Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Published: February 1st 2012
Source: Publisher for review

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.

Noah Shaw: Two of the sexiest words in the English language. For months, all I've been hearing about is this swoon-worthy Noah and boy, I was not disappointed. Other than the fact that Noah will make you weak in the knees, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an exciting mystery that will mess with your mind in so many ways! After her friends died in the collapse of an old mental asylum, Mara moves to Florida and begins piecing together the memories that are hiding in the dark recesses of her mind.

Throughout the book, you'll constantly be confused about whether something's a reality or an illusion. With Mara's mind blocking out the frightening memories of her traumatic experience, hallucinations and nightmares become her brain's coping mechanism. It isn't until the very end that the full story is revealed and things make sense, but even then, you'll still have a million questions! Hodkin unfolds the mystery perfectly and throws us small clues that don't ever quite add up until she wants them to. The storyline is gripping from beginning to end and will have you tearing the pages apart at the flashbacks that always end just when you're onto something! Mara's not a normal girl...but I'll be vague with this. You really have to go into this book blind to get the full effect! I read Mara Dyer in one sitting and refused to stop even though the sun was beginning to rise. It's that addictive.

In a good book, an interesting storyline must come with strong characters. From Mara's hilarious but caring family to her flamboyant friend, Jamie, you'll find someone to fall in love with. Everyone's unique and loveable - the only exception being Anna, the snotty princess who's set her devil eyes on Noah's newest object of affection… Kudos to Mara for being such a great female lead! From the moment I saw her humour and strength shine through, I knew I'd love this book. As Mara also shows her confused and vulnerable side, you'll easily become invested in her story! Mara's a brilliant narrator and will have you feeling every single emotion that she is. Beautiful writing by Hodkin!
"Anna used to be the abstinence poster girl, but post-Shaw, you could write a comic book about the many adventures of her vagina. It could wear a cape."
Now comes the hard part. Where do I even begin to describe Noah Shaw? Looking effortlessly rumpled with his messy bed hair and dishevelled clothes, his enticing British accent will tip you over the edge! Having the reputation of a player who's god-like in bed, Mara knows she should steer clear of the boy. Even though said boy follows her into classrooms (THAT AREN'T HIS) and flirts relentlessly. Even though he tries to rile her up in English class (HE READS BOOKS) and won't stop trying to coerce her into a date. With his French and Spanish skills. The sexual tension in this book is like no other! You better watch out or else the pages will start burning! Oh, how I lived for their banter and teasing. You won't find a better match in the entire universe. Noah Shaw is…officially the hottest YA guy of all time. You better screenshot that for future reference. I'm sticking by it. *nods* If you have to pour cold water on yourself later, don't say I didn't warn you.
Noah was in the process of unbuttoning his shirt. Sweet Jesus.
"I'm really not comfortable with-"
He pulled his tie loose. My female classmates tittered.
"Holy hell."
"Hot. So hot."
Ultimately, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will be seating itself on your favourites shelf. With this explosive plot and winning characters, I can't see how you'd be able to do otherwise! After a succession of gasp-worthy twists, we're left with a shocking cliffhanger that will have the brain cogs spinning all over again. Right now, I'm just relieved that there will be MORE. I almost cried at the prospect of finishing the journey here! Mara and Noah will do that to you. I'm speechless. In awe. In crazy sexy love with everything that is this series. Michelle Hodkin, you are a goddess. I'm building my shrine right now.

1) NOAH! I love you so much!
2) This trailer is amazing *fans* Have you all seen the sexy pictures from the filming of it? If not, go and look at Michelle's pictures on Twitter NOW.
3) Why don't I have the sequel yet? *sobs*

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