Monday, 25 February 2013

A Review for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date: September 11th, 2011
Finished Date: Febraury 20th, 2013
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Gifted from Haley @ ya-aholic 
Format: Hardcover
Pages:  452
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

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.

The Revew: “You're the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You're the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you're wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You're the girl that I--" Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. "You are my girl.” 

I had wanted to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for a while and I've had it sitting on my shelf since it was first released in 2011. That's not that long it is? Lol. Finally, I'm getting around to reading it and I have to say, I have so many mixed feelings about it.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a story that for me, doesn't live up to the hype. Sorry fans! But something about this story just doesn't work for me....and I'm not quite sure what it is yet. Now don't get me wrong, I did like the story but I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. One of my main problems what I didn't like how you didn't really know what genre the book is it. It's almost like a contemporary romance book with a hint of paranormal. I was reading the book thinking...okay...so where's the kick to this story? I waited and waited and then it comes by the last few chapters. And for a book that's 450 odd pages, thats a long time to wait.

The romance was also another aspect that kind of annoyed me. I did like that it wasn't an instalove between Noah and Mara, however I didn't like how deep these two characters got in with each other so fast. In the eyes of Noah, Mara couldn't do anything wrong. At times I did find their relationship sweet but mostly, it just annoyed me. I liked Noah, I thought he has some laugh out loud moments and I liked Mara but I just didn't connect with their relationship as much as they did.

“You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you."
My tongue warred with my mind. "Today," I whispered.
Noah stood slowly, his body skimming mine as he rose. "Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever.”


I have to admit, I'm honestly not sure why I kept reading this book. Usually I'm the type to give up pretty quickly but even though I had some problems with it, I guess you could say I was kind of enjoying it. I was intruiged to find out what actually happened to Mara and how her friends actually died. It takes a long time to figure this out and you don't know the whole of Mara's story still and at times it's frustrating because the story is kind of mind boggling. The story is just so hard to predict, that it left me wanting to find out what happened and I for this reason I'm going to start the second book The Evolution of Mara Dyer and hopefully with that book I'll enjoy it all the more.

9 comments:

Amina Black said...

And this is why I am so afraid to buy it. I heard so many great things about the book, but I enjoy a story with a little bit of action and a kick-ass heroine. I am not saying that I don't like romance at all, but this is not what I expect from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

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Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

Thanks for this great honest review Donna. I think I'll be giving this one a miss :)

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cass_wordsonpaper said...

I never knew your blog was 18+ (the Blogger warning). You've pretty much mirrored my thoughts exactly. I was wrapped up in the story, but after I reflected on what I'd read I wondered what made me keep reading. The romance was just... I don't understand it! So annoying. Screw you, Noah!

DonnasReviews said...

Yeah Cass, we decided to put a warning on because of how many adult or New Adult books we've been reading lately. =)

DonnasReviews said...

Yeah...I didn't like book two either! =(

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