Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014: 'The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer'

Mara Dyer

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Date: November 13, 2014

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.

City Calendar:
This is what happened during the week.
Mara moves to Miami to escape her friends' deaths. She keeps seeing her friends everywhere. She predicts an abusive dog owner's death. She gets more memories on what happened on the night she doesn't remember. She goes on a date with Noah. Drama happens. Mara disses her Spanish teacher. She gets a mysterious call about her father's newest case. Her Spanish teacher dies. Joseph Mara's younger brother is kidnapped. Mara and Noah find him before anything bad happens. She sees a priest who gives her a potion to help her remember. She remembers what happens. She tries to find the priest Mr. Lukumi again but fails. She discovers that she can cause deaths. She tries it out on some leeches. But she ends up killing all the insects. She finds out the truth about her father's case. She finds out that the person who took Joseph also killed the girl in the case. She attempts to kill the man but ends up hurting her father. She goes to turn herself in to the police. And sees Jude the ex-boyfriend she thought was dead.
And that's what happened this week.

Personal Ads:
Mara Dyer.
PTSD. Indirectly kills people. Dates player Noah. A bit whiny. Afraid of her powers. Looking for a cure. Looking for what happened on the night that killed her friends but kept her alive.

I feel like there are two sides for this book. Either you love it, adore Noah, and ship Noah and Mara. Or you hate it. You hate Mara and Noah. And hate the romance and the plot.
I'm the latter.
I like the fact that there is a PTSD main character. That makes her a bit more real. 
But that's all that is good.
I don't like Noah or Mara. They are annoying. Mara is whiny. She is so terrified of herself. Noah is just...terrible. A player. A flirt. And he's lying through his teeth as he tells her he loves her. Gosh. I've never heard of so much faked sweetness.
And the romance? What is that? I don't see it. Where is it from? I don't see that. Where is it coming from? Similar abilities? I don't see it. 
Also...where's the plot? There is more romance and drama than plot. I feel like it builds up too late. There is too much mush and gush.

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