Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Part of a Series: Yes. Mara Dyer Trilogy #1
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
No. of Pages: 456 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
The Cover: Can we all just take a moment and once again look at the cover? It’s just plain gorgeous! I can’t even care if it’s in relation to the book and it’s story. The concept is just so lovely and the font! Oh my god, look at the font. It just oozes class and sass! I’m giving this an easy 5! Gaaaaah. And major plus points go to the underwater concept. Ugh. (5 out of 5 stars)
CONFESSION: I have to be completely honest with this one. I actually didn’t have any plans on reading this book (or trilogy). Other than peer pressure, what pushed me to read this was that Michelle Hodkin, the author, is going to be here in Manila for a book signing under Fully Booked (Details to follow later on). Since almost all my book friends are joining the signing, I thought that I might as well give it a shot. Little did I know that I was going to love it.
The Story: Possessing a balance between mystery, romance, paranormal, and fantasy, this book has got to be one of my all-time top picks. I mean, come on! You must have appreciated the well-blended genres of this book. One minute, you’re giddy from all the Mara-Noah romantic scenes, and the next thing you know, you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for Mara’s hallucinations. I don’t know about you guys, but Michelle really nailed the blending. Seriously. Not all writers are capable enough of blending scenes like that. Oh, and the flashbacks of Mara’s past? They were indeed relevant! It just made the readers a lot more interested on the next few chapters (or books). Oh, and the deaths of Mabel’s owner and Morales? Oh, God. Please don’t think low of me, but I have to say that I didn’t feel sorry for them one bit. No. Oh, and the mysteries in the book? Like Joshua’s kidnapping? That got my mind boggled. I loved it! (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* The ending was far from what I had expected, and I have to say that it was kinda predictable. (Wait, did that even make any sense?) First, I don’t know with you guys but I felt like Jude really wasn’t dead. The last paragraphs of the 6th chapter guaranteed me that Jude is indeed alive. Mara saw Jude, and it didn’t seem like she was hallucinating at all. That right there was predictable. And to add, I just don’t know. Until now, I haven’t decided yet as to how I wanted the book to end. Maybe because since it was a great start to the series, I didn’t want it to end. Maybe that’s why I still haven’t made my mind up about the ending. Hmm. Oh! And one more thing! May I just tell everyone about how giddy I felt with the “You are my girl” speech from Noah? God, I was like smiling every now and then while reading that part. It’s weird because I was reading the last chapters as I was on the way home. I was riding the train, to be specific and I was like a lunatic smiling and everything. Thank the Gods for Noah freaking Shaw! ♥ (4 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: As I’ve said, this book is a great start to a promising trilogy. I didn’t even know that I would end up liking (or loving) this book. I shall read the next book right after I post this review. I am so intrigued and I literally can’t wait to find out what happens next to Mara and Noah. (4.67 out of 5 stars)
“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.” – Noah Shaw
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” – Mara Dyer
“You’re supposed to say, ‘All I want is your happiness. I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'”
“Sorry,” Noah said. “I’m just not that big of a person.”