Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Meet Dylan Kennedy Tour Stop - The Marked Son by Shea Berkley from Entangled Teen

Welcome to my stop on Meet Dylan Kennedy Blog Tour.  Dylan Kennedy is the main character in Shea Berkley's THE MARKED SON.  This is the first book in The Keeper of Life Series.  In conjunction with this blog tour, you can enter the giveaway to win a copy of THE MARKED SON.  The details are below.   

The Marked Son
by Shea Berkley
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1937044017 (ISBN13: 9781937044015)
Released:  October 11, 2011
Re-released: July 2012

About THE MARKED SON: Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.

When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before...in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...

My Thoughts:  Seventeen year old Dylan Kennedy has always felt like there was something different about him, though he couldn't quite put his finger on it.  He's always been kind of a loner and has never had many friends.  Dylan's mom has never been there for him, having gotten pregnant at 16 years old, and has moved from man to man and place to place ever since.  She has never shown Dylan love or nurtured him at all, and he has grown up coming to expect that, always feeling abandoned, rejected, unloved, and many times having to be the adult instead of his mom.  The only thing that has had meaning, is the dreams that he has had forever, dreams about a girl, dreams that have a pull on him and seem more real sometimes that reality itself does.  

When his mother finally returns home to Oregon and then takes off again, leaving Dylan there with his grandparents, whom he has never met and up until now didn't even know he existed, things become clearer and more confusing all at the same time.  Not only does Dylan think he sees the girl he has dreamed about all these years in the woods, really strange things begin to happen to him, and strange things also begin to happen on the farm and surrounding farms.  The pull to this girl is so strong he cannot stay away from her.  With the help of his two new friends Jason and Leo, Dylan is determined to find this girl and find out the truth about what is going on.  What he finds is more than he bargained for, and he finally begins to understand why he has never felt like he belongs.....another whole world is opened up to him, one filled with magic, danger, an evil lord, mystical creatures, and Kera, the girl he loves.  The only problem is that in this world, and now in this world, Dylan finds himself marked for death because of who and what he is.  Not only has Dylan become a target, but his grandparents and others he has come to care about do to.  As the wall between the two realms tears open and the danger becomes more intense, Dylan must decide upon a course of action.  Can he defeat the evil that threatens him, the girl he loves, and so many others like him, and if he accepts the challenge, what will be the cost and who will survive the battle?   

I really enjoyed The Marked Son.  I love fantasy, especially when romance is involved.  I really loved Dylan.  He is super hot, has the bad boy vibe going on, he's quiet, but under the surface lies a whole lot of passion and anger, and when that gets stirred up, especially with the abilities he finds that he has, things get really intense.  There is nothing that he won't do for Kera, the girl he loves, and he is pretty badass when he does what he does.  I liked Kera also.  She is from Teag, the other realm, a realm that kind of steps back in time to another era.  Kera is very outspoken and headstrong, something unusual for women in her time.  When she sees Dylan, she can't believe she has found the boy from her dreams.  She is determined to save him and her persecuted friends, even if it means she has to make a huge personal sacrifice in the process.  Then there is Lord Navar, the evil dude you love to hate.  Jason and Leo, Dylan's friends, are also fun, as are the characters from Teag.  Dylan's grandparents are really great to.  The story is fast-paced, filled with fantasy, adventure, and of course, romance.  Shea Berkley has done a wonderful job creating a magical fantasy world with mystical beings, danger, and plenty of excitement.  If you love fantasy and paranormal romance, with the added plus of the story being told from mainly a male point of view, then you should definitely check out The Marked Son.  

You can read an excerpt from THE MARKED SON at Entangled Publishing here.  

You can enter to win a copy of the THE MARKED SON on Shea's Keeper of Life Series Facebook page.  

About Shea Berkley: Shea is an author of YA fantasy novels, which means she’s the luckiest person alive because she gets to spend her day playing with her characters. Some are totally cool, others aren't so nice, but they all bring something to the party. Find out more about Shea here.  


What other's are saying about The Marked Son:
“It’s like I took off on the most fantastic paranormal fantasy adventure ride, and still haven't touched ground.” ~Debbie at I heart YA Books

“I pretty much liked everything about this book.” ~Savannah, Books With Bite

“I found The Marked Son to be such a thrilling read! I was captivated from the very beginning.” ~Alexa, Goodreads reader

“Dylan, who doesn’t think things through before acting from his heart, is a very realistic teenager who you can’t help but want to hug.” ~Smash Attack Reads

I would recommend it to anyone who loves YA, magic, action and one hell of a ride!” ~Carla, Book Monster Reviews

The Marked Son is a finely tuned machine. A special blend of action, romance, and fantasy coming together to create an experience that will make you not want to put the book down until that last page is turned.” ~Kate’s Reviews

Boys and girls alike will love this book: not only because of the alternating perspectives, but also for the adventure and amazing storytelling.” ~Kris, Imaginary Reads

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but I quickly fell into this novel and enjoyed the time spent reading it.” ~Book Twirps

“What a riveting tale! Do yourself a favor and buy this book! You will not be disappointed!” ~Julie, Reading By the Beach

The story is fresh and unique and I didn't want to put it down. Although this isn't really a fey book, I enjoyed this book like the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.” ~Jody, Goodreads reviewer

I highly recommend [The Marked Son] and will be reading more by this author.” ~Alexa, Book Faery Reviews

The plot was incredible. If you like paranormal romance, this is great one to read.” ~Valerie, Stuck in Books

“I was drawn into this book from the very first chapter. It was a different type of book than any that I have read recently. Magic, romance, action. I loved it.” ~Darcus, Starcrossed Reviews

I would recommend this fans of YA paranormal/fantasy books. It’s definitely right up our alley and it’s a very enjoyable read. Plus, it’s got drama, action, adventure, fantasy, comedy – what more could one ask for?” ~Jessica, Step Into Fiction


  1. I really like the cover on this one!

    I think I may own this one, I will have to check! So many great books out there to read!!

  2. Oh this does sound good! I like the alternate reality or universe or whatever type of thing a lot. I will have remember to try to read this one in the future.

    1. It is fantasy with a really hot male MC.

  3. Well, hellooooo, Dylan! This sounds great and I really loved reading your thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    1. If you enjoy fantasy and the paranormal, then you would probably like this one.

  4. The name Dylan Kennedy sounds so familiar to me... I'm wondering if I've read another character w/that name. The Marked Son sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It does have a familiar sound to it doesn't it :)


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