The Unbecoming of Maya Dyer – 4 Creepyland stars

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About the Book

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)by Michelle Hodkin

[Public Library book]

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.












Oh my holy creepiness this book is good! So delightfully gothic!

Slide down the rabbit hole and welcome to Creepyland!

Since I was self-diagnosed with this chronic reading condition for now my reading/review policy is “Let’s see if all the hype is true” I’m mostly reading books with lots of hype 🙂

[I know. I know. How lazy of me as a book reviewer. But give me a break people! I AM SICK 🙂 ]

After I loved Big Little Lies so much I immediately jumped to the next Lian‘s book on my nightstand: Truly, Madly, Guilty. I wanted more of that chocolate fudge walnut brownie writing. And it was wonderful. The first ten pages at least. Then I could feel it. Hovering over me like a dark cloud: reading slump! So I panic: I needed to change genre again!

I had The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer on my nightstand because I was Bookstagraming like crazy with it.  The dark cover, the ghostly image of a faceless girl floating in who knows whose arms… perfect for my bookstagram!

Because.. what is a poor bookworm to do when she can read??? She Bookstagrams! That is what she does [more about his new obsession will be coming up on the blog soon]

So I went for it.  A YA Paranormal Mystery.

So happy I did! The YA language was fresh glass of cold milk to wash down the rich chocolatly fudge brownie of Lian‘s writing.

AND the book starts with a Ouija game. I LOVED THAT.  What a way to set an atmospheric, dark, Gothic tone!

AND the book is set in our habitat [New England] too! Like the last two books I read: Big Little Lies and It Ends with Us. Which, I swear, I did not plan! This was PURELY coincidental. 🙂

Coincidental but awesome! Nothing more phantasmagorical, atmospheric, dark, and Gothic than Rhode Island. I loved that I had ACTUALLY gone to meetings in buildings that used to be and Asylum run by the state. I remember the re-purposed buildings used to give me the creeps.

Yes, THERE IS AN ASYLUM in this book! [giggling].

What’s also great about this book is the balance. It’s not over the top dark, but subtly creepy. Like a gauzy white curtain flowing ghostly in a dark room lit by the moonlight.

Mara character is really well done. She is a typical teenager, in a normal loving family. Her “teenagerness” not overly done. She is not overly sulking, gloomy or dramatic. I fell in love with Mara’s brother, Daniel. He is sweet, funny, supportive, and protective but not controlling.

Even though Noah, Mara’s love interest, had a few Sparkling Edward controlling moments I did end up liking him a lot. The romance was just a bit Twilightish. So talking about Twilight. I think this book would be a great YA movie as well!

If you like moody, Gothic, paranormal mystery books like Fallen  and Twilight you will like this book. No fantasy creatures here like vampires, angels and demons, though. Just the same mood and atmosphere.  I liked it and I’m reading book 2!



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