Review by Ner:
Author: Veronica Bane
Release Date: August 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Pages: 176 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Fantasy
Series: Unusuals #1
Read: from March 1 to 2, 2014
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Own
ISBN: 9780615846132 (Paperback)
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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the author, Veronica Bane, herself in exchange for an honest review.
Let me begin by saying that unfortunately I couldn’t read and review this book when I was invited to be part of Mara Book Tour planned by Francine @Always Lost in Books. I posted an excerpt and giveaway (go here to see it) but I couldn’t express my thoughts about it. And it’s really a shame because I enjoyed this book very much.
Mara tells the story of a young girl, Mara, who can manipulate the element of fire. She’s a troubled soul but a tough girl who doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. She soon begins to realise that something is amiss when young people disappear. She’s later thrust into a conspiracy that could lead to serious trouble and that these people, whoever they are, want her power and her friends’.
Imagine Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra in our days with the whole element manipulation and conspiracies and everything going on. Are you picturing it? Right, now you have a small taste of what Mara sounds like. I kept picturing the series in my mind while reading Mara but not in a way that would be too difficult for me to disassociate both (the TV-series from the book). Mara stands on its own even though I call it myself “The Mara-benders” which sounds simply pathetic!
Mara-benders…. Not funny!
I enjoyed Mara, the character, every much. At first it was difficult to find a connection since she always pushed people aside and didn’t allow anyone to see beneath her armour. But then she unravels and we are face-to-face with someone who has been through a lot and doesn’t wish to hurt anyone… or be hurt for that matter.
There are also Mara’s new friends: Miyuki (who can manipulate water), Alex (who can manipulate – and this is really cool – lightning), Terry (who manipulates earth), Mike and Chris (who don’t have any unusual ability). Together they complete each other and stick with each other even when things look bad.
As for Veronica Bane’s writing, I just wished I could visualise the characters better. Overall her writing is amazing and brilliant but the characters’ description wasn’t that well explored.
On the whole Mara was an amazing book and I really wish to continue this saga. Veronica Bane wrote an amazing coming-of-age/paranormal/sci-fi/super-heroes book that will definitely grab you right in the first chapter and conquer you slowly with each page and character.
Plus, fans of A:TLA will definitely enjoy it 😉