Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author:  Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★1/2
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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 Review: 

My first book review of 2016! Wow, I feel like everyone says this every year, but I can't believe we're already in the new year. 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the first book I've read for 2016 and I really enjoyed it and found it engrossing despite the fact that it fell back on many cliches found in YA, I found this to be an entertaining and fun read.

What's good about it:

It's entertaining: I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, and while this book isn't perfect, I don't think any book is, the story is just entertaining. I kept reaching to push play because despite The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer's shortcomings, it's an entertaining story. 

The Supernatural Aspect: The supernatural elements in this book are interesting, with Mara's powers not fully explained but Hodkin introduced a lot of interesting material with her characters, and I hope she expands on it in the sequel. 

What's bad about it:

Noah: Noah was way too perfect for me to believe in as a character. A handsome teenager, who's rich, vain, has a British accent, speaks six languages, sexually experienced, cultured, and who has perfect skin, hair, eyes, lips and body. Did I mention he's still in high school? 

The Romance: Elaborating more on Noah, I thought that Noah and Mara's relationship wasn't really fleshed out. Why did Noah and Mara like each other, besides being attracted to each other? By the time a certain plot twist comes about and it makes sense for them to be together, they both love each other, but besides lust and attraction for each other, it was a shallow romance. 

Final Thoughts:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer falls into the cliche of many YA paranormal romance stories, but I found myself liking it anyways, despite the fact that the story and prose was ridiculous at times. 

If you like paranormal romance stories, especially with a protagonist who is unstable and you're not quite sure if she's an unreliable narrator or not, then I would recommend it. 

Also, if you listen to the audiobook, Christy Romano aka Kim Possible narrates the book, which was really an unexpected treat.

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is available now and you can grab a copy here.

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