To be honest I found it slow and was hovering at 2.5 stars for a lot of the book but then it got good, really good. Edging towards 4 stars. At the start of the book, I got bored and put off reading it but I persevered as I knew that a lot of people loved this series. And then at about 80% I got hooked and couldn’t turn it off. Then that ending! It had me panting for more.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer, #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 27th 2011
Genres: Family, Paranormal, Young Adult
Narrator: Christy Romano
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes
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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 thoughts on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:
I listened on audio and I loved the narrator. Christy Romano captured the uncertainty and fears and girlyness of Mara. And then has a cute British accent for Noah. I’ll definitely be continuing to listen to the rest of the series on audio.
So I have no issues with the narrator. The book on the other hand……I tolerated it and then fell in love at the very end.
I just wish that more of the elements at the end of the book were introduced earlier as that would have grabbed my attention. I wanted it to be creepier and just more. More entertaining, with characters that I cared more about and more fleshed out. But with a bit of patience all that happened. And I have seen reviews that compare Mara to Bella and I get that totally. There are similarities and Noah is a bit Edwardesque which annoyed me while reading. But gradually, they started to become more interesting, more unique and then things DID get creepier and more mysterious. Just a little late in the book.
I also felt that while there are lots of unanswered questions and there is some supernatural stuff going on, this read more like a contemporary book. Now I love contemporary, just not when I think I’m reading a paranormal series. Again you just need to wait, it’s a slow burn but it does eventually sizzle.
Things I loved:
– the Ouija board
– the suspense
– Noah (eventually, it took me a long time)
– the humour
Things that bothered me:
– the slow pace for the first three-quarters of the book
– the insta-love that was more than a little cheesy
– Mara not talking to her parents about all the craziness
But overall that ending made up for all the bad points. I feel it was more than worth sticking with as you are rewarded with some plot twists and lots of intriguing threads. Now I’m confused and very curious and even excited about what lies ahead. Need I say that I’m downloading book 2 ASAP!
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Who should read the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin?
I’m recommending this to people who like contemporary books with elements of supernatural activity. And also to those with lots of patience, give the book a chance, it will make it worthwhile in the end!