Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I don’t know what got me interested in trying out this supernatural YA trilogy in the first place, but I guess I was in the mood for a supernatural romance. My local library didn’t have a copy of the first book, so I ended up buying it, not sure if I would regret it in the end. For now, I think I’ll keep it…let’s explore why.


Mara Dyer is cursed. After seeing her friends perish in an accident, and is the sole survivor, she moves to a new town where mysterious, terrible things start happening to the people who have become her enemies. Maybe these aren’t coincidences, she soon realizes. In the midst of this dangerous revelation, Mara meets a handsome young man at her school who has a strange ability of his own…


Original idea. For a genre that is constantly bombarded with vampires, werewolves, and witches, the idea of being able to *SPOILER* psychologically kill people at will *END SPOILER* is a concept that I haven’t seen in books. I think it’s an interesting idea, because the author builds off of that when formulating the relationship between Mara and Noah.

Romance. Like Twilight, it kind of sucks you in, despite how terribly immature the romance is. However, the author gave us a romance between two characters that included some mature elements that I like to see in any book: moments of sacrifice, selflessness, and strength.


Excessive “teen” lingo. Ugh. It irks me when authors give their characters what they think is typical teen voices with typical teen lingo, when in reality, they just make them sound unintelligent and annoying.

“F”-bombs. This sort of branches off of the excessive use of “teen” lingo in the writing, but I could have done without reading the lovely and intelligent-sounding “f-word” popping out of one of characters’ mouth whenever they get mad. If their character would say it, fine, keep it in, but I don’t need to read it EVERY time they open their mouth.

Predictability. Protagonist falls for the British bad-boy…Who could gave guessed that? Answer: Everyone.

Will I continue with this series? I’m not sure. I liked the concept and the writing wasn’t terrible, but I don’t know if I can get past the immaturity of the drama…I guess that we’ll have to watch the space on this one.

Published by Ashley Weaver

I am a writer, reader, student, and teacher of literature and the English language.

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