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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Book Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2176-9
Suggested Ages: 13 +
Release Date: September 27, 2011
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Description: 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 Good Stuff
  • Sucks you in and doesn't let go -- I hated putting it down (see I love you kids, I put down a fab book to spend time with you )
  • Mysterious, spooky, and dark
  • Parents aren't horrendous self absorbed morons (you get extra points just for that)
  • Love interest is a yummy bad boy with an English accent
  • Some nice humour - quirky and a little bit snarky - just what I like
  • Lots of twists and turns and it keeps you on the edge of your seat
  • Love the relationship between Mara and her brothers
  • Love Jamie
  • Did I mention her parents weren't horrendous self absorbed morons- I really have to let this go -- nope not going to I'm old and set in my way
  • Liked all the pop culture references - yes I do know I am a nerd thank you very much
  • Author is a fab storyteller - give you a little bit and than makes you wait with anticipation
 The Not so Good Stuff
  • Was a wee bit confused near the end with what was going on
  • If there is a sequel than the ending was good if not - Michelle Hodkin I will hunt you down and make you (not really but I'd be pissed if that was the final ending to the story)
  • WTF with the everglades and the leeches - yeah really didn't like those parts
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I decided not to tell her about my little adventure today; if she watched me any closer, she'd turn into the Eye of Sauron"


"So A-holes aside, how's your first week?"
Oh, you know. Saw a dead guy. Losing my mind. Same Old. "Not too bad."

"I gracelessly darted into the crowd and only narrowly avoided being elbowed in the face by a girl attired in what could only be described as "slutty Gryffindor" apparel. So wrong."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • This one is good for both YA and adults
  • I would say probably 14+ due to violence and sexuality -- but that is just a suggestion, nothing a more mature 12/13 yr old couldn't handle
  • Not for those who like a light read, you have to be paying attention
  • Kelley Armstrong fans will enjoy

4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. Im here reading the samples and truthfully i just dont know all the people who read this book say that it is really good but when someone is deadset on dying is it really worth the read. Idk but i think that i might read it im still thinking but this is just what im thinking because i like happy books.

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