November 14, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Published: September 27th 2011
by Simon & Schuster

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


My Thoughts:

What I loved most about this story was the author's ability to weave such a captivating, hang off the edge of your seat story. I could not put this book down, and read straight through the night. I liked trying to solve the mystery and predicting what might happen next. I couldn't figure out if Mara was hallucinating, having visions that predicted the future or what.

I found Mara to be a very relatable character. She was quiet, shy, kept to herself, and tried to stay away from drama. Unfortunately, she always ended up at the wrong place, at the wrong time. She landed right smack dab in the middle of mysterious events, and even murder.

Noah was gorgeous, and the most popular guy at Mara's new school. He had a bad reputation for being a male slut. However, I loved how Hodkin shows us not to prejudge a person. People will always talk, but it's important to get to know a person before you draw any conclusions about that person. Throughout the book, Noah is driven to get to know Mara and discover everything about her. Once Mara agrees to spend time with Noah, the relationship intensifies and Mara finds herself falling for Noah against her will. As their relationship develops, Noah stands up for Mara repeatedly when the mean girl in the story, Anna, tries to embarrass, ridicule, and make Mara's life miserable. Noah is such a wonderful character, and I found myself getting excited every time he made an appearance in the story. The passion that Mara and Noah expressed for one another was intense and romantic.

I recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It has all of the elements of a great story. There was great world building, complex characters, mystery, romance, and of course the desire to keep reading until the story was complete! I loved the huge surprise at the end, and never saw it coming. The cliffhanger at the end has me desperate to get my hands on the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer!


                           LINDY


32 comments:

  1. Ah, your review totally convinced me I need to read this book! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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  2. Great review Lindy, I need to pick a copy. Loving the new look guys!

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  3. Thanks Danielle! You will not be disappointed if you read this book along with its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer which released this October.

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  4. Aw man aw man aw man. This book looks so good, and your review just landed it on the top of my to-buy list. Yay!

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  5. Not a genre I am comfortable with but I like the review very much.

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  6. I have a copy of this book but want to wait until the series is almost complete before reading it.

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    1. That's a good idea! I like when I can read a series straight through without having to wait a year in between books!

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  7. Sounds like a great book I will have to read it soon.

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  8. LOVE this book! Love the plot, the characters everything:)

    Awesome review:)

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  9. Great review! I completely agree with you that the story is written in a way that you cannot put it down! Hodkin's writing really is amazing. I'm still confused about Mara's hallucinations and I guess we will find everything out in the next installment (I don't want this series to end!). The Mara Dyer series certainly became one of my favorites! It's funny because I just reviewed this one on my blog :)

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm excited to read your review! It's one of my favorites too!

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  10. Great review! I still need to read this one!

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  11. Great review, I loved this book and can't wait to read the second book! (=

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    1. The second book in the series is awesome too! You'll love the second book at least as much as the first book!

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  12. Wow, this premise sounds really good. I will have to check it out -- I didn't realize there is also a sequel!

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    1. It is going to be a trilogy. Yes,the premise is really unique and interesting! So far, the first and second books have been amazing!

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  13. I enjoyed your review and now I have a better understanding of what this book is all about. I've been seeing it around the web, but didn't know anything about it until now.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! That's why I enjoy writing reviews :)

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  14. It sounds very intriguing. I've had it on my wish list and haven't gotten around to it yet.

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  15. I've had this book on my shelve for quite a while now and I'm always "about" to start it then I don't. I've heard nothing but great things about it and now I'm completely convinced I'm missing out on a really great book!

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  16. I've hear that this book is great, but I wasn't sure if I like it, so I haven't read it yet. I'll give it a chance.

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