Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Series: Book 1
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My Review: (review contains a bit of bad language)
This book blew my mind! It was intense, it was shocking, it was everything a great book should be and more and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a book with a mega creepy factor and a suspense filled thriller.
The unbecoming of Mara Dyer left me reeling countless time with it's plot twists ans turns and it's unwavering ability to leave me confused, breathless and with a generally WTF is going on feeling and I love every second of it. It's one of those books that you really can't explain to anyone because YOU yourself STILL don't know what's going on even after you've finished the book. Some people may not like that but I loved it, it's so rare in books these days and so unique that it worked for me. The whole book felt like just the beginning of one mega book, which I think is the feeling Hodkins was going for since at the end of the novel it says end of volume 1 (which I take as vol 1 of the whole book, you know what I mean?) instead of book 1.
I could go on and on about how awesome the plot of this book was but I really wouldn't get anywhere as I have no idea where to begin and what to say that won't spoil anything, so all I'm going to say is that it is definitely different, definitely awesome and definitely sexy in places! In simple words this book rocked my world.
Ahhh the character, something I can actually talk about with some semblance of an actual thought. The character where a huge factor to why I loved this book. Every single person in this book I believed, every last one of them could have been someone I know and I loved that, it made it all the more real for me. I adored how Mara's family where all a huge part of the book and where actively involved in her life. Way to many YA books don't have the family involved at all, which really isn't realistic and not true to teen life. That was a big plus for me and made the book all the more relatable.
Mara was amazing she wasn't one of those 'i'll waif for the guys to come and save me' she was hardcore and kick-ass and someone I'd love to know and have around (well except for that one thing right? lol).
Noah Shaw (insert sigh) where to begin! That boy has skill, hotness and all around awesomeness coming from every pore on his hot body. Throughout the whole book he was smooth, clever, witty, unkempt, caring and have I mentioned hot! I could toot this guys horn all day ;) but i'll stop there before the review becomes x rated. If you don't read this book for any other reason but for Noah Shaw then it's a mighty fine reason in my eyes.
The tension between Mara and Noah was great, just the right amount to keep you wanting more and to sigh out loud when you thought something was about to happen but it didn't. I loved them together the way they spoke to each other the insults everything. they kept each other balanced.
A minor character I LOVED was Jamie with his all around coolness and his witty awesome lines such as "A certain unkempt bastard with a panty-dropping simle?" that kept me laughing and smiling pages after said line.There sound have been sooo much more of him but hopefully in the next installment he'll be more involved.
Mara's brothers Daniel and Joseph were amazing, you could tell from the get go how much these 3 cared for one another. Daniel melted my heart with his worrisome ways and his protectiveness and Joseph made me laugh out loud with his 'networking' and his 'stock' as his young age. I'm so glad they where involved through out the story and hope they still are in the next book.
The way these characters interact with each other was so well written and though out that at times it felt like they where real people and could actually have been in the room with me.
Well i'll stop my rambling so you can all go out and buy this book now if you haven't already because this book is awesome and filled with crazy and down right scary in places so go read and I'll leave you all with a parting sentence: WTF was that ending!! I cannot wait till next year to find out what happens, it's too much suspense for me to handle!