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Backlist Blast #2 – Carve the Mark!

How crazy is it that it’s Thursday already? I also can’t believe that March is almost over. It feels like a minute ago that we were ringing in the new year, and now three months of 2018 are done!

Today for you, I have my second Backlist Blast post. These posts have been so fun to make! It really gets you thinking about books that have been sitting on your TBR list for way to long. Or even those all-time favourites that you want everyone to read.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Backlist Blast is a weekly meme hosted by Flavia from Flavia the Bibliophileand Milana from A Couple Reads. The purpose of the meme is to showcase books that were published at least six months prior to the publishing of these blog posts. These books can either be past favourites, or just books on those huge TBR lists we have!

Without further rambling, let’s get into today’s Blacklist Blast book!

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Release: January 17th, 2017

This book has been on my list for way too long. I picked it up when it came out last year and started to read it. But I think I was just in one of those moods where I wasn’t interested in the story. It soon slipped away from my eagerness to read when I had other new releases and ARCs to get to! Now that The Fates Divide comes out in the next couple of weeks, it is time to read it!


In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

What did you guys think about this book? Are you excited for the Fates Divide? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

Happy Thursday!

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


  • Flavia says:

    Woaaa I totally wanted to read this one when it first came out, but then I sort of lost interest. I look forward to hearing what you think of it when you end up reading it though 😀 Also, thanks so much for participating in Backlist Blast! It’s great to have you 😀 <3

    • Yeah I’m curious to see if it was just the mood I was in when I first tried it or if it just wasn’t my kind of book. We’ll see what happens! Well thank you so much for creating this awesome meme!! ❤️❤️

      • Flavia says:

        Yeahhh there was some controversy surrounding it as well, haha, which didn’t help. I hope that you end up enjoying it 🙂 And awe you’re too sweet! ❤️❤️

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