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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Book Review)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Page Count: 456

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-4424-2177-6


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Obviously, there is an enormous amount of hype surrounding this trilogy and so naturally I had to see what the big deal was…as has been tradition for my last couple of reads.

This book started out completely different than what I thought it was going to be like. I thought there would be a lot of fantasy/supernatural themes but this story actually started off very realistically. I thought maybe I had misunderstood the premise of the novel and it was actually a contemporary YA story. This book definitely has some dark themes which I really enjoyed and wasn’t expecting.

The characters throughout this story were well written and were definitely thoroughly thought of. The character of Mara Dyer bothered me at times for reasons I’m not entirely sure of, but for the most part she was tolerable. I really enjoyed the character of Noah Shaw. I liked his smug attitude and carefree personality.

The writing style was fantastic, but I did find some things a little repetitive and some moments to kind of drag on a little longer than they could have. There were a few times when I was a tad confused throughout the story, but things did tend to make sense of themselves toward the end.

Then, with about 100 pages to go, things got weird. Just when I thought that maybe this was actally a contemporary YA story and I misread the synopsis, things got very supernatural. The reader learns about a secret Noah has been keeping as well as what is really going on with Mara. Then of course there’s that ending…

I’m extremely excited to begin the second novel in the trilogy!

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