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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Format: Hardcover , 464pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher ARC
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.

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is filled with witty characters, mystery, and a sizzling romance that will leave you begging for more. I was in a book slump and this book brought life back into my endless days of book gloom. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. The chemistry between Mara & Noah sent sparks off the pages. I knew this book had elements of paranormal abilities and mystery but I found myself not caring about that at all. I just wanted more and more Mara and Noah scenes. I now have a favorite new couple!

I love Hodkin’s writing. She totally seduced me with her words. There were so many scenes that I adored in this book that I found myself sighing or writing down some of my favorite quotes. Mara's journey to find out what happened to her the night her friends died became quite an addictive page turner. There were some events that came to light that were unpredictable which is always good when you can keep me guessing. However, I want to point out that I did wonder a couple of times about how one event/incident correlated to another. The ending was quite the shocker. I did not see that coming and yet I'm still trying to put all the pieces together to find out what was really real and what was not.

I can’t wait to read more about Mara and Noah. Perhaps, a bit of light will be shed in the next installment on how it really went down. Plus, I really want to know more about what's going on inside of Mara's head. I seriously can't stop thinking about Noah. I think I have a bit of a crush on him now. Can't wait for more!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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  1. I've heard such wonderful things about this book, I can't wait to finally read it. It sounds like its a book that's hard to put down! Great review!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

  2. I can't wait to receive this book and start reading it. Thanks again for the giveaway, Tina!

    I'm particularly curious about this shocking, out-of-nowhere plot twist at the end that's been mentioned in practically every review.

  3. I am SO excited to read this book that it's probably not healthy LOL! x) I love it when books can surprise me (because I'm usually really good at reading between the lines and guessing), so I'm glad that Mara had that SHOCK factor!

    Awesome review, Tina! I'm really glad you liked it! :)

  4. I haven't read a bad review for this one yet, and each one has me wanting it more and more.
    Your fantastic reviews are always insightful and well thought out. I really appreciate your opinion.

  5. I'm so very excited for this one. All of the bloggers are heightening my anticipation immensely. I hope I enjoy it as much!

  6. Great review! I have heard such wonderful things about this story and I can't wait to meet Mara and Noah. :)

  7. I love a well written book. When I read a paragraph or even a sentence that is so shockingly new I am so happy. I find myself thinking how did someone come up with this? This sounds like one of those books to me. Thank for the review.

  8. Hm ... you review leaves me wanting those quotes you wrote about ... and the shocker ending, really? Tease me more, will you? Hm ... must read ...

    Thanks for the review! :)

    Ammy Belle

  9. Ok you've got me wanting to read this book even more!!!!! I've heard nothing but good, and if it brought you out of a reading slump it must be good!

  10. This is probably one of my most anticipated books of 2011. I can't wait to read it.

  11. Uh, I hate when I'm stuck in a book slump. And I've been stuck a lot lately. I'm glad to hear this is a book that can pull you out of it.

  12. This book sounds so fascinating and mysterious!! So glad you liked it. :) Noah sounds like such an attractive character ;)

  13. This cover caught my attention months ago, and I'm glad that it's worthy of a look inside as well!

  14. All of these reviews just make me positively giddy to read it! Thanks, I've heard wonderful things about Hodkin's writing style, which I'm a complete sucker for!

  15. Great review. I've been hearing so many great things about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I can't wait to read it.

  16. I try not to get to fixated with covers but this one is beautiful, and whit your review everything has been said! Now I have to have it!

  17. I'm looking forward to meeting Noah. I've heard some awesome things about him!

  18. I've been excited to read this book for months. I'm glad to hear it's worth the excitement.


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