I so loved this book. Period. Yes, Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman was one of those books you wouldn't put down even if your house was on fire: you would take it with you and run! :P Anyway, what I'm saying here is that I loved this book, but I said that already, so let's just review it.
I liked the writing and the language: it was all very realistic, like if I was actually there too, even while having a story set in some magical world surrounded by mythological creatures. The way the story is told is engaging, captivating, full of mystery and (let me breath, please) so intense that I almost cried when I was done with the book!
Characters like Rho are rare: the badass female lead character is used very often, but the way Rho is described, how she acts, what she is, is something I rarely see in books with strong female leads. When creating a character like our Rhowen Vasile, I think one could easily end up with just a bunch of vampire strenght, some coarse language, and stuff like that combined with a physically pretty yet empty minded body. The mix would give us just an empty and boring character, but what I found in this book was the exact opposite: Rho is badass, tough, strong, stubborn; but she also has a story behind what she is, or the way she acts. Chauntelle Baughman was able to create an intriguing character, a little fragile girl turned into a lethal creature by life events, still able to feel emotions and even fall in love. In one word: brilliant!
While I really loved Rho, what really made me love this story the way I do is how well Baughman mixed fabled creatures together. I'm used to see vampires always against werewolves and stuff like that, but here we've got something really different. The author was able to perfectly mix each member of the team. Make you mad at each of them when they were arguing with another one and then make you want to punch in the face that one you felt sorry for when he's the one fighting with the others. I think that it was perfect, how Baughman was able to make me feel each character so close and so real.
The only thing that felt a bit strange was that, while the story is told by a third person (the author), it seems like the characters were talking. I think that the way the story was told was just brilliant, but the way the author commented and put her characters' thoughts in the narration while she was the one telling the story felt a bit weird. Judging by the way Baughman told the story, I believe it would have been better if she used her characters to narrate the it, instead of doing it herself like if she was one of her characters. This is just a minor detail I would have changed, nothing too bad to make me change my mind when I say that I loved this book, but just something that would have made it 110% perfect in my opinion.
Things I liked: Rho and Eldon's relationship since the very beginning, Rho herself, how the language is used in the story, and those little jokes the author put here and there. How well Chauntelle Baughman created the whole setting, rich of details and feeling almost real. I loved the team, no member excluded, and I liked how much their relationship changed during the story. One other thing I really loved was Rho's interest in tattoos and what they meant to her. I felt so close to her way to think about tattoos, and I loved this detail the author put in her story!
Things I didn't like: As I said before, I would have preferred that the story was narrated by characters and not in third person. Not because I don't like stories told in third person, but just because for me it was like the author was a bit too much involved into her characters' thoughts. So, yeah, maybe viewing the story through characters' eyes would have been better.
I would recommend this book: Yes, I'm recommending Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman. I loved the story, the characters, the writing and I believe this would be a great read even for those that aren't big fans of paranormal and fantasy!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)