Welcome! I'm glad you found us. A Touch of Book Madness is a nutty book blog where anything can happen, but mostly book reviews and bookish related discussions. We are all Mad about books here, and we know you must be too, otherwise you wouldn't have come here. So please, make yourself comfy and share a cup of tea with us.
This book got me hooked from page one! Let’s just say it has a killer opening act. I didn’t want to stop reading, and I hated anything and anyone who interrupted me.
The premise of this book is so cool, teenagers with unusual powers coming together to fight whatever evil is chasing them. I know, it sounds like a teenage version of heroes! But I liked that it isn’t. They were just regular kids, with issues. Big ones! And they acted out on them, especially Mara. So the plot is enticing and true. Even if it features extraordinary or unusual kids, it doesn’t idealize them; it portrays them in all their teenage might.
But what I enjoyed the most was the mystery that surrounded it all, and deep underlying issues behind Mara’s story. My complaint is that I want more!! There were some issues unresolved, so I’m really hoping to get my answers in book 2.
As I already implied, the characters were very truthful, in spite of their peculiar abilities of course. They felt like real teenagers, but with bigger issues. Mature enough to understand what was at stake but childish enough to have some impulsive outbursts.
At first I couldn’t connect with Mara. She was pushing everyone out, was always in a bad mood, and annoyed me a bit; but as you get to know her and learn about her, she grows on you. She really teaches you a lesson on not to prejudice someone without knowing their background; and for what the author lets on you could tell she had a very difficult childhood, that ought to harden you at the very least. It was great to see her grow and find a place where she feels comfortable or at least a group she can be loyal to.
I enjoyed the group dynamics. Their love-hate relationship was something fresh. You could tell they were brought together for survival but started to care for each other. It was a pretty awesome mix.
Finally, I think it’s a bit odd that the book is titled Mara, because it was written in various points of view, especially Mara and Miyuki’s. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was actually great to get both points of view, because it gave us different approaches to the storytelling, and very diverse focus; just thought it was worth mentioning it.
Overall, it is a thrilling and gripping fantasy story that has very singular aspects to it. It has deep subject matter that underlies the story and loads of mystery that will keep you on an edge until the end.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but my opinion was not biased in any way by this fact.