I don’t rate my books one star to five stars. I rate my books one-star to “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.”
People always want to know what my absolute hands-down favorite book is. And it’s funny because when they ask, they always give me that good minute-long silence for me to think it over. But I never need a minute. And I probably never will.
This is my favorite book.
This book is my trump card whenever my friends and I are talking about the most amazing books ever written during those 3 a.m. conversations; it’s the book that I’ve read 14 times; it’s the only book that I have that’s completely covered in margin notes.
♦It’s the book that made me a book snob.♦
Mara wakes up in a hospital, only to find out that her friends are dead from having an entire building collapse upon them.
And her only clue as to how that happened is that she was the only one that lived.
After burying her friends and her former life, Mara’s family moves her away, thinking that all she needs is to start over.
♦New state. New town.♦ ♦New school. New friends.♦ ♦New life.
And Noah Shaw.
“Have you kissed many boys before?” he asked quietly. I raised an eyebrow. “Boys? That’s an assumption.” Noah laughed, the sound low and husky. “Girls, then?” “No.” “Not many girls? Or not many boys?” “Neither,” I said. Let him make of that what he would. “How many?” “Why—“ “I am taking away that word. You are no longer allowed to use it. How many?” My cheeks flushed, but my voice was steady as I answered. “One.”
At this, Noah leaned impossible closer, the slender muscles in his forearm flexing as he bent his elbow to bring himself nearer to me, almost touching. I was heady with the proximity of him an grew legitimately concerned that my heart might explode. Maybe Noah wasn’t asking. Maybe I didn’t’ mind. I closed my eyes and felt Noah’s five o’clock graze my jaw, and the faintest whisper of his lips at my ear.
“He was doing it wrong.”
Noah’s the only one that believes Mara when she tells him that she’s going crazy.
When she tells him that she can kill people with the gun of her mind and the trigger of her imagination.
♦Is it real? Or not?♦
“Fix me,” I commanded him. “This thing what I’ve done—there’s something wrong with me, Noah. Fix it.”
Noah’s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck.
♦This book is suspenseful and intriguing and riveting and it has a page 359 that’ll make you stop breathing.♦
For those of you who are thinking about reading this book (hence, reading this review), you've already re...moreDescribing the book in a single word?
For those of you who are thinking about reading this book (hence, reading this review), you've already read the previous two books in this series.
It's simple... If you love the series, you're going to LOVE this book. It's a beautiful continuation of the story, and quite the adventure I might add! I couldn't put it down. But if you thought the first two books were just mediocre... DON'T read this. Find something else that you'll love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I gave the story itself three stars, and gave the extra due to Mafi's writing. Her writing is INCREDIBLE! I loved it,...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book! I gave the story itself three stars, and gave the extra due to Mafi's writing. Her writing is INCREDIBLE! I loved it, as it's entirely refreshing. She's a poet, and it definitely worked to her benefit! Read this book ASAP!(less)
So I wrote a review of this book immediately after reading it. And it was just one sentence.
But after reading public-acclaimed reviews, and hearing va...moreSo I wrote a review of this book immediately after reading it. And it was just one sentence.
But after reading public-acclaimed reviews, and hearing various reviews on television and radios stations; I had to write a new one.
This is a series that is being TORN to shreds by the media because of its "erotic tackiness." But it's almost hilarious, because those who are saying these things didn't even finish the first book (if he or she even bothered to pick up the book at all!)
So here's the thing. This IS a book that falls into the "erotica" genre of literature. It WILL make you uncomfortable while reading it. It IS sexually intense. But there's erotica that happens to have a storyline, and then are storylines that happen to have erotica. HUGE difference; and this series happens to fall in the latter of said categories.
Read the first book. And if you're going to be disgusted by it; BE disgusted by the story; be disgusted because there was no character development. And you'll find that you really can't be disgusted by those things; because the storyline is extremely well-evolved, and the character development over the series is amazing and relatible.
DON'T hate because it's "porn." Ha. Because it's not. Comparing this book to pornography is equivalent to comparing Harry Potter to witchcraft.
Seriously. So this book started at about TWO stars. I was unimpressed! And then it kicked it... and let me say it was SUCKER PUNCH/KICK. So a book tha...moreSeriously. So this book started at about TWO stars. I was unimpressed! And then it kicked it... and let me say it was SUCKER PUNCH/KICK. So a book that can do that is worth at least five stars. I loved it and I couldn't put it down!! (less)
So. The reason why I read this book, was because of all the controversy is was stirring in the media.
And I now understand why!
This book brought somet...moreSo. The reason why I read this book, was because of all the controversy is was stirring in the media.
And I now understand why!
This book brought something refreshing to the "Romance" genre. It's BDSM element apparently made portential readers nervous about reading it. But here's the thing; if you're completely anti-BDSM, you're still probably going to love this book (if you like romance!). Yes, BDSM takes center stage in this trilogy, but it has co-stars; amazing characters, a badass storyline, and its sharp wit!
So please, PLEASE take a chance on this book. I'm not particularly into BDSM, but the story fully compensates!(less)