Monday 23 January 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Pages: 452
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC-Paperback 

A special Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK for sending me this book to review. 

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.
I don't even know where to begin with this review, so I'll start with this; I have never read anything like this before in my life.  Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series, called it 'Haunting and Dreamlike' and she couldn't have been more right. I wasn't sure if I was in a dream or if things were really happening.  It's like The Beautiful Mind sort of thing.  This whole life was made up in the schizophrenia's mind.  I felt like I needed my own anti-psychotic! There were points where I didn't know who to trust.  Could I really trust Noah?  Was he the real deal or was his reputation correct?  I was dying to know what was actually going on with Mara.  Was she hallucinating or did those murders actually happen?  Did she need to be hospitalized?  I was also dying for Noah and Mara to finally kiss. What was taking so long?!?! It got to be 1:40am and I had 100 pages left.  I couldn't put the book down.  I decided to stay awake until I finished it at 3am. What a ride! I need the next book. 

I liked it everyone. I really did. I haven't ever read anything like this before and I felt very invested in the characters by the end. I'm still not quite sure happened at the end though! It all happened so fast! If you are looking for a 'haunting and dreamlike' story then this is it. 
"In my rush, I hadn't tied my shoelaces. Noah was now tying them for me.
He looked up at me through his dark fringe of lashes and smiled. The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plastered on my lips, and didn't care.
"There," he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. "Now you won't fall."
Too late." 

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Mary. I read this recently and the fact that most of the time I didn't understand what was happening actually really intrigued me. It had a very mysterious air to it!

    Zaira Lynn (Business Cash Advance)


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