The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Book Description: 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: Dylan has been uprooted, moving from place to place, all of his life. His mother has a need to find men who love her and dump her. She can't stay after the dumping and needs to move on, dragging Dylan with her.
She finally brings him to the family ranch she ran away from as a teen. He finally meets his maternal grandparents and finds there is a mystery to the identity of his father, a secret his mother will not reveal.
It is at his grandparents that his dreams meet his reality. The girl he has always dreamed of is a part of a parallel realm, accessible from the ranch. All is not well, a tyrant seeks to gain control of the kingdom and Dylan is at risk.
I enjoyed reading this book. Shea Berkley has done a wonderful job at creating an interesting story. Dylan and Kera are the focal voices of the story. Part is told from Dylan's POV and part from Kera's. Between the two of them, the story unfolds and is explained well.
There is some light swearing, violence, and a few kissing scenes.