Monday, 6 August 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin
Pages: 452
Publisher: Simon & Suchester Children's Publishing
Pub date: September 27th 2011

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…


Hi, guys! I'm starting the week with a review. I've been holding this review up because i don't know how to bring justice to it. It left me completely speechless when i was finished with it. Anyway, here it is...

I didn't know what to expect because there was a lot of positive reviews for this. When i first read the blurb i thought it was an ordinary thing where Mara comes back as herself before the death of her friends and her boyfriend with help from Noah. But, no, i was totally, totally wrong.

Mara doesn't know what happened. She just doesn't remember anything from the incident. Even though, she was there when they died. After the incident Mara and her family moves away. Her mom thinks it's better for her, but in reality it isn't. She keeps on seeing Rachel (her best friend), Claire (her "friend") and Jude (her boyfriend), who all died in the incident. Everything has changed since that incident. Then she meets Noah Shaw at her new school, the schools bad boy.

From the story line i didn't know what to expect of Noah and Mara's relationship. Noah was too normal for Mara. But then we learn that Noah has big secrets that's he's keeping as well. I couldn't stop flicking pages to know what was going to happen next. And just when i thought the mind-blowing attacks were done there was one more thing that blowed my mind even more.

And oh my, Noah Shaw! I was literally melting and giggling when it came to him! No one can resist a bad boy! And the cherry on top? He's got an accent! *Swoon* This was me (and i'm sure everyone else was as well):

2nd step
1st step.

3rd step
*I don't take credit of these pictures.

Unfortunately, even though i loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (and Noah Shaw!) there is one thing that stands in the way of giving it a 5 star rating. The one thing that stood in the way was the slow paced until the middle of the book. At the start i was hooked but then it just became slow paced for me until the middle of the book. However, i still think that many people will love The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin keeps you in a knot because of the mystery and suspense. Even after reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer you will be screaming for more and pulling you hair out with rage.

My rating:
Comes with minor flaws but i do recommend it.

About the author:
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 Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, her first novel which is available now. The sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves October 23, 2012, 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. *From Goodreads.

{More about Michelle Hodkin: Goodreads/ Her website/ Her blog/ Twitter/ Facebook}


  1. MARA DYER!!! I loved this book with all my heart!!!!! OMG! It is amazing :D I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!!! I cannot WAIT for the next one! And, oh yes... Noah Shaw :) SWOON!!

    1. I can't wait for the next one either! The cliffhanger is killing me! :'(

  2. Lovely review! I really enjoyed this book too but do have to agree that it comes short of a 5 star rating. For me, it started of really well and then slowed down near the end. I can't wait for the second book though! :)

  3. I do have to say that this book is utterly amazing! So glad you enjoyed it!

  4. This has been on my wishlist for ages! :) The slow-paced bit doesn't sound too good but I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I can't wait to pick it up!

    Also, new follower here. x

  5. Aww, hahaha! <3 I just LOVE the gifs you post in this review! <3 Soo cute! x) Anyway, lovely review hun! I'm so excited that you love this book so much! I need to find time to cave in and read this book - it sounds too good to miss! x)


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