THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER By Michelle Hodkin [Review]

the unbecoming of mara dyer book cover

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER was one of the books I was most looking forward to when I headed to BEA (BookExpo America) back in May. Thanks to the Book Blogger Convention, I was able to get my hands on an ARC copy of the book and now that it has finally been released it’s time to talk about it.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer tells the story of Mara Dyer a teenager who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the accident that got her there and left her other three friends dead.

Her family decide to move to a different town to take her away from everything, but it doesn’t take long until weird things start happening around Mara that she can’t explain.

I don’t want to say too much else about the story because I would be giving too much away, but let me tell you this book was not only hard to put down, I never saw the ending coming.

Actually I would say I was doubly surprised because when I got to the last page, I went “come on!” as Michelle Hodkin really does leave you on a crazy cliffhanger and while any cliffhanger for a book series can sometimes be very frustrating, this one was more of an “OMG, I cannot believe this just happened” moment. So as you can guess I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is quite an interesting story. While it feels like a YA book and includes many of the elements expected in a YA novel (and yes for those asking there is a beautiful interest by the name of Noah Shaw), it’s really like nothing else I’ve read before. Michelle Hodkin came up with a really original story and to be perfectly honest, I’m still not exactly sure I’m clear on everything that happened and that’s ok, it’s what makes it that much more fascinating.

Overall, this is definitely a book that you need to pick up if you like YA novels, a hot love interest, and psychological mysteries. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is definitely amongst the best books I’ve read this year.

Oh and finally I have to mention that haunting cover, how beautiful is it? Talk about judging a book by its cover, in this case it would be ok.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing | Pages: 452 | Source: BEA (BookExpo America) | Buy on Amazon

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