Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Hey y’all!It’s Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they’re looking forward to reading! I’ve just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I’ve discovered so many reads that I’m putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here’s this week’s pick!15768409Novel: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | GoodreadsRelease Date: November 4, 2014Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.There is.She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.She should.She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.She will now.Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.Retribution has arrived.

It has been a long wait for this one. In one of my first "ventures" as a blogger, I met Michelle Hodkin in 2012 at a small book signing in Tampa. I was supposed to introduce her, but the casual flow of the night eclipsed that and it ended up not happening. In any case, I got a great picture with her and some fascinating conversation - hearing about her ventures as a lawyer and experiences in the Middle East. The Retribution of Mara Dyer was pushed back from its original release date in June as Michelle Hodkin explained on her blog.When I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for the first time, I was absolutely blown away. I thought there were a few things that could be clearer but the second book cleared that up pretty nicely. Michelle Hodkin has this ability to fine-tune all the details, whittle away all the extra until there's a pure mood and suspenseful atmosphere. The unreliability of her narrator - Mara - has always been an absolute highlight; the electrifying romance is gutting and the plot itself is just wow. The series itself has been with me for so long and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was one of the first books I ever read for review. To say that I'll be a wimp about this series ending (and an emotional wreck) is a massive understatement. I lent the first book to somebody who never gave it back (which I'm horribly upset by, because it was signed) so I can't reread it yet but I may just get all gorgeous new copies of the series when I pick up Retribution. I'm dying for the third and final book. I want to know what happens - but I also really don't. I have the feeling this one will be a no-holds-barred read.