Review » The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

114086503The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: 9/27/11
Published by Simon and Schuster
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Page: 456

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MY RATING: 5 Stars 

Goodreads Description
Mara Dyer believes life can’t 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 strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

This book isn’t all that popular for some reason. There are definitely fans, like me, but it definitely isn’t a well known series. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is so good. SO GOOD. The beginning of the book takes place 6 months before an accident and Mara and her best friends and boyfriend are having a sleepover and decide to play with the Ouija board. I’m telling you this because I want to try and spark some interest because The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is just that amazing. Anyways, they decide to play with the Ouija board and one of Mara’s friends asks the board how she is going to die. Mara is weary about the whole idea, especially when the board spells out Mara’s name. Insinuating Mara is the cause of one of her close friends death.
There, I leave you at that! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is definitely unique in it’s own special way. It has a paranormal aura, but not vampires and were’s paranormal. It has evil lab scientists, which might at some point get kind of old but they are a big part of the story. This book, might I say is paranormal romance meet science fiction (kind of), meets X-Men. For sure, I guarantee there are super powers, not X-Men powers, but they are different, subtle and destructive. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer embodies powers that are sure to mess with your head. A lot of the book is Mara being convinced she is crazy.
The characters are just drop dead awesome. Mara is an artist, she’s slightly a loner, and she’s the new kid at school. And strange things are happening to her. She isn’t the heroine in this book, she isn’t Adelina Amouteru evil, she doesn’t mean to be bad, but she just is. It’s in her nature and I like that about her. It shows that even the chosen one isn’t 100% halo’s and unicorns. I can fully admit Noah Shaw was one of my first Book Boyfriends. Yes he was. Noah Shaw is our beautifully handsome love interest, and well he has the english lilt, he’s smart and he would do anything for Mara. He also holds some secrets. But one of my favorite aspects about Noah is his carelessness, he’s that “purposely messy uniform and hair” guy. It’s cute. I’ll admit it! 🙂
      The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is definitely one of those dark and enticing reads. With a touch of mystery and romance that bleeds into the plot of the story perfectly. I highly recommend this book! Michelle did an excellent job.



2 thoughts on “Review » The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. I really enjoyed this book when I first read it! It’s definitely dark and enticing, and I was constantly wondering what was going on and what Mara had really done and what she CAN do. I love that she wasn’t completely good or bad too. It made her more REAL as a character. And oh man, Noah was pretty awesome. I still haven’t continued the series yet, but I want to so badly! But I’ll absolutely need a reread before then, because I don’t quite remember that much about this book. Hehe.

    Great review, Claire!


    1. Yes! Thank you! The series is great, though unfortunately the last book did lag – all in all (yes going back to first grade language) the series was great!


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