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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I wavered on whether or not I wanted to read this book. Primarily it was because of this summary from Goodreads: 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.

This summary...it's not good. Reading that alone wouldn't convince me to read the book. Luckily, I got to read other reviews from awesome book bloggers.

What I Liked: 1) I really liked Mara. Her sense of humor, particularly. It reminded me a lot of mine. So I automatically identified with her because of that. I also liked her brother Daniel. 2) Noah Shaw. Um, Michelle, where can I find a Noah Shaw? I mean, does he really exist? I would like that. Noah Shaw is the reason I read books. One of the reasons anyway. I love to believe that guys like him exist. His relationship with Mara is really sweet, but also fun. I love their smart and sarcastic banter. This may have been my favorite part of the book. 3) This is a much different story than the summary leads you to believe. If you want a better, or more accurate idea of what it's about, read the opening letter that Mara writes. It's much more revealing (but not in a spoiler-y way) and my interest was immediately piqued when I read that. 4) This is a unique story. I've never read anything like it (though when I read the summary I thought it was going to be very...un-unique. Not a word...very...standard. But it was anything but. A great mix of romance and mystery, with a dash of paranormal thrown in. I actually wasn't expecting the paranormal aspect, so that was a nice surprise. 5) The ending. It left me wondering, and I'm definitely anxious for the next book!!

What I Didn't Like: There was very little that I didn't like. (Other than the summary, which is the dust cover summary). I didn't really feel like much was answered in this book. One of the big questions was answered, but I'm like...why was it that way? But, that's what the next book is for, right?

Overall thoughts: Don't be turned off by the lack of summary!! This was a great book with a really great romance, and some interesting and new paranormal aspects. Mara Dyer is very compelling character, and I think Noah is easy to fall for. Miz Hodkin releases the tiniest pieces of information at a time, giving the reader just enough to keep the pages turning late into the night. Add this one to your TBR!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. Great reaview, I am glad you liked it. I am dying to read it too!

  2. Ahhhhh I absolutely LOVED this book. It was by far my favorite book this year :) I'm really glad you didn't let the summary deter you from reading it, because really it's amazing :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  3. "Um, Michelle, where can I find a Noah Shaw? ".... hahahahaaaa! couldnt have sait it better myself. LOVED Noah! This book was crazy! but the good kind :D great review!

  4. You're right, that summary really is not very good. Glad you did it a little more justice haha.

  5. Liza - Thanks!! I hope you get to read it soon! I'm already ready for a re-read. (though who has the time?!)

    Anna - I'm glad too, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!!

    TLG - I haven't found him yet, and Michelle refuses to share!! ;)

    Matt - The book DEFINITELY deserves a read, I just hope no one is turned off by the uninteresting summary!

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Comments make me smile!!

  6. I am glad I read this review. I have been reading some bad reviews and I was beginning to wonder if I was losing my mind to have LOVED this book. Glad to know I have company.


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