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Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Thoughts: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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.

ARC received from Simon and Schuster Canada

WOW!! That's what I have to say. This is not going to be a long review, there are millions out there already  raving about this book. But I NEED to share my love for this novel.
 I knew The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was going to be good, I just wasn't expecting this good. I am stunned that this is Michelle Hodkin's first novel. The writing style is excellent, the plot is insane, the characters are complex. It was incredible.
Mara Dyer is a 16 year girl who has suffered a terrible accident. She is the sole survivor of a collapsed building that killed three of her friends- one of them being her best friend Rachel and her boyfriend Jude. Having survived this tragedy, Mara and her family leave the town they were living in, to make a new start. But, it's not a new start Mara gets. Soon after, Mara begins having hallucinations involving her dead friends. She begins seeing things, and hearing voices, and things die when she wills them to. Freaky eh? Yeah.  I found myself yelling asking, "what the heck is going on?" so many times, while reading this story. There were twists and turns everywhere. It was a wild ride and I loved every minute of it.

I think that I am generally pretty good at figuring out what's going on in a book. Plot twists and cliff hangers aren't usually that exciting or shocking to me. This was not the case in Mara Dyer, I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on with Mara, I didn't know what she was. The paranormal aspect I couldn't figure out; is she a witch? is she a ghost? I have no idea. Also, that end totally floored me. I was not expecting it at all. Not. At. All. However, I was reading an ARC, and I have heard that the end is a little different in the finished version. Regardless it was crazy.

If you want an amazing read. That will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is it.  It is a fantastic read  that will not disappoint.

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for the chance to read this.


  1. I was so shocked too that this was from a debut author! Not that I was expecting something horrible, but I was just so impressed. This book completely took me by surprise and I was just as lost throughout the entire read (in the best way possible!) I could probably gush forever about how much I loved this book too! But your review pretty much sums it up!


  2. Ha, ditto! There were numerous points in this book that I just had to take some time out to figure out what the heck was going on and if what was happening was real or a dream. I loved that about it! There are very few instances when I enjoy being confused but it worked in this case.

  3. I'm so glad you liked it so much! But somehow this book hasn't managed to lure me in even though I've been around all the hype.

    I think it was a hype put off-
    Still, I might give it a chance but I'm in no rush

  4. Ha, I'm wondering about that craziness. I heard MARA DYER has such a huge cliffhanger that everyone's waiting for its sequel already. It's on my wishlist. Hope to get a copy soon:)


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