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Sunday Series Review: The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

Today Kim is reviewing The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. She enjoyed this series!

Books in the Series:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Published: September 11, 2011
456 Pages

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Published:
October 23, 2012
545 Pages

Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Published: November 4, 2014
470 Pages

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Review:

I have been wanting to read this trilogy for years, and finally, I got the whole series for Christmas! I couldn’t wait any longer, so I read Mara Dyer as soon as 2019 hit. I mostly enjoyed this trilogy. It wasn’t so much creepy as it was intense. I found myself sympathizing with Mara, she had to go thru some pretty horrible stuff, and overall, I was impressed with how she handled everything. There were a couple of typical idiot teenager things, but those didn’t bother me. I am constantly astounded by how dumb teens think adults are . . . HA! A majority of the time, if teens would just go to their parents, the problems would be solved!

To be fair, not all of Mara’s problems were that simple, so I let her off the hook! I really loved Noah, but even he fell into that “oh I love you and I’ll always love you” thing that teens are famous for. He was a strong character and he showed a lot of maturity and helped Dara out quite a bit. The story absolutely wouldn’t have been the same without him. Jamie was easily my favorite character of the whole series! He cracked me up and without him, the story wouldn’t have worked! He brought a realistic and even skeptical perspective that made everything more believable.

Unfortunately, I cannot give 5 stars to the series. The first two books got 5 stars each, but Retribution only got three. The ending was so anticlimactic! There were loose strings that were never addressed and almost no closure. I was really disappointed! The journey was far better than the destination. And this series had everything going for it! The pacing was perfect! The story just flowed from one book to another. But the ending ruined it . . . so sad! I would definitely save this series for older teens; some mature elements. But would recommend this series to anyone looking for an intense, psychological read, just skip the ending! 😀

Purchase Links:
The Mara Dyer Trilogy
Amazon US
Amazon UK

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: August 28, 2018
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology, so when I was looking for a new book, City of Ghosts sounded perfect! But of course, this is me, so naturally, it’s actually not a stand alone, but the beginning of a new series. And do you think the next book is coming soon? Nope! So more waiting . . . Great!

I actually really enjoyed City of Ghosts. The story itself is a little lacking, but not much, and I consider it to be an introduction. I felt like I didn’t get enough information about Cassidy and Jacob. I have an inkling about why Jacob is a ghost and why he is able to “haunt” Cassidy, but it won’t be confirmed until other books come out. Edinburgh was the perfect setting! I know officially want to visit! Thankfully, Ivan also appreciates the macabre so I think it’ll be pretty easy to convince him to go there.

The Raven was absolutely terrifying! She’s the perfect ghostly villain and I can only hope that Schwab gives us more like her in the rest of the series! Overall, this book was really good and I look forward to the rest of the series. Other than creepy content, this book is clean enough for younger teens.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: September 18, 2018
436 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

Kim’s Review:

I love the All Souls Trilogy so much and when I found out that Harkness was writing another book, I geeked out in my brain. I fell in love with all these characters and to be able to spend more time with them was a dream come true. My only issue was the fact that half the book was written from Diana’s perspective, like the other books in the series. I guess it’s not really an issue, I was just surprised and I got over it very quickly. Harkness kept the tone and writing style consistent with the rest of the series and it really felt like I had just gone on a vacation and I came home and everything was exactly how I left it.

Everything great about the All Souls Trilogy can be found in Time’s Convert. Harkness has a grasp on history and combines it so well with storytelling that you actually believe all of this really happened. And getting a look into turning someone into a vampire and the culture within the vampire family was fascinating! It was so nice to learn Marcus’s story and I love him even more for it. And I’m not sure where to find Ysabeau . . . but I need her in my life cuz she’s classy and a badass! I think this is such a great addition to such an amazing saga and I absolutely recommend it to everyone!

Here is the link to my video review of the All Souls Trilogy:

Sunday Series VIDEO Review: The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

 

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