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Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Released: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Rated: YA
Series: Mara Dyer, Book 1
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Mara Dyer doesn't believe 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 strangely unharmed. There is.                                                                                                       
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

What I thought

I was really excited for this to be released. I don't want to say it was a let down, but I don't know if I was as impressed as others were. But I did enjoy the story. I was enthralled for most of it. While the ending left me feeling like something was off, I really enjoyed the rest.

It takes a while for the story to unfold. And I enjoyed that aspect of this story. I loved the mystery of figuring out just what happened to Mara and finding out what is actually going on, whether Mara is really crazy or weird things just keep happening to her. It was just a great story where everything wasn't laid out at the beginning. The book description on this is very vague. And that's a lot of the attraction. Very little is revealed about the book and going into it is a total mystery.

I felt bad for Mara. She's had some tragic things to deal with but the thing that still strikes me most how caring her family is. She has a great older brother who does his best to look after her and to keep their mother from going too far when it comes to helping Mara out.

I'm not sure about the ending. I didn't hate it, but it still didn't feel right. But, it might be one of those things I won't figure out until the next book. Yes, there will most likely be another, especially after how this one ends. While it wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped the ending would be, I'm very glad I read it. I definitely recommend this!

My Rating

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Carina said...

I was a little bit shocked by the ending as well, but even though I want to throw cliffhanger books against the nearest wall, I think it really worked well with Mara Dyer. The whole book was incredibly creepy and the ending just fit perfectly.

Thanks for sharing your opinion,
Carina @ Fictional Distraction

Anonymous said...

Excellent review! I'm glad you enjoyed MARA! And I completely agree about the cliffhanger.

-Wendy from A Cupcake and a Latte: YA Reviews

Lisa (Cold Moon Violet Books) said...

Sounds like a interesting story. I might just add it to my TBR pile!

Lisa said...

I love that the story unfolds in a way that you question what is going on with Mara. I've heard great things about this novel. I can't wait to read it.

Book Crook Liza said...

I felt similar, but on one hand I loved it and the other hand I was disappointed. I guess for me the big problem was the lack of information. I was expecting there to be more revealed about Mara. Aaaargh. I liked it, but that bothered me loads.

Great review!

Liza @ Book Crook Liza

Canada said...

The characters were so intriguing that I didn't mind reading about their day-to-day activities. They each had their own baggage and their own stories to tell, which in some books can be overkill, but here it only made me care about them all more. And Noah Shaw...he is swoon-worthy. It's almost impossible not to fall in love with him. Learning about him was just as exciting as learning about Mara.

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