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Great New Urban Fantasy Series Every story has its hero and heroine He s gorgeous, witty, totally alpha and absolutely drool worthy She s beautiful, got all the right curves, and is smart and snarky, yet still vulnerable They re perfection I mean, as readers there s always some trait we can relate to Except for those of us that rated Queen of the Geeks versus Prom Queen, right That s where Charlie Kale comes in She s the average Jane Doe You know the one I m talking aboutthe one we all Great New Urban Fantasy Series Every story has its hero and heroine He s gorgeous, witty, totally alpha and absolutely drool worthy She s beautiful, got all the right curves, and is smart and snarky, yet still vulnerable They re perfection I mean, as readers there s always some trait we can relate to Except for those of us that rated Queen of the Geeks versus Prom Queen, right That s where Charlie Kale comes in She s the average Jane Doe You know the one I m talking aboutthe one we all relate to The gal that s willing to do whatever it takes to make a relationship work in Charlie s case that s pursuing her second choice career as a truck driver to pay her boyfriend s medical bills that s a caring, nurturing trait , or making excuses for his wandering gaze on date night looking is not touching , and blaming the extra weight she s gained on not having time to take care of herself because she s working so hard come on, everyone tries to lose a few extra pounds now and again.And that s all the up side.Until Charlie s boyfriend dumps her, a drunk driver totals her rig, and a stranger puts a gun to her head and tells her, Sorry, but you have to die Damn, even I gotta call that one the mother of all bad days Thankfully, fate has other plans for Charlie She learns she s part of a secret order called the Markers so secret even they didn t know she was one of them that protects the world from dangerous and deadly paranormal creatures that prey on humanity Of course, there s no silver lining here The Markers are powerful people with seemingly unlimited resources The group is ancient and somewhat fanatical It s also an all male club, and they seriously resent Charlie s appearance Her inexperience is gonna get some of them killed If she s part of a true prophecy you knew there d be one , she ll bring some serious change.Charlie just wants to survive Between the Master that volunteered to mentor her, the yummy defensive tactical trainer that s an unpredictable jerk, and every other male Marker that wants something from her none of it good , she doesn t know who to trust So she makes a choice and decides her own fate.I enjoyed the story line for Birthmarked Ms Violante created characters with depth and relatable personality traits The paranormal world is original, told from a new angle the big rigs were cool and engages the reader Information is given through action, and I never felt like I had to take notes to understand a history or driving lesson.Only a few things kept this book from being a five star There were some minor editing issues, but they didn t detract from the solid writing I would have liked a littleinformation about the reason for familiars and what their roles were It was an important part of the story and wasn t really explained A littleinformation on the Markers themselves and the older members that ran the order would have helped give a littledimension to the group.But seriously, I look forward to reading the next book in the Time Markers series and finding out if a few foreshadowed events no spoiler alerts here come to pass and if Charlie s a little less Queen of the Geeks andBadass G.I Jane Ecopy provided by author for honest review Unfamiliar with the genre of speculative fiction urban fantasy, I give Ms Violante four stars Charlie lives in the man s world of long haul trucking, she knows the ropes, learned the hard way, dysfunctional home, on her own at an early age Charlie appealed to me simply because she s so human, basically average, slightly overweight, but truck drivers often are Not a lot of opportunities to exercise seated behind the steering wheel for hours and hours on end They don t get a lot of good sleep Unfamiliar with the genre of speculative fiction urban fantasy, I give Ms Violante four stars Charlie lives in the man s world of long haul trucking, she knows the ropes, learned the hard way, dysfunctional home, on her own at an early age Charlie appealed to me simply because she s so human, basically average, slightly overweight, but truck drivers often are Not a lot of opportunities to exercise seated behind the steering wheel for hours and hours on end They don t get a lot of good sleep, they drive all times of the day and night under the most adverse of conditions.When Charlie stops to rescue a little dog, then rolls her rig to avoid a head on collision, her world begins to gothan a little sideways it s literally turned upside down Charlie, in her truck, hanging upside down, needs rescuing Instead two men with guns show up and she figures she s dead Then the men see the birthmark she has on her neck Instead of killing her, Charlie and her little dog are abducted Taken by gunpoint, to a compound housing an ancient order of modern day crusaders who s foe are, well it s hard to say what they are, they are shadows with tremendous capacity to destroy The character, Charlie keeps it real, grounded, while everything around Charlie is fantastic, unfathomable And dog gone it, Ms Violante left me hanging I still don t know if Charlie is really a Lighthouse or a Lilly What s a Lighthouse got to do with it, or a Lilly for that matter You gotta read the story Birth Marked Charlie Kale has led a difficult life She s had to make do with the little she has, and is finally starting to get back on her feet again Living a trucker s life, she s determined in making something of herself Her father taught her all she needs to know about driving a rig, and she ll do everything possible to uphold the memories of her past Still, she can t quite deny that she sometimes yearns for things in her life to be a little different than how they are now.An unexpected accident soon Charlie Kale has led a difficult life She s had to make do with the little she has, and is finally starting to get back on her feet again Living a trucker s life, she s determined in making something of herself Her father taught her all she needs to know about driving a rig, and she ll do everything possible to uphold the memories of her past Still, she can t quite deny that she sometimes yearns for things in her life to be a little different than how they are now.An unexpected accident soon turns Charlie s life upside down Thrust into a world she never knew existed, she soon realizes that there s a lot her father never told her about Most especially about the crescent shaped mark she bears on her shoulder Though she does her best to make sense of the new goings on around, there s no denying the fact that she s in way over her head She s begun to see things, things that shouldn t exist, as well as come into her own powers Powers, she realizes, she hadn t been aware of until now.Forced to join The Markers, an unlikely clan who seem determined in unlocking her potential, Charlie can t help but to wonder just what she s gotten herself into With nowhere else to go, she knows she ll need to integrate herself into her new life That, unfortunately, is easier said than done Secrets about her past follow her every wake, not to mention that there are those who seek to do away with her at every turn Despite what others want, she knows she ll need to do her best to survive what s coming her way Only then, will she able to unlock the secrets no one else wants her to know.This was honestly an intriguing story I like its premise, and think the series itself has potential Charlie seemed a little too trusting of these Marker people If I were in her shoes, I d be a little wary of them Most especially since she knows nothing about them in the beginning The storyline itself is original, and piques interest, though I do think that parts of the story were a little rushed Never the less, the book is a good read I rarely read urban fantasy, as it is not really my cup of tea, but Birthmarked has shaken my perception about the genre What a great book It made me laugh, it made me cry, it connected me with the heroine, it left me craving forand digging online in search for the next installment Alas, no news in sight Book 1 was just released, so I will have to be patient.Charlie Kale is a young woman with a dark past, a murky present, and a potentially lame future Abandoned by her father in her I rarely read urban fantasy, as it is not really my cup of tea, but Birthmarked has shaken my perception about the genre What a great book It made me laugh, it made me cry, it connected me with the heroine, it left me craving forand digging online in search for the next installment Alas, no news in sight Book 1 was just released, so I will have to be patient.Charlie Kale is a young woman with a dark past, a murky present, and a potentially lame future Abandoned by her father in her early childhood, she was left in the care of an increasingly depressed and alcoholic mother who passes away when Charlie is already grown up Nothing seems to go well in Charlie s life Her boyfriend cheats on her and eventually dumps her, even after she sacrifices herself and starts working as a truck driver in order to pay for his bills All alone and heartbroken, Charlie gets caught in the middle of a secret order that fights supernatural monsters that keep filtering into our world The way Charlie sees it at first, there is no way out, other than taking a trip six feet underground Very scary, considering the myriad of complications that ensue, particularly as a consequence of her being the only woman amid an all men order, and the order s culture and complicated beliefs Birthmarked has been written seamlessly, and it brims with fun, sexiness and smart dialogues Its storyline, although not cluttered with action, increasingly builds the tension and leaves the reader craving forA great tale that definitely left me with the conviction that the next installment will be just as good, if not better Well done ( DOWNLOAD KINDLE ) ⚓ Birth Marked ⚔ For the first time in her life, truck driver Charlie Kale might have finally found her little piece of happiness She s got it all her big rig, friends, a great mentor, and a man about to join her on the road Or so she thought One by one, the good things in Charlie s life all fall apart, until a catastrophic accident leaves her at the mercy of a sexy but mysterious gunman He claims to be a member of a secret order dedicated to fighting the supernatural monsters that filter over into our world She s given a choice join up or die, and while the gunman might be insane, Charlie s hell bent on not dying Too bad it looks like that might not be an option Birthmarked by Maria Violante is one enjoyable read The author s voice is active and engaging, which made if for a very smooth read What would you say if the creatures from your worst nightmares are real Thankfully, there is the secret society that call themselves Markers Saved by her birthmark, Charlie gets dragged into the nick of things at the gun point, like literally The author really knows the trucking business, and I mean big rigs, and she seems to know Ontario Or at least hwy 401 Birthmarked by Maria Violante is one enjoyable read The author s voice is active and engaging, which made if for a very smooth read What would you say if the creatures from your worst nightmares are real Thankfully, there is the secret society that call themselves Markers Saved by her birthmark, Charlie gets dragged into the nick of things at the gun point, like literally The author really knows the trucking business, and I mean big rigs, and she seems to know Ontario Or at least hwy 401 There s a bit of romance, if you can call it that More like Charlie s attraction to Shawn despite him being a total and an amazing prick Still, she knew she should hate him, yet she couldn t The ending however, I predicted two outcomes and both kind of meshed together She found her special ability, discovered who she really is and ran away, with two gorgeous guys in tow If you haven t read this book yet, then by all means pick up a copy You wont t be disappointed At some 158 pages, it makes it for quick and entertaining read This is a very cool read.Charlie is a sympathetic heroine and the things that happen to her make that you root for her and want her to succeed I like how she isn t a kick ass heroine She s an average woman who gets thrown into events she isn t prepared for I was pleasantly surprised by the secret order that Charlie gets roped into In most stories secret orders who fight evil are all about being good and heroics and stuff like that I liked that Violante shows that orders like that can have t This is a very cool read.Charlie is a sympathetic heroine and the things that happen to her make that you root for her and want her to succeed I like how she isn t a kick ass heroine She s an average woman who gets thrown into events she isn t prepared for I was pleasantly surprised by the secret order that Charlie gets roped into In most stories secret orders who fight evil are all about being good and heroics and stuff like that I liked that Violante shows that orders like that can have their negative and even dark sides From bland oatmeal for breakfast and tiring lessons in self defense, to conspiracies that might get Charlie killed the order is no picnic.The story is suspenseful and interesting I really liked Violante s take on superatural monsters It was original and a bit creepy at times The ending is quite cliffhangery and there s lots of hints as to what might come next I for one will keep an eye out for the sequel because I m very curious what the future will bring for Charlie Worth the time There were twists and turns I did not see coming Fun story lineThis author is able to bring the characters to life, while also making you care about what happens to them. The world that we all knew before, could wake up in feeling safe now it seems that everything has been turned upside down Tori AmosCharlie Kale s life has turned upside down, in so very many ways Her live in got sick, so she took care of him, working her ass off as a semi driver Then He walked out on her Don t let yourself be fooled yes, there is a lot of just sitting there, when you drive But there is a lot of stress, a lot of people cutting you off and acting stupid And when yo The world that we all knew before, could wake up in feeling safe now it seems that everything has been turned upside down Tori AmosCharlie Kale s life has turned upside down, in so very many ways Her live in got sick, so she took care of him, working her ass off as a semi driver Then He walked out on her Don t let yourself be fooled yes, there is a lot of just sitting there, when you drive But there is a lot of stress, a lot of people cutting you off and acting stupid And when you weigh 80,000 lbs or , getting started and stopped can mean death for the idiot in the convertible, the minivan, the SUV But Charlie and yes, that is what is on her birth certificate loves her new job and her coworkers Yes, she is torn up over the loser dumping her, but she knows she can pull it together and get on with her life and this time she can start spending her own money Well, for about five minutes Then She is hit from the side by what appears to be a drunk driver, hit hard enough to knock the tandems out from under her trailer The truck flips, which is bad enough Hey, at least it didn t blow up and burn with her and the tiny dog she found on the side of the road not a half hour before inside Her life is lying on its side, but they are both alive Annnd thenWhat was that hairy black thing that slammed into her windshield And then there is the guy with the blood on his shirt and the gun pointed at her head, seemingly determined to Shoot Her Dead Wow Attitude much That is bad enough, but what comes next is a nightmare of unbelievable proportions Everyone is apparently determined to murder Charlie, and her own body has apparently joined the party An ancient secret society, populated solely by men, are determined to make sure that Charlie is put down before she can grow into who they think she is destined to be Oh, and BTW Monsters are real.Charlie is one of the most special female heroes I have run across in a long time, simply because she isn t really a hero at all Chubby from too many hamburgers and too many hours behind the wheel, she is perfectly normal Yes, once turned on she has a superpower But it isn t one she can control She can t kick ass and take names she islikely to trip over her own feet, which she does quite often Stumblin bumblin trying to make it through the day, totally out of her element But she is willing to at least try though the whole idea of Everyone is out to slaughter and I have no one to trust and oh, BTW, that whole monsters are real thing Yeah Not so much fun I love Charlie, and the supernatural storyline is unique and kept me reading way too long into the night, till I could barely hold my eyes open And then Well, I grabbed the second in this two book series and kept reading, of course