Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 456
Format: Print
Where to buy: 

Summary (from Goodreads)
Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

First off...okay..."Haunting and dreamlike"? Are you serious? I would say this book is anything but. This book was not haunting. It didn't scare me at all. It was not dreamlike. I was not mesmerized by it. Honestly, I would put this in my "WTF did I just read" list. Because forreal....WTF did I just read? And not in that good woah-this-book-rocked-my-socks-off kind of way, but that I-have-no-idea-what-just-happened way.

I will admit I was surprised by the ending, but it still left a lot to be desired. There were 59 chapters in the book. I repeat - 59 chapters - and it took about 50 of them to get me to understand what the hell was going on. It just kept going and going and going until finally I understood what the book was even about. I was left feeling kind of blah...like I just wasted the last two months (yes, it took me two months to actually finish this book) reading a bunch of nonsense.

Mara was even more blah than the feeling I had after reading. She was so blah she makes blah look good. I felt no real connection to Mara; it was like reading the same crap over and over. And Noah wasn't much better, but he was just a teensy bit better. I couldn't connect with him either, but at least I felt like I had a better idea of what his character was like. And the cheesy lines at the end of chapters? Seriously? "But it felt, somehow, like I had already lost." and "But there would be no shelter in Noah's bed or in his arms from the howling of my sins." WHAT???! I don't even get it. I. Can't. Even.

Okay, but in all honesty: I might actually read the second book, because the author did a pretty good job of making me want to know what happens next. It could be promising.

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #1

What Are You Reading Wednesday is a weekly meme on It's A Reading Thing's blog. Grab the book you are currently reading and answer the following questions:

1. What's the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your ebook and share one complete sentence.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

My current read is:

1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
2. "I never thought I'd miss the pounding silence of isolation, but some nights, I do."
3. When I first started reading this book, I thought 'Ooh! Aruba! I'd love to go there!' but now I'm all 'Oh hell naw...'

So...what are YOU reading?