Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: The Becoming Of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: November 7, 2017
from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling
Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right."

My Thoughts:

Oh man, so I have so many conflicting feelings with this book. On one hand, it’s Noah and Mara and I will forever love those two. On the other hand, this book screws with an ending to a trilogy I thought was perfect. So I have very mixed feelings about this book.

Look, it’s Noah and Mara and I love those two. Mara is the best kind of anti-heroine and Noah is your tragic and broody bad boy. They work great together. But this book screws with their dynamic. We left them happy, but now they were rehashing old problems and it just bugged me that they got dragged through the wringer again. And what kills is that it wasn’t new problems, it was old problems that we shouldn’t be revisiting all over again. Also, I think Noah loses some of his appeal when you’re in his head. Seeing him from Mara’s point of view, he is mysterious and has a certain allure. But in his head, all the walls are down and you see behind the curtain. And look I love Noah and I always will, but I think it’s more fun being in Mara’s morally questionable brain.

Also I would like to say a big SCREW YOU to that ending. It is mean and cruel and well you know damn well I’ll need to read the next book ASAP. The plot I think could have moved at a bit quicker of a pace, but it was engaging and screws with your mind the way the Mara Dyer Trilogy did. We meet new characters and catch up with old ones as well. Loyalties are tested and I questioned everyone. These books always keep you on your toes.

All in all, there is a big part of me that wishes Noah and Mara had been left alone and happy, but if we had to continue their story this wasn’t an entirely terrible way to go. Now I just need the next book and I swear everything better get fixed or I’m throwing some books against a wall.


  1. This isn't a series I've read but I remember when it started people went nuts over the first book. I'm sad to hear that the author felt the need to go back in and change an ending that you felt was already great. :\

    1. The original trilogy was SO good! Which is why I was so bummed

  2. Hmm...not sure I want to pick up this one now, Teresa. I was so excited when I saw *know* I read the trilogy because of YOU and I loved it. So if you didn't love this one I'm not sure I'm going to either. And maybe I'll just leave Noah and Mara in my head and heart as is...

    1. Yeah I was SO excited for this book and then it just did not live up to my expectations =[

  3. I was so disappointed in this book. I seriously hope Hodkin sets this couple right because I hated what she did to them. Also, I was pretty bored until the end of this book.

    1. Same... I was so not thrilled with the direction she took them. And yes, it was pretty slow at points.


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