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

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 456
Source: Library
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Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).
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.     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.     This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

First off, NOAH FREAKING SHAW. Need I say more? HAHAHA okay, I will say more.

I don’t know how long I searched for this book, but then when I found it, I hesitated a little bit, because I’ve heard some mixed reviews, but then I thought to myself, You’ve always wanted to read this book, Maryam. Why care about others’ opinions when you can just read it and make your own opinions? If it sucks, like they say, then too bad. And boy, am I glad I listened to little old me, because I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK. Since the first chapter I was already intrigued by this book. Hallucinations, weird weird hallucinations. Like, WAIT WHUT. And so I read on. The more pages I turn, the more I looked upon my book in horror (in a good way).

The hallucinations, and the deaths. And the link between them all. HOLY CRAAAAP. The main character, Mara Dyer, was a little bit weird, a little bit insane at the start. And of course she was. She lost her best friend. I would go insane too if I had lost my best friend. But then weird things started happening and we could see Mara slowly unraveling. She doesn’t know the difference between reality and hallucinations anymore.

And then there’s Noah Shaw. ACK. Boy was HOT as hell. But he also has a secret that will make your eyes pop out, because HOLY SHIT I did not see that coming. That plot twist will make you reread everything weird that has ever happened. Also, I loved it when you get to meet the real Noah Shaw underneath all those flirty mask. He has emotions and his emotions are all over the place. You can literally feel them, how he’s slowly falling apart, and guys, his love for Mara is really…. WOW. He never once judged her for anything. Instead, he’ll have that amused smile whenever her insecurities made her spout stupid nonsense. That amused smile, like he’s proud of her.

The whole story line will leave you hanging, with your eyes wide open, and you gripping the arm of your chair. It’s more like a paranormal thriller actually, and all those things that are happening in this book, well YEAH THEY’RE HAPPENING. Also, THAT. ENDING. It wasn’t even the ending chapter. It’s more like the ending SENTENCE that will throw you off, and be like WHAT THE HELL. I know I sound like a madman throughout this whole book review, but you have to read it to know what I mean. READ IT.

And hey, where’s the next book?

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