Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 27th/2011
Pages: 452

What It's About!

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.


Mara wakes up in the hospital not remembering a thing. She is told her and 3 of her friends we're in an old abandoned building when it collapsed. Everyone died but Mara...but why? This is what Mara is trying to find out. Slowly, her memory of that night starts coming through in her dreams and strange things seem to be happening to her. She sees Jude, her boyfriend that was in the accident, and Claire, who was also in the accident, show up in her reflections and thinks she sees them when they're really not there.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is definitely original, with it's many dark and creepy twists and turns, a lot of stuff you wouldn't expect. I found Mara to be a very difficult character to understand and get to know. Sometimes I felt just as confused as she was at some points and in other parts I wanted to just rip my hair out in frustration and find out the big secret of why, why WHY?!, did it really happen? was it just a dream? It definitely keeps you guessing and it's hard to assume what is going to happen. I wouldn't put the book down for long periods of time hoping to find out why she's seeing things and why Noah, her new lover boy, seems to know more than he's letting on, which you find out very close to the end, that yes, he does, and explains what he knows.

I was and wasnt surprised by the ending at the same time. There were a few points that led up to it, but I still didnt expect it to happen like that. The author definitely tried to hook you into wanting to read the next book with the cliffhanger ending of this one.  Hodkin sure knows how to rope a reader in!

This book is full of mystery, darkness, some romance, and an amazingly twisting storyline that was very well done. I really enjoyed it for the most part and creeped out in others.

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