Sunday, October 9, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Date Released: September 27th, 2011
Pages: 452
Rating: 4.5 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. 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.


Extremely captivating!  All the suspense and curiosity really kept me glued to the book.  With interesting characters and an intricate plot, it was bound to be really fascinating!

Basically, Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital room, with no memory of how she ended up there, but she is told that she was in an accident and her three friends, Rachel, Claire, and Jude are all dead.  Shortly after she is released, her family moves to Florida to escape the memories and have a fresh new start.  At her fancy private school, she meets Noah, a British *sighs* boy who is quite popular and makes all the girls swoon.  Especially Mara, although she won't admit it.  From there, her adventure begins to figure out what's wrong with her and why she keeps hallucinating.

The characters were very awesome.  They all brought a lot of variety and entertainment to the novel.  Mara was definitely different.  She was artsy, because she liked to draw, quiet, a bit withdrawn, and pretty stubborn.  Noah was... spectacular.  This may be biased because he's British (that may be the dumbest reason ever, but who agrees with me that British men are undeniably hot?), but he was also pretty funny and a bit misunderstood by everyone else. 

The plot was intense!  There were so many "OMG!" moments that were shocking and so many twists and unexpected things that Hodkin wrote into Mara Dyer that made it so captivating.  

Love plays a big part in Mara Dyer because it's the relationship between Mara and Noah that develops a very important connection towards the end of the book, which is sort of unexpected by very mind-blowing because it's like, "WHOA! I did not see that coming at all!"

Chalk full of mystery, romance, and a little bit of creepiness, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a very great debut.  I simply loved it.  Everything was great from the plot to the characters.  Defintely pick up a copy if your looking for a thriller!

Cover Review:
LOVE THIS COVER!  I love the photographs that the photographer took.  I actually set one as the wallpaper for my laptop.  Its darkness really sets the mood and atmosphere of the book.  It also shows that this is very much a romance novel, which I really didn't get until Mara and Noah started spending a lot of time together... Now I understand the cover!

Cleo :)

*Description and picture from
**Review copy purchased.

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