Monday, February 13, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
ISBN: 1442421762 (ISBN13: 9781442421769)
Release Date:  September 27th 2011
Format :
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Horror, Mystery
Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: 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 Thoughts on the Book
You see how the sentences are contradicting themselves. Like for example "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." That's pretty much how how some of the chapters end. I don't know if it annoys anyone else but having the story contradict itself annoys me. Though I understand that she is telling the story because of the letter at the beginning it's just so annoying to see this happen on almost every ending of a chapter. This book had 59 damn chapters!!!

The characters are great you can really get into what Mara is feeling. Mara is scared of what's happening around her, she emotional when it comes to her friends deaths and it really doesn't help that she is now seeing them where ever she goes. If I were in her shoes I would be so scared to even go anywhere for fear of seeing my dead friends where ever I go. Towards Noah though she's has so much of an attitude it's funny to see. Daniel her brother helps her any way he can without asking for anything. He's a good brother that looks after his younger sister. He can get his parents to listen to him about anything concerning Mara. Though I do find it annoying how much her mother houvers over her speaking to her like a patient. I would be angry at my mom if she did that to me where she treats me like a metal patient every single day when she should at least trust her daughter. The younger brother Joseph acts like a normal younger boy. He's happy and loves his family and is just the most normal person in this book. The father loves his work but will stop his job if it concerns Mara and how she might feel about it. As for Noah, he's a play boy but he's a very hot playboy. There is a long background history on him and the girls at the school but even with that Mara still began to like him. He starts to have feelings for Mara too and treats her different from all the other girls before her. Not to mention that he has a sexy British accent.

The romance is slow and there is hardly none at all. At the beginning Mara hates Noah but half way though the book she gives in and they start to spend time together. You can see how Noah treats her special and that Mara begins to fall for him. It's cute and I love how they act together, it gets especially exciting when you see they are connected in a special way and that Noah will love her no matter what. I will be seriously pissed if they aren't together in the end. . .

The plot is so different from anything I have ever read before. Death is the major plot in this story, it doesn't just happen once it happens quite a few times throughout the book and I'm sure there will be more. Throughout the book Mara believes that she is going crazy since she's seeing her dead friends everywhere she goes. Throughout the book she's trying to find out what is wrong with her. Noah even comes to help her, using his money and resources to try and find out whats happening.

Cover Design

I gotta say it's a very interesting cover, it has a girl being saved by a guy. I didn't notice the guy till I looked closely at the cover. It really is interesting because it gives incite into the book about how Mara needs to be saved. It's a beautiful underwater shot and and beautiful dress though Mara doesn't wear dresses a lot. As for the Title page . . . You guys won't be able to notice it here but in real life you need reflection of the light to see the words. Yes That's very cool but not great if this book was on the book shelves in a store because not only is the cover have reflected words the spine does too. That's really isn't great for a book because the Spine is what sells the book if you see a dark cover with no words, unless light is shining directly onto it, the person is most likely going to miss looking at this book all together. Having the same effect on the spine isn't the best Idea this designer had. I hope they fix the spine in a new print sometime maybe change it so that's it's silver. With Saying all that I do like the cover it looks great besides the style of font.

Overall it's a strange scary book, I was so surprise by how suspenseful this book was and how I didn't know what will happen next. I do recommend reading this book if your into ghosts, death and heal/life :O and great characters!

4 out of 5 Howling Wolves

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