The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: What is Real?

Thanks to the benign HD 201 days, I currently have so much time for reading non-academic books. And soooo, here comes another review. ๐Ÿ™‚

As with all other book reviews, there might be spoilers every now and then, so beware, reader! Wouldn’t want to spoil the book for you~

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer cover

First of all, the cover is gorgeous. It effectively captures and projects the darkness and mystery that the novel takes its roots from. Second, the book successfully features a hot, all-perfect, conceited, charming heartthrob in Noah Shaw and delivers so much freaking sexual tension WHILE not going overboard with the fan service and straying away from the real plot. And third, the premise is so original, dark romance at its best. Definitely.

Mara Dyer is a great standout among all the other YA heroines of today’s literary generation. We are never given an exact description as to how she looks, but her personality is so strong and well-developed that it practically bursts out the page. Gosh, somewhere in the middle of it all, I felt like I was just as confused as Mara, not knowing which parts were ‘real’, a ‘flashback’, a ‘nightmare’, a ‘memory returning’. I think Michelle Hodkin did a pretty good job of writing out PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). It wasn’t just that you were crazy – or think that you’re crazy. It was utter chaos in the sense that you lose yourself completely as your inner workings try to repair the situation an unfortunate circumstance has brought you in. The mystical happenings have yet to be explained, but they only succeed in deepening the mystery clouding over Mara, Noah and their families.

Going back to my second main point, Mara and Noah make an unusual pair, but its their differences that actually serve to compliment one another (Yep, I kinda agree with you, Noah, when you said that maybe the two of you were truly meant to find each other). Physical contact is limited to light kisses and hugs (Meh. Are those really enough for you already, Mr. Shaw?) simply because dear Mara is terrified of her own abilities that might cost Noah his own life. I wonder how they’ll figure this one out since we all know (oh come on, this is the YA genre!) that light kisses and hugs will never be enough!

Let me just say that I have a thing for awesome siblings, so Daniel and Joseph both get mentions in this review. Joseph for being the cute, intelligent, curious, and obedient little brother, I huuuuug you. And Daniel for being the caring, protective-but-not-overprotective, kind, and trust-worthy older brother, I claaaap-claaaap you.

Overall, it’s a great read, especially if you want something new. ๐Ÿ™‚ No vampires, no werewolves, no overly kissy-kissy scenes (not yet, anyway… let’s see what happens), no conceited bast- oh wait, there is! =))

Must get hands on the second and third book of the trilogy…

DOCTOR'S ORDERS: Read this if you're fond of atypical heroines, dreamy boys with deep secrets, and rollercoaster-like page-turners.
Watch out for: mild confusion as to some medical and psychological jargon re: post-traumatic stress disorder; extremely well-written scenes in the perspective of a PTSD sufferer that might make you think you're traumatized over something as well
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