Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
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.
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Publishes in US: September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: library
Series? Yes. Mara Dyer #1,  is already out Published Oct. 2012 and publishes Oct 2013

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    I went into book knowing not a whole lot except Mara was a good character and this book was highly recommended and well reviewed.
    I came away from this book knowing being in Mara's head is an adventure I will not soon forget.
    Michelle writing was great and I was constantly guessing what was going on. I didn't know if Mara was crazy if there was some paranormal aspect that I didn't know about or some other explanation. (Again, didn't look at genre and that just made it even more of an adventure.)  I was confused at times, shocked at others, creeped out at spots and wondering about Mara but one thing I knew is: I didn't want to put down the book. I had to get to the bottom of what happened and what was going on.
     I also couldn't get enough of the enigma that was Noah. Every time I thought I had figured him out, he would do something else that had me questioning again. But like Mara, I had to have more. Even knowing his bad boy personality and reputation, I couldn't look away. There were some breathtaking and hot scenes and I loved watching their banter and the chemistry.
    I guess that I didn't rate this book higher since I was glued to the pages is because I am still confused. I will continue with the series at some point I am sure, but I still don't really understand exactly what was what, and what happened in this one.

Bottom Line: Fast paced and couldn't look way even though I was confused. A lot.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever seen something that can be explained?

35 comments:

  1. I've had this book for ages, but just haven't had a strong urge to read it. I think it's because of the conflicting reviews, and I'm just not sure if this is my thing. But, I do plan to give it a try at some point. I'm glad you liked it overall, even though you are confused by the story. Thanks for sharing, Brandi!

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    1. I've seen lots about it too and had to try it for myself

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  2. I love a book that keeps me guessing, but being confused after reading it is not so good. I still will give it a chance though.

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    1. Maybe hardcore mysteries just aren't for me

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  3. I felt exactly the same way reading this as you did, Brandi! I'm so glad I'm not the only one because everyone else seems to love this series. I was totally confused and it was just....weird, IMO. I'm not continuing with this series. There are just too many other books I'd rather read. Great review, Brandi! :)

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    1. I still haven't decided if I was continuing or not

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  4. I started but didn't finish The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I did enjoy what I read and am not quite sure why I did put it down but may pick it up again. Thanks for your review :)

    Kayla @ K.G. INC

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    1. Totally feel where you are coming from

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  5. I've also read the second book and I'm still confused. You never know what's real and what isn't, but that's the beauty of the book :)

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    1. That is true, I haven't decided if I am going to read the 2nd

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  6. I can't wait to read this series, so many people have said it's good. ;)

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  7. I really liked this one but I haven't read the second yet. Great review.

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  8. I love the Mara Dyer series! Definitely can be confusing, but that mystery kept me glued to the pages! Glad you did enjoy the book :)

    Awesome review!

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  9. I've been meaning to read this series because, well, it has lots of good reviews. But with so many books coming out... it's now difficult that I'll take time, like... to go back in time? Something like :-)

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    1. It def is hard to make time for everyting

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  10. Do you know this has been in my tbr forever!! I keep scheduling it and then pushing it back and I have no idea why..it's weird actually or maybe I am..LOL I am glad you enjoyed it and that it was memorable even if you still have oodles of questions! Great review Brandi and have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I have tons that keep getting pushed back as well

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  11. I'm hesitant to start reading the series as I usually don't enjoy a story that confuses me. Glad that you find Mara a character that you won't soon forget. Noah sounds interesting. Thanks, Brandi!

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    1. I still think about her and I read this back in NJ

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  12. The second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy is as amazing as the first one!! I cannot say enough good things about this book! Thrilling...suspenseful....romantic....

    Zaira Lynn (Fishing Charter Skagway)

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  13. I DNFed it but I really want to go back and give it a second chance. I hear the main point is to be confused at the end so who knows lol

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

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  14. Hmmm I really love the fast-paced aspect and wondering what's going on, but I really do have to have a good conclusion at the end so I'm not sure how I'd feel about being left confused. Excellent review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  15. I enjoyed this quite a bit, and felt that the confusion helped to build suspense and intrigue. As is usual with me, the romance was the book's weakest points. So many eye-roll inducing moments between Noah and Mara! They do have chemistry though, so it wasn't too bad. Glad you liked it overall, Brandi.

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  16. This is one of the books that's been on my shelf for too long and I'm planing to read it soon. I have heard mixed reviews for this one and I can't wait to see what I think of it. I hope you'll enjoy the sequel more.

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  17. I loved this book. I loved the sequel as well and can't wait for the last one in the series.

    Andreea

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  18. I CANNOT wait to read this series! I have heard nothing but amazing things about them and the mystery, the characters, the romance, the world all sound amazing. Sorry it confused you, but I guess that's what mysteries do! lol ;p Hopefully, you'll enjoy the next one more! :)

    Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  19. I felt the exact same way! This one left me so confusing yet very very curious as to what was going on in Mara's life. The second clears some confusion and gives us more answers, so that one is definitely my favorite. I so glad that you liked this. This series is so crazy and I love it! Great review :)

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  20. Ahhh Noah Shaw is one of my favorites! I love this book and I am glad to see you enjoyed it as well Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  21. it's true that I saw this book a lot as well, but I don't know why I'm not that attracted. Well maybe one day...

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  22. I do remember that confusion factor. I'm wondering how the sequel is with that since I haven't read it yet. :)

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  23. I just did not like this book at all. I expected to love it, because it sounded so fantastic and all my blogger friends on Goodreads LOVED it, but I just really didn't like it at all. And the confusion was a big part of that. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! I wish I had, since so many people really loved it! Great review!

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  24. Ohh, yes I feel the same way! Definitely way weird out and confused by the plot, but still very much couldn't put down. I haven't gotten to the second yet, but I understand it's also good.

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  25. I was kind of meh on this book but I did really love the ending and look forward to picking up the second book at some point.

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  26. I wasn't a huge fan of this one, but I'm kind of curious about the rest of the series.

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