January 5, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin {Review}

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publish Date: September 2011
Source: Bought/Own
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.

Holy. Wow. I want to know why someone didn’t force me to read this sooner, because I was most certainly, without question, missing out. This book has it all: mystery, romance, thrill (I’m not sure if that works, but I’m using it), just a dash of paranormal, and, of course, Noah Shaw.

First, I’m a sucker for mystery and psychological thrillers and The Unbecoming had plenty to offer me in those departments. Even though I thought I knew what was real most of the time, I was never completely sure. When dealing with psychological thrillers, one can often get confused and that’s definitely the case here, but I was never annoyed by my confusion. It totally worked for my enjoyment of the story.

If you’re a reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t really read a lot of paranormal. As I mentioned before, The Unbecoming has just a dash of paranormal and it’s totally perfect. So if you’re afraid of paranormal, you should definitely still give this one a chance.

I suppose you want to hear about Shaw now. Well, let’s just say he’s pretty freaking amazing. He’s sexy and, well, he has an accent. Who can resist a boy with an accent? He’s also just the slightest bit jerk-like, but it gets balanced out by his sweetness most of the time. If nothing else, you definitely want to read this for him.

Ever since The Unbecoming came out, I’ve been hearing about its WTF quality. I had no idea what people could possibly mean by that until I read it, and let me tell you, it’s most certainly a good thing.

Final Thoughts: This book seriously has it all. I was never bored and for the last 50-100 pages or so, I was basically glued to the pages. Oh, and the ending. Seriously, what the crap?!? When I reached the last page, I was actually talking to the book going “No. No way. It can’t be over. I can’t believe that just happened.” Basically, there’s no possible way to be eloquent about this book which should make you want to read it all the more.

Pages: 452
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Rating: 5 stars


  1. Yeah, I couldn't figure out what people were complaining about, either! I absolutely loved Mara Dyer. (And Noah! Swoon!)
    Thanks for the review, Jasmine! :)
    - Lauren

  2. oh man i want to read this one so much. i really do.

  3. The book itself was absolutely amazing. I couldn't get enough of it and I finished it quicker than I normally do when I read a book. It was haunting and drew you in like crazy. There were twists and turns and you never really knew what was going on. But in a good way that makes you want to read more and figure out what the heck is happening to Mara, and then later, what the deal is with Noah.

  4. I totally agree with you. The last 50-100 pages I couldn't get my eyes off the pages. I absolutely adored this book, especially Noah and his britishness. Great review!


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