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I devoured this series and read all three books over the course of one weekend. I haven't written reviews for the first two books, but like so a lot of others, I couldn't obtain enough of them - they were creative and dark with enough romance and mystery to hold me hooked. Reading a series requires a bit of trust, you know? (Even if you read all the books in one weekend!) Because you're setting aside some of your precious time to read them, you let yourself to become invested in the story, you begin to care for the characters, etc. This latest book is the reason why I sometimes hate reading series and actively seek out standalone YA novels (as rare as they may be.)WARNING: SPOILERS AHEADBy the end of the book, I just hated Mara. I hated her hero and was also concerned that teenage readers (which I am not) would think she was someone to look up to - because she is not. I know the problems with her morality are a part of what we learn about her character, but the ease with which she can slay is disturbing - far more disturbing that some of the other graphic scenes. I felt like the story trivialized that kind of violence and it was uncomfortable to the end of the book, I also hated Mara and Noah's relationship, which was shocking b/c I thought they were so cute in the first book. The author decided to write some chapters from Noah's perspective and I will say that I thought she was brilliant in keeping with Noah's tone in those chapters - his fast wit and sarcasm are prevalent throughout. But what became clear very quickly was that there was no reason for Noah's all-consuming love for Mara, which only confirmed that what Noah's dad says is real - that their love for each other is nothing more than a byproduct of what they are individually. Frankly it doesn't create sense that Noah loves Mara and the only logical conclusion is that he loves her because she is a tool of self-destruction - what Mara explicitly said she didn't wish to be for him.I also thought throughout the entire series that Noah's hero was a bit two-dimensional, but I didn't really fault the author for that because in so a lot of YA novels, the boy is commonly just a pretty, sarcastic accessory. But since the reader is given some chapters from Noah's perspective, I thought for sure that we would obtain something more - something that would create him come to life. But no, he's moody, he hates his Dad, he wants to damage himself and he loves Mara - that's about ly - the ending. The sex stage was method too long - I know it was built up over three books, but it was wholly unnecessary and I was rolling my eyes. But I would have accepted it, and maybe even appreciated it, if it was their one night together, their only night together before they did the right thing. The ending implies that Noah is meant to save the globe - as in, literally, save the world. Save hungry children, save nearly extinct species, be the key to immortality. It's kind of a huge deal. Generations of people have essentially been waiting for Noah to be born to do this. But here's the twist - Mara, by staying with him and loving him, will be the death of him. Not metaphorical death - actual death. So naturally, Mara and Noah, lover of dogs, create the obvious choice, right? Nope, we obtain stage after stage of Noah begging Mara to stay with him. And Mara makes about a ten sentence attempt to leave him. The end is a bit begin ended - they are together, but it's not implied that they will stay together. They are basically together until they can't be, and definitely leaves begin the question of what will separate them in the future - do they decide to do the right thing and go separate ways? Or do they just stay together until Noah dies? Kind of a critical piece of info for the readers who have spent three books invested in their relationship. But we don't obtain the respond to those questions.I obtain that some readers like a bit of realism in their novel (and think this was a realistic ending) - I don't. I read YA, as a fully grown mother of children, to obtain some escapism and yes, I would like things wrapped up in a beautiful small bow. But, if the author does choose to attempt to give a more realistic ending, then create the ending realistic. We can't seriously be expected to swoon or root for two people who would be that selfish to choose to stay together when apart one of them would LITERALLY SAVE THE WORLD OF ALL SUFFERING?Sorry if I sound mad - I kind of am though. I really loved the first two books and thought it was so creative, but now I'm just annoyed that I even cared about Mara, because she definitely devolved (pun intended) into a morally questionable, selfish protagonist.
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In BooksIt dawned on me when I had about 100 pages left in this book that it is going to be extremely hard, practically impossible even, to write a review for this book. At least one that's spoiler free. But I'm going to give it everything I have and see what happens. If you're reading this I manged to come up with something. Yay me!--I've had weird dreams. I've had weird hallucinations. But weird didn't even start to touch this, whatever this was.I never expected to obtain as attached to this series as I have. But from the moment I picked up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, through every word and every sentence and every paragraph I fell deeper and deeper into this twisted, dark, hauntingly attractive story. The intensity, the darkness, the complete mind [censored] has been steadily building since the very first book. It rarely lets up and I often found myself wondering if I myself was going to come out of this series sane. Truly I've had some very strange dreams.--I should have been more frightened than I was. I should have been terrified. But I just felt like I was watching all of this happen to someone the begin of each sequel I would think there's no method I could handle things getting any worse than they did previously. Yet there was no method in hell I could even think about putting them down. The more twisted it got the faster I would push myself to obtain to the next page. To say Retribution was the most shocking would be an understatement. The depths of darkness that this book went to had me absolutely hopeless throughout most of it. Doubting an ending could be possible that I would search satisfying.--Jamie held a slice in each hand and was looking back and forth between them. "I wish to double-fist the [censored] out of this pizza."Even when things look bleak Michelle Hodkin manages to sneak in moments that had me laughing out loud. I am in love with her writing style You name an emotion and she has more than likely managed to pull that out of me within this series. I will read anything this woman writes. No, truly. If she published a book of nothing but old grocery lists I would be rushing to buy it. I have fangirled and shouted about how much I've loved this book or that book in the past, but this series was so various for me. It's that one. The one. The one that has me sitting here wondering how am I ever going to pick up another book and feel that same enjoyment and level of emotions. Yeah, it seems I'm slightly obsessed. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go wallow in this book hangover. They should create a patch for that, one that pumps you full of endorphins to support obtain you over the hump.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the final book in the Mara Dyer series. It's a really amazing book. The story is told mostly through Mara's point of view but there are a few incidences that it is told through another point of view. Mara wakes up at the Horizons Residential Treatment Center and she comes to search out that the latest thing she remembers was 13 days ago. She's told that the ceiling came down when Jude was holding them all hostage and Noah was killed in the incident. She's been drugged which has allowed Dr. Kells to control her. Something happens and Mara's released from her room and she finds Jamie and Stella. The three of them take it upon themselves to search out everything they can about what has happened to them and to search Noah because Mara is convinced that he's not ra has been through so much and she's just trying to come to grips about everything. She just knows that Noah can't be dead and she will do anything she can to search him. She wants to search out who is behind everything that has happened to her and the others and create them pay.
A gripping, horrifying, and a messy end to the trilogy. By my own rating tutorial standards, I wish to give this book an additional half of a star because of Mara and Noah, but I just can't. If I'm completely honest with myself, the only reason I liked this book was because of Mara and Noah. Through all of Mara's searching for the truth about Noah and their ending, I loved every min of it. As for everything else? Not so much. I felt like the plot was trying to be suspenseful and take you on all of these twists and turns, but I found most of it very predictable. The writing style is haunting and at some points really attractive (the Mara and Noah parts). The horror scenes freaked me out so much that I had to place the book down and contemplate whether or not I should place it in the freezer. I mean this in a amazing way, because it's supposed to be scary and unpleasant but in general I found the plot to be lacking. The hunt for clues and resolution in this book just seems so easy. Too easy. Simple to the point of sloppiness. Which left me feeling unsatisfied with the wrap up of the book. All of the Mara and Noah parts are amazing and create it worth it to stick it out, but you won't catch me saying that I was in love with this book.Full Review:
I sooo love this series. I read each book in one sitting. And The Retribution of Mara Dyer did justice for it a hundred per at being said, it got a star fewer from me than the first two and for a amazing reason. Even though it was just as exciting as I'd expected it to be - keeping me on the edge of my chair -, there were certain aspects that created me question whether it was still the Mara Dyer series. Of course, that's quite an exaggeration, however, it is real that some things changed considerably - and not necessarily for the rst off, Mara. I mention her on top because she's a large part of the book (duh) and probably the largest change. I understand that there's such a thing as hero development. I can also obtain that the happenings having transpired hardened her. It's basically either that or death, there's no method she could have survived everything without shedding some of her conscience and innocence. And yes, there was a certain external factor, but as she narrated, I kept seeing a depressed girl, bordering on being a monster. Which might be a string expression, but an accurate one. After said external factor was gone, I still failed to relate to her as I used to. That was my ultimate largest condly, the whole story went in an entirely various direction. And while it was not at all a shabby one, sometimes it felt like a distinct story. Which irked me a tad.On the bright side, I'm okay with not getting all the answers I wanted. I don't remember her exact words, but Michelle Hodkin did say it meant to be this way. In life, you don't obtain all the answers and there's rarely a satisfied ending. And that is l in all, TRoMD did settle my greedy fangirl imagination even if I want some things would have been different. Or less different. Depends on how you look at it.
~4/5This latest book was surprising and hard and so very ra goes through a hard change, a very dark one. There’s some serious violence here, and Mara deals with it the only method she can, which is something that everyone else has a very hard time taking. But she has violence and destruction in her, and she accepts ah is missing. Horribly so. And this does horrible things to Mara, in ra does a lot, going on a journey with several people, doing poor things and things that need to happen. I don’t know what else to say, because I don’t wish to ruin any of e climax is… surprising, and horrible, and I’m still a small unsure of how it worked. But it did, and I’m okay with that. I wanted that. We obtain some answers for Mara’s visions, as well as how they all work and why they’re like this.I will say that I was a small disappointed with the opening line of the first book (“My name is not Mara Dyer…”), because I had hoped it would be more, there would be more respond and excitement to that statement, but that’s all is was a very amazing conclusion to the series. I’m satisfied with how it all worked out, and I liked the dark side that Mara ended up on, with the surprise of it. I look forward to whatever Hodkin releases next.[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
I wish to comment on this book so badly, but there's nothing to argue when you have is book wrecked me. With every page that passed I didn't think I could have any more emotions...and then I did, and it was worse than before, and yet, somehow so perfect.I think Noah may be one of my favorite characters of all time. He's beautifully broken, and I have an obsession with beautiful, broken boys. I ached for him, but also fell in love with his words, his thoughts, and the method he loved Mara. He created this story so poetic, and I'm heartbroken that it's over. I could spend at least a dozen books reading Noah Shaw's thoughts. I can probably cry on demand just thinking about the warehouse scene. There's something so beautiful about that kind of devotion. I wish to wallow in ra is...wow. Mara impressed me. I loved watching her overcome obstacles, amazing or bad, she did what she had to do, and I admire that. I think she was courageous, not because she was brave, but because she had to be. She had to do things nobody else wanted to consider, simply because of who she was. I loved that she never gave up on her family, not even when it would damage Noah. I think it really showed how some choices are not right or wrong. They're simply choices with consequences.And Mara and Noah together? Holy words. Pages 444-457 is some of the best writing I've ever read, and I'm ridiculously picky about items like that.I don't think I could've asked for anything more from this series. It was heartbreaking, rewarding, and so damn satisfying to read. I think these books will stick with me for a long time, especially the overall theme of acceptance. It created me think. It created me feel. And it created me question a lot of things.I wish to thank Michelle Hodkin for being such an inspiring writer. I've learned so much from reading your work!
I almost decided to keep off on a review of this one until I have read the entire series. I feel that judging one installment of a series is tough, since it is not meant to be stand-alone text. I also feel that I have wavered in my opinion of this series over the course of the first two installments and I need to read the third to really solidify my thoughts. That being said... I will likely reevaluate my rating of this book after I have completed the series and devote a post/review to the series in its entirety. So bear with me as I sort through my scattered thoughts.... After reading the description and reviews, I told myself for months that I did not read to this one. The Twilight years have come and passed and I'm wasn't sure I wanted to turn back. However, I kept hearing mixed reviews and I always like to create my own judgement, so I decided to give the series a 'go'. I would hope that if you have not read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1), you would not be reading a review for the second installment, but hey, you never know... so I will warn you now of spoilers for the first book in this series. When we left Mara at the end of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she was standing in the middle of a police station in complete shock over the sighting of her (supposedly) dead ex-boyfriend, Jude. When we join her story again in The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2), she is waking up in a psychiatric ward. Obviously things did not go well after the dead-ex-boyfriend-sighting. Unsurprising to readers, Mara's family and doctors believe that her sighting of Jude is another side result of her PTSD following the traumatic happenings that caused the death of her best mate Rachel, Jude, and Jude's sister, Claire. This is completely understandable, as Mara has been experiencing increasingly paranormal, strange, and unusual happenings throughout the series thus far, causing her family's concern for her emotional well-being has reached fresh heights. I mean, we are talking about an happening where biological evidence of Jude's death was found at the stage of the event... This wasn't a questionable death with a lack of forensic evidence. Things continue to obtain WEIRD from this point on... Bloody messages on mirrors. Dead animals. Strange memories in the form of dreams. Mara can't catch a break and Noah, her boyfriend, is doing all he can to support protect her. But will it be enough? Does Mara have issues that are beyond the reach of Noah's need to fix things? Is there an explanation for their peculiar abilities? My thoughts...Yes, this storyline gets down and dirty in the realm of unrealistic. I understand this is a paranormal novel with touches of horror and psychological thriller. Yes, it paints a picture of all the YA stereotypes that we have seen over and over again. Yes, Noah is a small too Fifty Shades meets Edward Cullen for me. However, you can throw all the want... this book is without-a-doubt a major page-turner. I sit with my brows furrowed, confused and bewildered, sometimes shaking my head at the absurdity of the events... But I cannot for the life of me place the book down. Hodkin has a method of roping you in and not letting go. It's weird and I love it. My largest complaint is that the "twisty-ness" of the ending is not as neat and cohesive as I would like. I love when there is a shocking turn-of-events in a novel and I can go back to the beginning and see signs that I totally missed and brilliant, seamless stitching that the author used to piece together that big "GOTCHA" moment at the end. I just didn't feel it on this one. No, I wasn't expecting the ending. I wasn't expecting that turn-of-events. But I also felt like it was some-what pulled out of thin air and the author just created it work. And yet I soldier on.... I did not even question whether or not I would be reading the third installment. No question. I will finish this one out, because MH is an entertainer for sure and I'm interested to see where she goes with this. I will revise my review and modernize my thoughts on this series after I have read the final chapter. Until then....catch you on the flip side. Read on.-KB
This series... Wow. I love the twisted and creepy, and this series doesn't disappoint! I was on the edge of my seat with the need for answers. And - golly gee willikers - do we obtain some answers. My nerves were on edge for most of this ese people created me wish to scream, rattle, and punch them. I hate that Mara is putting up with such poor characters! Not that they are awful. Just that they don't believer her. And it can't obtain much more frustrating than that! When people don't listen to you, don't believe what you know is real and real, especially those you love, it can drive anyone mad. Not clinically crazy rilling. Riveting. ra is fighting her families belief that she is suffering from a mental illness. She knows what to do in order for people to see that she isn't losing her mind. But when things hold coming at her, when poor incidents occur over and over, she isn't sure she's not losing her mind. It's an inner struggle, an outer battle, and if it weren't for Noah Shaw, she would feel completely and utterly alone.But honestly, for the first half of this book, I was frustrated with Noah. His silence and odd behavior was killing me. I was scared for Mara. What if he leaves? She'll have no one who believes her? But the more I thought about it and the deeper into the story we went, the more I realized we don't know much about Noah. About what he's been though. About what secrets he might be ra was beginning to fill with doubt about their relationship as well.I wish people to understand the reason I'm giving this book 4 stars. These stories haven't scared me. I am addicted to fear. I read Stephen King, Paul Tremblay, and more. I watch scary films and tv shows regularly. If there is a high to obtain from fear, I'm chasing it. Now these books, though they don't scare me to the point that they might with others doesn't mean that they aren't good. For a YA series, these books are spot on. So if you're too afraid to jump into the exceptionally dark SK books, then this series seems like an perfect choice!And one final thought... The ending of this book? Ugh! I thought the first book ended with a bang. This one ends with a bite. Raw and savage. And I can't wait to begin the third book! Which I think I will go do now!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book in the Mara Dyer series. In the first book, Mara questions her sanity because she keeps seeing Jude everywhere and he's supposed to be dead. She's losing time, she doesn't remember doing things, and she's moved things and doesn't remember it. But now she knows that Jude really is alive, she just doesn't know what she can do about ra now knows that Jude is alive but no one believes her except for Noah. She's still trying to come to grips with her ability. Her family worry for her and she's place into the Horizons Outpatient Program. There she finds Jamie Roth and he's in the program as well. Jude is still doing things behind the scenes and she's just trying to search a method to stop him. She's having dreams from the method past in India of a strange girl and it's possible that she was a family member or Mara in a past ah appears to not care about anything and life is just in the palm of his hand. But there is so much more to Noah than how he appears or what he shares. He loves Mara with his whole heart and he will do anything for her and to hold her safe. He knows Mara's not crazy or trying to damage others. He's got security guys watching her and her family, he's trying to look into Jude and such, and just being there with Mara when she's home.Looking forward to reading the final book in this series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, and finding out what happens to Mara and Noah.
Before I start, I wish to say that there are spoilers ahead for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (the first book only - no spoilers for the second one!) so if you haven't read the first book, be warned now that spoilers for (book one only) are coming!Now that that's out of the way, here we go!The Evolution of Mara Dyer picks up immediately where The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer left off. Mara used her powers to force someone to shoot her dad's client, getting her dad shot in the process. Feeling guilty, she goes to a police station to turn herself in for the murders of everyone who has died because of the powers she possesses. While in the police station, she sees Jude alive and panics. In book two, we pick up in a hospital. Mara has been admitted again, because of course, no one believes she's seen Jude or that he's alive. No one except for Noah. Mara's goal now is to pretend everything is fine so her parent's won't create her stay at the hospital. Only, when she's at home, weird things are happing. Things are moved around her room, there's a dead cat outside of her door, and she receives a note insinuating she's being watched.I have to say, while I did really like The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I definitely didn't like it as much as I liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. That said, I also saw it coming. I read the first book completely thinking Mara was possessed. It fits all of the horror films about possession I'd seen, and I LOVED that concept...only, that's not what happened. She wasn't possessed, she just has the power to slay people with her mind, basically. So then I was a small allow down, and moving into the second book, I knew that. I was missing the scary elements and the tension I felt in Unbecoming, which is what I felt like was missing from at said, the latest third of the book was incredible. I loved it, and couldn't read quick enough! I was dying to search out what happened, especially as puzzle pieces started coming together.Overall, I really liked the book (I rated Unbecoming 5 stars), so I'd still recommend it!
What can I say about the Mara Dyer series that hasn’t already been said? It’s perfect. Michelle Hodkin keeps you turning page after page until there suddenly are no pages left and you are sitting there with a massive hardcover book in your hands crying quietly to yourself or cursing Michelle’s name at the top of your lungs because you don’t know how you’re going to go on living until the next book is out. Or in my case you toss the book across the room (gently I promise) and yell at it to think about what it’s l that may create you believe that the book left people angry, or ended in a not good way, but no… that is not what I’m getting at. This book is nothing short of awesome and I am so glad that I picked it up. In my review of book 1 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I said “I’ll be starting the second book the moment it arrives on my doorstep, then I’ll be patiently waiting outside the bookstore for the third when it comes out in November.” and that was almost true. I was in the middle of reading two other books when book 2 arrived so I didn’t dive in right away. But once I was free of prior book commitment I was all about Mara Dyer. And I’m not waiting patiently outside the bookstore for book 3, but I am impatiently waiting in my home while burying myself in other books because I don’t know how else to fill the hole in my 1 was amazing. It set up an wonderful story, a attractive love story, and the end left you craving more but also didn’t slay you. Book 2 followed the same pattern as you found out more and more about just what was event to Mara and Noah, but then there was the end. Yes it leaves you wanting more, but it also destroys you; in the best method possible if that makes sense. I really don’t wish to say anything to revealing because I want, no I implore you to read this series! Even if you have to sit and wait with me until the 3rd book arrives DO NOT WAIT! Just begin now because it’s too amazing of a series to wait for. For me it is right up there with Divergent and Shatter Me, and if you know me well then you know that is a amazing sign.I can’t stress enough that I recommend this book to everyone and I really hope you go out there and seek it out because you will not be disappointed. The mystery, the romance, the struggle, everything about The Mara Dyer series is so excellent and compelling. I really wish to go re-read them right now… so, bye!
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In BooksThis review will probably be on the shorter side because it's going to be hard to place my thoughts into words without spoiling anything. Plus I'm not even really sure what it is I even am feeling at the moment. All I do know for sure is Michelle Hodkin...is freaking brilliant!--Time was supposed to heal all wounds, but how could it when Jude kept picking the scab?First of all I finished The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer feeling like there wasn't any method to top it. I was pulled in immediately and my emotions were pulled up to the highest of highs and brought down so low I wasn't sure I'd be able to claw my method back to the top. But that was just the first book in this series and now after reading this one? That was all a easy child's bedtime story in comparison. I'm stunned. I'm shocked. I feel emotionally drained. And it's taking every latest shred of willpower I have to be sitting here typing this and allowing myself to clear my thoughts, instead of picking up the latest book and starting it immediately. Couldn't be topped? Pfft! I'd laugh at myself if I wasn't so drained.--My father might be right. If I lost Noah, I might just lose my affection for these characters has only deepened. Especially with both Noah and Mara's brother Daniel. Daniel's unwavering help and faith in his sister at one point even brought me to tears. And Noah? I can't even describe it! No matter what Mara wants to test in order to figure out what's event to her he's there solidly supporting her. If she said she wanted to...I don't know, travel deep into a jungle and visit some shaman or witch doctor or something that most of us would just look at the person and laugh and think you can't be serious? Noah would charter a jet and fly her there then keep her hand as he hacked his method with a machete through the jungle to search whoever she was looking for. He's the guy who will move heaven and earth for her, never once doubting what she said to be anything but reality. And I'll admit there have been plenty of moments through this series so far that I often doubted her myself and had to wonder if things were actually event or not.--But no one could protect me from myself.I still have no idea what's going on! If one question gets answered, it brings with it a whole new set of fresh ones to have me totally baffled. There was even a darker edge to this one. I was even more so on the edge of my seat as the story twisted and turned and really messed with my head and even had me a small bit freaked out. I'm so not joking! Especially when I was reading it late at night. I was so very much pulled in and emotionally invested in the story that it had me on edge. I'm both excited and really worried to pick up the latest book. Part of me just doesn't wish it to end period because I'm so hooked. Another part of me is just praying that it ends well since my latest track record with series enders is...not so good. *Deep breath* I'm going in...Huh...look at that. This review is longer than I thought it'd be!
Mara Dyer books are so . . . I don't even know. Everything feels like a lie and nothing makes sense. Not in the aggravating way, but in the "I can't turn these pages quick enough" ra is convinced she saw Jude and that he is alive. She knows he is out there, but at the same time is also doubting herself. Is Jude really alive? Or is she really crazy? That's part of the beauty of Michelle's writing. We don't know ourselves either. Because we're being told the happenings from Mara's perspective, she could very well have gone off the deep end and is dragging us right along with her. Or, Jude is really alive and she's in serious danger.Either way, The Evolution of Mara Dyer grabs a keep of you and refuses to allow go. The pacing is fabulous. I never felt bored or any "come on, obtain one with it" moments. The scenes are full of detail and imagery. The characters are fabulous - can I just say how much I love Jamie? The romance is hot and electric (and not as overpowering as it was in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer).This series is all I could have hoped for and more. The danger/horror is subtle. It's not in your face and it's not obvious. I'm a large sucker for that type of horror. For me, that's scarier than staring at the guy with a knife outside my window. You don't know! You just don't know what is going to happen and when. I've got a beautiful amazing idea what the guy with the knife is going to do, but I don't know what the maybe dead guy or the possibly crazy chick is going to do next.If you read and loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, you'll definitely have fun The Evolution of Mara Dyer. If you read and were iffy about the first book, this book will create you a fan. And if you haven't read the first book? Well, I'm not exactly sure what you're waiting for.
Mara finds herself in a much more delicate and risky position in this book. She believes that her ex-boyfriend is still alive, although he was reported dead and given a funeral. She thinks that he has come back to create her pay for killing his sister. In the previous book, Mara was diagnosed with PTSD, but her parents and doctors now fear that Mara is suffering hallucinations and might possibly have an illness that is much more severe. Mara is seeing and experiencing things that create everyone around her question her sanity. To hold from being confined to a mental facility, she must take part in a day treatment program. During the course of her treatment, we obtain to meet some interesting-and twisted- fresh characters as well as getting to catch up with some familiar faces from the previous book. I enjoyed watching the growth of Noah and Mara’s relationship in this story. It was less kiss-kiss crap, and more focused on their struggle to grow and adapt despite each other’s shortcomings/problems. There is a amazing deal more suspense and freaky happenings occurring in this book than the last, but that just kept me hooked. There was no lack of paranormal powers and thrilling twists. I didn’t always understand what was event in the story because it does jump back and forth between Mara’s show day and (what I can only assume is) Mara’s grandmother’s past so it got confusing in places, but that didn’t necessarily detract from the eat sequel, and quite honestly, one of the few times that I can say I enjoyed the second book more than the first!
It's been a while since I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer so I forgot how deliciously, fantastically, exquisite the series is. Michelle has kept up with the greatness. I love Mara's inner monologue, Mara thinks a lot of items and then says exactly what she just thought while other times she just flat out lies. She is smart, funny, witty, sarcastic, caring, has attitude, and generally worries about things/people. She puts on an act for her family but she shows Noah her ah is Noah. I love the method they are with each other, the method they help each other. Noah always believes Mara, they test and figure the craziness out together, they laugh and play, and are constantly amazed by one another. Mara and Noah are truly in love with each other and after everything they have been through, it would break others, while it brings them even closer e commentary between Noah and Mara is so.....I don't even know how to describe it. At times it is intense, other times it's hot and heavy, then it's serious, and other times it's hilarious. They go through so much together and they don't have petty fights, I love them back to the craziness that is the Evolution of Mara Dyer. This series has so much mind @#$%ery that I don't know what to do with myself. A whole bunch of items goes down, accidents are happening, mental health specialists are lurking about, more animals die, and you have other characters popping up in the story and some of the items they do, you will be like what the...I don't wish to give away anything because this is a book that you have to read it to believe it. Mara and Noah have no idea what is going on but the more they test and reach for answers the more F***ed-up this story becomes. Poor guys come out of the shadows, bigger plots are revealed and items from the past is making it's method in the present. All while reading this book I couldn't support but think "What in the hell is going on" and "What will happen next". I had a hard time putting it this one down and after the ending of the Evolution of Mara Dyer, I cannot wait to read the Retribution of Mara Dyer. It is the latest book in the series and I will hate to see it go but I have to know what is event and I need more of Noah and Mara.
This is the best sequel I have ever read. It lived up to the amazingness that was the first book and took it further than I thought possible. The writing is brilliant. Absolutely immersive. I feel like I am Mara living through every nail-biting, heart-stopping moment.Honestly, I hope to one day write like this. I am so impressed by Ms. Hodkin! I will be rereading this book in years to come to study how to write a truly exceptional second ere are plot twists and turns I never saw coming and when they come, it's impossible to place the book down. I almost missed dinner to [email protected]#$%!.I feel like I just returned from Miami--that's how sucked into this story I e pacing was fast. The tension was palpable. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Truly a terrific read! Thank you, Ms. Hodkin! This is one of the best books I've ever read. You'll be on my auto buy list from now n't wait to dive into book 3.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinBook One of the Mara Dyer seriesPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children's PublishingPublication Date: September 27, 2011Rating: 4 starsSource: Purchased copySummary (from Goodreads):Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can obtain any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got e believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her mates and left her mysteriously ere e doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in e’s wrong.What I Liked:I decided to reread this book this year, and finish the rest of the trilogy, so I can comfortably read The Becoming of Noah Shaw and The Reckoning of Noah Shaw. The two series are companion series (ish), but I never finished this original series and I always wanted to do so. I adored The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, even after all these is is the story of Mara Dyer, whose name isn't actually Mara Dyer, but that's the name she is legally allowed to share. Her mates were in a horrible accident, and Mara has been suffering PTSD as a result. She and her family move so that Mara can have a new start. Mara has no idea how she survived the accident that killed her friends; she also has no idea how to explain the strange things that she has been seeing - and experiencing. Is it the PTSD? Or is it something more? And why does it seem like the boy with the panty-dropping smile has something to do with everything? This psychological thriller is twisted and intriguing, and will hold you guessing until the latest page and anxious for the next e first time I read this book was in 2011 or 2012, not long after the book published. Honestly? I didn't really understand the story, and I wasn't sure if I even liked the book. I was so confused about so a lot of things, and I wasn't sure what to think of some of the characters. Still, I blown away by the concept and the execution, and the originality. I'd never read anything like this.I liked Mara from the start, which surprised me because usually I feel disdain towards unreliable narrators. I liked Mara's spunk and honesty - she has a spitfire type of sarcasm that I really liked. Maybe I just like sarcastic heroines. Mara puts on a powerful front but she is vulnerable too, and she doesn't like others seeing that vulnerability.Enter Noah Shaw, the poor boy of the high school, the guy who seemingly sleeps with everyone, the cultured British boy with an accent and smoking hot amazing looks and an arrogance to match. This type of character is sometimes hard to like, but I actually liked Noah. Even after having only read one book (of the three), I was confident that Noah was fairly misunderstood and maybe not as poor as everyone thinks. Still, he comes across as a f***boy. You love 'em, you hate 'ere was an interesting set of secondary characters, most of which I felt ehh about but could still appreciate their presence. Daniel, Mara's older brother, seemed method too excellent but was incredibly supportive of Mara, especially with her struggle with PTSD, and her budding trust of Noah. Jamie, Mara's fresh best friend, is a gay black guy with a lot going on, past and present. He's cool but maybe a small one-dimensional. Joseph, Mara's younger brother, is a sweetheart. He is much younger and he has an innocence to him that I really e story is bizarre! Is Mara suffering from extreme PTSD? Is there something sinister going on? Something else? Is this a paranormal psychological thriller? There were a lot of unanswered questions by the end of the book. This could be a complaint, but I think this actually sets up the series well, and leads perfectly into book two. I'm not overly annoyed about being left with so a lot of unanswered questions because I have a feeling the author will reveal more info as the story goes on.But there is some strange things going on, including murder... or was it coincidence? You'll have to search out! Or I will, as I continue to read the ere is of course a romance, between Noah and Mara. It is a seriously fiery romance even though there is literally one (technically two?) kisses in the book. Noah and Mara have awesome chemistry from the begin - lots of sparks and a ton of witty banter. I liked the dialogue between the two, and I loved how they set each other is book is extremely well-written, debut or not. Michelle Hodkin clearly knows how to build a story, and write it. I am sure her writing will obtain even better as she writes more books. I'm excited for more, from this series and fresh stories too.Overall, I liked this book, especially after reading it several times. Initially I wasn't totally sold, but the more times I read the book, the more I understood and the better it got. I am looking forward to reading the second book!What I Did Not Like:I mentioned that I had a lot of unanswered questions and confusion after reading the book, even several times. While I don't think this is necessarily a poor thing, it's something that will definitely frustrate readers. But hang in there for the next books (I'm assuming)!Would I Recommend It:If psychological thrillers are your thing, then I highly recommend this debut novel. It is strange and almost sinister at times, and worth the hype. I'm sure opinions are varied in the extremes, but I found this story to be extremely intriguing, even when I didn't quite fully understand it (I still don't, to be honest). It's a debut novel worth trying, at least!Rating:4 stars. I read this book about six years ago and it stunned me then - it still stuns me now. I really liked this book and I am kicking myself for not continuing the series. I think I was waiting for the series to be complete, since I knew book three would take more time to publish (and it really did). But I'm sure the wait was worth it, and I'm finally ready to continue.
Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)Author: Michelle HodkinPublisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2011Genre: YA Paranormal*This review can be found on my Blog, teacherofya dot Wordpress dot com*My Review:When you do a Google find for this book, a lot of things come up. There seem to be large fanbases of Mara Dyer. It's kind of incredible. Because after several years, people still love this series. They sport t-shirts that proclaim, "I survived the Mara Dyer trilogy." I now wonder what I got myself into.But let's break down the book, yes? As you've seen fro the blurb, there's not much description given to tell you about the book. So that's what I'm here the beginning, we are told by "Mara" herself that the name "Mara Dyer" is a pseudonym, and she has received tip from council to use one. So right off the bat, we know we are going to have what's known as an "unreliable narrator." These narrators tell the story, but the facts and perception may not be the truth. At least I was ra wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. Her parents tell her that there was an "accident" and a building collapsed on her and her friends. No one but Mara survived. And Mara doesn't remember why she was there or what happened. All she knows is that instantly she has lost her boyfriend Jude, her best mate Rachel, and Rachel's mate Claire. Maya has blackout moments, and her mother as a psychiatrist wants to commit her. Mara convinces her mom that simply moving away will help, because everything around her is a reminder. She knows that's not the issue, though. The issue seems to be that Mara is hallucinating, seeing Rachel's face in the mirror or Jude out of the corner of her eye.Once moved, she and brother Daniel are enrolled into Croyster Academy, a personal school in Miami, Florida; this is quite the change from her hometown of Laurelton, Rhode Island. On her first day she is drawn to a handsome boy with a devil-may-care attitude, and he seems genuinely drawn to Mara. However, she develops a friendship with a fellow student, Jamie, who warns her versus Noah. Apparently the British eye-candy has quite a reputation at the school for love 'em and leave 'em relationships. Strange things makes her life even more awkward and difficult: she falls face-first onto the ground and bleeds all over the class. She sees a dog tied up and malnourished, but when she berates the owner and she starts to envision his death, he ends up looking just as Mara pictures, with his head carved in. She starts to wonder as she sees things and the people from her accident: can she even trust her own eyes? Did she even berate the dog owner?Throughout all this, Noah pursues her, and though she pushes him away, she realizes she's been sketching his face in her book over and over. So maybe she likes Noah, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. But when Noah helps her out of a jam, she is stuck owing him a date, and it appears Noah might be hiding some demons of his own. As the two draw closer, Mara starts to lose her grip on reality more and more, finally ending up on medication. But Mara is starting to remember the accident, slowly and in little chunks in her dreams. How did she survive? And should she really allow Noah in, knowing that there are pieces of her past that have followed Mara to Florida?**I'm beautiful sure you're just as confused as I was....but this is all I can give without spoilers. But I can assure you, this barely scratches the surface of Mara's story. You'll have to read to search out more.*Is it Classroom-Appropriate?That's a tricky question. It does address the symptoms and problems of mental illness, and the struggles the family goes through when one of the members is ill (though I'm not saying that Dyer is crazy...you'll just have to see!). It has a small swearing and a tip of intimacy, but I think certain ages are already used to these occurrences in media today. I would probably be able to comfortably show it to a Sophomore or higher level class. There's small academic value in the book, though, so it would be more likely to be a book recommended for outside reading than one in the classroom. (Not that the book is bad...it's just more of an entertaining read than a scholarly one).Age Range: rates it as HL600L, with an age range of 14-18 (and up, of course). I'd prefer and feel more comfortable with 15, but it also depends on the maturity of the reader. 600 is higher than a lot of YA books, but still low enough to give to reluctant readers. The HL means "High-Low," which implies that younger readers would be able to comprehend the material but it is not necessarily appropriate for them.End Result:READ IT. SERIOUSLY. I give it ★★★★★ easily. I read method into the night. Mara reminds me of Kestrel from The Winner's Curse, though, because of her stubborn ways and belief in self-sacrifice for the "greater good." She can be frustrating, but if one cannot trust their own mind, I would probably be frustrating, too. How can you know what's real and a lie when you can't tell if what you see is real? This is where my empathy for Mara comes in, and it will for you, too.I hope I steered you in the right direction with this book. I myself am starting book two today, The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Too much of a cliffhanger to stop now! Satisfied reading, my book besties!
This book has such a unbelievable hook. Narrator Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. After sneaking into an abandoned asylum with her boyfriend and two friends, the building collapsed, and she’s the only one who not only survived but is physically unharmed. Why was she spared? As part of her post traumatic stress disorder, she has hallucinations about her dead friends. Or are they? Can she piece together her repressed memories about that fateful night?Seriously, doesn’t that sound awesome? Couple that hook with the stunning cover, and it’s clear why people would wish to read this book. So I picked up a copy when the Kindle edition was on sale—as first parts of a series are often sold at a discounted price—and finally got around to reading ere really is a lot to have fun in this book. The set-up is fantastic. Her hallucinations—or whatever they may be—are definitely chilling. Some of the other weird things that happen around her add to the mystery. But not everything else worked for me. Let’s itemize here, doing the best I can to avoid ter she’s released from the hospital, her family packs up and moves from Rhode Island to Florida. Maybe a fresh change of stage will support with Mara’s PTSD and support jog her memories. Conveniently, her father’s a successful defense lawyer and gets a job in Miami defending an unsavory hero who committed some beautiful high-profile crime. This was the first thing that bothered me because it just happened, seemingly without any fuss from the rest of Mara’s family, particularly her two brothers, one of which is a senior in high school.What bothers me more about this relocation is that it makes Mara the fresh girl at school—and not just any school, but a personal school filled with snotty, rich one-dimensional characters who all seem to despise her. Well, almost all of them, with the exception of Jamie, the black, bisexual, Jewish boy who befriends her. Though Mara’s mother is of Indian descent, talk about wrapping up most of the book’s diversity into one character. Even worse, is that Jamie is removed from the story and never heard from en there’s Noah Shaw, the perfect, British, perfect, rich, perfect, handsome, perfect, smart, cocky, excellent man-whore who sets his sights on Mara, much to the chagrin of a lot of of the other girls that he’s slept with and dumped at this school. A small too much perfection renders him somewhat unbelievable. Of course, Mara alternates between hating him and being interested in him. Ultimately, the reason he’s so adamant about dating her is revealed, and within the globe of the story, it actually makes a lot of sense. But there’s a lot of wheel-spinning in their relationship, and after a huge reveal near the end, there’s a small too much will-they/won’t-they stay together questioning.I’ve mentioned there’s a huge reveal; it’s when Mara fully remembers what happened at the asylum. It’s kinda dark, I didn’t see it coming, and I absolutely loved it. It connects really nicely with the memories that are teased out along the method and with some of the other gruesome occurrences that Mara encounters. It also connects very well with why Noah’s so obsessed with her. There’s a subplot regarding her family and her father’s client that also gets connected into this with some success. The unexpected resolution of all this shows Mara’s growth as a character, but it leads into a whopper of a cliffhanger with a final line that created my jaw drop.I’ll probably read part two, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, eventually, but I don’t feel like I need or wish to read it right ere’s some amazing suspense and chills at times in this book, and its underlying mystery has an awesome resolution, enough to earn about 4.5 stars. However, there’s a lack of fully believable characters, particularly Noah. Even Mara waffles and wavers between hero types. Their relationship is less romantic and fluctuates between creepy and illogical. These flaws are unbecoming in the 2.5-star range. So I’m going with an average and giving The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer THREE AND A HALF STARS.
3.5 is book was really promising, and I had the highest of expectations. Alas, they were not met.I am actually disappointed that I didn’t love this book, but other than the creep factor, which was very well done, it was hard for me to connect with the characters and the story was a tad is book has more of a contemporary feel with some added paranormal elements, than a paranormal thriller. It’s the story of a girl who survived an poor accident and is now trying to place her life back together. She worries about school, grades, college resumes and boys, but her life is more complicated than any normal girl because of the paranormal sightings she’s having. She can see her dead mates everywhere, and can also see a person’s death before it happens. Sounds really cool, huh?I would love if the story would’ve simply focused on the horrible things that were event to Mara and trying to decipher what was going on. I loved that part, and the visions and trying to remember. Very well done! But there were some crazy subplots that deviated the attention to not so necessary things happening. Like Noah e only thing I like about that boy is his awesome library. He is a presumptuous jerk who thinks he is the largest thing ever. I couldn’t obtain pass the fact he was the ultimate playboy and never really offered a reasonable explanation for his behaviour, so it was hard for me to understand why Mara liked him. He was supposedly charming, but I just couldn’t trust this ere is also a confusing subplot involving a kidnapper, which didn’t bother me much but was somewhat confusing. It’s supposed to be there to give us some information, but that subplot was never tied up. Maybe we obtain to learn a bit more about it in the next books.I did appreciate that Mara’s family was so close and caring. They showed the real signs of a committed and supporting family. I loved that her mum was so worried (she certainly had reasons to), and that her brothers were so sympathizing with her cause.Overall, the main plot of this story was very good, and it definitely got me engaged with the story enough that I wish to hold on reading this series. But the various subplots that surround the main plot were confusing and distracting, which lessened my enjoyment of this book.
Something is wrong with Mara Dyer -- and ever since a disastrous night that left three other teens dead, nobody has known just what. But the question of exactly what is wrong in Mara Dyer's life -- madness, ghostly visitations or something more sinister -- lies at the heart of Michelle Hodkin's "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer," the first book of a haunting urban fantasy trilogy that carefully crafts a chilling web of experiences and strange "coincidences."Mara Dyer wakes in the hospital, remembering nothing of how she came to be there. But she's told that she and three other teenagers -- her best mate Rachel, Rachel's snipey fresh mate Claire, and Claire's brother Jude -- were in an old asylum when the building collapsed. The other three were support Mara overcome the trauma, her family pulls up stakes and moves to Miami, where she's enrolled in an elite personal school -- but she's also being haunted by visions of Jude, auditory hallucinations and amnesia about the night Rachel was killed. She also attracts the message of the snarky school Casanova, Noah Shaw, who seems fascinated by the one girl in school determined to be uninterested in him -- and of course, Mara finds him beautiful despite her disdain for his love life.But strange things are event around Mara as she tries to rearrange her life into some kind of normalcy -- people have started dying in bizarre ways, exactly as she sees it in her mind. Also, her lawyer dad has taken on a notorious murder case. As Mara desperately tries to remember what happened to her on that fateful night, she and Noah explore that they have much more in common than they think -- and that Mara is much more risky than she of the most necessary aspect of "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" is that Michelle Hodkin takes her sweet time revealing what exactly is event to Mara -- there's no "a-ha, here's the supernatural thing that makes me special!" moment early on. Instead, most of the book unfolds with a painfully accurate depiction of mental illness and private trauma, but with a mysterious aspect; we're never entirely sure whether Mara is mentally unbalanced, is being haunted by something, or if something else is going on with her.And as such, the book has a haunting, unnerving quality that pervades it from beginning to end; some scenes have an eerie unreality even if nothing explicitly supernatural is happening. Hodkin's lush first-person writing allows us to obtain inside Mara's swirling thoughts and emotions effortlessly, and she does a amazing job interspersing the daily school life and family life Mara deals with (including an overprotective mom, a vicious Spanish teacher and a pair of bullies) with the strange and bizarre (visions of Jude, unexplained deaths, a strange incident involving Mara scalding herself).Mara herself is a captivating heroine -- she's a mixture of dark fragility and iron-clad strength, the kind of girl who can wade into alligator-infested waters one min and melt down from anxiety the next. Hodkin walks the tightrope between fragility and strength effortlessly, so that Mara feels like a realistic girl who is struggling with serious emotional problems and mental issues without losing her sense of self. And when the truth about what happened that night is revealed, it adds a wild, dark edge to her hero and e also doesn't succumb to hormones as quickly as most urban fantasy heroines -- while she's obviously attracted to Noah, it's the gradual glimmers of who he truly is (under all the snark and sex jokes) that slowly wins her over. Noah himself is as enigmatic as such a hero should be, since he initially seems like just another annoying-but-hot teen boy, but gradually reveals that there are dimensions to his personality and abilities that Mara never even dreamed of.Michelle Hodkin's debut novel is a haunting, wildly unnerving small ride that plays its cards close to its chest, slowly unfolding the mystery that is Mara Dyer. And of course, it leaves you hanging on a cliffhanger.
I've had this book on my to read list for a while now because it's gotten a bit of e Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is unsurprisingly, about Mara Dyer (allegedly not her true name), who undergoes a very traumatic experience at the beginning of the book, leading to the death of her best friend, her boyfriend, and his sister. She is the only survivor. Because of this, she picks up with her family and moves to a various location, and meets an intriguing boy at her fresh school, Noah Wade. Together, they attempt to uncover her dark and mysterious unds like a amazing premise, right? Hodkin does do a amazing job of creating a suspenseful atmosphere. Nothing makes sense to Mara, and nothing does to us either. We wish to know what is going on. The book is well written, and the begin definitely piqued my interest to continue en the book just drags. We kind of suspect something else is going on with Mara, but it takes the whole book for the plot to obtain there and confirm our suspicions. Noah is kind of a creepy love interest-- sure, he's "hot" in the method Mara (and apparently the whole student body) thinks is hot (English, metrosexual, skinny with no muscle, but somehow can still beat up a large jock?). But their interactions are very stereotypical: girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl says she hates boy, boy laughs and says no way, then girl finally gives in. Not to mention, the "mean Queen Bee" of the piece is also her own chunk of stereotype with no additional dimension.Overall, while the begin was promising with a nice brooding mood to the novel, it ended up dragging and not holding my interest for the above problems.
I debated on reading this book for a few months before biting the bullet. I finally decided to take a leap and form my own opinion and I’m glad I ra Dyer is a high school junior who has found herself in the hospital with no recollection of what occurred to land her there and receives the startling news that her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend’s sister died. But that is just the hint of the iceberg for her strange story. Mara begins to see strange things and question her own sanity as she tries to price together the memories of that night. And then she meets the all-too-perfect Noah Shaw (with a very Cullen meets Fifty vibe..) who shakes up her story even more. This novel is filled with eerie incidents, dark moments, and strange teenage this quality, enlightening literature?es it portray a healthy relationship?es it break the mold of YA literature’s paranormal romance stereotypes?No.But was it entertaining?Oh yeah!Finished-in-less-than-24-hours-entertaining!If YA novels and/or paranormal romance are your thing... download or obtain your hands on this book quickly. You’ll love it!!!If you secretly enjoyed reading the Twilight series and the Fifty Shades series (and tell no one!).... pick a lazy afternoon and give this one a shot. We all need a quick, entertaining read sometimes. It won’t disappoint.
This book was haunting and eerie. The characters hooked me from the beginning and I loved them deeply. I am so blown away by this book and wondering how I am just now hearing of it and reading it. It was so well written and the characters stick with me. I am so sad that I still have to wait for the second book to arrive to my home to hold reading. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a unbelievable surprise for me.Favorite Quotes"'My God, you're like the plague.''A masterfully crafted, powerfully understated and epic parable of timeless moral resonance? Why thank you. That's one of the nicest things anyones every said to me.'""And just like that, I was completely, utterly, and entirely his.""Noah placed a finger on my lips. 'Don't. Don't ask me why. It's annoying. I wish to. That's it. That's all. So allow me.'""'Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever.' Noah's eyes held mind. His stare was infinite. 'I was created for you Mara.'"
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In BooksEven though I had a little but manageable pile of review books that required to be read, that wasn't how I wanted to begin off my 2015 reading wise. I really wanted to begin the fresh year off with a bang. Something to leave me thinking "wow, am I glad I picked this up instead!" I picked up my Kindle but nothing inspired me to drop everything and read. I kept looking toward the piles of latest purchases sitting on my desk just waiting for me to quit procrastinating and search homes for them on my bookshelves. On top of one of those piles was The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Everything about it just kept calling out to me, the gorgeous cover, the intriguing title and most especially that blurb that piqued my curiosity in wonderful ways. So I knew this had to be the one. And now that I've finished it? Oh. My. Gosh. Am I freaking glad that I picked this up instead! I have the worst book hangover in the globe and I have since ordered the other two books.--"What's the latest thing you remember?"I highly enjoyed the whole mysterious side to this book. Sitting here trying to guess as to what is going on as I read. Normally my brain will come up with quite a few various theories, all of which or generally wrong, but with this book I've been completely baffled. I'm still not even sure what's happened fully or what will happen next. I feel like this was a major contributing factor to how much I loved this book. I mean if I can't even come up with a guess, even a wrong one, then I am impressed!--"You don't know me. You only know what Daniel told you, and I don't allow him see. There's something wrong with me."The characters in this book are so complex and different. I never felt like they were the same type of hero I've read time and time again. Mara was just brilliant. I wondered from one page to the next if there was something truly wrong with her or not. She's funny and sarcastic, brave in so a lot of ways and yet in other ways just a frightened teenage girl. I am so excited for the other two books to come in the mail so that I can see what comes of her hero from this point. This one ended with her in a very what in the hell kind of moment so I'm just dying over here!--My mouth fell open. "Did I just see you litter?"--"I'm driving a hybrid. It cancels out."For a brief, delusional, moment I didn't think I was going to like Noah at the beginning. A reputation was implied before we really obtain to know him. One of him being sort of a love-em-for-one-night-and-leave-em type of guy. It didn't take long, though, for me to fall hopelessly for him. He's so freaking funny and sweet and chivalrous and just an all out amazing person. Plus he's got that whole British accent thing going on and I am a complete sucker for that fact right there alone. I loved how protective he became of Mara and how easily he fit into her life and melded with her family. He's quite the charmer.--Jamie batted his eyelashes. I kind of loved is book is just filled with special and interesting characters. Mara's two brothers were both favorites and I loved the dynamic between the siblings. Daniel who's a year older than Mara is very protective and watches out for her not just in public type situations but at home with their parents as well. Loved him. But besides her family there's the first person she meets at her fresh school, Jamie, who is...well I don't know how to even describe him. He's just my favorite. Truly some really amazing hero creation. If I didn't love them I hated them with a fiery passion and hoped for very poor things to happen to them!--"I had grand plans for today. Hookers and blow aren't cheap, but I suppose animal sacrifice will have to do. Satisfied birthday."What I love most about this book is it leaves you feeling so a lot of things throughout. It's not just a dark, anxiety filled edge of your seat mystery. There's this sweet and yet passionate romance. There is so much humor that I was not expecting at all. There's also items to obtain you riled up and ticked off. You, or at lest I did, really experience the whole spectrum in the feels department. I am absolutely hooked and in love with this series so far. This first book was just a attractive and brilliant series starter that pulled me in immediately. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the only break I took from begin to finish was when my eyes were so massive it was impossible to hold them open. Now if you'll excuse me while I go sit staring out the window like a dog waiting for his owner, I have a mailman to stalk because I'm dying to know what happens next!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a unbelievable book told through Mara's point of view. It is mostly told through the show but there are several occasions that are told in the past with Mara remembering. The story begins with Mara waking up from a coma and she doesn't remember what happened. She went to an abandoned asylum with her best friend, another friend, and her boyfriend. She was the only one that survived. Mara and her family move from Rhode Island to ra has been through a horrible ordeal and she can't remember what happened. She lost her best mate Rachel in the accident and Claire and Jude as well. She sees Jude and Claire all the time throughout the story. She sees all kinds of things and strange things happen and she thinks she's crazy and losing her mind. She feels like she has to act a certain method around her family and especially her mother. At the fresh school, she meets Noah Shaw who is the resident playboy. She hears all kinds of stories about him and she has her own issues and doesn't need any ah's from a very rich family and he's from London. His father works all the time and never around and he's close with his stepmother. Women fall all over themselves for him and he most of the time has no interest. He knows he's known as a playboy and has never really cared about anyone until Mara. Mara does everything she can to hold him away from her and not to allow him in but he finds it fascinating. There is more to Noah than meets the eye and he finds out that him and Mara have some things in finitely worth reading and finding out more about Mara and Noah's lives. Ready to read the next book in this series.
Interesting and enjoyable acc of Rev. John Dyer's hn Dyer's first-hand acc and experiences in Colorado's early history and the mining day are incredibly fascinating. His travels to Fresh Mexico and other locations as a Methodist minister were so interesting.His life was filled with adventure and he had plenty of stories to share. I'm glad John Dyer decided to write them down so we can hear his recollections 150 years later. Although his work as a minister comprises a huge portion of the book, which is not the main reason I read this autobiography, I still found this book as a unbelievable resource of historical info especially for Colorado local history.
"Father" John Dyer, beloved mail carrier and pastor to far flung mining communities in the Colorado Rockies, tells his own remarkable story with an undertone of humility. This unassuming itinerant preacher lived through vigilante wars, crossed the deadliest mountain passes in deep winter, survived in the wildest mining camps, buried his son and was prepared to preach on demand, even when a crowd of drunk miners dragged him out of his cabin while he slept. Father John's autobiography reads like the Wild West adventure it is.
I am enjoying this book. He has traversed a lot of the mountain zone where we spend time in the summer in Colorado. It was re-written I believe from his journals that he wrote. Sometimes you have to do a small interpretation. I had to look up where some of the old mining towns were in the late 1800's because they are gone now. It's private from his standpoint, and somewhat historical. They moved the church from Mosquito Pass to South Park Town museum in Fairplay CO. That is how I found this story.
Amazing small piece of Colorado History, It shows a deep insight into the lives of the early settlers in the Rocky Mountains
it was really amazing in fact i ve been waiting for so long for some android game like this. that one thing that is off, the lack of sound effects and some quite poor hitbox. hope this support you for the android game improvements in near future
s9 user Best potential to be real souls android game on mobile platform GJ. Souls feeling is on high eat areas,shortcuts but need fixes tbh. I buttons doest answer ,need press return and after gui button several times to obtain from inv,shop basically anything. 2. stagger nees to be animated or somehow create player aware that he is unable act. otherwise it looks that cotrols not responding. update:Like fresh load screens tips but dissapear too fast. Hold them up until accepted via some button.
I had quite a few frustrations playing the android game as i kept on dying and trying to search the right class for me. After a few hours i got the hang or the game. I'm really enjoying the android game now. A few problems i found from the game. 1) Sometimes attack feels like it didnt register on the opponents even though i am attacking them. 2) Inventory menu will disappear if i click on the Jewelry menu. Closing and opening the android game fixes this issue. Love the android game overall. Can't wait to see what's next.
Dark Souls like, but half the time when I hit, most opponents don't take damage. and on top of that I'll obtain stuck on random things in the ground like the first boss for example, I'll dodge or walk backwards but I'll obtain stuck on the debris all over the ground. Other than that, fun and difficult to play
i give this android game 5 stars coz it is almost darksouls on mobile.. pros:nice darksoulish android game for mobile,good graphics.. cons: broken hitboxes, opponents respawn so fast,andtoo much lag if you are on an begin put with lots of enemies.. but still nice game, more modernize to come!
The most influential book in my life, the first hard-cover book I owned, the first book that introduced me to ancient Egypt. Even though it's written in the 1950s there's a powerful tone of female agency and power here; it spoke to me as an eleven-year-old in the 1960s and it still speaks to me today. I've bought and given so a lot of copies of this! It should be noted that EJM fictionalized quite a bit of Hatshepsut's history (which is still being updated as more discoveries come to light) but this one story began my love of this era--I have stood in front of some of the artifacts of Hatshepsut mentioned in this book (at the Met Museum of Art in NYC) and...there are no words for the awe I felt. And it started with this r those who wished for more of Mara's story, as an FYI, fanfiction dot net has a number of Mara fanfics. Can't speak to the quality of all of them but it was nice to see some continuation, even if amateur, of Mara's world.
I read this book as a child, and have loved it ever since. Revisiting it now, I still search it compelling and well-written. Mara is a slave forced into spying, and created by that both devious and brave. To victory her freedom, she must serve the Pharoah Hatshepsut (here presented as the villain of the story). To victory the man she loves, she must deceive both him and Pharoah. It's a amazing love story, a fine coming-of-age story, and an perfect look at ancient Egypt. The prose is excellent; McGraw never talks down to her adolescent audience. The description of life and politics in ancient Egypt brings the entire fascinating era to life. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I finally replaced my copy in both paperback and electronic versions. Mara is intelligent, resourceful and ready for a better life than one of a slave in Ancient Egypt. Given a possibility to throw off her rags, play the part of a noblewoman and perhaps victory her freedom, she jumps at the opportunity. But she is not quite ready for the intrigue that occurs when she gets to the court of Hatshepsut. The description of the Royal Court, the gardens surrounding the palace and the everyday life during the rein of Hatshepsut and the rise of Thutmose III will transport you back in time. Will she manage to juggle her role as a spy, an interpreter and still fall in love?
I first read this book 40 years ago and was so entranced that I actually wrote a letter to the author, begging her to write more about Mara and Sheftu. To my surprise and delight, she wrote me back, very graciously informing me that their tale was told and that I must use my imagination for the rest. So sweet of her! Want I still had that note. Thanks to Amazon, I do have a copy of this marvelous novel, and have re-read it a lot of times. Though it was first published in the 1950s it has stood the try of time and will always be one of my very most favorite books. I really wish to lend my copy to my 10 year old niece but fear that the lack of text messaging, wizards, and Mean Girls will bore her. (In Cranky Old Lady voice:) These young folks today just don't know what they're missing.
This book was originally read to me by my mother and I loved it and bought it for myself now that I'm older. I've since reread it three times and then read it aloud to my dyslexic mate and now she has it on her wishlist to buy. A amazing historical fiction with a side of romance and a ton of knowledge on Egypt that has never left me.I personally think it should be created into a film with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing Sheftu and Megan Fox as "Mara" But that's just l in all a amazing book that you should read.
I originally read this when I was about 14 for school when we were studying Egypt. It might not be the most historically accurate, but I absolutely loved it and I still re-read it again every few years. The romance was beautifully and tastefully done, the suspense and intrigue intricate yet easily understood, the colourful culture attractive to behold.
I Loved this book as a child in Elementary School. Teachers said it was too old for me but I read it anyway. I was thinking about it and decided to order it. It is a amazing story set in Ancient Egypt. A tale of intrigue and Mara has to be very careful how she navigates the treacheries that she will face. Will she be ok or not? Read this to search out!
This has been my favorite book since childhood, seconded by The Gold en Goblet. As part of a military family, we were allowed only 33 lbs carry on luggage. It was always there until I accidentally left it on a train in Japan in 1971. I found a hard cover stateside and still have it, since 1971. I am 60 now.
We are fans of Eloise Jarvis McGraw, having read three of her novels now, and she has not allow us down. This book is full of mystery and intrigue and as we watch the main character, Mara, develop through the story, we start to care for her welfare. This story also included a bit of romance as well, but nothing that I consider provocative. We read this for literature while studying ancient Egypt in 9th grade. There are study tutorials available on the internet too. We are very satisfied with the choice we created to read this.
I picked up the first book because it sounded interesting and loved every bit of it. It was so captivating that I preordered the second book and devoured it as quick as the first one. Then after a while of not hearing anything more than the third book was being written, the series fell to the waysaide for me. I found other books in the genre that didn't match up. Then when i was perusing my recommended list, I saw this book. I didn't read the title or the about the book. I instantly bought it because it had a various cover to Catharsis and Precipice, and I remembered the previous books too.I started this book, and the only reason it took me three days to read was because work was busy. All of my spare time that wasn't devoted to sleeping was dedicated to this book. I had to force myself to stop and sleep twice. This book continued to deliver a captivating story that matched the high bar the previous installments set. I cannot wait for where the author is going to go with this globe next, and since the book's main hero is different, it is now begin to even more possibilities.
Another awesome story from Travis Bagwell. AO: Retribution takes put after AO: Precipice and gives us a look into the life of Riley. Normally I am not a fan of authors switching points of view but Travis did an perfect job. Not only do we obtain more info on Riley, but we also search out a small about Jerry's past. This book is a must read and I highly recommend it.
...to any type of gaming, though know others that do. The closest I’ve seen of in-game footage is on Resident Evil & other such movies. Travis Bagwell, in his initial debut novel Awaken Online: Catharsis, his secondary novel in series & now with this Side Quest; has not only explained in layman’s terms where even I could grasp - and thoroughly have fun - but has also made characters so fleshed out, their personalities virtually jump off the page. Could truly empathize, and found myself rooting for these underdogs as they stood versus insurmountable odds. Doing my best to wait patiently for third installment in series! *^_^*Thanks to Mr. Bagwell for a helluvan introduction into LitRPG; and for making this learning experience so very enjoyable. Bravo, amazing sir; you have a loyal fan in me.
The Awaken Online globe is one of the best mixes of fantasy globe building and RPG gaming yet! Add to that the characters are very realistic and the situations, both in-game and out are interesting as the android game affects all aspects of the people playing. I can't wait for the next in the series!
Glad to see Riley's side of things. Beautiful complete story in under 300 pages. It fits in quite well with the first two books.I like the bit where types of magic are similar to emotions a and personality. Also fun is having the MC be something other than an ubermage. Riley kicks some serious a$$.
Having read the first two books in the awaken online series and findining out the third one has yet to be written, I bought this book to spen a bit more time inside the unbelievable universe the author has created. While this book does not feature the main protagonist from the other two, the author uses this book to truly flush out the Riley hero and create her even more awesome than she already was. I highly recommend this book and the entire awaken online series.
Absolutely amazing. I fell in love with Riley and some fresh in-depth characters. Loved the fresh zone and various things it introduced. I can't wait for the next book and can't wait to see what happens with Jason, Riley and the others.I very much hope to see this author reach the fame he deserves while I have every book of his, even outside of Awaken Online if that happens. These books are awesome and have a amazing amount of detail and character. Very intelligent to have this side-quest flesh out the globe of AO.Edit: I also saw some posts about "OP main characters", but I truly feel that comment is unwarranted. Anyone paying attention to why they are becoming OP due to happenings in other locations of their lives can see why.
This series has been great, I’ll admit I started it a long time ago and dropped it due to a slightly slow start, but it came to quickly become one of my favorite stories. It has a amazing albeit OP MC along with a couple side characters that work well. It also has developed some beautiful amazing town building elements and as the series is moving along it seems that part may be getting even more important. If you like Litrpgs at all, this is a must read.
Retribution is an awesome side story and look at a key supporting hero of the main book series. It does NOT advance the main plot line a single bit which is perfect, all too often I've found a lot of book series side-stories are mandatory to understanding the main plot.. It give an in-depth look into Riley and how she can continue to evolve separately from the Twilight Throne and still improve its keep substantially at the same time.
After getting through the first two books, and seeing the strength of our fresh main characters in this series, I was really glad when this said it was all about Riley. We finally obtain to see her shine (with darkness), taking her own path without following behind the Dark Lord Jason. We obtain to see how [email protected]#$% she is on her own without the shadow of Jason looming overhead.
I just purchased what I think is the most attractive book of pictures of Africa and its animals. Jonathan Scott is one of the very entertaining and knowledgeable presenters on "Big Cat Diary" on Animal Planet, along with Simon is book is unbelievable and I will probably wear it out looking through it when the present is not available. Obtain a copy yourself and be ready for some perfect photograph and text.
I bought this book in preparation for a trip to Kenya to visit my grandaughter. I was blown away by the awesome pictures -- a lot of of them close up -- of the gorgeous animals in their natural habitat. And a huge gift is the fact that the photographers contain suggestions for getting the best pictures possible. This is a prize book, even for those who can't travel to see the animals. This book will remain a treasure on my coffee table.
Mara-Serengeti captures the essence of living in the Mara-Serengeti region in a method that you would not experience in a dozen safaris to Africa. The photos of predators, prey, wildlife migrations, and the Masai bring you close up during moments of blazing color in the sky and dramatic action in the grasslands. The photos are improved by thoughtful essays that draw on the photographers' a lot of years of experience with these e animal photographs are mostly grouped by topic and contain lions, leopards, zebras, wart hogs, impalas, cheetahs, wildebeest, hyenas, crocodiles, vultures, and wild dogs. The topics are usually of animal families, migration, killing, and eating in often symbolic settings for these activities. The Masai photos come at the book's end, sort of completing the evolutionary progression of the meal probably have heard of the Serengeti. It's a vast grassland in Tanzania, and is now protected as the Serengeti National Park there. The Masai Mara National Reserve is in neighboring Kenya, and the two lands are connected geographically, if not politically. A map in the book will display all of this for you. This website is the zone where humans probably first walked the face of the Earth, and the dwindling of these remarkable locations marks the potential for us to lose our ability to visualize our e name, Serengeti, in Masai means "land of endless space." The closest we have to this habitat in the United States that I have seen is the brief enclosure in the wild animal park that the San Diego zoo maintains near Escondido, e action photographs impressed me the most. These present predators literally flying and spinning in the air just before they land while the terrorized prey wheels desperately away. The action is captured almost like a key play in a sporting event. That's beautiful typical of the photography here. The photos emphasize action and perspectives that you do not yet have, and this book will add wonderfully to your sense of the unique nature of the grasslands of ter you have finished expanding your vision of natural selection, I suggest that you think about the ways that our lives are enhanced by understanding our origins and how our lives are not. How can we draw inspiration from nature and stand in our most meaningful role?Look for what few have seen . . . always! Truth will emerge from your trial.
Having been to this zone of Africa three times, twice in the Masi Mara and once to the Serengeti this book brings me back over and over again to this heaven on earth. The combination of drawings, photographs, and writing of Jonathan and Angela Scott are outstanding. This is my all time favorite book. The love these authors feel for this zone and the animals and people who live there comes through on every page. For anyone who has the slightest interest in wild animals, ecology, photography, art, travel or Africa this book is a must have. Awesome!
It’s interesting watching the fresh squad jostle and jockey for position and understanding. Spider’s willing to follow Jiang’s lead, more or less, because Jiang seems to have her head on straight. Merlin goes where Spider goes, and Knives needs the rest of them in order to obtain his money. Lucky will always be a reluctant hero, even if he is the hyper-violent kind (violence alert!). The book notes up front that this second series is meant to be able to stand alone, so you don’t need to have read Lucky’s Marines. Since I have read that series I can’t say for sure, but I believe it actually does stand up well on its own. Even the complicated things like the Hate are fairly well summed up just by explaining they were the products of Empire skunkworks (special projects), which works surprisingly e characters are fun. They’re just beginning to be sketched out as we begin the fresh series, but there’s already some hero growth and interesting relationships forming. In her own way, Jiang is beautiful much the one holding the party together with her quiet strength and sheer competence; without her Lucky would be screwed. Spider is an interesting hero who clearly has a fascinating background, and it looks like we’ll be poking into that quite soon. Malby is his old, crazy, foolish self, and Merlin is a depressed cyborg who’s having a sexual relationship with an AI. It’s all just plain fun! And if you have read and enjoyed Lucky’s Marines, you’ll search more of what you’re looking for in here, but minus Emperor April’s occasionally too-twisted crazy plans. I think it’s the excellent setup.
More Jack Reacher than James Bond, Jack Noble is your prototypical gruff character with a heart of gold. Stock action fare- high octane gun fights, fist wars and vehicle chases, replete with tag-a-long partner who is best bud/heavy muscle and a sexy femme fatale (sometimes an old acquaitance/flame, at times a fresh and exciting one- but they're always tough and capable, amazing foils for amazing ole Jack). So, what sets this series of novels apart from the likes of Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer, Jack Reacher or dare I say it, James Bond?Nothing, really. With the exception of the literary Jack Reacher (who stands 6'5", 250lbs of solid muscle, as opposed to the one in the movie who tops out at a whopping 5'8", 150lbs- but he did play the hell out of that role so I liked the movie), Noble is the biggest physically, and being ex-military, ex-Special Forces you may assume that he has all of the lethal tricks of the trade. Makes for some amazing reading during the action bits, dialog's a bit brief and choppy but you don't necessarily expect eloquence from these types, right?He's not as intelligent as Jacks Bauer or Reacher, as quick or as fast on his feet as Jason Bourne, he couldn't even sniff James Bond's shoes if we're talking suaveness and there's only one Jack Bauer and Mr. Noble is not it. But, if you like reading books with those types of flawed, but eminently capable heroes then you'll like this book, as well as the other Jack Noble novels. I've read Season 1 & 2 as well as a dual compilation pulled from the first books; they're page turners for sure. Nothing too deep or thought provoking; sometimes I like that in a book. You obtain engaged but it doesn't become this long emotionally driven journey, like if you were reading Android game of Thrones or something. Much lighter fare, but still worth the read if its your thing.
The first two books were relatively good, although Mr. Ryan needs to learn the correct past tenses of the words sneak, lie, drag, etc. (Sneaked, lay, dragged - not snuck, laid, drug).By the time I finished reading this sixth book, I decided I've had enough of Jack Noble. He's no longer a hero I admire. He just seems to slay for the sake (or thrill) of killing. And there are a lot of instances where I question just how Jack was able to accomplish certain things without being discovered. I don't remember if it was in this particular book or another one (they all seem to have merged together in my mind), but there was a stage in which Jack went into an old warehouse. He was concerned about the wood being too fragile to help his weight. But he wasn't concerned about the fact that his walking on the warehouse floor would leave footprints in the dust! Ergo, the guys he was out to slay would have noticed that someone had been in there recently. Sorry - it just didn't create I said, I'm done with Jack Noble. I just can't take any more of him. He's no longer "noble". He's just a killer.