Monday, September 5, 2011

Mara Monday Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Mara's life changes forever the day she awakes from a coma to discover her best friends are dead and her memories of the accident that killed them are gone. Something strange happened that fateful night, but no one has any answers -- except, perhaps, a beautiful boy who is just as broken as Mara herself. As Mara struggles to piece together the events that led to her friends' deaths, she's drawn into a terrifying world of nightmares and confusion, kidnappings and hallucinations. And as the bodies start piling up, Mara begins to doubt everyone and everything -- including herself.

Dark. Sexy. Hilarious. Mysterious. Heart-pounding. Hair-raising. In short, this novel is incredible. In her unforgettable debut, Michelle Hodkin crafts a spine-tingling tale of death and desire that will leave readers clamoring for more. Mara Dyer is the best kind of heroine -- cynical and witty, biting and deeply flawed. Her struggles with insanity are enthralling, and her search for truth gripping. In her upside down world, it's impossible to tell what's real and what's just a terrible nightmare.

Mara is sharp and sassy, refusing to let anyone walk over her -- whether it be her controlling mother, the school's requisite Queen Bee, or even snarky boys with British accents and smoldering looks. Noah Shaw had me at "British accent." He is simultaneously sexy and infuriating, a bewitching combination that will leave readers (and Mara) befuddled. Though he possesses the casual arrogance of the drop-dead gorgeous, he has more than a few secrets of his own, revealing a sweet vulnerability that makes him utterly irresistible. Noah's hauteur is a mask -- one that crumbles in the face of Mara's unflinching directness. They have both met their match, and their delicious dynamic will leave readers ravenous for more.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer features some of the best flirtatious banter I've ever read. Noah and Mara are intellectual equals who can keep pace with one another's rapid-fire minds (and mouths). Their smart and snappy repartee will have readers writhing with laughter even in the midst of this psychological nightmare. The back-and-forth is constant, an unexpected contrast to the hidden horrors lurking just beneath the surface. Thankfully, Hodkin steers clear of the unbelievable love-at-first sight, instead letting their love/hate chemistry burn its way into an undeniable attraction. Noah and Mara are like fire and gasoline, and Hodkin ratchets up the sexual tension until readers are ready to explode.

It's impossible to know what's coming next in this twisting, turning thriller of a romance. Hodkin keeps the answers both Mara and readers so desperately desire just out of reach, making the search for truth all the more tantalizing. As Mara quickly discovers, not knowing is the scariest thing of all. The darkly surreal atmosphere will keep readers on the edge of their seats while the twisted, voyeuristic deaths will leave them reeling. Mara's trippy psychological episodes are an emotional thrill ride, all culminating in a mind-blowing conclusion that will leave readers stunned and begging for the sequel NOW.

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Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this novel at BEA for an honest review.

Part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.





Come back September 12 for 2 Truths and a Lie with Michelle Hodkin + a preorder giveaway!


84 comments:

Lauren M said...

I completely agree with you on the banter! I loved every moment between Noah and Mara. And yeah, Noah is my new favorite YA boy. *dreamy sigh* Great review, Casey! :)

Tiffany said...

Great review! I've heard nothing but good things about this one. I can't wait to read it when it comes out :)

Kapri (Book Fanatics) said...

I cannot wait to read this one. It sounds so amazing, and apparently it is according to what people are saying... Great review!

Fairday Morrow said...

This books sounds awesome- from the title and cover and your fantastic review!

Nakoya said...

Great review. The more reviews I read about this book, the more impatient I get for the release day.

Sophia said...

Great review! :) I am just dying to read this book! It sounds fantastic.

Evie said...

Great review, Casey! Really, REALLY great one! You got me wanting to drop everything else and dig out my copy of Mara! I'm so glad I got an ARC and I don't have to wait for this gem of a book to be released ;D yaaaay~

Thanks for this awesome review, babe!

mrs_laura_koehler said...

Wow what an awesome review girl. You have a way with words. Totally loved your review, and cant wait to read this!!!!!

basma aal said...

It sounds amazing. Cant wait to get my hands on a copy.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

You know when I first heard about this one I wasn't sure if it would be one for me. But it really sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for the review. I think I might want to think more on it now. :)

Krystal said...

Loved the review, now I can't wait to meet these characters! All of the feedback I'm hearing is great, especially yours :)

Vivien said...

I'm so excited for this release. The anticipation is killing me. Thank god you loved it!

Lori said...

LOVE your review! It makes me want to read it again...I actually think I will when it comes out!

layen said...

Great review! So far I've read only positive reviews about this book. It's on my most wanted list now :D

Ammy Belle said...

Thanks so much for the review! I like what I hear and will definitely check this out! Thanks! :D


Ammy Belle
apereiraorama @ gmail . com
http://lateintothenight.blogspot.com/

Chrisbails said...

This review looks great and would love to read this book. I will definately be checking this book out.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Jasmine Rose said...

I'm looking forward to the mystery-ish aspect, but you've just made me want it for the romance alone! Who doesn't love a good romance with the added bonus of a British accent ;]

Manda said...

Fantastic review, I think I'm in love with Noah already. :)

Linda: Book Ninja said...

Swoon...Noah sounds amazing!You had me at "is just as broken as Mara herself". I'm melting from the hotness.
Thanks for the great review and participating in Mara Mondays.

lisa [the nerd] said...

great review! i adored Mara and all of her awesomeness as well.

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

Mara & Noah sound sooo cute! I seriously can't wait to read this book! :D

x
Sierra(:

mary ann said...

Really wonderful review! Reading your review of the book is so appealing that readers will surely love (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) even if I already loved it.:))

maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Nice review...more of a reason for me to want to read!

theprettybooks said...

This is actually one of the few positive reviews I've read of this book! I actually kind of love it when books receive really mixed reviews because then I can't wait to read it and see which side I'm on!

candice said...

Love this review! Especially, "Noah Shaw had me at "British accent."" Can't wait to read the witty banter.

TheGirlOnFire said...

I actually just read this recently and I agree about the banter. I thought it was what made the book. I seriously found myself laughing out loud to most of it. Great review.

Zoey Talbon said...

I also loved the banter between Noah and Mara. My only problem with it was that there were so many unanswered questions.

ebaker said...

I have wanted this book so BADLY! I love that someone else loved the book but at the same time my expectations are getting higher and higher! I love that it is going to make you wanting more at the end of the book...I love books like that!

Vy (Vy's Blog) said...

I agree 100% on "best flirtatious banter".

Noah + Mara...
They are really something special ;) I really loved that they weren't one of the love-at-first-sight couples either.

*Also thank you for hosting the chat :)*

eden.kaye said...

I want to read this book super bad!! I have wanted to for a while. It seems like everywhere i go or everywhere i look, here's this book. i'm really glad it's getting rave reviews! SO EXCITED!

great review!!

xo stephanie (eden.kaye @Little Red Reads)

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Wonderfully written review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! this story has been sitting on my dresser for some time now and your kudos have prompted me to gobble it up!

Well done!

dani_nguyen said...

I feel like the only person on earth that hasn't read this yet, and your review makes me even more mad at myself for being so far behind! Noah sounds like he's exactly my type. Must read this now!

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

This is one of those books I have wanted to read since I first heard of it. Sadly I still do not own it :( I loved your review and it just adds to the fire of wanting!!

Vivien said...

Noah sounds absolutely amazing. I need sarcasm in my life. This book fits that perfectly.

Dea (IvaliceAlliance) said...

I'm almost done with this and what can I say, I completely agree with everything you said!! Great review. :)

Monica T ♥ said...

I have been dying to read this book! I heard awesome things about this and your review just adds more to it! I truly just want to see what happens to Mara. Excellent review!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Really glad you enjoyed this one! I wasn't the hugest fan, but I did enjoy parts of it, especially trying to figure out what was and wasn't real along with Mara.

Amber Hughes said...

Wow...I think this is one of the best reviews I've read about this book. I already had this book on my TBR list, but you definitely make me want to put it higher up on my list! Wonderful review :-)

infernal_wings said...

I've read so many mixed reviews about this book but I think the plot certainly calls for my attention. I'm dying to read this book and I'm glad you really enjoyed it :D

Anna said...

Mara Dyer!!!! I just finished this one and OMG!!!! I agree, it was so amazing! It's probably the best book I've read all year. HANDS DOWN. And I've read a lot... Awesome review!

TCAbn said...

I'm normally a high-fantasy, sci-fi reader but every now and again I'll pick up a Sparks for a little drama and intrigue. Your review of Mara Dyer compels me to add it to the "to read" category. Sure looking forward to a break from the norm and a good drama in my hand.

Tom

Molly Gibson-Mee said...

Hi!

I haven't read Mara Dyer yet but I have heard that it is AWESOME! I have heard that the banter that Noah provides is classic and I just added it to my to-read list :)

Great review!

Molly.

http://readingismycupoftea.blogspot.com

Evie said...

wOOt!!! I totally agree with everything you said, especially Mara being awesome because she's not perfect at all - thank god she's flawed, perfect characters are so damn boring!!!

Great review :) I'm posting mine in a couple of days and will be more than happy to link your review up in my post - if you don't mind of course! ;)

Lauren Victoria Adams said...

Hi,
I havent read this book yet, but i will hurry down library in the morning so get it out!
Great review, really does make me want to read the book and i think the review is quite accurate!

Lauren.

http://theresnofuninbeingnormal.blogspot.com

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

I was so confused when this book started to have the post-BEA reviews...you know, when all of the bloggers started reading the book and then tweeting their "what in the world??" tweets. Then some of the reviews/blog posts were almost like an inside secret, so it almost turned me off to the book.

But lately I've read a few really great reviews, like this one, that are opening me back up to the possibility of reading this book again.

Mara Dyer is the first book EVER that bloggers and their antics have turned me off from reading the book...but now that issue is resolving itself with excellent reviewing and bloggers behaving well!

Thanks for helping me out with that!! Because I really do want to WANT to read this book!

Books Glorious Books said...

Thanks for the great review!
This sounds like a great read and I've been wanting to get my hands on it for ages!
Plus, I love flirtatious banter in books - it always makes me smile.

Melliane said...

I'm so glad you liked it, I've heard great things about it but not read it yet... I really need to do that, it sounds like a nice book. Great review

Adriana said...

I haven´t read it, but sound great and for the reviews that I have read is a must.
I love the cover!

TayteH said...

Really? This book is the first one I've come across with a HOT British dude. SWEET!! And the fact the insta-love doesn't exist in this book gives it a brownie point. :D

Orchid said...

Am definitely intrigued now, especially with the psychological craziness. I will definitely have to look into reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. =)

Thanks for the great review.

Natasha Areena said...

Hair-raising? That good huh? =) And I.. am so want to read this book now

LoLa said...

This was one of my most anticipated - and then favorite books of the year! Noah Shaw = yum! Though I was extremely wary of him at first, he definitely won me over. And I was just as freaked out and confused as Mara was througout the novel. The author does a great job at making the reader experience Mara's journey along with her. I cannot wait until the next one! OH and I'd not seen the other photo from the cover shoot. LOVE the cover!!

Jenna and Ashley said...

What a great review! I love the paragraph about their witty banter. We have a lot of love at first sight storylines these days. Even though readers can sometimes guess that a love/hate relationship can turn into a real love, they are always left wondering. It's great that you mentioned that their dialogue makes you laugh even amidst a plot that's unravelling. Can't wait to read this. I've heard fabulous reviews about Hodkin's writing style.
-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

FallenAngel said...

great review. I heard really great things about this book and it keeps getting me to want t read it more and more everytime i read a review.

Evie said...

First of all this cover is stunning!
I'm curious to read this book because of Mara Dyer. You wrote that she's sharp and sassy and that's the kind of heroine that I like :)

Linda @ Most Important Letter said...

Beautiful cover artwork! I've heard so many great things about this book, too! But from what you wrote, you seem to focus more on the romance; how about the other plot line? (Either way, I bet it's fantastic!)

dark_romance_luvr said...

Great review! I as well received an ARC from Michelle at BEA and read it within the 4 hour plane ride/drive back home. LOVED it and cannot wait for her next book to come out. She has a great future ahead of her!

Denise Z said...

This is o my TBR and I thank you for confirming everything I have been wishing for in this book. It sounds awesome and I appreciate your review and sharing with us.

Aik said...

Oh my, this book really does sound amazing! Mara and Noah sound like a cute couple!

Martina Koleva said...

I keep reading more and more great reviews of this book and I'm starting to want it. In your review you made the book look so amazing that now I just have to read it. It definitely moved up on my to-read list...Thanks for the review.

elena said...

I was drawn to the book because of its cover and all the good reviews for it. I was a bit disappointed because although I do appreciate Noah Shaw, he was a little TOO perfect. I wouldn't be surprised if there was more to him! Definitely swooned at the "you're my girl" bit though. I think the author did do an interesting thing with the unreliable narrator so you can't take everything at face value. I really loved the way you wrote about Noah and Mara though because their banter was one of my favourite parts of the book! I was surprised when it ended so abruptly (to me at least), can't wait for the sequel and more answers.

Kailia Sage said...

*Sigh* Noah sounds like such a dreamy boy! I can't believe I still have not read this book but your review was really great!

FairyWhispers said...

just got it, am looking forward to reading it

Jessica S. said...

#1: "Dark, sexy, hilarious, mysterious"... you wouldn't think they could all roll into one, but I feel you've set the tone for an amazing book.
#2: British accent, very yes indeed.
#3: Flirtatious banter definitely adds to a book.
#4: Awesome review. I love how you hit all the points well. I've already been anxious to read this one, but your descriptions make it even MORE desired to be read. Thanks!

The name's Kara! said...

I would love to read this book just because of this review & the snazzy cover!

Naj said...

Awesome review! I can tell you loooved the book with every word you wrote. Thanks for the review!

What's Beyond Forks? said...

I keep hearing such good things about this book! I can't wait to read it.

Gabby @ What's Beyond Forks?

TToria said...

I love the cover & i love the sound of this- great review

TToria
xo
http://ttoria.blogspot.com

Malvina+Beatrice said...

Ever since I've read the summary of the book it has interest me and since you gave it 5 stars, I would really love to read it soon.

Sam Bella said...

A great review! I've heard so many amazing things about this novel, I can't wait to finally read it when I have the chance. Noah sounds like a pretty intriguing character - can't wait to meet him! :)

Kah_cherub said...

I've been hearing so much about this book! I just have to check it out. Unbelievably beautiful cover!!!

nfmgirl said...

I've been hearing so many great things about this book, and you sure seem to have loved it! Thanks so much for the review!

Amy said...

Great review. I really loved this book too. I got it on my Nook the day it was released. This is one I definitely want a physical copy of too, the cover is gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like you loved it. I am really dying to read this book. Sounds so good.

I also like the cover!

jennifer k

what...more books said...

i'Ve been wanting to read this book since I have heard about. I am so glad to be reading a lot of good reviews about it. i can not wait to read it. Also I love the cover of this book - it is very enticing.

Hope fom whatmorebooks

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

I want to read this one so badly! Everyone keeps on gushing about it! I love some of the quotes I've read !

Ashley Suzanne said...

I actually have this one on the shelf I just need to find the time to read it :]

tattoogirlreads said...

I wanted to read it before I read your review now I need to!

Proserpine said...

Hi!
Nice review, you got me with :
Dark. Sexy. Hilarious. Mysterious. Heart-pounding. Hair-raising. Hmmm I want this book now.... LOL

proserpine

primrose said...

Oooh I wanted to read this one but still conflicted after reading some not so positive reviews from others..should I should I not?

JLynn said...

This book looks so good! It's been on my TBR list for a while, but you have me convinced I need to move it up! I can't wait to meet Noah & Mara!

Julie said...

I love heroines who are sharp and sassy, and I really love flirtatious banter, so I KNOW I'm going to love this book!! Thanks for the awesome review:)
jwitt33 at live dot com

IdentitySeeker said...

Wow! Your review is very well-written and I think you managed to say so much about this book without giving anything away. I've heard loads about this Noah Shaw and I have a feeling I'd be hooked by the British accent alone:) This is at the top of my wish list!

Sarah

Demijel said...

I've been hearing about this book constantly and I think your review has solidified my resolve to actually read it. I have a feeling I'll be loving Noah a whole lot. I love them English accents~

Also, I wanted to say your review is very well-written! Thank you so much for it~

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