Thursday, 24 November 2011

Book review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My edition: Hardcover, published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster, 452 pages.

Description: 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.

Rating:

 

First off: How gorgeous is this cover? I know one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I admit I am shallow that way and this one was definitely a main incentive in wanting to read the novel.

As for the story itself, I read it in a very short span of time (despite the fair few pages present) because I was intrigued by the plot and trying to figure out the real reason behind all the misfortune (understatement of the century) following around "Mara Dyer". And if a book can get me hooked like that, it's a good one in my eyes.

I do have to say that towards the end I was a bit disappointed to find that this was yet another paranormal romance series and not a one-off novel about the premise on the back cover stating it'd be about a girl waking up after a mysterious accident that killed her friends but surprisingly left her unharmed.

Still, for a paranormal romance the execution was done extremely well and the paranormal aspect was very much a background theme until much further into the story, leaving plenty of time to keep the reader second-guessing what's real, what isn't, and what's really going on with Mara.

I was slightly torn between 3 and 4 stars, but I'll give it 4 in the hopes that the next installment in the series will be at least equally as good as this one.

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