ARC Review: Marked by Sarah Fine

MarkedSeries: Servants of Fate #1
Genres: Futuristic, Paranormal Romance, Adult
Release Date: January 1st, 2015
Publisher 47North
Source:  eARC from Netgalley
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In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?

review

This is the first adult book by Sarah Fine. I repeat. IT’S THE FIRST ADULT BOOK BY SARAH FINE. When I first heard about it, all I could think of was how much I wanted to read it and about how awesome I thought it would be and I wasn’t let down. But then again, it IS Sarah Fine. When has she ever really let me down?

What first drew me to the book, aside from it being written by Sarah Fine, was the concept. The blurb doesn’t give you much of a look into the world this book is set in but it’s definitely original. It’s not that no one has ever written a book about death or afterlife, hell, Sarah Fine’s YA series deals with those things too, but this book, or I should say this series, has a take on it that I personally haven’t read about. The basis of this world is in myth but at the same time, this book is also set in the future.

They live in a world where the rich people are the only lucky ones. Everyone else doesn’t even have full time running water. Chocolate is so rare that even it’s substitute, Mockolate, is way too expensive (this is your cue to gasp chocolate lovers). The waters are disease ridden and people don’t have much prevention against diseases. Eli’s sister, Galena, is looking to change that. She wants to invent a way for vaccines to mutate along with the diseases they are supposes to prevent. It would decrease the death rates by a third, but it would also become a huge drawback in the business of death, the business the Kers and the Ferrys deal in.

This book however, doesn’t dwell too much into that, we are instead introduced into the world, like we would be at the beginning of any series. Fine helps us settle into this world she has created so that when we get around to reading the following books, we can be submerged into the world with more ease.

This book, is more about the characters, Eli and Cacy. They are both formidable characters to say the least. On their own, they are strong, a little bullheaded but ready to do what they can for the ones’ they love but together, they are a team, they are in sync and are always there for each other to fall back on. Isn’t that beautiful?

Like a lot of Fine’s romances, this one definitely has the insta-vibes to it but Fine always crafts her romances wonderfully and we get to see how these two work together as as a team. We see how they make each other better people. They may be a little afraid to lean on one another but that’s part of the process. They have feelings for one another but they need to learn to trust one another. It is a wonderful journey. The deep stuff said, this book is HAWT. With capitals. If you’ve read her YA books and remember how well she writes sexual tension, I am sure you’ll have a vague idea as to just how hawt this book will get.

The main characters aside, we also  have an entourage of wonderful secondary ones, my personal favorite being Moros ;) (please keep your hands off).  They are developed but our main characters remain in the spotlight. I like that none of the characters are just there though. They all serve a purpose and all play an intricate part in what is going to happen in the future books aside from the fact that they will star in them.

This book also has a tendency to keep you on your toes. There is plenty of action and Sarah knows just how to punch you in the feels (if you don’t believe me ask Nick… she had to deal with some of the aftermath.. no one heard the weird noises I was making though). None of what she does every feels unnecessary though. Things happen, but it all serves a larger plot line. Nothing can ever be perfect can it? You cannot gain one thing without losing the other and such is life.

I have to say though, I was a little surprised by the twist. I am not sure if it was the fact that I purposefully chose to blind myself to the possibility but I was taken off guard by the identity of the traitor. I didn’t even have a specific person in mind but I was surprised that it turned out to be that person.

On the whole, this is a book I’d recommend to everyone who likes a good romance but also likes it when there is something interesting happening that isn’t in the background.

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Overall: 3.9
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Rashika

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  1. says

    I need to check my Kindle preorders, because I think I did preorder this one at Octavia’s urging and I’m more than pleased to see that you also highly recommend it, Rashika! And it sounds like an interesting version of a alternate future!
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    • Rashika says

      *crosses fingers* I seriously hope you do have it on pre-order! It was pretty cheap on amazon a while ago! :D It definitely is an interesting alternative future ;)

    • Rashika says

      *high fives* Sarah Fine FTW! :D I knoww. It’s a hit/miss for me too so I was glad this one didn’t let me down, especially considering it was a Sarah Fine book.

    • Rashika says

      I am so glad to hear you loved it too, Ali!!! :DD Let’s hope the next instalments in the series are just as fun! :D

  2. says

    I still haven’t read anything by Sarah Fine yet… *hides* But I’ve been meaning to! I know lots of people enjoyed Sanctum by her, so it’s fairly high on my to-read list, if that counts. xD So happy that her latest lived up to your expectations, too. I’m not too big on the cover, but who cares about the cover when the inside is so much better, right? Haha. (Well, mostly. :P) Whoa, the way you describe how original the world is makes me want to read Marked right NOW. It’s been a while since I’ve come across a truly original book — I definitely need this in my life!

    MOCKOLATE. I love how this book includes chocolate. Yes, this wins my approval.

    Heh, the insta-ness of the romance… I’m glad that even with those undertones Fine still managed to make the romance believable and supportive! That’s always the most important, imo. I guess I’m okay with insta-attraction or insta-love (to a point) if I end up shipping the couple. ^_^”

    Great review as always, Rashika! <3
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    • Rashika says

      That still counts ;) Sanctum is still my favorite by her (or is it… I haven’t thought about what my favorite Sarah Fine Novel is… snap). I have to agree with you about the cover. I know some people liked it but I don’t know. love the colors but the faaacce. I have a thing about faces on covers :P I wouldn’t say it’s truly original since nothing can be truly original any more but, I’d definitely say the book is one of a kind :D

      BUT IT ISN’T REAL CHOCOLATE MEGAN. IT ISN’T REAL. It’s all a lie!

      Me too, I don’t mind insta-love if it’s done well after the initial insta-ness but you know, that isn’t usually the case :P

      Thanks Megan <3

  3. says

    To be completely honest, I have never even heard of Sarah Fine before *le gasp* BUT now you got me really interested in this one, Rashika! I’ve been wanting to read more books from other genres, including adult books which aren’t erotica LOL. I think I can excuse insta-loves as long as the relationship keeps developing and sounds like that is the case with this book? And hot swoony romance? Okay, I’m even more excited now! I usually prefer more actions but there’s no denying that I like some swoony books and couples I can ship to death once in a while.

    Fabulous review, Rashika! ^^
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    • Rashika says

      It is! :D Their relationship definitely develops in spirt of the insta-love! :D AND THE ROMANCE IS HOT. :’) AND swoony! :D I hope you’ll give this one a shot, Kezia! :D

      Thanks! :)

  4. says

    The only book I’ve read by Sarah Fine was Of Metal and Wishes so i’m definitely interested in reading some more of her books. When I read adult books I usually only read contemporary ones so getting our of that constricted zone and reading something in adult fiction that’s within a different genre is appealing. Glad you liked this one so much Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      I KNOW. No chocolate *cries*

      And Yes. Sexual tension is the best ;) It always makes things more interesting :D

  5. says

    I came across this title when it came up for review on NetGalley, and was tempted, but my in-laws were screaming “ENTERTAIN US!!” at the time, so I got distracted, and didn’t end up requesting it. Original and PNR don’t usually go together—way to go Sarah Fine! I’m a little traumatized about the whole chocolate thing though; I’m going to have to eat some ASAP just to reassure myself.
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    • Rashika says

      In-laws I tell ya (I actually don’t because I have no idea what in-laws are like :P). I agree! :D I mean it’s not like it’s something that’s completely new but really, the way the author takes an idea and writes about it is what makes it original :D

      GIVE ME SOME TOO. Chocolate FTW!

  6. says

    I’m finding myself in this terrible reading block and I think I might need to switch genres for a while, maybe that will do the trick. This sounds great and it’s something new. I liked the description, the cover (:D) and you make it sound like something I’d like to read too.

    I’ll add it to the next order, hopefully I will enjoy it just as much!

    PS: Happy new year!
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  7. says

    I need to get going on this one ASAP! This sentence especially has me hooked, “On their own, they are strong, a little bullheaded but ready to do what they can for the ones’ they love but together, they are a team, they are in sync and are always there for each other to fall back on.” That’s exactly want I want to see in a romance. I can’t wait to tackle Sarah Fine in the adult world. HAH.
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  8. says

    This sounds like a really cool book! When I saw the author I knew I recognized the name Sarah Fine but I was pretty sure I haven’t read a book by her. Seeing as it is her first adult book I would love try. It definitely sounds like a unique world and everything as well. Mythology set in the future? Gimme!
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