Monday, September 26, 2011

Mara Madness Blog Tour - Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ARC, 450 pages
Date Published: September 27, 2011
Description (Taken from 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 Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is inventive, pervasive, and completely mind-boggling. Each and every answer leads to more questions and to more mystery. Michelle Hodkin’s storytelling is spot-on, with pitch-perfect flow and unbelievable revelations. I was glued to the page, frantic for more information, but dwelling on each scene at the same time.

Mara is one of the most perfect characters because she is funny and flippant, but a good person at her core. She has a very messed up past and unraveling it with her is like digging for treasure, revealing another piece of the puzzle one excruciatingly minute after another. Mara’s relationship with her family grounds her though and keeps her sane. It also makes her feel that much more realistic to the reader. Some of my favorite scenes involve her and her two brothers.

And all the scenes with Noah are fantastic. Their banter may be petty, but I couldn’t help but want more because sexy British boy is sexy. He’s also got quite the alluring mystery to him. We already know Mara is swathed in confusion, but Noah has a few skeletons in his closet as well and I enjoyed digging them out. Also, there is hotness and it is swoony and I want my own Noah.

On top of everything are Mara’s nightmares and hallucinations, which create a dark tone that lingers even throughout the lighter scenes – side note: Jamie, Mara’s first (and only, really) friend at school is freaking awesome. Loved him! – Something big is going on and finding out involves death, creepiness, and a lot of strange things.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is, by far, one of the most crazy awesome, WTF-filled, mystery-laden books I’ve ever read. Everything about it pulls the reader in and refuses to let go. Michelle Hodkin’s writing is enthralling and tantalizingly good. The mystery and intrigue are done in a way that the very first chapter will have you hooked and by then, you’re a goner. You’ll have to sit and read. And read and read and read; until you reach the end and just stare at the page in awe. That’s what this book will do to you.

Opening line: The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in my head. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages:
“Thanks. Seriously, you must have better things to do with your life than waste it on the hopeless?”
“I’ve already learned Parseltongue. What else is there?”
“Elvish.”
“You’re like a gen-u-wine nerd. Love it.”~ pg. 123”

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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This is today's Mara Madness Blog Tour stop, but make sure you check out the lovely hosts at Books Complete Me to see a full list of tour stops. Visit all 21 tour stops and collect the letters for your chance to win 1 of 2 signed copies of the book. Today's letter:
Once you've collected all the letters, work your magic and unscramble them to spell out the words (you don't need to have read the book to get this one - check Michelle's blog for inspiration) then FILL OUT THE FORM to enter. There is one form linked on all the blogs, so please fill it out only once. 

2 comments:

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Has anyone NOT loved this book? I seriously have to read it, especially since you think it's "crazy awesome." And I love the lines you picked out!

Candace said...

I agree! And Noah... oh YUM-O! LOVE that sexy British boy SO MUCH!

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