Book Review: The Unbecoming by Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

RATING: StarStarStarStar

(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.

*****

DANGEROUS.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer appealed to me not because of the heated romance, but because of the horror feel of it. Yes, I enjoyed Mara’s and Noah’s bantering to the point of snickering, and Noah is charmingly sexy, but i think the suspenseful air brought about by the crime story made my heart thumped more. Hodkin’s writing is ok. Actual rating is 3.5, but hey, i love asylums and killings. So yeah, this book can passed into a 4.

Mara is strong in character. The hallucinations, the isolation, the bullying – she took it all in. One thing i did not like is her lack of remorse. Saying more would reveal some spoilers but this aspect made her callous. Noah… i can’t actually imagine him being hot (Mara goes ape-sh*t every time – only in her mind, of course). But when his smart comebacks to Mara’s bluntness started to show, i became one of those tittering females in their high school. Who wouldn’t love a guy who is smart, confident, and a fighter? plus he loves to read!

It wasn’t explained why Mara is getting ‘unbecoming’ and i hated that. I was still in the dark even when i finished the last page. Is it paranormal? supernatural? what?!? It was like i read the book for nothing 😦

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has parts of both good and bad. 2/3 romance, 1/3 suspense. I liked the romance, no doubt about it. But it was the suspense that got me going, held my breath, and stumped me in the end. I never imagine that it was not a hallucination. *goosebumps*

#26 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unbecoming by Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. I’ve heard that the ending is confusing. Interesting that the “unbecoming” isn’t explained. I have this book waiting on my shelf and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Good to know that it’s strength is in the horror aspect of the book. Fab review!

  2. This is a book that deserves its hype and then some. The overall mystery is so intricately weaved, and with the addition of unforgettable characters, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a fabulous debut novel. I am already eagerly awaiting the sequel!

  3. Pingback: Book Review: Mara Dyer #2: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin « reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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