So... my friend Em recommended this book me and actually payed for half because she wanted me to read it so badly. We've gotten into the habbit of reading a book the other one simply loves, while the other reads also a book the other loves and so on. It's a lot of fun and this way we can talk about our favorite books with each other and find out that some books can be quite surprising.
I must say I didn't get into it right away. I think mostly it was because I had just finished the most amazing book ever and it would take a really great one to make me forget about it but... Anyway it took me a while before I really got into it, although I read it really, really fast. I finished in less than a day. I think this is my record for a book this size. But it wasn't until after the first 230 something pages that I came to the point that I couldn't stop reading.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is kind of a strange book. It fucks with your head but I don't mean that as a bad thing. It had also a very creepy feeling. Especially the beginning. And I started it in the middle of the night. I shoudn't have...
But once I got really into the book, I found myself unable to stop reading. Once I reached 60% on my Kindle I was like, fuck it, I need to finish this and find out what the hell was going on. I wanted to unravel the mystery that surrounded Mara Dyer.
Even though on Goodreads the genres say paranormal, fantasy, supernatural, etc... I found it more leaning towards mystery and thriller although there are paranormal aspects but I didn't feel like they were the major part of it and it took quite a while before those aspects were beginning to form.
I loved the whole story of a girl waking up in a hospital up to the news that she was in an accident were a building collapsed on her and that she survived but her friends didn't. The mystery of not knowing but slowly remembering must be hell. But I found myself not caring a lot for the character of Mara. I was confused as to why she wasn't more upset when she found out what is was she was doing even though she didn't mean to. (obviously I can't say why because that would be a huge spoiler). But I can definitely overlook this minor negative thing because of the plot.
As for other characters. I loved Noah. He's a perfect example of a sort of bad boy. He even smokes + He's British. What's not to love? But more than that he really cared for Mara. Aside from his I also really liked Mara's older brother, Daniel, and younger brother, Joseph. Daniel was very sweet and protective over Mara after her accident. Love him for that. And Joseph is just the cutest. Weird how I love Mara's family even more than I like her. *shrugges*
Overall The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a really great mysterious paranormal book that was quite the read. It's not perfect, but what book is? And after that cliffhanger I sure as hell want to find out what's going to happen next. A great, fast read that thrilled me and even creeped me out (in the good way) at times. I would definitely recommend it for fans of fantasy and mystery.