This series has issues that I often hate when I see them in other YA novels—teens with powers and a super rich love interest, mainly. However, those t...moreThis series has issues that I often hate when I see them in other YA novels—teens with powers and a super rich love interest, mainly. However, those things don't bother me in the Mara Dyer series, apparently, because I enjoyed the second book as much as the first. I like Mara's narrative voice—I don't find her too juvenile or condescending of adults. I like how her romance with Noah is written. Maybe it's a little overdone at times, but I think it's sexy without being sappy or eye roll-inducing. I'm looking forward to the conclusion!(less)
I was prepared to love this book and, upon finishing it, run around extolling its virtues. However, I did neither of those things. This book wasn't ba...moreI was prepared to love this book and, upon finishing it, run around extolling its virtues. However, I did neither of those things. This book wasn't bad. There were some very good things about it, the foremost being the beautiful descriptions. These descriptions were mainly of Margaret's surroundings, the weather, etc., and as a result I felt I knew the settings better than the characters. Also the grammar was flawless. Nichols really knows her way around a colon (that sounds so wrong). Despite the descriptions, to me the book felt bland, and for some reason it reminded me of The Celestine Prophecy. The two aren't really anything alike except that both entail a journey of sorts and are filled with spiritualist jabber that I guess is supposed to be enlightening but doesn't really make all that much sense.
Besides the descriptions, what I really loved about the book was its length. It's a perfect example of a story that can be well-realized in a relatively short number of pages. This was published in the '70s and a lot of YA books today seem to be long for the sake of being long, and nothing ever happens because it's going to happen in the sequel. (I wish more authors would write solid single books instead of mediocre trilogies.) One thing I really didn't like was the relationship between Margaret and her uncle. She was much too forgiving of his actions in my opinion. I hated how what he did was conveniently explained away by past life drama. What he did was NOT OKAY.
The library that houses the copy I read has it classified as SF. On the copyright page, there's a little note that says "YA, 9 and up." This book wasn't explicit by any means, but it did mention some "mature" events. If something like this were published today, I can only imagine it would be challenged by some idiot parent. Apparently in the '70s people had a better opinion of nine-year-olds and trusted them with whatever they chose to read.(less)