Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Mara by Veronica Bane

Book Details:
Title: Mara
Author: Veronica Bane
Publication date: August 3, 2013
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Series: Mara is part of a planned series. More details soon.

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Book Blurb:
For years, Mara Tucker has used her power of manipulating flames to punish those who have done her wrong. But things are changing in the town of Jericho. Rampant disappearances have forced Mara to seek out others with special powers. In a story that confronts the violence and turmoil of adolescence, Mara and a group of other "unusuals" like her grapple with new alliances and the villains pressing in all around them.
“A tale of teenage rebellion in the tradition of classics ranging from The Outsiders to The Hunger Games, Veronica Bane’s fantasy novella explores the timeless themes of growing up, finding one’s inner strength, and discovering where one belongs. The titular antiheroine and her flawed-but-lovable band of “unusuals” are characters that will resonate with teen audiences and older readers alike.” –Ashley Heaton, Editor

My 4* Review:
Mara can create and manipulate fire. She's used this in the past to harm people that have hurt her. However, Mara thinks that she's the only one like it.
After an incident when she was younger, she now lives with her uncle in a town called Jericho. Where she learns that there are others like her.
Mara seems to have a really tough time making friends. She can be rude and doesn't always care about other peoples feelings.
I must admit that this book took me a few attempts to read, and the only reason I can see for that is the books that I had read prior to this one must have caused a book hangover!
On my 4th attempt I was totally hooked and thoroughly enjoyed reading Mara. So please don't let me struggling to read this a few times put you off because the book is a really good read.
I like how there are a few chapters set around some of the other characters so you get to understand more about them too, and what things are like for them.
Once Mara teams up with the other "unusuals" the pace of the book seems to pick up a little more; not that it's slow paced in the first place. (The "unusuals" have the ability to control/manipulate the elements: earth, wind, fire, water, rocks and lightning). Veronica Bane has written a story that feels real and gritty, and is well paced throughout.
I was left uncertain about the setting for the story; I know its a town called Jericho but I'm unsure as to when; past, present or future.

Author Details
Veronica Bane grew up in San Diego, California and spent her days writing in local coffee shops and at the beach. Her writing was and has always been fed a healthy diet of chai tea lattes and film scores.
Veronica studied Creative Writing at Chapman University and now lives in Los Angeles. 

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