05 October 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Book: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Pages: 452
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon | 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.

 A very vague, yet intriguing summary as well as this gorgeous cover, just who the hell is Mara Dyer?

And to be honest, I have no clue who she is. Half the time, I was a little lost in the book. The writing was beautiful, but the plot was a little messy and it had me lost at times. I wasn't sure whether I was in hallucination mode or real life mode. Uber confusing! The flashbacks were very interesting, however the supernatural element in this book that the flashbacks led me up to wasn't as surprising as I thought it would be. It was thrilling at times, but not the heart-pounding kind of thrill unfortunately. (Darn you, Hype, for making me have high expectations.)

I loved Mara and Noah, they were the most lovable couple ever I've read about lately. Mara's voice was definitely enjoyable to hear. She was intelligent, interesting and not whiny (thank goodness). Noah also may be the most swoon-worthy man I've ever met. He's flirty, fun, snarky, protective, sweet, mysterious, and OMG sexy status. Their moments together were so adorable, I squeal every time without fail whenever I think about them.

The ending is definitely a "WTF" moment. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises in this book was this ending. It was written and played out beautifully, and it makes me want to read the sequel immediately! Although, I'm not too sure if I'm going to buy the sequel next time.

I really do think it sucks that I had to be one of the very lucky few to not like Mara Dyer as much as other people did. Don't get me wrong, this book didn't suck AT ALL, it just wasn't for me.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Cover: 5/5 Stars. Foshizzle thy nizzle. It's gorgeous, who wouldn't want to pick up this lovely lookin' piece of a book?

27 lovelies:

Anna said...

Mara Dyer just came in the mail for me! I'm dying to get my hands on it :) Great review! I'm sad it didn't live up to the hype for you though :(

Gianna said...

Thanks Anna! I'm starting to be wary of hyped books hehe. Enjoy Mara Dyer though!

ParaJunkee said...

I guess I'm one of the lucky few to not like Mara Dyer also. I found the plot very confusing also and frankly I think you are lucky for liking Noah. I found his player status a bit distracting and detracted from his 'swoonworthiness'. It is what it is right. Can't like them all. XOXO for your honest opinion.

Nicki J Markus said...

New follower from FF stopping by to say 'hi'. Congrats on the Feature.

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Erika said...

Congrats on the feature! New Follower stopping by.

Have a great weekend!
Erika@Let's talk about books

Anonymous said...

I'm actually stopping by for FF, but your post isn't up yet. Congrats on being the feature, I'm a new follower! I figured I'd comment on your review instead though. :)

I haven't read Mara yet, I'm planning on tackling it during an upcoming read-a-thon. Thanks for your review! It's refreshing to see the "negative" side of an incredibly popular book sometimes!

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out - FF

RhiannonPaille said...

Love your blog design! I'm a new follower! Can't wait to see your answer for follow friday!

Ashley Suzanne said...

Hi. I am a new follower! Hopping over from the Friday Blog Hop {yes on a Thursday :])

Would love if you came and followd back :]

Ashley Suzanne

Anne Bennett said...

I must read this book! Congratulations for being the featured blog on Follow Friday. I'm a new follower and #100, too!

Anonymous said...

Noah was probably the only thing that I wasn't crazy about. I loved Mara Dyer. I agree with Parajunky that the plot was confusing, but to me it came across as a pleasure to figure out. Thank you for your honest review. It is refreshing. New follower for FF.

Larissa said...

Hi I am a new follower via FF!!

You can find me at the Howling Turtle:


fairypenguin said...

Stopping by for FF! Congrats on the feature!


Aimee said...

Stopping by from the FF. New follower. Awesome to be the feature!

Happy Friday!


Tiffany said...

Found your blog from #FF (new follower). I love your design and blog button, they're gorgeous. Did you make them yourself?

JenniferJ said...

New Follower hopping thru. Check out my question response at Gimme The Scoop Reviews

Kristan said...

New Follower stopping through for the Follow Friday post! Can't wait to see your answer for this week!

My Follow Friday
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Amanda Leigh Cowley said...

Hi there, from another FF follower. Congrats on being featured!


Cristina said...

I am curious about this book. It has enough mixed reviews that it has intrigued me. :)
New follower from FF.

Amy said...

Hi there. new follower here! Great review - I had some mixed feelings about it too. :)

Angelica Joy said...

Hi Gianna! Just wanted to congratulate you for being the Follow Friday Featured blog...New follower ;)

Pepca said...

That's exactly what I've been thinking!

New follower:)

Here is my FF: http://beyondstrangenewwords.blogspot.com/2011/10/follow-friday-4.html

duchess_mommy said...

Hi, new follower stopping by for Follow Friday! I see you are reading 'CRAVE' right now, and I hope you love it as much as I did!

Have a great week,
The Duchess Mommy Reads

PS: Giveaway on my blog!

Rebecca said...

Hey! Like most above, I also found you through FF & missed the post, so I stopped by here as well. Congratulations on being featured! I'm your newest follower, of course! Really like the look of your blog. :)

On a sidenote, I can't wait to read Mara! It looks awesome!

Hope you have an awesome weekend! My FF can be found here!

Rebecca from Kindle Fever

Mad Scientist said...

I LOVED this book. It is almost painful waiting for book two! *grr...*

New Follower

Mad Scientist

the Vintage Bookworm said...

I haven't read this one yet, though I have been dying to. And I love the cover!

Great review, thanks for sharing. I'm glad you liked it! I'm a new follower from Follow Friday. =) Glad I found you.

Love your layout!

Happy reading!

the Vintage Bookworm said...

First off, I've been dying to read this book for FOREVER. Ever since seeing the widget on someone's blog and I was intrigued by it. I think I sat there for almost five minutes just staring at it and finally looked up the book. The cover is GORGEOUS!

I hope I can get my hands on a copy of this book soon, or at least my library will order it hopefully.

*shrugs* GREAT review. =)

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