The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer, #1)
YA/Paranormal/ Horror/ Romance
5 stars out of 5
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
This book, I am so happy, so glad, that I finally picked it up. I'll be honest, I did have my doubts about it. I wasn't sure if I should read it, if I would be a great book. Well, I was wrong. So very wrong. And thanks to some amazing bloggers, I took the chance and started The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Let me say this, I LOVED IT! I loved every word, every sentence, every paragraph every chapter.
From the first chapter to the very last sentence I was consumed by all things that were Mara Dyer. The mystery, the thrill, the want to know 'what-in-the-hell-is-going-on,' hand me flipping each page like a boss. I consumed, I devoured, I eat this book up. Michelle Hodkin wrote a very unique book and, in my opinion, a book that was purely amazing from start to finish.
“What would you do if I kissed you right now?""I would kiss you back.”
A strong factor about Mara Dyer are the characters. I really enjoyed each one, well, except for a few whose faces I did want to punch in. I really enjoyed Mara and Noah, especially Noah! With the way Hodkin tells her story, you really can get inside Mara's head and see, even understand, Mara's character, even able to glimpse inside most of her characters.
Mara, of course, is a very unyielding character. I really saw that as I read. With everything that she goes through and experienced, it really shown. Even at the end, I could feel it, even with what happened at that last chapter. Which I couldn't believe happened! Mara is a bit different from the other main female characters I love, however, that didn't stop me from really enjoying her stubborn, headstrong personality.
Now, I am going to chat a little bit about Noah Shaw. This boy, even with his cantankerous personality, I fell in love with him!! And yes, he is on that level with the 'kind-of-mean-but-very-sweet' of fictional boys that I totally crush on. Okay, I know he is fictional, and at times mysteries and a bit of an asshole, but I don't care. There is something about him... It's the accent, accents always make me swoon. I have gone on and on with how much I adore this character, but who is he really? Well, that's just part of the mystery of this book. Despite him being sort of a closed book, he is a good male character. And you can see he does try to help Mara to the best of his ability.
Other than the two main characters, I also enjoyed the side characters that Hodkin created. I really enjoyed Mara's brothers, both of them. Each character, likable or not, they were all well written and original.
“You told me I smelled - like bacon." "Well," he said evenly. "That's awkward.”
The only complaint I have about this book is at times, I would get a bit lost as to what was happening. It only occurred a few times, I would get confused as to what was taking place, then I would have to go back and re-read that section or chapter to see if I could find where I was and what is happening, other than that the story moved at a great pace.
Hodkin is really good at throwing in 'what-the-f***' kind of moments at you, and I really did like that. I liked that I couldn't figure out what was going on, what was going to happen, or what is going to eventually happen in the later books. It is very rare that I can't guess or theorize a little bit of a story line. I loved that in Mara Dyer, I couldn't do that! The mystery, the thriller kind of twists that are thrown at you, left me turning each page, I was consuming it so fast, and each time I tried to figure or guess, I was wrong. At times I couldn't even fathom what was going to happen. That gave this book something amazing.
All in all, I'm so glad I picked this book up. I can't wait to have the other ones in my hands so I can see where Hodkin will take this story and her characters.