Author: Michelle Hodkin.
Published: March 1st 2012 by Simon Pulse UK
Sort: Part one of ‘Mara Dyer’
Source: I won a copy from Judith @ Paperiot.
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can 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 mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.Juhina @ Maji bookshelf. I’m so happy I finally took the time to read this book, because it was good! I’m not completely in love, but definitely interested enough for the next book.
“I’ve already learned Parseltongue. What else is there?”
The story is pretty interesting. Mara just woke up in the hospital. She was in an accident and three of her friends are now death. Mara has no memories about what happened and things are about to get weird. Her family moves to another town and Mara keeps seeing things that aren’t there. Her hallucinations are taking over and she even gets nightmares of moments before the accident. In the mean time, she befriends the popular hot guy Noah Shaw - and therefor makes some enemies. Noah has a strange interest for her and she can’t shake of the feeling that something is wrong with her.
The first thing I noticed is the engaging writing-style. There is no doubt about it: Michelle is a gifted author. This book hooked me from the start and wouldn’t let me go, even when something happened I normally don’t like.
"No," I said, louder this time. "I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses," I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
In the beginning, it’s all about Mara and her strange hallucinations. I loved how creepy they were and what influence they had on her. I was just as confused as she was - I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on. I also liked her. She felt realistic, feeling smothered by her protective mother and worried by her dreams. When she meets Noah, the story gets a romance focus. In most books, that would turn me off. I wasn’t a fan of it here either, but there was something intriguing about Noah.
He sometimes bordered on the line of becoming an asscrown, but he wasn’t so bad overall. It was good that Michelle gave him more of a story, but it was also pretty cliched. Not to mention some awkward scenes, like where Noah suddenly models for her art class and takes of his shirt so everyone can gawk at him. We get it, you are gorgeous.
The thing is, Mara is warned about Noah by her first friend Jamie (who I very much liked, so I missed his presence in most parts of the books.) Her initial reactions to Noah are sarcastic replies (loved it!) but she soon turns into a sappy girl. Instead of focusing on her real problems, she is only fixated by Noah and her ‘hard to get’ game. I could use less of this romance and more focus on the mystery.