Tuesday 2 July 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin

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.

  • Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery,  Supernatural
  • Age: young adult
  • Source: owned ebook
  • Read from June 30 to July 01, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★/★★★★★

So... Mara Dyer. I wanted to read these books for a very long time, but never had time for them. Now that i finally had, i don't know what to think about this book. There are many split opinions about this series, and this book in particular and i can now finally see the reason why. 

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

In the same time i liked this book, but i found it boring for the 70% of it. Actually it was just too slow. Nothing important happened in all of that time, and that just made 70% of the book pointless. And that is not a good sign for me. I almost every time finish the book till the end, because i feel that it might not have been as disastrous as it seemed. And this book was just that way. The last 30% were fast and confusing, but it did make me interested into continuing this series. Actually those 30% were so fast that it left me with questions for which i need answers. Some of them i got, but some of them... dunno. The little plot twist in the end may actually prove to make other sequels better.


It all began on the birthday party of Mara Dyer's friend. Six months later, Mara's friends all died one day when the building crushed them all, and mysteriously, Mara was the only person unharmed. Because of this Dyer family decides to move away to another place and start over. But Mara's past slowly catches up with her and not everything is as it seems.


I feel that this book actually mostly lacked character depth. I never connected with either Mara nor Noah, nor any other person in particular. They felt to me like they never had a personality to begin with. Don't ask me why, it's just how i felt. I also didn't feel anything for Jamie, nor for her brothers Daniel and Joseph, and the author had plenty of pages to characterize them well. But she didn't and that is the problem.

Mara is feeling like she is going insane, her friends died, she is alone, she changed her name and she moved to another school. She has PTSD and is going to therapies - and she is trying to cope with it.

Noah is the classic popular, rich, handsome (coughcoughmanwhorecough) guy who set his eyes on our heroine. He is mysterious (of course) and different (of course).

Hopefully, next book will characterize them better and make me care about them, and what happens to them, because they need a proper depth.


Overall, it was not the bad book, it had interesting story, and it had potential, but it was not used in the right way. It was necessarily long but it was kind of interesting as well. I will be definitely read the sequel, and soon, because it finally caught my attention.

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1 comment:

  1. I seriously love all the pics you used! They're just hauntingly beautiful!
    Great review Kris :D