Sunday, February 14, 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey

by Laura Williams McCaffrey
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars


Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 2 months


I was extremely interested in this book because of the society portrayed. 

My favorite character is Gill because he had a really hard life, but still found a way to be positive. He was humorous and found a way to make Lyla open up. In the end, Lyla basically chose him over her family which was a really hard thing for her to do. 

My favorite part is the ending comic about Lyla and Gill because the art itself is amazing. I also like how sweetly their relationship is portrayed. Another favorite part for me is when Lyla gets caught in the shadow market, she doesn't make excuses. She has integrity and her actions say a lot about her character. 

This is a really wonderful fictional read. I recommend this book for anyone who likes tales of friendship, loyalty and infiltration. 

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I read, I write, I teach. I've published short stories in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Clarion Books will release Marked, my YA dystopian fantasy, in February 2016. My other fantasy novels are WATER SHAPER and ALIA WAKING (both published by Clarion Books). For more information, it's best to visit my website:

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