Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.
Guys. GUYS. I LOVED these books. You don’t understand how much I love these books. These books will forever be in my heart from here on out. Just UGH! *dies of fangirl feels.
Oh, and just a little confession, yes this series is a trilogy, I’ve only read the first two…so far. But, as soon as I get my hands on the last one, (The Retribution of Mara Dyer) I will first of all loose my mind, but then I will read it so quickly, records will be set and heads will be spinning. But before I get into this crazy-as-all-crap review, here’s a summary of the first book not the second, because that would be spoilers for everyone who has not read book one.
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
I like to think of this book as kind of a anti-ghost story. Through-out this entire book series you are stuck wondering if Mara Dyer really is just straight loosing her mind, (no thanks to the PTSD) or if she is just simply being haunted.
This story is narrated by the emotionally unreliable, yet extremely reliable Mara Dyer. It’s first person so sadly we could not see inside the head of the mysterious Noah Shaw. And it’s set in what is presumably the 21st century, also in Providence, Rhode Island/Miami.
The Genre of this book is extremely if-y. Because, like I said, you don’t know if she’s just crazy or if there is Grade A paranormal activity going on up in that book. But, I chose to believe what Mara believes (paranormal) but I also chose to realize that she probably was dreaming all of this up. But, yeah, this book was not at all like it’s brothers and sisters in these genres.
And, I probably should have mentioned this earlier but this book was written by Michelle Hodkin. And, she has not written any other surely amazing books as of January 18, 2016. But, when/if she does release new books, watch out!
Did you like it? Why?
Yes, and for a number of reasons. 1. For the reason I’ve mentioned several times before. You never know if she’s crazy or being the victim of paranormal activity! But, you still try to guess, and everytime you’ve put a theory together with evidence (complete with a wall covered in maps and photos and connected together with string and duct tape) only to have the book type ONE sentence at the end of a chapter that has you ripping all your evidence off the wall.
2. the writing was absolutely breath taking, this would be impressive even from a YA veteran author. But, a newbie? Forget about it. This is outstanding and amazing and incredible in every way possible. And even though there’s a whole lot of more reasons, I need to get to bed soon so just one more, Noah Shaw. I’m done.
Would you read more by this author? Why or why not?
I’ve already answered this.
Would you encourage others to read this book? Why or why not?
Isn’t that what I’m doing by writing this blog post?
And lastly, what did you rate this book out of 5 stars?
I gave both of these amazing books 5 out of 5 stars. (But if it was possible I totally would have given them like 100 out of 5 stars) 🙂
Alright guys that’s all for tonight. Peace!