Monday, September 19, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages: 450
ISBN: 9781442421769
Source: Publisher

Where to Buy:
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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. (Goodreads)
I was so very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I had heard so many great things about the book; I couldn’t wait to get started on it. Let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. It was pretty awesome.

I love the main character, Mara. She’s quite an interesting girl, and she’s been through a lot. She spends much of the book confused about what is going on in her life. She’s a rollercoaster of emotions, and we go through them right along with her. I really connected with Mara, even through all her confusion, and I cared about her as well.

Noah Shaw has definitely earned a place in my ‘most swoon-worthy’ category. At first, I could not figure him out, but the more I read about him, the more I loved him. He has so many different sides to himself, and that really makes him unique. He is just awesome. I think he and Mara are a great couple, and I really loved their relationship.

I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Mara’s brothers, Daniel and Joseph, were very developed characters, as are Mara’s parents. This was a family that actually cared about each other. I wish we had seen Noah’s sister and mother more in the book. There were a few ‘villainy’ type characters in the book, but we don’t see a whole lot of interaction with them. There are a few characters I wanted to know more about, mostly Mara’s friend Rachel.

This book was extremely well written, I was totally engrossed. My attention was held from the very beginning of the book. The end of the book is a cliffhanger, and had me yelling, “Are you Kidding Me?” But it is one of those amazing endings that just leave you wanting more. Oh and I must rave about the book’s cover. I love it, it’s so mysterious.

Overall; I really, really loved this book. It was an amazing read, and I can’t wait to purchase my own copy, so I can read it over and over again. I’m also extremely glad to hear that there will be a book two, even though I know it’s going to be a long wait until we get to read it.

Happy Reading!
I loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer so much, I want to share the love with someone else!

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Mara Dyer!

Givaway Rules: 

  • US and International (As long as TheBookDepository ships to your area.)
  • One entry per person
  • Must be 13 or older
  • Giveaway ends September 26th, 2011
  • Winner will be chosen via, and will be contacted via email
  • If the winner doesn't respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • By signing up for this giveaway, you agree to the terms listed above.
Good luck!

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  1. There's so much hype on this book and it sounds like it defs lives up to it! Can't wait to read :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thank you so much for the giveaway - I have also been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book and I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed it so much! I loved your review.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  3. Thanks so much for this AMAZING giveaway, Christy! I'm so excited to get my hands on a copy of Mara and your review just makes me even more pumped up! :)

  4. This is a great review! I'm dying to read this one as well and you definitely got me even more curious about it. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy, so thank you so much for the opportunity to win! And for making it international. \o/ *happy dance*


  5. I'm glad you liked this one! It seems like EVERYONE likes it. I can't wait to read a copy!

  6. I can't wait for this to be released and to get my pre-ordered copy (therefore not entering the giveaway, but I tweeted nonetheless). Everybody loves this!! And your review just made me want to possess it even more. ♥


  7. Thanks for the review and giveaway!! :o) I can't wait to read this one!

  8. EEP!! Your review just makes me want to read this even more. Thanks for the chance to win:)

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I also have one on my blog of Shatter Me if you'r interested.

    Giselle at Xpresso Reads

  10. Wow! Thanks so much for this giveaway. This book looks amazing.
    Really! thank you so much!!

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!I really want this book!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  12. I've been on the fence about this one, but your review makes it sound pretty awesome. I may have to check it out after all!

  13. THanks for hosting the giveaway. I'm really interested in reading this one, i've heard great things about it.

  14. I loved this one too Christy! It was one of those where you're not quite sure it's headed but you can't wait to keep reading and figure it out. And that ending about killed me. Outstanding review!

  15. The reviews for this one are KILLING me and yours is no exception. I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy because it sounds crazy good and super engaging. Great review!!!

  16. great review and I would love to get my hands on a copy of this so thanks for the giveaway chance! :D

  17. There is so much buzz around this book that I don't know what to make of it. For that reason I'm going to keep my distance for now and buy a copy when it feels right. Good to know you enjoyed it :)

  18. awesome giveaway! Thanks so much!

    ps. I love your blog layout! superr cuttee <3

  19. Great review and thanks for the chance to win! I've heard a lot about this book through the blogging world and can't wait to get a copy!

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Love this review and I love this book. I also love Noah. So pretty much it's a whole bunch of love.

    That ending...OMG! I think I did say "You've got to be kidding me??!" and hit my friend who was sitting beside me on the bus (I read it coming back from BEA). haha.

    How long exactly until book 2?!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway! I have been wanting to read this book for a while! =)

  22. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  23. Ooh, a swoon-worthy guy? Yahoo! Can't wait to read this one. I've heard such good things about it -- plus, your great review!

  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the ARC and have heard that there are some major things--and certain sentences--changing for the final version. I need to get this book.

    I'm glad you liked this book and enjoyed your review. :)

  25. WOOHOO! Glad that you loved it!! =) The writing was Gorgeous!! And then there was Noah..Swoon!! I loved the fact that I had no idea what was going on. =o That doesn't happen too often!! And the cliffhanger left me feeling the same way...AHH!

  26. I just read a review for this book on Makeshift Bookmark and I am glad you are both equally enthused about this book and I am THAT much more excited that you are having a giveaway for it, cause I want this book RIGHT NOW = )

  27. I've been hearing so many great things about this book! I can't wait to read it.

  28. OH no, not a cliff hanger! Hmmm... I guess I need to stop running from them. They seem to be everywhere.

  29. Thank you for a great chance to win! I'm spreading the word :)

  30. Man, if I don't get my hands on a copy of this soon, I'm going to lose any remaining shred of sanity I still retain. The reviews for this are AMAZING! I can't wait to figure out what the heck the mystery is and Noah. Good grief, I'm thrilled to meet him :D Awesome review, you had me even more excited! And thank you so much for the giveaway!

  31. I love the book as well and there were parts that I did't see coming. I can't wait to read the second book.

    Thanks for the review.

  32. Thats so wonderful that you love the book so much and want to share it. I'm all for sharing! yes spread the love! I'm on a book buying restriction due to over indulgence at the borders closeout. *crosses fingers for the win*

    Oh yeah - check out my sisters awesome zombie plush BUNNY! giveaway!

  33. Fingers crossed for this one, I really want to read it. Thanks for the chace.

  34. I just wondering when I saw this book time release... I really hope to read this book.. thanks for review.. and thanks for Giveaway

  35. I've been dying to read this one - sounds so great! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  36. thanks so much! and epic review i cant wait to read this book

    melissa @ just one opinion


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