Monday, November 14, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

... *coughs awkwardly*.
So... I suppose you’re wondering why I haven’t posted anything in one... two... almost three months?
My [weak] answer: SCHOOL.
And I profusely apologize.
It is called... The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. And it is... indescribably epic.

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.
More delicious information can be found here.

I am well aware of the fact that there isn’t all that much information given in the blerb above. But this paranormal thriller is sure to take you on an amazing ride.
Mara Dyer was in an accident that killed her friends, yet she can’t remember anything. As the novel progresses, Mara keeps getting flashbacks and, much to her dismay, hallucinations of her dead friends. While this is going on, she has an overprotective mother watching her every move, a father who’s always working diligently on his court case, an overachieving older brother and an annoying little brother. On top of that, to protect her “fragile” mental state and health, Mara and her brothers get put into private school.
And it’s there she meets Noah Shaw.
Fiction has, unfortunately, destroyed all hope for me when it comes to men. My expectations have shot so high that I don’t think anyone can meet them (and anyone who does would have to be Superman or something). It’s just that there are so many male characters in books that are just so darned FASCINATING and PERFECT. Noah is no exception. For Pete’s sake, he’s got a British accent. And he’s hot. Smoking. Hot.
Sadly, he smokes, BUT it does nothing to diminish his health and hotness. And he’s kinda got a reputation as a playboy. So, when he shows interest in new-girl Mara Dyer, you can guess that there’s a little blonde female dog plotting to ruin Mara’s life. It is indeed typical, but also freaking hilarious.
And Noah and Mara are really adorable together. I mean, REALLY adorable. And, being a paranormal novel and all, there is also an explanation of how Noah and Mara are supernaturally connected... but that’s too much of a spoiler, so I’ll shut up ;). If you want to find out for yourself, get the book now.

Aside from the smoking romance building between Noah and Mara, the plot gets insanely interesting as Mara discovers more about the events of the accident, and what all her “hallucinations” really mean. And the ending of the book really throws a curveball at you, leaving you screaming/gasping/laughing/crying/yelling or all of the above. Danged cliffhangers.
So, I am now [im]patiently waiting for the release of Mara Dyer 2, which is not coming out until fall 2012. You can imagine my disappointment when I found that out. However, it is definitely worth the wait, and I truly applaud Michelle Hodkin for creating such an epic tale. You, ma’am, are an impeccable paranormal author. Keep up the fantastic work, and know that Maggie is forever in my prayers.
- sm:)e

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