Reading Level: Older Teen
Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 15th book in the Black Butler series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the final book in the Mara Dyer series and it was really well done. Mara has gone through so much throughout these books and it was amazing to finally see her get some…well…retribution.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job with character voices and does a great job at conveying character emotion.
Mara is committed in the New Horizons full time care facility and being tortured (and then made to forget that torture) over and over as Dr. Kells attempts to “turn-off” Mara’s ability. When Mara is given a chance to escape she embraces it (despite the violence of what she has to do to escape). In course of her escape she runs into Stella and Jamie and they make their way off the island. Then the three go on a mission to solve the mystery behind their abilities and who is behind the New Horizons facility.
This was an incredibly engaging read and very fast paced. I found myself coming up with excuses to listen to more of the audiobook when I should have probably been doing other things (oh, maybe I should clean out the closet right now so I can listen to the audiobook more…).
I felt so awful for Mara, this heroine has gone through soooo much pain and trauma throughout this series. It’s incredibly interesting that through all of this she still remains compassionate to others and absolutely tough as nails. The relationship between Mara and Noah is fascinating. Noah is supernaturally patient and understanding of Mara.
All of the surrounding characters are well done too. The story wraps up very nicely and realistically. I enjoyed it a lot. I do wish that Noah had been back in the story earlier on, but that’s pretty much my only complaint.
Overall this was a well done conclusion to a fast-paced and engaging series. I really enjoyed the complex characters, the intense action, and the mystery. I would recommend to those who enjoy fast-paced YA paranormal novels.