New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford (signed first editions available at the store) (Hardback)

Lowball:   A Wild Card Mosaic Novel by George R R Martin and Melinda Snodgrass (Hardback)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Book 3 in the Mara Dyer Trilogy) (Hardback)

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in the Finishing School series) (Hardback)

Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers (Book 3 in His Fair Assassin Trilogy) (Hardback)

The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Book 9 in the Diary of Wimpy Kid) (Hardback)

Texts From Jane Eyre:  And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg (Hardback)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was just as gripping and mesmerizing as the first book in the trilogy.  Mara now knows that Jude is alive and seems to be after her.  This has caused her serious anxiety issues. To make things even harder, Mara is trying to convince her family that she is not crazy and should be allowed to live at home.  The only good thing that has come from this whole ordeal is Noah coming back into her life.  He seems to be the only thing that is keeping her grounded.  As she continues to come to terms with her “gift” and hang on to what is real, Mara discovers that there could be much more to her and Noah’s talents.

I loved this book!  The characters are fantastic and they just keep getting better.  I loved how this book feels incredibly contemporary and then a few pages later it is filled with supernatural elements.  All and all creating a very realistic feeling story.  Hodkin has done such an amazing job of keeping her readers guessing.  Just when you think you have everything figured out, she throws in one more twist.  Of course this also means we are left with a cliffhanger ending that leaves us anxiously awaiting the final volume.  I am completely intrigued with the possible family back-story that was hinted at in this book as well as learning what Mara and Noah’s gifts mean.  This has been one of my all time favorite young adult series.  It has everything you desire in a book; a love story that is well written and witty, suspense and mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat,  and of course  fun paranormal elements.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (the latest installment in the Hush, Hush saga)

Beautiful Redemption  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (the latest installment in the Beautiful Creatures series)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (the latest installment in the Mara Dyer trilogy)

“Who Could It Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket (the first book in a new series)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is an extraordinary read, albeit a hard book to categorize.  At first glance it appears to be a contemporary fiction novel for young adults, but as you read the story you discover it has so much more to offer.  Sections of the book read like a thriller novel and has your gripping the book in anticipation, the next moment you’re swooning and in love much like Mara, and then the paranormal twist just throws all your previous conceptions out the window.   And because Hopkins keeps you guessing about the true reasons behind all of the deaths and Mara’s madness, you find that you stumble across an amazing new series.

Mara, after waking up from a coma, finds out that three of her friends were killed in a terrible accident that she herself was in.  She was the only one to survive the collapsing of a run-down local asylum building, leaving her alive but emotionally damaged with no recollection of the accident.  Her family quickly decides the best way for Mara to cope with her post traumatic stress disorder is to move to Miami.  However, Mara knows that the only true way to cope with her grief and new life is to find out what really happened at the asylum.  Luckily, she meets a mysterious boy who helps keep her sane, so to speak, and find out the truth about herself.

As I have said before, this was a fabulous read.  The characters are really well developed for book one in a series.  I found Mara to be incredible realistic and easy to relate too.  Her interactions with other characters never seemed forced and the dialogue is playful and sophisticated .  Mara and Noah have a great love story that was mature for teens, but magical enough to still be first love.  Hodkin did a great job making the reader feel all of Mara’s emotion; this is a fantastic debut novel.  If you are looking for a book with a great love story, a few thrills, and a little off the beaten path, this would be a great choice.

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