When I started writing this I considered just leaving a review that simply read, “READ THIS BOOK! BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING!” because its simply THAT good, but I realised that wouldn’t cut it and so, here is the break down of why Mara Dyer is one of my favourite reads, ever!
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
I picked up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because of its strange title, eerie cover, intriguing blurb and because it’s nothing like any of the YA novels out at the moment. It’s new, different and full of haunting wonders that I just couldn’t get enough of.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer sent shivers up my spine at times but also made me swoon and fall madly in love with the characters and storyline. It’s unlike anything I have read in a long, long time and honestly I would pay to go back and read it again for the first time.
You may be asking what the book is all about, who Mara Dyer is and what is so great about this haunting love story…well, I’m not going to tell you. That’s all part of the novel, discovering Mara and her story and if you’re anything like me you will be riveted from page one, right up until the end where you will be anticipating your next stop at the bookstore, where you will surely buy the next one.
Mara is a mystery, one you will be aching to solve. She’s unique and desperate to be a ‘normal’ girl which is one of the many reasons I fell in love with her. She was nothing like the clichéd characters we often see in books. She’s flawed and dark and full of witty come backs and humour.
And please, let us not forget the steamy romance! Two words ladies, NOAH SHAW.
That’s it, there really needs to be no further explanation. When there’s a bad boy in town, with a British accent, amazing hair and dark reputation there really needs to be nothing else. He’s definitely one of my favourite male characters, not only because of his accent but also because he’s real.
He’s believable, sassy and you’re guaranteed for a good laugh. Noah isn’t your typical fictional boyfriend and I adored him for it. I loved it so much and I’ll say it time and time again, it was amazing, amazing, amazing!
There’s plot twists and love, darkness and humour that makes you envious of Hodkins incredible imagination which brought this story to life.
The story line is truly like no other and at the end you’ll surely have a book hangover that lasts a good few months.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer kept me on the edge of my seat, drooling and anticipating more, bring on book two!
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