Intoxicating: A Review of THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) 
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin
452 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Source: Hardcover Gift
Rating: LOVED

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.

   The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the epitome of intoxicating. Readers will find themselves wavering between reality and Mara’s mind, unraveling as she does.

   The story is dark, at times diving to such depths of darkness, you’ll be grasping for whatever hold you can. Those who are dead show up in the midst of the living. Those who are alive suddenly appear dead. Things misplace themselves, rooms alter.

   Is it your mind or is it the story? Michelle Hodkin takes readers on a physicological thrill-ride that will leave your mind buzzing, your eyes tearing from lack of sleep, and you heart pounding. She tactfully blurs the line between what is real and what is not.

   And as Mara journeys toward her ‘unbecoming’, readers will journey towards their ‘undoing’. Its safe to say The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will have you questioning your grasp on reality, your insanity.

   Mara Dyer is the one who’s steadily falling towards insanity, I assure you. But we experience it with her, in her mind. Seeing what she sees – and what she doesn’t. You’ll feel sorry for her, pity, and you’ll feel angry for her, because of her loss and her pain.

   The plot itself doesn’t involve bad guys or running away from an enemy – unless you consider your own mind as an enemy. But despite its seemingly action-lacking front, Michelle Hodkin’s debut is no less enthralling. You’ll be hooked to the book, unable to let go until the end – which will leave you reeling.

   My only regret? Not picking this one up sooner. Michelle Hodkin is one good writer.



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    ashelynn hetland

    June 11, 2012

    I freaking LOVED this one, so am thrilled you did too! can't wait for the sequel! :D

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    June 11, 2012

    I had picked this one up because I liked the cover and I'm glad I did. This book was amazing! Great accurate review.

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      June 11, 2012

      p.s. I finally added your button to my blog scroll =)

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    June 11, 2012

    I loved this one too! I wasn't sure I was going to, because the summary just didn't pull me in, but I'm glad I didn't just go on that alone, because I ended up loving it! So happy that you finally got around to reading it, and that you loved it!

    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

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    June 11, 2012

    Excellent review, Hafsah, makes the book sound most intriguing.

    Thank you!


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    June 11, 2012

    I still haven't read this book, and after reading your review I want to read it even more! Thanks for the great review.

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    Read, Write, Read

    June 12, 2012

    I really need to read this book! I've heard nothing but good things about it. Great review!!

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    June 12, 2012

    So glad you finally got around to reading this one! It was my favorite for 2011 and after the way the book ended I was chilled for a while and just wanted to rant to anyone I could about this book being so awesome!

    So glad you loved it, thanks for the awesome review

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    Dazzling Mage

    June 13, 2012

    Oh, I really want to read this! I LOVE the idea of uncertain realities. Great review!

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    August 3, 2012

    I absolutely loved this one too!!! The banter between Mara and Noah just had me rolling. Plus….SWOON!!!

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 4, 2012

    This book is sooo good. I'm so confused on many things after the book finished, but I feel like readers are supposed to be a little confused, and that things will be cleared up in the next books. I can believe it's a trilogy! I know Michelle Hodkin knows what she is doing, but I don't really see how this is going to go on for two more books. NOT that it's a bad idea/series, but the first book and the addition of a second book might've been enough? I don't know. All I DO know is that I can't wait for The Evolution of Mara Dyer!!!!! Thanks for the review!!!! :)

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    September 27, 2012

    This sounds…thrilling. A physicological thrill-ride that will leave your mind buzzing – Woah! I better prepare myself and strap myself in.

    I must pick this up and soon, especially with the sequel releasing! Fab review :)

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    October 31, 2012

    Im in the middle of reading it now, I freakin lOVE it!!!! XD Ur review is spot on!