The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Musing Mondays (7#)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Publication date: September 27th 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Number of pages: 452

Series: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (1#)

Source: Paperback gifted to me

Date finished: 29th September 2013


 Goodreads synopsis:

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.



I am still a little stunned after finishing The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. The ending was one of two plot twists that I had to go back and read the sentence again and again out of shock. In fact, if you ask me, I could probably recite it. But then I’d be sharing a massive spoiler. Wouldn’t want that now, would we?

I never picked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer to have paranormal elements. My visions prior to reading consisted of contemporary-mysteryish. So this review will remain spoiler-free, I have decided to call what I am talking about “Mara’s issue”. To be honest, I think I understand Mara’s issue even less than she does. I’m also a little confused to whether Noah has an “issue” too.

The characters definitely felt real to me. But I know that I don’t know them as well as I feel I do (refer back to the last paragraph. Mara and Noah were very prominent and made outstanding characters.

For me, the second half of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was better than the first. Of course the first half of the book was like it was to explain things like what had happened in previous events to the book and who everyone was, but in genereal there was more action and a few twists along the way.

My expectations for The Evolution of Mara Dyer (the sequel) are just as high (perhaps higher after finishing the first book) as they were for this one. I’m hoping the story will not cut straight to the action and there will be more twists. I am especially curious after the ending of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I have two theories about the ending I am very curious to see if they come true.

This is probably a book for teens and up. It was something different and something I enjoyed. High expectations from me lie heavily on the next book – I am super curious.

 4/5 stars!

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  Goodreads author bio:

Michelle HodkinAt the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer are available now, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves in 2014. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.


 Monday Musing:

musing mondays

This is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading (click Here to go to their page). Be sure to leave me a link to your own!

This week I am going to be musing about…

Thick books vs thin books

This is a hard one. There are loads of pros and cons for both.

1. Price

This is kind of dependent on the book. I have seen thin books for ridiculous prices and thick books for about the same price (at the same popularity level). In terms of value for money, thin books aren’t always the best. Especially if you don’t end up liking the book, you can feel a bit ripped off.

2. Weight

Thin books are definitely my preference when it comes to weight. Really heavy books can make your wrists hurt and if you are going somewhere, are heavy to carry.

3. Travel

This is about 50/50. Thin books are light weight and thinner, meaning you can take more. But you also finish quicker. Thick books are great for plane or car trips because you are less likely to finish them – meaning you are more likely to have enough to get you through the holiday/trip. But they take up more space and are heavy.

4. Readathons

There are arguments for both sides here. Thin books are usually easy to fly through and can really boost your enthusiasm for the readathon when you count how many you’ve read and are flying through them. But thick books are good if they are interesting and really add to your page count.

Overall, I’d say the arguments are fairly even sided.

Have you got any more to add?


8 thoughts on “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Musing Mondays (7#)

  1. I don’t mind reading thick books from authors I love…but for new authors, I prefer a thin book. Just until I can decide if I love the author! lol


    • livvvy75 says:

      That’s a pretty good plan actually. I definitely want a thin book if I don’t know the author but if I know I like their work, I don’t really mind. It kind of depends on the story as well.

  2. I like either, but as I’m always carrying a book with me it is nicer to have a thinner, less heavy book to do so. My main one is Paperback V Hardback, I’m a paperback girl for the same reason.

    My MM

  3. Sonia Lal says:

    I don’t know if I’ve a preference. Paperbacks are better for carrying around.

    That book review sounds, btw!

    Sonia Lal

  4. What I really don’t like are books so thick they are hard to handle and read. No preferences other than that. Here is my
    MM </a

  5. Daystarz Books says:

    I prefer thick books if I am enjoying it as I often dont want the book to end and I love to get lost in a nice long story. Heres my musing:

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