Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Why on Earth have I waited so long to read this book?! This series has been getting major buzz since its release last year and in an effort to catch up on books that I have been wanting to read, I finally read this twisty-turny, not-what I-expected-at-all marvel!
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.
At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer are available now, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves Fall 2013. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.
Other books my Michelle Hodkin:

"Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” 
"Noah's eyes held my face. I swallowed hard. The juxtaposition of him sitting in a room full of people while staring at no one but me was overwhelming. Something shifted inside of me at the intimacy of us, eyes locked amid the scraping of twenty graphite pencils on paper."


 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer starts with our heroine, Mara, narrowly escaping a horrible tragedy. After her life is completely upended, she fears she may be losing her sanity as well. Mara is a clever, troubled and witty heroine. We follow her awkward struggle to acclimate herself to a new environment and her character's story is unfolded in such a clever way that we aren't sure whether she is truly losing her marbles or not.
Naturally, there is a boy, Noah, and I liked that although she was interested in him from the beginning, she was more interested in taking care of herself and did not melt like an icicle at his slightest touch. Noah is a shady character at first, but eventually grows on you (but should he?).
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer unravels like the best thriller and spy novel wrapped in a beautiful and twisted bow. We discover the details right beside Mara (she has lost her memory since the accident due to PTSD) and this fact keeps the tension high and the pages turning.
I won't spoil it for you, but the end does come with a few twists and a cliffhanger that has me downloading the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, stat! If you haven't had a chance to explore Mara Dyer's would yet, I highly suggest you dig in! the timing is almost perfect since the third volume, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is due out Fall of next year!


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