Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Review

I know that I said that I would be reviewing the Die For Me (The Revenants Series) but the day that I wanted to start reading those books, I took the second book of the trilogy with me to class, and instead of starting in the middle, I had The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer on my kindle so I started with that. So, slight change of plans but I'll get to those novels after I finish reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer.


3/5 Stars
Details of the Book
ebook, 456 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster
Published on September 27, 2011
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After a terrible accident, Mara Dyer loses her best friend and boyfriend in the same night. The only trouble is she can't remember why exactly she and her friends were in that old building or the building collapsing on top of them. To escape being put into a facility and all her memories of the past, Mara's family moves from their hometown in Rhode Island to Miami, Florida. Besides the change of pace, Mara enrolls into Croyden and private school full of snobs. Although she has changed her scenery and made new friends, death continues to follow her, and throws her into the arms of Croyden's famous bad boy Noah Shaw who helps her on this journey to discover what happened the night her friends died and the strength of her terrifying powers.

This book came to me highly recommended, and I wasn't disappointed. It was well written, the characters were interesting. Although this novel falls under the new cliche of the unpopular new girl in school who draws the attention of the most notorious bad boy, it's a very cute story and a must read. If you read this book or this series rather, it won't be the most original story lines you have ever read but it's still entertaining.

Strengths/Likes:

1) As I already said, this book is very well written. The dialogue is funny and witty. Michelle Hodkin provides Mara with a very sarcastic, intelligent, voice of the average teenager. Hodkin also uses a wide variety of vocabulary which I found refreshing, because it shows that the writing can still be entertaining without degrading the English language to the normal vernacular of you'd see on the TV show The Jersey Shore. 

2) The story if filled with a lot of suspense. I wanted to know more about how these people were dying and what exactly Mara's powers were and why does she have them.

3) Noah Shaw is dreamy ^_^

4) There are a lot of references to other popular literature in this novel that just made me feel special for understanding them. For example, there are a few references to J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter as well as The Lord of the Rings. Maybe this is not a major plus but I definitely enjoyed these small moments.

5) The bromance between Noah and Daniel is just precious. You would think that they are siblings.

Weakness/Dislikes: 

1) I felt that most of the characters were pretty flat and that we were told more about them then actually seeing that. For example, Noah's backstory in school and at home is more heard instead of seen. I love several other characters but mostly through their dialogue, and if I think about it I don't know very much about them besides that they say some very interesting and comical things.

2) I found it unusual that all of the deaths that Mara is present for that she is not considered to be a suspect in any of them. She is always at the scene of the crime and yet the police have not once implicated her as the murderer, which I find extremely unrealistic. Maybe this is something that will be made up for in the second novel.

3) I wanted more of a build to Noah and Mara's relationship. Their storyline as I have said is not an original one: She's the new girl, he's the popular badboy, she's the first to resist his charms out right, he's rich, I think you guys get the picture. That being said, I have no problem with this cliche, but I felt that it needed something extra, a wow factor, something that made it stand out from the rest.

Favorite Quotes/Moments: 

"You could write a comic book about the many adventures of her vagina. It could wear a cape" (41).

"I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierachy of asses" (60).

"I find it hilarious that whenever I light up, Americans look at me like I'm going to urinate on their children" (92).

"I've already learned Parseltongue. What else is there?" "Elivish" (124).

"The juxtaposition of him sitting in a room full of people while staring at no one but me was overwhelming. Something shifted inside of me at the intimacy of us, eyes locked amid the scraping of twenty graphite pencils on paper" (263).

*I can't write out these scenes because it will ruin parts of the book for people but I love Noah's versions of the The Velveteen Rabbit and Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

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