Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: September 27, 2011

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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.

Ah, what to say about the illusive Mara Dyer. She's unequivocally broken, traumatically haunted, and a tad bit in love with the mysterious Noah Shaw.  

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer begins on the day Mara awakes in a hospital, surrounded by her family. She has been unconscious for three days and has no memory of how she was injured. She questions the whereabouts of her friends, learning that she was the only one who survived the collapse of an abandoned building they visited late one night. The shock of losing her friends is enough to drive Mara over the edge. Mara convinces her parents to move her to Florida for school in hopes of escaping the haunting memories of that fateful evening.

We get a front-seat view of how Mara's life will unfold and the many strange and chilling events that surround her even in Miami. There's always the school witch to contend with, especially when she catches the eye of the eclectic Noah Shaw. The rumors that surround this boy are enough to send any girl running in the other direction, but Mara sees a different type of person in Noah. Hes' protective, caring, and comes with his own set of mystery and intrigue. Noah does his best to help Mara deal with her past and face her future head on...not an easy task, that.

Even in Miami, Mara is haunted with visions of her past. She begins to remember what happened at the abandoned building and realizes that she possesses powers far from normal. When she begins to hallucinate that one of her friends survived and now follows her she fears she is seriously loosing her mind. However, is it possible that perhaps one other person survived the collapse? Hmmm...

I loved this book beyond words. It was thrilling, suspenseful, and full  of surprises. I loved Mara in all her brokenness. I loved Noah in all his sexy, quick-witted, and mystical glory. I truly loved Mara's older brother Daniel who went above and beyond to help his sister in any manner he could. He is the older brother I always wanted but never had. And the ending...oh the ending. I wish I could tell you about that, but I can't. You must read every word, relish them, sit back and analyze what you read, and then think some more.

There is a creepiness that surrounds The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but only in the best way. This is a book you do not want to pass up so go...go now and buy it, check it out, borrow it. Do what you have to do but be sure you read it.

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