Monday, August 6, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I just realized that there is a guy on the cover of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It still doesn't make the cover (or the novel) make sense to me! This is a novel with serious buzz, so I picked it up without reading the synopsis. Sometimes that works out in my favor, but in this case, I read the cover blurb when I was halfway through the book and still was confused. Part thriller, part supernatural, part romance, part mystery...somehow all these parts didn't add up to a full novel that I enjoyed. 

At one point, Mara says, "I was on antipsychotic medication for hallucinations and possibly, probably delusions. " I felt the same way! I love unreliable narrators (Liar forever! Ugh, I hate my old reviews.), but Mara just didn't click with me. 

There are some reasons it is worthy of the buzz: the cliffhangers are exciting and when there is action, it is fantastic. Unfortunately, the novel feels overly long and the development of the world's most chaste relationship (between Mara and the resident bad boy, natch) deserves a back seat to the spooky occurrences in Mara's life. This is the first in a series, but I won't be reading the second one. I just don't care enough.

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