Tatiana’s review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Cassy (new)

Cassy I like this cover! It reminds me of the one for Imaginary Girls (plus new opening to HBO's Big Love).


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana These water covers are very popular right now. And yes, they are pretty too. What's inside is unclear though. I've read some reviews of Imaginary Girls and I have a feeling it won't be a winner.


message 3: by Cassy (new)

Cassy I agree. They are eye-catching, but I ultimately won't be reading either of these books. Unless, of course, you rave about this one - then maybe I'll consider it :)


message 4: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LOL. We'll see. I try to be very selective about what I read, but still, if an ARC comes my way I just can't stop myself:)


message 5: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Oh good, I'm glad you're reading this. It'll help me make my mind up about it.

The goodreads description makes it sound a lot like The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which I really liked.


message 6: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I've been going back and forth about The Adoration of Jenna Fox for years because of the mixed reviews. Maybe it is time to read it finally.


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Wow the description really does sound like The Adoration of Jenna Fox!


message 8: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Oh dear... I'm interested to see what this review brings.


message 9: by Cassy (new)

Cassy I'm with Emily. You use one star ratings sparingly!


message 10: by Annika (new)

Annika Oh wow. Interested in reading your review of the book now.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Whoa! that bad?


message 12: by Crystal (new)

Crystal uh-oh =(


message 13: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Oh no. I feel a lovely rant coming on...*shivers in anticipation*


message 14: by Angie (new)

Angie REALLY?????? WOW!


message 15: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I thought it was pretty bad. Hope my upcoming review won't disappoint:)


message 16: by Nomes (new)

Nomes loved the review

i am not disappointed in any way as it wasn't on my wishlist anyways (i read the first chapter and thought the prose and hook was somehow trying too hard to be edgy or cool or something...)

i am disappointed in how certain YA releases get all the hype though. most hyped books i read really let me down or have me rolling my eyes. the rest i can't even be bothered reading.

thank god for the hidden gems of (actual 5 star quality) books that i find from recs on goodreads ~ would not want to rely on whatever book is being pimped out as the Next Big Thing.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Great review, a friend was supposed to send this but I might have to decline. Thank goodness for reviewers like you who save us from some really bad YA.


message 18: by Kristen (new)

Kristen It's too bad--I guess books like these are a good reason to not judge a book by its cover. Because the cover is SO PRETTY!


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

I think that your 1 star reviews are some of the more amusing to read Tatiana.


message 20: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Reading my fellow GR-ers reviews have saved me from reading a lot of rubbish. I am happy to pay back and take one for the team, occasionally:)


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist umm, grossness. Definitely no longer bummed that I didn't get an ARC of this @ BEA. I totally agree with you - douchebaggery is so not charming, not romantic, but apparently it sells, and apparently there are all sorts of girls who will love Noah Shaw.
Thanks for saving me a whole lot of time and energy :)


message 22: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Great review, Tatiana. Thanks for the warning. :)


message 23: by Vinaya (new)

Vinaya Is it a sad indication of my overall personality that I didn't give a sh*t about this book before, but now I really really want to read it? I need to work on this unholy fascination with trainwrecks. O_O


message 24: by Dominika (new)

Dominika Yeah, thanks for the warning! That sounds soooo bad. Glad I can skip reading this one then.


message 25: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Vinaya wrote: "Is it a sad indication of my overall personality that I didn't give a sh*t about this book before, but now I really really want to read it? I need to work on this unholy fascination with trainwreck..."

Vinaya, I am sure you won't be the only one. And someone will think it a great find. Haven't we all been there?


message 26: by K. (new)

K. Boo! What a let down and I was actually intrigued...these YA novels will be the death of me.


message 27: by Sue (new)

Sue Tint I love this line from your review:
"(of course, there are super-duper paranormal reasons why the two can't go all the way)"
That sums up A LOT of YA romance :)


message 28: by Milly (new)

Milly Loved the review as well T! Saves me time and headaches!


message 29: by Trish (new)

Trish Doller I had no idea this was paranormal. Pass.


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

This book was SO annoying. I hated it. Skimmed it and then sent it back.


message 31: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I hated Patch and Hush Hush went into the DNF pile thanks to him. I guess I will be avoiding this one.


message 32: by Yani (new)

Yani I just have to say I did not like Hush Hush at all, and I liked this book, ALOT!


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

"douchebaggery" hahaha cant wait to use it.


message 34: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Richard wrote: "do you still have the ARC? I'd buy it off you."

I have given it away.


message 35: by Mariya (new)

Mariya thanks for the review, now I know what to expect. =DDDDDD


message 36: by Sunnykimmy (new)

Sunnykimmy Hmm The adoration of Jenna Fox wasn't one of my favourite books, so the fact that The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is nothing like it might be a good thing. Now I'm wondering what I'll think of this one,because it seems to have mixed reviews.


message 37: by Angela (new)

Angela @Tatiana: I finished this earlier this afternoon, and I couldn't agree with you more. I'm waffling between 1 and 2 stars, but I think it's going to fall into the one-star range. I could have a rant all and up down this book right here, but I don't want to be spoilery to those who will still read it. I still must say, though: (view spoiler)

Okay, so maybe I fibbed a bit about holding back the rant. My apologies.


message 38: by Tatiana (last edited Aug 30, 2011 06:18PM) (new)

Tatiana Rant on, my dear, rant on:)

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Hope to see your review soon.


message 39: by Angela (new)

Angela Tatiana wrote: "Rant on, my dear, rant on:)

[spoilers removed]

Hope to see your review soon."


Heh, thanks. I needed to get out some of it to someone who would understand my frustration. I want to write a review of it very much, but I am falling sorely behind as of late and the start of a new semester doesn't make it seem like my reviewing time will increase in the near future. I will try, though! :)

And, yes: (view spoiler)


message 40: by Kendra (new)

Kendra Thanks for the review! Whenever I see something compared to Hush Hush or similar, I run in the opposite direction : )


message 41: by Vi (new)

Vi Vi Black. Jewish. Bi. Wow, he/she's triple-Othered. Three opportunities for fail stereotypes.


Shannon (Giraffe Days) So glad I read your review before getting this (I'm a sucker for pretty covers - when will I learn?). I never did read Hush Hush for precisely those reasons.


message 43: by Katie(babs) (new)

Katie(babs) I want a YA where the guy is a beta virgin for once. Making the love interest of the heroine as a sexy man ho douche bag is so belittling to the reader, especially young girls who think they can hook up with a "bad boy" tween and change him for the better.

At least Edward from Twilight was a virgin. *sigh*


message 44: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Seriously, when is this glorifying of man hos going to stop? What is so attractive about guys with no respect for women and commitment issues?


message 45: by Cory (new)

Cory Katie(babs) wrote: "I want a YA where the guy is a beta virgin for once. Making the love interest of the heroine as a sexy man ho douche bag is so belittling to the reader, especially young girls who think they can ho..."

I write beta-virgins. But their female/male love interests aren't douchebags. I blame Breakfast Club, and Grease, and Dirty Dancing, and Marlon Brando, and Shakespeare.


message 46: by Katie(babs) (new)

Katie(babs) Cory wrote: "Katie(babs) wrote: "I want a YA where the guy is a beta virgin for once. Making the love interest of the heroine as a sexy man ho douche bag is so belittling to the reader, especially young girls w..."

I so need to read one of yours then!


message 47: by Katie(babs) (new)

Katie(babs) Tatiana wrote: "Seriously, when is this glorifying of man hos going to stop? What is so attractive about guys with no respect for women and commitment issues?"

as old as time. Look at old school romance. Heroine was pillaged, raped and abused by the hero and she falls in love with him. Christine Feehan's latest is like that. Just wait for my oh so lovely review about that book!


message 48: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I've noticed that myself, Katie. All the rapy hero cliches swiftly moved from adult romance to YA romance. I wonder if it is because so many grown women (including me) read A LOT of YA.


message 49: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Yikes! Haven't seen one if these from you in a while! I highly doubt I'll pick this up.


message 50: by Kate (new)

Kate Copeseeley I haven't read this book yet, but I've read enough reviews by people I respect that tells me it's not for me. I just wanted to say I enjoyed your review and will be adding you to my list of discerning YA reviewers that I follow. :)


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