I think the title really set the tone of the book.
Mara Dyer has woken up in a psychiatric hospital after blacking out at the police station. She is adamant that she did indeed see Jude and he wasn’t a hallucination, but no one other than Noah believes her. How did Jude survive the asylum collapsing and why has he resurfaced now?
This was a rollercoaster ride from the beginning to the end. The pace was slow at the start but there was a gradual build up as the story continued. There was a sense of urgency and fear woven throughout the plot and desperation to find the answers to various questions surrounding Mara’s mental health.
Mara I feel did evolve a lot from the first book. She is more self aware and even afraid of herself and what she could potentially do to those around her. I like that she is trying so hard to fight through and overcome her condition and figure out what is happening even though she is terrified.
Noah again I really enjoyed. He also showed a different side of himself than what we originally seen. He is more open and unreserved and shows more emotion as he digs deeper into the connection of his and Mara’s powers. I just find him to be so engaging and captivating and I feel as if there is so much more to his story than what we’ve been given so far.
The introduction of the new characters in the outpatient clinic I felt added an extra layer of unpredictability to the story. I love that Jamie made a reappearance and I was happy that Mara had a friend that she could lean on whilst she was being evaluated at every turn. Someone who is normal and could still somewhat relate to what she is going through at the moment.
I really could not predict what was going to happen in this book and it really took a turn that I did not see coming. The last hundred or so pages was very thrilling and suspenseful and it really kept me turning the pages. I like the paranormal twist to this series and how it is not just solely focused on Mara. It has become a lot broader and expanded the plot to a point where anything can happen.
With that being said I do feel like this book was longer than what it could have been. I feel like for a good third of the book it is just centered on Mara agonising and overanalysing every situation. It could definitely have been condensed and still wouldn’t have lost any of the major points of the plot.
There are still so many questions that haven’t been answered and I am eagerly anticipating picking up the third book in this series ASAP!
⭐️4/5 stars Entertaining, thrilling & suspenseful!!
I’m pretty proud of my efforts this month! I completed all the books on my TBR as well as one extra from last month and the Harry Potter book I got through! I had some great reading experiences this month and I have found some books that are definitely sneaking their way up my list of all time favs.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – ⭐️3.75/5 stars
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ⭐️4.5/5
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️5/5 stars
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The Wicked King by Holly Black – ⭐️2.75/5 stars
Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – ⭐️2.5/5 stars
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
I loved this!
We follow Mara Dyer after she has woken up in the hospital. She was involved in an accident that killed her best friend, her boyfriend and another girl in her year but she doesn’t remember anything about that night. Eager to move on her family agree to relocate to give her the space to heal.
I really liked Mara as a character. She was deeply flawed, yet still so persistent and dedicated to trying to pick up and continue on with her life. She hasn’t lost touch and completely succumbed to her condition, she is still trying to maintain some form of normality, which I thought was commendable. I thought she was witty and the banter she has with Noah and Jamie was fun to read.
I loved Noah… I found his surety and his arrogance very appealing. I think he was written in a way where you can’t help but find him likeable, even when he’s kind of being duchey. I like that we get such a thorough backstory and we see that there is this completely different side of him that he doesn’t show.
I also really liked Jamie. I thought that he was a great friend to Mara and I think it was purely the fact that he only wanted to be friends with her. There were no strings attached, he just seen a kind of awkward, new girl in his year and was nice to her. He gave her some pretty sound advice based on his personal experience but he still let her make her own decisions and still supported her regardless. You don’t really see a lot of these characters and I appreciated him a lot in this book. It kind of sucks how his arc sort of ended abruptly but hopefully he makes a reappearance in the rest of the series.
I also really enjoyed the relationship Mara has with her brothers, especially Daniel. I thought he was so supportive of Mara and didn’t judge her in any way. They still had the typical big brother little sister dynamic but there was a protectiveness that he has for her that I found very endearing.
I was very much sucked into the book from the start! I liked how it was paced; it started off pretty slowly but gave me enough information that I still needed more and that really kept me turning the pages. That paranormal element to the story I felt was executed very well. That aspect of the story was always kind of floating around the edges and then finally when Mara came to the realisation of her powers it was thrilling.
I think this a highly entertaining read and honestly after that plot twist at the end it just made me want to pick up the next book and start reading it right now!
⭐️4.5/5 I loved my experience reading this!
Its a New Year 😱! I had a great reading year in 2018 and I want to continue on with my momentum into the new year with some new releases as well as continuing my journey in catching up on some cult favourites! So with that being said my TBR for January is:
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townshend
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson