Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
from Simon & Schuster
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"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:

I have no words. This book has left me speechless, so I am apologizing in advance for what I am sure will be an incoherent review. I had heard amazing things about this book and sometimes that is like the kiss of death for a book. That being said, I still wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I had heard great things, yes, but I really had no idea what the book was about. Now I know that this book is amazeballs. I devoured it and I wanted to immediately jump into The Evolution of Mara Dyer and it’s been a while since I have wanted to immediately dive into a sequel.

Mara Dyer is like no other heroine I have ever encountered. I really do not know how to describe her, but I really liked her. She is convinced that she is insane and doesn’t know how to deal with this, but she tries. She copes in the only way she knows how: by withdrawing into herself and trying to cut ties and keeping everything inside. This is probably not the healthiest thing to do, but she is a teen and it seems like the easiest solution to her. She is not the strongest heroine, but with the things she has been through you can’t expect her to be. Mara is strong in her own way. There is clearly more to Mara than meets the eye, but I seriously had a hard time figuring it out because it is so different and so original.

Noah Shaw is my new book boyfriend. He is up there with the likes of Daemon Black, Tod Hudson, Patch Cipriano, and Aiden St. Delphi. If you stop by my blog then you know what a huge honor that is. I just loved everything about him. He is a bad boy through and through and I just ate that up! He is witty and charming with a bad reputation, but he is also much more. There is more than meets the eye with Noah and he can be incredibly sweet. Noah has his own secrets; but he and Mara just might be exactly what each other need.

The relationship between Noah and Mara is different but still sweet. These two need each other in ways they could never fully realize. They complement each other well. Mara is the first girl Noah actually cares about and isn’t just looking for a good time with and Noah accepts Mara even with all the crazy going on in her life. I really liked watching their relationship grow over the course of the novel.

My favorite thing about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, aside from Noah, was the dialogue. It was just so realistic. The banter between Mara and Noah is amazing because it is hysterical and believable. Also the banter with Mara and her brother Daniel was fantastic. It reminded me a lot of me and my sister and I could clearly see it happening. Not only that but Michelle Hodkin wasn’t afraid to use profanity. Now, don’t take this wrong. I’m not looking for a book that just curses for the fun of it and throws them around left and right. However, it is sometimes appropriate for the situation and let’s face it, teens curse… a lot. I know I did as a teen and while it may not always be attractive, it does happen. It just gave the dialogue a bit of an edge, an edge I enjoyed.

The plot in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was creepy and mysterious and kept me guessing. I had no idea what was going on half the time, but in a good way. I was lost and confused and trying to figure it all out alongside Mara. Even now that I’m finished reading, I’m still confused, but in a good way. I have no idea where the story is going and what could possibly happen.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick this book up and spent all that time without knowing the yummy that is Noah. It is such a different kind of paranormal read. S0 much so that I don’t even know where to begin to categorize it. Paranormal fans, this book is for you!


  1. Mara sounds liek a unique and awesome heroine. I have heard so many good things about this and can't wait to have a chance to read it.
    Can't believe it left you speechless!
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I've had this book for over a year and still need to read it. People have been so hot and cold w/the reviews, that I've been a little worried. I'm happy you loved it so much. Great review!

    1. It really is a love it or hate it book, but at the very least it is a different kind of read!

  3. I bought a physical copy of this book on my last B&N shopping spree based on all the great things you've had to say about this story and one Noah Shaw. You have him listed with some mighty fine company up there ;) I also adore great dialog! Can't wait to read it so I can gush with you. Awesome review!

    1. I cant wait to gush with you on this one either! Noah really is a lovely character. I hope you love it as much as I did!

  4. I need to start this series!! It just sounds amazing! I like how you described Mara, and I just LOVE how Noah sounds... I might make this the first book my next read, 'cause girl, I loved this review and it's making wish I had more time to read it right now!!! Gah!! I hate being so busy!!

    Loved that you mentioned it's a different kind of paranormal, I need a good paranormal right now ;)

    Great Review, Teresa!! :D

    1. OH I hope you read it soon! We could totes fangirl allllll over it then!

  5. Great review! I loved this one too! It was creepy and twisted. Also I'm so in love with Noah as well. :)

  6. Holy crap! Noah is the new Black? I'm so so so in!!!!!
    I've been wanting to read this series for a really long time but it's always one of those books that gets pushed to the back because there are more pressing books to read. That's why I've stopped doing so many tours, so I can concentrate on the books I REALLY WANT TO READ!
    Thanks for the wonderful review, chicken! I'm really looking forward to picking this one up!

    Hope you're doing well, my sweet! I miss you like a crazy person! :p

    1. I miss you too!!! But I hope those books are coming along nicely. I really think you will enjoy this one, very different and Noah is amazing!

  7. WOW! I honestly underestimated this book.!! O_O I actually wasn't in a rush to pick this up despite all the amazing things that I had heard about it, cause I thought it wouldn't be something I enjoy but I am at a loss for how appealing and intriguing this book sounds. I LOVE the sound of the mysterious and creepy plot, it's nice to have the reader guessing once in a while and I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE the sound of both Mara and Noah. I can see why you love both of them, and I just want to meet them NOW!

    I think I'm going to go and bang my head against a wall for second guessing and putting this book off. I can't wait to get this one in my hands and find out for myself why you devoured it! LOL ;p

    FANTABURRIFIC REVIEW, Teresa! :D (We'll talk more about Mr. Noah on Twitter! :p)

    ~ Maida

    1. I had been putting this one off too but then a fellow blogger got it for me for Xmas and I just fell in love with it. The story is just so original and amazing and Noah is incredible. I hope you love it too!


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