Three in one Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

4/5 stars!

Book One: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I’m definitely with Aunt Cassie (Clare) on this book. It’s completely romantic and intriguing, I was definitely drawn in from beginning till end and I did not expect that I’d like this book that much. It probably has a lot to do with Noah who had me swooning from scalp to toenails. I think I have a new book boyfriend!

I’m sure the plot wasn’t perfectly played and I definitely spotted loopholes in the storyline but you don’t get to read a lot of good paranormal stories these days. The school setting and bullies were stereoptypical and the romance wasn’t something I haven’t read before but I don’t know, I felt hypnotized.

It probably has to do with the writing through the unreliable narrative voice of Mara which is funny, thoughtful, a bit creepy and mysterious but definitely gripping. When a girl tells a story about how she could be the suspect for the murder of her friends, you definitely WILL listen. 😉 You’ll listen more when she tells you about this perfectly beautiful guy (despite his always tousled look) who smells of ocean and sandalwood. (Why do hawt guys in books usually smell like sandalwood?)

One of my favorite things about a book is when it reaches the part where I get an explanation of the title or of the cover of the book. Some books sadly don’t get to that part at all. This book definitely did earning my well-deserved “ooohs” and “aaaahs.”

Of course it ends with a cliffy which I don’t mind because I’ll be reading the second and third book very soon!

Book Two: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

I just finished the book and I’m totally freaking out and silently screaming obscene phrases at the air because man, that twist, that ending (or the lack of it), as picked up from the book, is batshit crazy. I’m not sure if I should applaud it or curse it. I’m not sure whether to be impressed or upset by the revelations and I guess that’s when you can say a book is really good- when it totally messes up with your head. Up to now, my heartbeat hasn’t returned to normal. It hasn’t since I started reading the book, I mean devouring it (took me only two afternoons to finish it).

In the first book, Mara Dyer is the hero/anti-hero who blames herself for the death of her best friend. She starts seeing, hearing and feeling weird things which her family and doctors dismiss as simply symptoms of PTSD. In the second book, her symptoms seem to aggravate and require extreme psychological/medical intervention. But the huge question is, is she really just seeing things or could they be products of a paranormal phenomenon or is it entirely something else? Tag along with Noah (my love) and Mara as they uncover these mysteries about themselves and more.

Still told in the extremely unreliable voice of Mara, the story is an equally riveting read as its predecessor laced with mystery, humor, sarcasm, romance and most of all, absolute creepiness (which explains why my heart won’t stay in its rightful place the entire time I was reading.)

I won’t say more because I’m going to dive into the third book because I need to know what happens and I really have to prove my existing theories true. I’m seriously hoping I’m right because if not, the third book shall incur my wrath!

Third book, I’m definitely ready!

Book Three: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Thirst not completely quenched, hunger not fully satisfied, questions not fully answered and yet I’m still one happy gal and one of the things about the entire series that made me happy is how I could never point out what it really is. After finishing the third book, I’ve decided that it’s a mix of everything- paranormal, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and best of all, humor which what made me completely enjoy the books.

☼ Just for my personal record, the books in the series should be entitled as follow: ☼
♣Book 1: Mara Dyer
♣ Book 2: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
♣ Book 3: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

…because Mara’s transformation in the third book is definitely unbecoming. She has become a total wacko, the things she did a lot gorier yet funnier and commendable. (Yes, I am sometimes or a lot of times perverse. Forgive me). It also made me happy that I could not seem to predict which direction the plot is going to take and which course of action will specific characters choose. It was really cool.^^

One thing is consistent about the series though, Mara Dyer is awesome and so are the other characters in the series who are all are adorable, unique and funny in their own ways. I won’t be naming names anymore to avoid spoilers.^^ The plot is just as fast-paced as the first two novels and the writing is just as engaging and addictive to read. I think I may have a new favorite trilogy and a new favorite author.

I’ll stop here and leave the rest to you when you do decide to read the series. ENJOY! 🙂

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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