was a nice touch for him. Although she seemed a little mean in the beginning, she certainly did warm up to Jacob and his dorky ways.

The ending was good. I like how Jacob was able to figure out everything on his own. The epilogue was one that I like and to see his success was fulfilling.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I received this one for review as well and am looking forward to it. Glad to see you liked it, but I'll definitely keep what you said about things not quite being explained as thoroughly in mind when reading! Nice review Savy:)

  2. Wonderful review! I just received this in the mail to review as well. I'm looking forward to reading it even more now.

  3. It bothers me too when things aren't well explained and I have to go back. But seems like the rest of the book made up for that.

  4. I'm reading this soon, and I'm glad that you enjoyed it despite a few gripes! Great review :)


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