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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
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This is THE best book I’ve ever read.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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♦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.

“I can’t.”


♦This book is suspenseful and intriguing and riveting and it has a page 359 that’ll make you stop breathing.♦

”I don’t have a choice.” I told him.

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“You always have choice.” He said.



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Quotes "That's All" Ash Liked

Michelle Hodkin
“Is there any point in asking what you're going to do to me?"
He grinned wickedly. "Not really."
Fabulous.
"Does it involve the use of a safe word?"
"That will depend entirely on you.”
Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin
“Grounded likely means no phone or computer," Jamie said. "But if I encounter an owl, I'll try to smuggle a message to the outside, okay?”
Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin
“I didnt notice the small, black streak of fur hurtling in my direction untill it she was only a few feet away. Noah whisked the dog into the air just as it charged for me. "You little bitch," Noah said to the snarling dog. "Behave.”
Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin
“You smell good," he whispered into my neck. He was warm against me. Instinctively, I arched back into him and smiled.
"Really?"
"Mmm-hmm. Delicious. Like bacon.”
Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


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message 1: by Laurelin (new)

Laurelin Paige I'd heard good things and I my friend is good friends with Michelle (the author) and I still haven't picked it up. Now I know I must.


Kim  *Mo Chridhe* Awesome review, Ash. This book is waaaay under-hyped. I thought the writing was smarter than a lot of YA books out there. And GAD, Noah fucking Shaw. That is all.


"That's All" Ash Laurelin wrote: "I'd heard good things and I my friend is good friends with Michelle (the author) and I still haven't picked it up. Now I know I must."

OOOOOOOOmigaaaaah, Laurelin.

You HAVE to read this book. It is THE book. Lol.

I can't wait to see what you think!



"That's All" Ash Kim wrote: "Awesome review, Ash. This book is waaaay under-hyped. I thought the writing was smarter than a lot of YA books out there. And GAD, Noah fucking Shaw. That is all."

THANK YOU, Kim!

Well, I noticed that almost EVERYONE I know on here has this book on their TBR list. And I was like, "No no no no no... you guys have GOT to read this!"

Noah Shaw completely ruined me for all future book boyfriends. Seriously.

Lol... I can talk about this book for DAYS!



message 5: by Samien (new) - added it

Samien I've not heard of this book babe!! I'm def adding to my TBR now! You sold me. :)


Kim  *Mo Chridhe* Lol! Well I can talk about Noah Shaw for days. He may be a slut but at least he's a nice slut. So not the douchey bad boy that many think he is. Plus, Michelle Hodkin knows how to write sexual tension like nobody's business! *eyebrow waggle*


Katie Love your review


message 8: by Natasha (new) - added it

Natasha Ive been meaning to read this for a while! I think I will now..


"That's All" Ash Samien wrote: "I've not heard of this book babe!! I'm def adding to my TBR now! You sold me. :)"

Oh... Samien! This book is everything I've ever WANTED in a book. And it's ruined me.

You're going to LOVE it! PROMISE!!



"That's All" Ash Kim wrote: "Lol! Well I can talk about Noah Shaw for days. He may be a slut but at least he's a nice slut. So not the douchey bad boy that many think he is. Plus, Michelle Hodkin knows how to write sexual tens..."

I know! But see... I've never really thought of him as a slut. He's just a chameleon... he's who he has to be to get what he wants, know what I mean? I read an interview of Michelle's... and she said that when she's writing, Noah is like her wild card. Because even SHE doesn't know what he's going to do until he does it. CRAZY!


"That's All" Ash Katie wrote: "Love your review"

Thanks, Katie! :)


"That's All" Ash Natasha wrote: "Ive been meaning to read this for a while! I think I will now.."

Lol... DEFINITELY read this, Natasha!


"That's All" Ash Christine The Dark Romance Junkie wrote: "Beautiful review Ash!!!"

THANK YOU, Christine!! ♥


Jxxx  ♥ Pink Lady ♥ Oh. my. word, this book sounds intriguing!!! Amazing review, Ash xo


Kim  *Mo Chridhe* "That's All" Ash wrote: "I know! But see... I've never really thought of him as a slut. He's just a chameleon... he's who he has to be to get what he wants, know what I mean? I read an interview of Michelle's... and she said that when she's writing, Noah is like her wild card. Because even SHE doesn't know what he's going to do until he does it. CRAZY!"

That's awesome! There's definitely more to him than what he appears to be, which is why I'm not buying what happened at the end of book 2. Nuh-uh.


message 17: by Marina (new) - added it

Marina WOW beautiful review sweetie!!And the pictures are just perfect:D


"That's All" Ash Jxxx wrote: "Oh. my. word, this book sounds intriguing!!! Amazing review, Ash xo"

THANK YOU!

Oh, my GOODNESS, Jxxx! This book IS intriguing! I remember the first time I read it... Yeah... I didn't sleep that night! LOL!



"That's All" Ash Kim wrote: ""That's All" Ash wrote: "I know! But see... I've never really thought of him as a slut. He's just a chameleon... he's who he has to be to get what he wants, know what I mean? I read an interview of..."

RIGHT?! And hell to the no! I didn't buy that ending! NO WAY! :D


"That's All" Ash Marina wrote: "WOW beautiful review sweetie!!And the pictures are just perfect:D"

Thank you SO much, Marina! ♥


Kristalia glad that you loved it hon! ;D
i am loving second book so far :D


 ♥  Barb ♥ LOVE you review, ASH :))


message 23: by Swilliams305 (new) - added it

Swilliams305 Will add now after reading this review!


Jxxx  ♥ Pink Lady ♥ "That's All" Ash wrote: "Jxxx wrote: "Oh. my. word, this book sounds intriguing!!! Amazing review, Ash xo"

THANK YOU!

Oh, my GOODNESS, Jxxx! This book IS intriguing! I remember the first time I read it... Yeah... I didn..."


You've sold it to me, Ash. Another one added to my list, thank you. :) xo


Nika (Off to Neverland) Great review Ash!! :) Made me want to read the book!


Chelcie - Addicted Souls Seriously ash please stop making suck epic reviews show up on my feed. Now I must find this book and read it.


Vanessa Great review, I've been meaning to read this one and this just hyped me up even more for it! Love the pictures :)


message 28: by Christy (new) - added it

Christy Seriously amazing review girl! I gotta get to this one :D


Sammy☆Smitten With Book Heroes☆彡 Stunning review, Ash :) This book sounds very intriguing.. adding it!


message 30: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Two major selling points
1) made you the " book snob "
2) Another Noah to love .... Oh hell yes.

I'm sold baby cakes !!! Great review Ash! You've got my Curiosity on Full-sky-high-book-diamond-in-the-rough alert !!!!


Anna-gel-aah Great review!! I LOVED this book too :D


message 32: by Jen (new) - added it

Jen Amazing review Ash! I keep looking at this and not quite sure if I wanted to read it, but you just convinced me :)


message 33: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia I think this is the most convincing review I've ever read LOL. Definitely bumping it up on my tbr list.


"That's All" Ash Kristalia (◡‿◡✿) wrote: "glad that you loved it hon! ;D
i am loving second book so far :D"


I LOVED this series! I'm glad you're loving the second one. ;)


"That's All" Ash Barb wrote: "LOVE you review, ASH :))"

THANKS, Barb! ♥


"That's All" Ash Swilliams305 wrote: "Will add now after reading this review!"

Lol... THANK YOU Swilliams! ;) I hope you love this one as much as I did!


"That's All" Ash Jxxx wrote: ""That's All" Ash wrote: "Jxxx wrote: "Oh. my. word, this book sounds intriguing!!! Amazing review, Ash xo"

THANK YOU!

Oh, my GOODNESS, Jxxx! This book IS intriguing! I remember the first time I ..."


Lol... You're welcome, Jxxx! Trust me, you're goin' to thank me! ;)


"That's All" Ash Nika wrote: "Great review Ash!! :) Made me want to read the book!"

THANK you, Nika! :)


"That's All" Ash Chelcie - Book Obessed mom of 3 wrote: "Seriously ash please stop making suck epic reviews show up on my feed. Now I must find this book and read it."

LMAO! Chelcie, lovely, you're going to thank me!


"That's All" Ash Vanessa wrote: "Great review, I've been meaning to read this one and this just hyped me up even more for it! Love the pictures :)"

THANK YOU, Vanessa! YES! Read this one! PRONTO!


"That's All" Ash Christy wrote: "Seriously amazing review girl! I gotta get to this one :D"

Thanks, Christy! Can't wait to see what you think! :D


"That's All" Ash ☆Sammy☆ALPHAholic☆彡 wrote: "Stunning review, Ash :) This book sounds very intriguing.. adding it!"

Thanks, Sammy! Yes! PLEASE read it! ASAP!


"That's All" Ash Anna wrote: "Two major selling points
1) made you the " book snob "
2) Another Noah to love .... Oh hell yes.

I'm sold baby cakes !!! Great review Ash! You've got my Curiosity on Full-sky-high-book-diamond-i..."


Lol... you're curiosity SHOULD be in DefCon-5 MODE! You're going to love this one, Anna! I'm reading "Hopeless" for you, lol! So you GOTTA read this one for me! ;))


"That's All" Ash Anna-gel-aah wrote: "Great review!! I LOVED this book too :D"

THANK you, Anna-gel-aah! Lol! Gah! Wasn't this one AAAAMMMMAAAAZING!? ;)


"That's All" Ash Jen wrote: "Amazing review Ash! I keep looking at this and not quite sure if I wanted to read it, but you just convinced me :)"

Oh, Jen... trust me, girl... you WANT TO READ THIS ONE!


"That's All" Ash Cynthia wrote: "I think this is the most convincing review I've ever read LOL. Definitely bumping it up on my tbr list."

WOW! Thank you, Cynthia! Can't wait to see what you think!


Karla Awesome review, Ash. Definitely one of the best YA series out today. I can't wait for Retribution!


"That's All" Ash Karla wrote: "Awesome review, Ash. Definitely one of the best YA series out today. I can't wait for Retribution!"

THANKS, Karla! Gah! I CANNOT wait for that book! Geez... I'm counting down the days! :))


message 49: by Maria (new) - added it

Maria Amazing review, Ash :)) I'm putting this one on my tbr!


message 50: by Rebecca (new) - added it

Rebecca Espinoza I'm going to have to check this one out. Sounds good. Great review. :0)


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