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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Page Count: 452 pages, Hardcover
Date Published: September 27th 2011
 
  


Goodreads Description:

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: Can I just marry Noah already? Please? So in love with him and this book!

I finished this book in about 6 hours, on one of the days that I was sick and I was so distraught when it was done! I devoured this book and loved every minute of it... Well, almost. There was one point where it went downhill, but it slowly went back up after that.

Michelle Hodkin has written a story so incredibly intriguing, that I just couldn't get enough of. The language/dialogue is witty and original. Though this book was dark and mysterious, it was also hilarious. I love books that can make me laugh uncontrollably on one page and the next have me shaking with fear and locking the doors. That is what this book did to me! With that being said, don't think this book is a silly, fun, fluffy read. It's dark. Totally creepy and shiver-down-your-spine worthy. That aspect's evident from the very first page.

There is also a completely swoon-worthy romance in this novel that, at times, made me weak at the knees and sighing, while imagining myself in the place of Mara. Not gonna lie, I'm totally in love with Noah. Why, Michelle Hodkin, did you have to create such an incredibly hot and intelligent guy who is impossible to attain? His English accent... *FANGIRLING*. Quick random fact for you: I am Canadian, but all of my thoughts run through my head with an English accent. No, I'm no kidding. It's been like this since I can remember. Weird, but true. Maybe it's because of the millions of times I've watched Harry Potter. Anyways, I'm getting off track. So, the relationship between Noah and Mara was super sweet, but truthfully, a little cliche: The new girl who makes the playboy jerk of the school fall in love and change his ways... Yadayadayada. But, I loved it anyways. ;) There was one part in the book, when Noah drives her to school and everyone's staring, that reminded me completely of this scene in Twilight...

'' Noah grabbed his blazer from the backseat, shrugged it on, opened my door, and then there we were, standing side-by-side as every stray eye turned in our direction.'' (248)


I usually hate comparing things to Twilight, for multiple reasons, but this was just so terribly similar that I thought I'd share. :)

Finally, I had mentioned earlier that there was one part where this book went downhill... Let's just say that this particular scene involved alligators. That's all I'll say, so not to give away any thing important, but this part confused the heck out of me. I didn't fully understand what was going on at this point and this continued up until after Mara's birthday. It began to get a little better after that point, but the damage was done. The first 3/4 of this book was fantastic, but the last bit... Not so much.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is really an incredible book, especially for this being Michelle Hodkin's first novel. Mara Dyer is unlike any other YA protagonist you'll meet. I was overall seriously impressed with it and I'm highly anticipating the release of The Evolution of Mara Dyer on December 12th!

 Have a great day/night, everyone!
-Kristy

15 comments:

  1. I really wanted to read this before and now even more so. Great review!

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  2. ARGGHH!!! You just made me want this EVEN MORE! WHY?!?!?! I need this one fast :( hahaha I remember that scene from Twilight. It was pretty funny (for Twilight) :P Great review and I'm a new follower! I currently have a giveaway running on my blog if you'd like to check it out :)

    Rabiah
    Confessions of a Readaholic

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  3. Hi Kristy! Thank you for following my blog - I'm following back!:)

    I liked this book, it's dark and mara isn't usual YA character. Awesome job with Twilight pics!:)

    glass @ I'm a reader, what about you?

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  4. I couldn't wait to read this, and now after reading your review, I HAVE TO HAVE IT ALREADY!!! It seems freakin' great!
    Amazing review! :)

    Ella
    Read Into Hiding

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  5. Never heard of this one before, but oh my god, you make me want to read this! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! You really should :)

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  6. Hey!
    I have never heard about this one before too... But it seems amazing! Thanks for commenting on my blog anyway, I have a gieaway going on! :D Maybe you'd like to take a part in it...

    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

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  7. I have been wanting to read this book for a while because I love the cover and have heard good things about it. The fact that you read it in 6 hours and realyl enjoyed it makes me want to read it soon! I am happy there is a sequel coming out in December. Maybe I should wait a little longer so that I don't have to wait so long for the sequel. :)

    ~Jess

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  8. K so, this is me, you know, the one who told you to read it? And i gotta say, totaly don't think it went down hill to be honest. Anyway, just thought i would say that. And thank you for keeping it in jenna approved condition when you returned it ;) <333

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    1. Ha ha, okay well just stating my personal opinion. ;)and you're very welcome <3

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  9. I loved this series and can't wait for the next one!

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