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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

(The Shaw Confessions #1)

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In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Noelle Shaw I agree, I feel the Mara Dyer series ended a good point and adding new stuff the good ending may wreck my heart. However, I am curious to see how Noah…moreI agree, I feel the Mara Dyer series ended a good point and adding new stuff the good ending may wreck my heart. However, I am curious to see how Noah handles all these hurdles that are thrown his way and I hope he comes back unscathed, although unlikely. (less)

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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
The Short
Actual rating: 2.25* (yes I'm getting very specific here)
Trigger warning: self harm, suicide

Writing: 3 stars
Characters: 2.5 stars
Plot: 1 star
Originality: 2 stars
(All out of 5 stars)

The Long
Writing: the writing of this was on par with the Mara Dyer trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books of that trilogy but then, the third was a disappointment. As such, going into this I was apprehensive. Reading from Noah Shaw's perspective was just as I'd expected it to be. Snarky and sarcastic a
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Lala BooksandLala
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
uh...so, yeah...
Abby ♡
Jul 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
I AM BEYOND EXCITED I WILL READ ANYTHING THAT MICHELLE WRITES BC SHE CREATED MY BABY NOAH ELLIOT SIMON SHAW
Stacee
10/22/18: I stand by my previous review. I still don’t have words. I’m still speechless at the ending and it was still one hell of a roller coaster.

I don’t know if I’ll survive the next book.

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6/27/17: Holy shit, I don't have words for this.

Being in Noah's head is exactly what I expected. He's smart and rude and shamelessly loves Mara and I was maniacally gleeful as I read every word on every page.

It was one hell of a roller coaster I should have been prepared for, but was stil
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Rachel E. Carter
Jun 07, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: obnry
FANGIRL SCREECHING: IT HAS A COVER!!!!!

Y'all know I will be reading this the moment it comes out. Loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and can't wait to see yet another of Michelle's takes on "strange and twisted."
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Okay.. not gonna lie, this book kinda ruined everything for me. I was so thrilled to finally read this book, especially from Noah’s POV, but it turned out to be a huge fail, in my opinion.
Boring, plotless, pointless, annoying and epically disappointing...

Being inside Noah’s mind wasn’t as terrible as reading about Mara’s decent into evil land, but it was pretty close.

This book had a few (very few) good moments, that didn’t make me want to strangle all the characters or stuff them in a hat and
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
Aug 22, 2016 marked it as never-ever-ever
I DO NOT CARE WHEN THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE
I AM NOT READING IT!!

NO! HELL NO! NAW! NON! NU! NEE! NOPE!

NAHI! NAH-UH! NIE! NET! TIDAK! NEIN!

F. . . . U . . . . C . . . . K . . . . N . . . . O


(yes, i used google translate)

Why are all authors doing this?! I am so fucking over this.

Here is another unpopular opinion.
I never liked Noah Shaw,
nor do i give a shit about Mara Dyer.




The first book had potential, that was till Noah showed up.
After that:
You say what? Mara has a problem?
Worry not. Noah i
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Joshee Kun (조수아)
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
If Sehun, my EXO bias, read The Becoming of Noah Shaw, he would probably be like...

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Bottom line: If you wanna know the exact meaning of "unnecessary," read this book. ;)
Jasmine
Full review: October 12, 2017

May contain spoilers for Mara Dyer Trilogy.

I don’t quit the game. I’ll destroy the fucking board.

My heart aches. Even after finishing reading this book for weeks, I still feel a pang in my heart when recalling the story.

To begin with, The Becoming of Noah Shaw was told completely from Noah’s POV and we got to view the whole story from his perspective, which was quite refreshing for me. Since this was a spin-off series for The Mara Dyer Trilogy, the story pic
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Whitney Atkinson
major TW: suicide, depression, self-harm (seriously, do NOT read this book if suicide attempts & discussion thereof makes you uncomfortable)

2.5 stars

honestly just love yourself and pretend that mara dyer was a duology. i majorly hyped myself up for this because it was revisiting characters i havent seen since i was 16 and redelving into their world and conflicts. And there were things I liked about it like the setting in New York City. From subway rides to top floor apartments to just the bu
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mith
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No one could be as disappointed as me. I adored the Mara Dyer series, and while I was hesitant of this series at first, I was also excited because hello! It’s a series about Noah Shaw! About Noah Shaw, told by Noah Shaw. I really used to love Noah.

Now, after reading? I’m just meh. Nothing. I didn’t care about Noah or Mara or anyone else in the book. I didn’t care about the story. About anything. Everything was just… mediocre? Borderline annoying? I don’t know.

Most of t
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TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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**May contain some slight spoilers from the Mara Dyer Trilogy

*Can’t really say much on the plot without majorly spoiling the previous books, so just a few things I'd like to point out.

1) You absolutely should not read this if you haven't read the Mara Dyer trilogy first. It will make zero sense. You should also not read this if you have read the Mara Dyer trilogy but haven't at least brushed up and refreshed your memory on what occurred in those books. Though this is technically a different se
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Content warning: Suicide. The entire plot revolved around other Gifted people killing themselves and Noah trying to figure out why and if he can stop them. There are SEVERAL suicides and multiple methods mentioned and at least a couple of them are described in detail. There is a pretty extensive trigger warning at the start of the book, which isn't in the best taste but I do still think it's helpful.

A quick read that I got through easily during a reading slump, for which I appreciate it. But thi
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Jiana
May 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
THE COVER! I'm in love.

I can't wait for the book omfg!!!
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

The reading year is off to a kind of meh start

idk what it is but this book was kinda just ok to read. It didn't have the same spark as the Mara Dyer trilogy books, maybe i've just outgrown the characters because I found them pretty annoying whereas previously I really liked them

It just kinda felt like and unnecessary follow on plot, just for the sake of it to me, which is unfortunate because I was really looking forward to this

tbh I don't think I'll carry on reading the following books when th
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Shay J
Nov 03, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-asap
I AM ALIVE. THERE IS FIRE IN MY VEINS.


MORE FROM THE MARA DYER SERIES, A CONTINUATION, FROM NOAH POINT OF VIEW?????

IS THIS REAL LIFE

OR IS THIS FANTASY??????
Brianna H
Jul 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
IM SCREAMING RIGHT NOW I WILL READ ANYTHING BY MICHELLE OMG IDK HOW IM GONNA WAIT TILL 2017 THOUGH
˗`ˏ Sandeep ˎ´˗
4.5/5 Stars

WOW JUST WOW. THAT ENDING.

Being in Noah’s head was exactly how I imagined. Snarky, sarcastic and smart. It was perfect.

Seeing through Noah's eyes made me realise how twisted and creepy Mara really is, which I loved.

Even though I really enjoyed this book it felt like nothing had happened even though many things had actually happened. Weird.

There were times when I was confused while reading this book. Maybe it had to do with the fact it had been awhile since I had read the 'Mara Dyer
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jessica
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
i am thrilled to have noah shaw back in my life (even if it has only been a week). i enjoy his character line more than maras, so i have high hopes for this series. which, by the way, doesnt feel like a spin off of the main trilogy, but more of a story continuation told from another perspective. either way, its more noah, so im one happy lady!

4 stars
Katie
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am in PHYSICAL PAIN from how badly I need this book

I will wait here

Right here

Until this book is released.


*THERE IS A COVER NOW I AM SCREAMING
Laurie –A Court of Books–
~ ARC was kindly provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review ~

“The bullies never remember, but the bullied never forget.”

2.2 stars

Spoilers for this book as well as the whole Mara Dyer Trilogy

You guys have no idea how much I wanted this book, the happiness I had when I learned about its existence, because even The Mara Dyer Trilogy had its weaknesses, Noah Shaw was carrying the story, and reading from his POV could only announce on of the best books of the yea
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Kai
May 08, 2017 marked it as to-read
I love this cover and I can't wait for this book.
P
Jan 03, 2016 marked it as anxiously-waiting
Shelves: young-adult
Ladies and gentlemen, we have the cover !


*cheers*

2017 !?!?! So cruel.



This confict of N&M will happen in this series, by the way.

What happens after happily ever after? By the end of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer discovered their world-changing abilities along with their love for each other. In the first book of The Shaw Confessions, Noah’s father is murdered, and Noah inherits unimaginable riches, terrible knowledge, and the chance to find other people like himself. But as No
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

How I didn't know about this ?!. I'm so excited!. It is also a great excuse to re-read The Mara Dyer Trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer/The Evolution of Mara Dyer/The Retribution of Mara Dyer :)


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Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
But if it's going to be a story circulating the same main characters, why create a new separate trilogy for it? I don't get it?? And is this really necessary??? Can my babies just have their happy ending and be done with it???? Will I still be reading this anyway????? yES??????
Sabrina
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

TW: self harm, suicide (in this book)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer... The Becoming of Noah Shaw.. am I the only one screaming about this or freaking out???!!

Anyways.

I'm so happy that Noah and Mara are back in my life. I loved reading this book just for them. But then I realized that not much happened. There is the after math from the Mara Dyer Trilogy (you have to read the trilogy to understand this book) but not much ha
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Angel
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm just,
speechless wow.
That heartbreaking ending. wOW.

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Edit #4 - May 8th, 2017: IT HAS A COVER NOW AND IDK HOW I FEEL BECAUSE ITS NOT THE UNDERWATER PICTURES BUT IM SCREAMING ANYWAYS AKSLDJASLKDASDLJASD

Edit #3 - Feb. 7th, 2017: IT HAS A TITLE NOW AND ITS PERFECT. And it has a release date!!!!! and a new synopsis!!!!!!. IM F I N E

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Edit #2: Now that I've calmed down slightly, I just wanna say the premise for this book is already killing me, "When the girl of your dreams turns the wo
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Holy crap, that terrible, horrible, thrilling ending. Full review to come.

**EDITED TO ADD REVIEW:
4.5 Stars!
Full disclosure here, I was nervous picking this up. I loved how the Mara Dyer series ended and I was hesitant to read something that may ruin the satisfied feeling I had when I closed the last book and said goodbye to these unforgettable characters. But, Noah. Need I say more?

I had to get inside this strange wonderful, and unsettling boy that more often than not stole the show throughout t
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Suzanne
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was awesome to get reacquainted with some of the original characters, but still not sure how I feel about the edition of Leo. Guy seems weird and shady but we will see. Goose was funny and amusing though. I loved the Mara Dyer series with a passion. I was so hooked on it and could not be happier to have a spin-off series. Especially since it is Noah! The ending of the book really sets up for this series, since we are left aghast about Mara and also wondering on the powers issue.

My quick and s
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Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. ...more

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The Shaw Confessions (3 books)
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  • Untitled (The Shaw Confessions, #3)
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