Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on 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.
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.
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
“The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in my head.”
My Musings: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was everything that everyone said that it would be. It was the perfect mix of thrill, mystery, danger, and romance. In this novel, we follow the life of Mara Dyer, who lived to be the only survivor of an accident that killed her friends. After moving to Miami, Florida, Mara tries to create a new life for herself—but she can’t get over the nagging feeling that it was her fault. Mara makes new friends (err, friend), and even snags the eye of bad boy Noah Shaw. But things aren’t always as they appear.
The Unbecoming was written beautifully. Its descriptive prose was able to put me into the world of Mara, which I must admit, was very creepy, yet exhilarating. The concept of the novel is intriguing in itself; when I read the behind the story on Hodkin’s Simon and Schuster profile, I was amazed. The characters were well developed as well, and the plot kept me attached to the book for 5 hours straight. Noah, Daniel, and Mara have managed to worm their way into my heart, and I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on the next book, the Evolution of Mara Dyer. I can’t wait to see what Noah and Mara manage to find, and for a few mysteries to be solved. Hodkin has concocted a great tale that is fit for all mystery/thriller lovers (Or any girl who happens to love sexy, British, bad boy types), and I’m glad that I picked this book off the shelves.