The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Published September 27th 2011 by Simon and Schuster Books
Goodreads synopsis: 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.
This book held some pretty high standards for me. I know several book nerds who are absolutely in love with this series; I mean to the point of drooling when it’s mentioned. It’s one of the books that I had on my TBR list for YallFest last year, but never got around to. Lo and behold we of course got pretty up close and personal with Michelle after the YA-Smackdown. So after that I decided I had time til my next opportunity and I sort of swept it under the TBR rug. A few days ago I saw Michelle tweet that Mara was on sale via Amazon Kindle for only $1.99. I would have been crazier than Mara if I had passed up that deal.
One of the biggest reasons I love Goodreads is because of progress updates. I like to look back on them to see how much I enjoyed the book throughout reading, and because I read slowly I tend to have quite a few updates. So to kick it off my first check in was at 21% and it read – “Oh hello Noah Shaw <3”. The allure of the mysterious male lead (and obvious romantic interest since that’s how good YA works) did not disappoint. Nothing about this book was disappointing, in fact. Noah Shaw has that perfect balance of sexy cool mystery dude who you just can’t wait to dive into. And the tension between him and Mara is to die for.
It was 46% in where I wrote – “It’s gotten to that point where I absolutely do not want to put this book down, but alas… I have things to do.” Unfortunatley life sometimes gets in the way, but you know you have a good book in your hands when you’re at work at thinking about Noah Shaw. Or you’re doing household chores and wishing you knew what was up with Mara. Well that’s just how this book was for me. I couldn’t get it out of my head, and even after I’m done I just keep thinking about it. (I won’t share the rest of the updates cause they’re kinda lame)
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is how Michelle keeps you guessing. Is Mara crazy? Are the things she’s seeing real? Is she killing these people, and if so how? I wracked my brain thinking up my own explanations and theories. I even had one theory that Noah was somehow reading her mind and he would do the things she pictured in her head for her. But that of course would be kind of terrible, and I’m glad that wasn’t the case… but it was difficult to figure it all out and that is a good thing! It was especially stumping when it came to Noah being in the picture. What was his and Mara’s connection? At the end none of my questions were left unanswered (aside from the cliffhanging question of “What’s next?”) and that’s a great quality in a book in my eyes.
To reiterate, I was expecting a lot from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Michelle Hodkin did not disappoint. It grabs your attention from the beginning, stays thrilling through the middle, and then the ending smacks you in the face leaving you craving – no, demanding more!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an all around good story. Plus, Noah Shaw redefines the word “swoon”. I’ll be starting the second book the moment it arrives on my doorstep, then I’ll be patiently waiting outside the bookstore for the third when it comes out in November.