Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Review Time! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was a 2011 YA Debut. However it was only published in Australia in February this year. The cover of this book is just gorgeous and I'm not going to lie - I wanted to read the book just because of the cover although the blurb sounded pretty good too! Purchase your copy at The Book Depository - US EditionAUS Edition. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the review copy!

(Goodreads) 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.

The Short Story? - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of those books that really does your head in. It completely twists everything and blurs the line between reality and fantasy. I think YA psychological thriller is a more accurate description for the book. Edgy, dark and chilling, Hodkin's debut is really something original. Beautiful characterisation, mind-blowing plot and a narrative voice that completely consumes the reader!

The Long Story ? - This is really one of those novels that you either love or hate. Luckily I tend to love psychological thrillers and those supernatural reality books. I can honestly say that I really did enjoy The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It's not exactly a comfortable read for someone to read because you can't just tune out and let the words take you away. YOU HAVE TO CONCENTRATE or else you get lost. Hodkin really twists your head, I had to get someone to clarify the last 100 pages for me because I was not sure I read it right. The plot is edgy and chilling - complex and completely mind-blowing. It's quite a slow pace but in this case it worked because if the story moved any faster I would have gotten lost. Filled with mystery and suspense, Hodkin strings readers along for the grand finale and WASN'T IT GRAND! What a cliff hanger ending! If you loved Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma or Shift by Em Bailey - this one is for you!

The highlight of this book for me was the characterisation. Mara was one disturbed ( and cray cray - maybe?) girl but the illusion of normal she creates is just WOW! With such a traumatising past and such a deadly secret, Mara is one of the most intriguing characters I have come across in YA fiction. I really like how Hodkin has portrayed her, the smartish, normalish girl with the dangerous gift. I want to see where Hodkin takes Mara next. AND THEN we have Jace Wayland reincarnation in YA contemporary. Noah Shaw - can we get a SWOON? He's just amazing! Extremely beautiful, extremely witty, extremely vain and extremely funny! BUT this guy's got a sweet side too and that just makes THIS much more irresistible! Seriously one of my favourite couples of the year ( so far!) Great characterisation!

What else can I say? You're either going to love or hate The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because this is one book too extreme for middle ground. Edgy and engrossing, it's addictive and completely twisted. The psychological thriller debut is something original and unique - filled with mystery, suspense and a touch of supernatural - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is mind-shatteringly amazing. You will finish the book and think - WHAT DID I JUST READ? But nevertheless a novel I recommend to everyone!

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Badass Bookie xx


  1. I'm going to read this soon as well! I think i'll enjoy this. :)

    Great review!

  2. This was definitely a different kind of read of me as I tend to read more romantic comedy but the plot twists were so cool, especially that ending which had me begging for the second book in the series!

  3. I agree. Last 100 pages were confusing for me too, though I was carried away by the awesomely crafted words! I loved it though. Super awesome review :)Totally captured what I felt while reading this!

  4. You may just have to lend this one too me :)
    Lovely review

  5. Great review - thanks for being honest! I have heard mixed reviews about this one so I will have to pick it up for myself and see what it's like! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Mara Dyer was such a rollercoaster ride and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I love how this book really makes you think but at the same time just leaves you on your toes because you still have no clue what is going to happen next. I seriously can't wait til The Evolution of Mara Dyer comes out, this serie is truly one of a kind and completely amazing.

  7. WHA?! OK, I S W E A R I commented on your MD review earlier in the week. I SWEAR. Am I going nuts? I must be going nuts...
    I LOVE this book. I love how insane and sexy and ADKGAJKFKAF it is, and how you finish going WTF? WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! Briliant! ^__^

  8. I'm looking forward to find out on which side I am. If I read your review, I think I'll be on the I LOVE IT side. Thanks for the review!