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  1. says:

    Warning this review contains flashing gifs and foul language.I ve spent two years avoiding this book I remember in 2011 when I stumbled across that exciting GR description and pretty if slightly creepy and discomfiting cover, but my initial curiosity was quickly dampened by the reviews from my trusted goodreads friends And for nearly two years, I have listened My intentions were to never give this book series another thought, until I recently came across this interesting page 15 Young Adult Books Every Adult Should Read And I noticed authors like Laurie Halse Anderson on the list That s when something inside me rose up to meet the promise of a challenge plus, who knows, sometimes my favourite books of all time have been those I d taken a chance on against the odds.But this book was just bad The exciting premise is wasted on a novel that eats at the same lunch table as Twilight, Hush, Hush and Fallen The mysterious paranormal aspect opens up many avenues for the author to have explored and yet she chooses instead to pick the dullest one a cliched romance And damn if this book isn t one huge glowing neon cliche One where a boring heroine with a severe lack of personality meets a ridiculously good looking, sexy, British bad boy who could have anyone he wants and he somehow finds himself madly in love with her Why Well, that remains the biggest mystery of all Two words come to mind when I think back over this book wish fulfillment But yes, the other two words spring to mind a lot too This novel is a very fine example of a certain brand of book that contains mediocre at best writing, unbelievably hot male love interests and is an empty, easy sell for young teen girls Noah really is quite laughably perfect if you like controlling jerks, but I ll get to that in a second with his perfect face, hair, body, smile etc , his massive fortune, his intelligence which includes knowledge of six languages and large quotes from various classic novels He is so flawless, I felt like he d just rolled off the factory production line, spritzed, polished and raring to go.Ah yes, and about that controlling thing I mentioned There s really no need to explain it in detail, I ll just pull up some quotes for you Noah placed his forefinger above my upper lip and his thumb below my bottom lip, and applied the slightest pressure, cutting me off Shut up, he said quietly What is Mara s response to his rudeness I nodded feebly o_O You nodded feebly What is wrong with you I can t understand why you aren t all like Then The waiter appeared then, and Noah plucked the menu from my hands and handed it over, rushing off our order in Spanish The waiter departed for the kitchen I shot him a dark look I hadn t decided yet Trust me This also happens in Fifty Shades of Grey, Christian orders for Ana without even asking what she d like or if she s vegetarian or has any allergies For one thing, it s flawed But beyond that it s just goddamn rude What exactly is sexy about a guy not giving a damn what you want When you look past the pretty description we are given of Noah s perfection, I find him incredibly unattractive, pretentious and annoying If I wasn t British myself, I think this book would give me a really bad opinion of British people almost as bad as Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap remake when she tells her American twin I have claaasss and you don t shudders This quote Because I m European, and therefore cultured than you might have been funny as an isolated incident but Noah s repetition of similar declarations of cultural superiority with books, music, etc just made me thinkI also think Mara is in desperate need of a new girlfriend because the girls in this book are ALL her enemies Even her two friends at the beginning get separated into best friend and evil girl who s trying to steal best friend away The word slut naturally appears several times in this novel and usually when the characters are talking about mean girl Anna who immediately decided to make Mara s life hell because Noah showed some interest in her This beautiful quote sums up Anna s characterisation The list of what you re missing, Anna, is longer than the South Beach Free Clinic s walk in list, Jamie said, and I was surprised to hear his voice Though I m sure your hookup resume includes the same names Cue group laughter as good triumphs over the evil slut who doesn t deserve feelings This always amazes me in these kind of books that we re supposed to be sympathetic towards the MC and believe she is the victim and much interesting because of her lack of sluttiness I don t think I ll ever understand why that stuff matters I ve been picking out all these quotes throughout this review but I ve saved the best for last If I had been drinking whilst reading this bit, I would have sprayed the contents of my mouth everywhere I just can t This is in response to Mara finding out about how Noah slept with a girl who was in love with him just to prove a point to the girl s brother I should haul back and smack him, strike a blow for feminism or something or at the very least, get out of the car But then his thumb traced my skin and without quite realizing it, I leaned toward him and rested my forehead against his. to hell with feminism Hot jerk is touching my face


  2. says:

    Well, let me get this out of the way The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has nothing whatsoever in common with The Adoration of Jenna Fox, even though their publisher provided plot descriptions are almost identical What it is similar to is the infamous bestseller Hush, Hush, but it is just a tad less offensive So, if you are a fan of that novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is your next natural reading choice.I ll attempt to refrain from excessive ranting here, but, goodness, this novel is just as bad or as good, depending on how you look at it as Hush, Hush First, there is this wonky, messy and too often nonsensical paranormal story line that is, naturally, all but abandoned to concentrate on romance later in the book Mara wakes up from a coma to find out that her 3 friends have died in an accident which she miraculously survived She doesn t remember the circumstances of it, but something strange starts happening to her She seems to be seeing ghosts everywhere, people around her are dying, she keeps losing chunks of time Things are so bad with Mara, that her parents consider sending her to an asylum for psychiatric treatment But eventually they all settle on helping her deal with the trauma by moving to Florida Here during her first disastrous day in a new private school Mara meets, you guessed it, a scorching hot bad boy named Noah Shaw Of course, he s been around the block and allegedly dated every girl in the school Of course, he is loaded Of course, Mara is the first girl he ever cared about, cared enough to announce her his girlfriend and, oh my, drive her to school Where have I seen this before What follows is exactly what you d expect, a romance that is pretty much an exercise in sexual innuendo, douchebaggery and you are mine i belong to you mumbo jumbo I got sick of the constant alluding to nailing or knowing what I put in my mouth before swallowing very quickly To be fair, unlike Nora, Mara does not just quietly take suggestive and offensive remarks thrown at her, she can return them as well the swallowing line is hers Plus, Noah doesn t try to kill her.I suppose some female readers will find this sort of dating attractive, amusing, hot even, but for the life of me I can t work up any love for the male lead who is described by Mara s new best friend as a guy who uses and discards his girlfriends like condoms allegedly.What else is there to expect In a Becca Fitzpatrick like fashion, Michelle Hodkin fills her book with nonsensical things like a teacher in a posh private school throwing stuff and insults at her students, or fortuitous situations where our lovebirds find themselves in various beds with no adults around of course, there are super duper paranormal reasons why the two can t go all the way , or one dimensional characters Mara s blonde mean girl arch nemesis who turned a complete slut after dating our hero and an obligatory best new black Jewish bi friend much better and inventive than that obligatory best gay friend, right Pardon me while I go roll my eyes at this mess some .P.S I dare you to explain what exactly happened in this book.


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    1.5 stars Welcome to yet another teen romance masquerading as a paranormal novel If you re like me, you ve been salivating to read this book for months because of the breathtaking cover and of course, the premise of a girl waking up in a hospital with no memory of how her friends were killed is pretty intriguing I m sorry to say, however, that the maddening phenomenon I m calling cover fraud strikes again, since this is another book whose interior does not live up to its beautiful cover art.Mara Dyer doesn t know what happened to her friends the day that a building collapsed on them, nor how she somehow escaped miraculously unscathed The family decides to pack up and move to another town to get away from intrusive attention and so that her lawyer father can take on a high profile criminal case Until this point, things are pretty interesting and I wanted to know what was going on just as much as Mara did Except suddenly, a boy enters the picture, and Mara pretty much loses all common sense interest in figuring out why people around her keep dying And that s when I lost my interest in this book, too.I rarely have trouble adjusting any preconceived expectations about a book s content, which is why I m able to go with the flow for books such as Divergent or Delirium, which weren t quite what I expected but I liked because the authors handled certain aspects of them very well So if this was going to turn out to be a romance book with the paranormal stuff thrown in as a bonus, well, I d be fine with it if I was sufficiently entertained The issue with this is that if the book isn t entertaining and the romance doesn t work for you, the whole thing is doomed And this romance did not work for me at all.Noah Shaw is one of those guys you re supposed to find charming in spite of yourself He s arrogant, he s got a smart mouth, he has a deviant grin, and he s slept with just about every girl he s ever looked at As soon as Mara sees him, she seems to be struck dumb view spoiler hee hee hee, struck dumb hide spoiler


  4. says:

    After feeling this was a 3 Star read based on content that I had a 5 Star time reading, I decided to meet in the middle with a 4 Star Rating Just go with it. All you Mara Dyer haters out there, I get it, there are all the same issues here that people had with Twilight and all the other hyped teen paranormal books of the era I found them too, but I was prepared going in I didn t pick this up until after everyone else had already read it so I knew that these books set feminism back about 100 years I went into this book looking solely for an entertaining read and that s precisely what I got.Obviously I can t add anything new to the review narrative that s been circulating since these books were written, but I will say that Hodkin has that special touch, the one that people are embarrassed to admit to adoring because it s not cool to like books like these any, but secretly they fangirl over it because swoon These are saccharine sweet with cheesy romance and cliche plot twists, but I can t help it I DRANK THE KOOLAID AND WANT MORE Sorry if that makes me shallow, but I m just here for the trashy reads right now If you need me I ll be curled up in my pjs binging the rest of the trilogy bc I m old and don t care what people think of me JustKiddingPleaseLoveMe Book 1 for my Nebulous November challenge I ve only been meaning to read this for the past 6 years, so NBD


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    HmmWhere do I even start with this book I guess I should start by saying The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I have this awkward love hate relationship If this book were a person, it d be the boyfriend I sometimes had fun with, but never wanted to take with me in public because I knew he would do something stupid and embarrass the hell outta me For majority of the first half of the book, I wanted to stomp it into the ground with my pair of patent leather pumps However, somewhere along the lines, I started to enjoy myself a bit I d hear a strange sounds coming from my mouth only to realize, Oh my, that was a chuckle In many ways, I can really see why so many people would really like this book, but I can also see why others would want to gorge their eyes out with a high school cafeteria spork Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital bed one day with no recollection of how she got there or what happened to her friends who were killed in the accident that she managed to survive Hoping for a new beginning, her family packs up and moves to Florida As the memories Mara thought were lost start to slowly make a reappearance and dead bodies seem to pop up like daisies, she notices something is not quite right with her She, then, struggles to keep hold of reality while trying to figure out the mystery of what really happened to her in her old hometown.The Good I ll start with the good first since there are a few things I did like and I have so much bad to rant about later in the review.The cover is beautiful It has to be one of my favorite covers of the year and I get shivers just looking at it Not only that, but the book s premise really appealed to me and is easily the biggest reason why I continued to turn page after page It was a surprisingly quick and easy read and the writing style wasn t bad either I really appreciated that both of Mara s parents were around, even though they seemed to dissapear at the most convenient of times And like I said earlier some of the dialog I did enjoy and found funny Most of the best moments for this book is between Mara and Noah, the love interest okaaayyy so that s all I got for the good Man, that s a bit pathetic It s barely a paragraph.The Bad This book had a lot of potential and for the longest time, I couldn t exactly put my finger on what bothered me about the book If it weren t for the following issues, this could have been a 4 star read for me, possibly .The books biggest issues are the actual characters and all the sterotypes that come along with them They were completely extra The gay black guy, the extra bitchy popular girl who hates the MC for some vain, insignificant reason accompanied by tweedle dumb her trusty side kick or fashion accessory I can t decide which , the bad boy who truly isn t bad he has feelings, he s deep and likes to fix people , and the obnoxious, perfect, older brother.1 Jamie.Jamie is Mara s new best friend in Florida He also happens to be a bisexual, Jewish, Black male with dreadlocks and a tongue ring Oh, and he s adopted Yes, I know He is quite a little token cocktail, isn t he Hodkin, you want to put a PoC or a bisexual or a Jewish person in your story Be my guest But, why, oh why, did he have to be all THREE AT ONCE And if he wasn t Black enough let s give him dreads And, oh noz, he isn t gay enough either, we must add a tongue ring And what the hell, let s urbanize him while we are at it Funny thing is he knows he s the token character But none of this matters, because you re not going to listen to your token black Jewish bi friend, are you That is the part where Hodkin almost owed me a new Kindle I literally had to stop reading or I was going to lose it His characterization was poor, poor, poor It felt like he was trying entirely too hard to be both gay and Black, neither of which I found convincing About halfway through the book we don t see him again and I couldn t even be mad at that because I was too busy celebrating the fact I no longer had to endure his weird hip hop lingo any I realize this may have been Hodkin s attempt to add diversity to her story, but guess what 2 Daniel.Or as I liked to call him The kiss ass perfectionist He was just too over the top to be believable He is perfect in every way Perfect student, perfect son, perfect brother I can totally see why Mara was annoyed by this Every time Mara wants to go somewhere, Daniel has to first talk with their mother about it AND IT ALWAYS WORKS I have an issue when one sibling seems to hold that much power in a hosehold There is a scene in the book where he is looking at the mail and says What lucky institution of higher education accepted me today he asked, eyes on the envelopes Ah, Harvard That s nice And Stanford Wow, so not only is he a kiss ass, but he s conceded too If I ever saw Daniel out in public with his mom, it would go something like this I would to tap him on the shoulder and go, Hey, buddy You dropped something Huh What Where he d say And I would respond, Your lips I see them over there dangling off your momma s right ass cheek Go and get em, will ya It s distracting 3 NoahNoah is the bad boy love interest of the story that has had sex with the entire female population of the school insert eye roll here His character is also over the top with bad boy stereotypes He gets away with everything because everyone loves him He is loaded with cash money He s ridiculously good looking with a le gasp English accent He s incredibly arrogant, rude and tactless Oh, and most importantly, he only has eyes for Mara Of course Once he enters the picture, Mara completely forgets about everything cough the plot cough I suppose it really isn t her fault After all, Noah possesses a panty dropping smile Hide your daughters Later in the story, a small piece of me actually started to like him, but unlike Mara, I couldn t excuse his original jackassness Nope, couldn t do it 4 Mara What is your real name anyway I didn t entirely dislike her, but I felt she made some really crappy decisions This story could have really taken off and gone to an interesting place if she didn t become so obsessed with Noah There were times where I thought she would use that crazy brain of hers, but then she would turn right around and ignore the problem There was one scene when Jamie tells her view spoiler that Noah caught him with his hand up Noah s little sister s skirt and Noah runs off and has sex with Jamie s older sister as revenge hide spoiler


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    This is THE best book I ve ever read I don t rate my books one star to five stars I rate my books one star to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer People always want to know what my absolute hands down favorite book is And it s funny because when they ask, they always give me that good minute long silence for me to think it over But I never need a minute And I probably never will.This is my favorite book.This book is my trump card whenever my friends and I are talking about the most amazing books ever written during those 3 a.m conversations it s the book that I ve read 14 times it s the only book that I have that s completely covered in margin notes It s the book that made me a book snob Mara wakes up in a hospital, only to find out that her friends are dead from having an entire building collapse upon them.And her only clue as to how that happened is that she was the only one that lived.After burying her friends and her former life, Mara s family moves her away, thinking that all she needs is to start over New state.New town New school.New friends New life.And Noah Shaw Have you kissed many boys before he asked quietly.I raised an eyebrow Boys That s an assumption Noah laughed, the sound low and husky Girls, then No Not many girls Or not many boys Neither, I said Let him make of that what he would How many Why I am taking away that word You are no longer allowed to use it How many My cheeks flushed, but my voice was steady as I answered One At this, Noah leaned impossible closer, the slender muscles in his forearm flexing as he bent his elbow to bring himself nearer to me, almost touching I was heady with the proximity of him an grew legitimately concerned that my heart might explode Maybe Noah wasn t asking Maybe I didn t mind I closed my eyes and felt Noah s five o clock graze my jaw, and the faintest whisper of his lips at my ear He was doing it wrong Noah s the only one that believes Mara when she tells him that she s going crazy.When she tells him that she can kill people with the gun of her mind and the trigger of her imagination Is it real Or not Fix me, I commanded him This thing what I ve done there s something wrong with me, Noah Fix it Noah s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck I can t This book is suspenseful and intriguing and riveting and it has a page 359 that ll make you stop breathing I don t have a choice I told him You always have choice He said


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    What a strange book.So strange in fact that I don t know what to make of Mara Dyer.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is peculiar It s a paranormal story with scenes that border on illogical and highly infused with sometimes cringe worthy, sometimes heart stopping romance.BUT.It s also thrilling and hard to put down I kept my lights on, as recommended by Rachel Hawkins, and let me tell you that you ll want to do that, too.It won t scare you But it will raise goose bumps on your arms and legs and make you check over your shoulders every five minutes to make sure no one is watching you.The horror is well put in the plot It comes out during unexpected moments and always takes the reader by surprise There isn t much of it, but the reader is constantly on the edge of his seat, because he knows it will appear at some point.Mara Dyer is a snarky, if not judgmental and headstrong, heroine But she has a soft side Noah on the other side is calm and seems to have an answer to everything He and Mara are two strong characters and, though I hate to admit it because the romance irked me most of the time, they do make a perfect match.It s definitely a character driven story The plot is there, and honestly I always wanted to know what would happen, but there is not much description Characters rule the story, not the world building or details or anything else They make the intrigue Without them, the story would have no meaning There are some things I would change about it, if given the chance to I d cut on the romance, the unnecessary blah blah and drama hell, that Spanish teacher is a demon and I d pour horror scenes and craziness inside it.Because that s what makes it thrilling.I can t wait to see what happens next.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin


  8. says:

    But without my big mouth, no one would know that a seventeen year old who likes Death Cub for Cutie was responsible for the murders No one would know that somewhere out there is a B student with a body count And it s important that you know, so you re not next This book messed with my sanity It teased it, played with it and then tossed it aside and left me trying to gather my wits, something that felt like catching feathers in a tornado Impossible.I was very hesitant to start this book I was convinced it would be nothing special and I wouldn t like it You can imagine my surprise when I felt hooked to this story since page 1 Page 1. That s all it took to dive in a unique reading experience that almost sent me straight to the asylum pun intended Thinking something does not make it true Wanting something does not make it real There s not much I can say about the plot without spoiling you except that it follows the story of Mara Dyer, a girl whose best friend was killed when they were together and couldn t remember anything about it She was traumatized, she couldn t put it behind her despite her family s efforts and love, she saw ghosts and things no one else could, and she was certain she was going crazy And then she met Noah Shaw and everything changed And just like that, I was completely, utterly, and entirely, His What makes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer a unique reading experience The mystery The mystery is tangible and gives you the creeps There was something utterly disturbing sinking in my skin, giving me goosebumps and making my heart race You needed answers but you didn t get them All you got was questions and a sense of foreboding And a brain smelling like roast potatoes The paranormal element Dead people making appearances, portraits looking at you, bugs at your food, horrible deaths etc etc I will not be able to look at my bathtub the same way again The humor One little joke involving hemorrhagic fever and they brand you unstable As you can imagine some light moments were essential to make you breathe, and Michelle Hodkin knew exactly how to make you laugh or giggle maniacally, depends on the person not that it happened to me Noah Shaw What could I say Noah, despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I d like to rip off your clothes and have your babies Hot Arrogant British Owns a massive book collection Loves dogs Pant dropping smile Sensitive Extremely and unexpectedly sweet Hot.I loved his scenes with Mara, the way he refused to give up on her and supported her He can be the one to save her from the darkness or doom her to a life deprived of light.What say you Care to give it a try Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest


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    You know when you read a book and you can stop rolling your eyes and think I m too old for this shit Well, that was me reading this book The premise was interesting A girl uses a ouija board with her friend She wakes up in the hospital not remembering how her best friend died Paranormal things start happening But there were so many bad YA tropes I just couldn t deal.Conversations that would never happen between teenagers come on nobody will quote a few sentences from Lolita just like that Evil teachers that want nothing else but to torture you Throwing chalk at you although I ve had a math teacher that told us he once threw a dictionary at a student back in the good old days when it was a boys only school Her finding a way to prove how much better she is than said teacher when she becomes fluent in Spanish pretty much overnight that only happens in your head, not in real life.The love interest is a stylishly disheveled boy with a British accent that wants nothing else than the plain main character because she s not like other girls he actually says that out loud He wants nothing than to make her his Possessive and pretty violent I got flashbacks from Twilight Said main character becomes arch enemy with the pretty popular girl just because Plus she hates the girls wearing slutty costumes at the Halloween party Towards the end, I could see the potential but it was a complete fail Part of me was curious to see where the series would go but after the ending, I don t think it s enough for me to continue the series.


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    I truly have no idea where to even start I m sure if I just said Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate I m going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect The synopsis really doesn t give you much, and I like it that way The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic title really set the tone for the book The overall feel of this book is very different than most YA s out right now It s very dark You will realize that from the first page Sometimes it sent shivers up my spine But it s also a fantastically done love story that had me aswoon on many occasions So although I didn t quite know what to expect, I fell in love with this unique and extremely captivating story very, very early on.Who is Mara Dyer you may ask Well, I m not telling You will have to find out for yourself, but I will say that she was damaged and she was unreliable because of that That was a aspect that I absolutely loved Mara just really wanted to be a normal girl and that made her relatable and realistic I loved her sense of humor, it reminded me of mine Mara Dyer is a mystery you will want to figure out You will love her Now for the romance.sigh Michelle Hodkin is trying to kill us with this romance Heart attacks and swooning will ensue Noah, Noah, Noah He is everything you love I guarantee it He even has an accent He s also a bit of a bad boy with a reputation He s just.Whoa I m gushing, huh Let put it into intelligent sentences There s no insta love There is a believable, intense, sexy attraction that builds slowly and makes you fall in love right along with the characters I swooned, I giggled and by the end of it I was head over heels This was the best romance I have read in a long, long time.I m not done No, there is to this story than great characters and heart stopping sexy romance Much It s scary It s make the hairs on your arm stand up eerie It s awesome There were many times I just had to set the book down for a few moments so I could just take it all in I died a thousand little deaths from the sheer hotness and awesomeness of this book It left me speechless and breathless and this review in no way does it justice The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a book I could read over and over, and I probably will.This is an incredible debut Michelle Hodkin is an author that everyone will be talking about This book is the next big thing I LOVED it It claimed my favorite book of the year spot before I hit page 50 I will hand sell this if I have to but I won t have to Am I getting my point across READ IT



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 CanShe Believes There Must Be To The Accident She Can T Remember That Killed Her Friends And Left Her Mysteriously Unharmed There IsShe Doesn T Believe That After Everything She S Been Through, She Can Fall In Love She S Wrong

  • Hardcover
  • 456 pages
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  • Michelle Hodkin
  • English
  • 02 July 2017
  • 9781442421769

About the Author: Michelle Hodkin

Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as haunting and dreamlike by Cassandra Clare and darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful by Veronica Roth.