Confession – I was a tad busy in August. However, I still managed to read “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” well within the time frame, and I did meet up with Michele from “Just a Lil Lost” to discuss the book. Then … I kind of fell off the planet for a few days. And then I moved, and I was gone for a few days more.
But now I’m back, and I’m ready to post my thoughts! I’m going to combine my thoughts with the discussion I had with Michele (over a very yummy brunch) because it was a really interesting discussion. For those who are keeping track, the banner up top (designed by the very talented Michele – huzzah!) details our September and October read-a-longs, so join us for “Anna Dressed in Blood” (September) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (October).
Now, onto Mara Dyer!
This was actually a really interesting read for me. It took me a good while to get into the book, but once I was in there, I started to really enjoy the story. However, I will say that there was a very strong “Twilight” vibe that I just couldn’t shake – especially the interaction between Noah and Maya. He’s a little stalker-ish, and he is a lot controlling – yes, it’s explained why later in the book, but it’s still a little unnerving.
Once I got used to her, I really enjoyed Mara. She’s feisty, and she hates losing control. I didn’t’ think that she had the greatest relationship with her mother, and I wonder if that will come into play later in life (my guess: Mara isn’t her mother’s biological daughter, but might be her father’s — Michele didn’t have the same thoughts, so we will see). I also liked that the older brother was the yin to her yang. They truly were two sides of the same person, but he always had her back. The younger brother was hysterical – he often added some much-needed levity to the book at times, and I liked that he connected to Noah so quickly.
The author has a wonderful ear for dialogue; at times, I felt as if I was eavesdropping on real conversations. To benefit that, there are numerous humorous asides that keep the book from falling too dark, and I found myself laughing out loud at times. For all the craziness in her life, Mara does come off as a real person with realistic emotions and reactions, and that makes her much more likeable than I originally expected. Noah and his family are still pretty much enigmas to me, but by the end of the book I found him to be a lonely character, eager to connect with someone, and seeing Mara as his opposite. I did guess her “power” pretty quickly, and became a little impatient with how slow everyone else was to pick up on what was going on.
One thing Michele and I both agreed upon was that the ending was CRAZY and that we both want to read the sequel. It’s a good thing that there will be a sequel, or Michelle Hodkin would have some ‘splainin’ to do for sure. I’m not going to explain it in order to preserve the mystery, but … WOW. That’s all I’m going to say.
Overall verdict: 3 out of 5 – an interesting read, but with a few things that pulled me out of the story more than once. I’ll still be looking up the sequel.
“The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” is available from Indigo, Amazon and your friendly indie bookseller. Have you joined the read along linky yet? Go HERE to read Michele’s review, and to link you thoughts with ours!