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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Wendy by Lisa Hall is a spinoff from the author's Legacy of Mara series, which begins with Girl Found. Reading as a stand-alone, this book centers around the titular character Wendy Zapata, a brilliant young student at the University of New Chicago, and is set in the year 2336. A triple threat, Wendy is strong in mind, body, and spirit. A rogue act of retribution following a smear against her name puts Wendy on the wrong side of the law. And the law is enforced by Tony Caldera. In the ultimate game of cat and mouse, the pair finds themselves dancing around all the trappings of romance.
Lisa Hall and the Legacy of Mara weren't on my radar until I came across Wendy, but my goodness, they sure are now. Wendy is a fantastic protagonist that is easy to instantly root for, and Hall has drawn her with an exceptionally skilled and experienced hand. The narrative is clean and fast-paced, just as it should be, and the world—which had already been built for the Legacy brand—was fresh, alive, and riveting for me as a first-time reader. Tony Caldera is an equally well-developed player as an enforcer and a member of another House family. He's slick and cool, unencumbered emotionally by the usual insecurities a red-headed genius might otherwise bring out in a lesser man, with lines like, “Beautiful, you hacked the NSA using a rival House’s system. Do you know how far in over your head you are?” I loved this book and am happy to announce that I am now all-in with the Legacy of Mara series.