Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin


8591107The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Pages: 452 (Paperback)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

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.

(My Opinion)

Oh, the potential this book had. Stating the obvious, there is a romance in this novel. And this romance caused this novel to tumble and fall to its knees. Even with an awesome plot, it still couldn’t help the book as much as I had hoped. Throughout the novel, there is close to no character building and most of the characters feel like ink on paper.

A lot of creepy things happen to Mara once she moves to Miami. Things happen to the people around Mara as well. These odd happenings should have been a lot more dominant in the story but aren’t because they are far and few between. Which makes them seem quite random instead of building up to something more.  I wish Michelle Hodkin put more of these odd things into the book to help it be consistent. Now, onto the romance. But, don’t get me wrong, I liked it, the actual romance is funny and sweet but there is just too much of it. Once these two characters are apart it seems that it is short lived because the other character pops up out of nowhere so that they can be together for another fifteen chapters. It’s ridiculous and readers will get irritated and annoyed very quickly no matter how cute Noah’s accent may or may not be.

A big thing for me and books is the writing. I either like it or I don’t and fortunately for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I really, really, really, liked the writing. It’s like butter, so rich and smooth and dreamy. Everything flowed very nicely that, this almost 500 paged book felt like a 200 or 300 paged book. I also loved the ending even with how predictable it is. It’s very intense and scary, a crazy cliffhanger that forces you to need to read the second book.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is no doubt a book that many readers will love. But it’s also a book that a lot of readers will dislike because of the romance. But I did enjoy this and recommend it to anyone who loves books where the romance takes over and killer cliffhangers. Fingers crossed the second book has a lot less romance in it!

Three Clouds

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin

  1. I just don’t understand how you didn’t like this book. I mean the reason that the ‘creepy things’ that happened to Mara were so far apart is because she is slowly going insane. Or so we think (something is revealed in the next book that I don’t want spoil if you haven’t read it.) Also the character development is there in so many ways especially in the second book. But the main thing that you said bothered you was the abundance of romance. Which was important to the plot because Noah and Mara are the main plot.

    • I actually did like the book, I just didn’t like how much romance is in the book. I also think the plot is the creepy stuff that’s happening to Mara though. But, thank goodness the second book is better though! I can’t wait to read it.
      Thanks for commenting!

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