Check out my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) Favorite Quote(s): “‘Now you’re just being cruel.’ ‘I like pushing your buttons.’ ‘You’d enjoy it more if you undid them first.’” Favorite Character: Noah Shaw. Please, tell me that this isn’t absolutely adorable: “‘If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.’” First Line: “You will love him to ruins.” My Musings: Like the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer has managed to sweep me off of my feet. Mara Dyer’s tale continues in the Evolution, with Mara waking up after her freak out at the police station in the Unbecoming. Mara, unfortunately, is again said to be insane, and winds up in an outpatient rehabilitation program called Horizons. But alas, everything is not lost: Jamie, her friend from Croyden is also at Horizons, and Mara isn’t in lock down. I really enjoy Hodkin’s writing. It’s descriptive, and it weaves a deliciously creepy and mysterious story as we follow Mara and Noah in figuring out who and what they are. The story kept me up all night—I managed to read this one in one sitting. It was probably a bad idea reading this at night, however. If you are […]
Average Rating: 3.9
Favorite Quote(s): “Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” Favorite Character: Noah. Love him to death. First Line: “The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in my head.” My Musings: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was everything that everyone said that it would be. It was the perfect mix of thrill, mystery, danger, and romance. In this novel, we follow the life of Mara Dyer, who lived to be the only survivor of an accident that killed her friends. After moving to Miami, Florida, Mara tries to create a new life for herself—but she can’t get over the nagging feeling that it was her fault. Mara makes new friends (err, friend), and even snags the eye of bad boy Noah Shaw. But things aren’t always as they appear. The Unbecoming was written beautifully. Its descriptive prose was able to put me into the world of Mara, which I must admit, was very creepy, yet exhilarating. The concept of the novel is intriguing in itself; when I read the behind the story on Hodkin’s Simon and Schuster profile, I was amazed. The characters were well developed as well, and the plot kept me attached to the book for 5 hours straight. Noah, Daniel, and Mara have managed to worm their way into my heart, and […]
Favorite Quote(s): “John rose to his feet and apologized to Holiday. Her mom seethed. Her dad tried to talk to her seething mom. Holiday tried to touch everyone. Burnett continued to glare green daggers at John, proving how hard it was for a vampire to accept an apology. Not that she blamed him. Kill him. Kill him. She cheered the vampire on. Lucas hadn’t stopped scowling at Derek and Derek hadn’t stopped ignoring Lucas.” Favorite Character: Kylie. She’s just a strong character. First Line: “Kylie Galen stood on the porch outside the Shadow Falls office, panic stabbing at her sanity.” My Musings: Whispers at Moonrise was another great installment in the Shadow Falls Series. In this novel, we follow Kylie in her search to find out what exactly she is, and what her father meant when he told her that she was a chameleon. Hunter’s writing in this novel was great, just as the previous books. Hunter’s writing was descriptive and personable, and it enabled the reader to relate directly with Kylie. I really enjoyed Kylie’s character. She’s strong willed and determined to find out what she is. She makes sacrifices for this information, and yet she plows on. She’s a headstrong and intelligent character, and the way she acts and matures over the novel is admirable. Another character that I like is Della. She’s protective and somewhat rude, but I […]
Favorite Character: It’s really hard to say, because the characters aren’t very well developed in this prequel. See my review of Kiss of Frost for more information. First Line: “‘Can I borrow your hairbrush?’” My Musings: This prequel really didn’t do it for me. The only thing that it did was tell me things that I had already pieced together over the course of the actual series. Some things that I read, I had sworn were the exact same that I read in the actual novels. Henceforth, I didn’t gain much from it. The, typical to Estep, was great, but there really wasn’t much of a plot. It was more of an extra explanation. Overall, it is not a necessary read in order to understand the series in more depth, and if you’ve already read the series, you don’t need to worry about reading this prequel.
BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, BOOK 1 Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore. After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate. Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past. Read an excerpt Amazon | Barnes & Noble LUCID: BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, BOOK 2 Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate. During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan. While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and […]