Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Category: YA
Warnings: Some violence and sexual scenes.
Buy: Amazon
Find the Author: Here

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Summary:

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.

Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital not knowing what happened. An accident killed her friends. She is alive. That’s all she knows. Bizarre things start to happen that may lead her to discover strange new things about herself and the others around her.

From beginning to end, Mara Dyer kept me guessing. It’s the kind of book that turns your attention to one thing while another, seemingly less important detail unravels and you are suddenly stunned when you come to discover that that minute detail turns into into another huge complication.

The characters were beautifully unraveled. Mara is the type of person that has a very strong mindset, very determined. She knows what she wants, yet she is confused about the things that are happening to her, around her. Noah, on the other hand, is the asshole you can’t help but love. I kept laughing throughout the book at his snarky remarks and overall I-just-don’t-care attitude. The one thing I loved about him was that he cared a lot when he needed to. It upset me that Jamie, an awesome character who I grew to love, wasn't given much attention after about the middle of the book.

The plot overall was great. I loved the concept and I loved the execution. The unfolding of events was done masterfully. I absolutely became consumed with it.

The one thing that sort of set me off was the continuous mention of Noah’s beauty. It got a bit annoying at times. Other than that, I didn’t find any defining flaws.

This funny, mysterious book will keep you wanting more well after the last page.


Sunday, October 30, 2011


Hey, you lot! This week has been a very good book week indeed.

The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)  The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

AH I’d been dying to get this one! My friends have all started reading it already, and I’m starting soon.

So, I got Mara Dyer and Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the mail on Wednesday! I already read Mara Dyer, and it was beyond amazing. My review will be up tomorrow.


Love, M.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hello! This week I’ve gotten quite a few awesome books.

The Name of this Book Is SecretThe Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudnymous Bosch

This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story.
When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's diary and the hunt for immortality.
Filled with word games, anagrams, and featuring a mysterious narrator, this is a book that won't stay secret for long.

Found (The Missing, #1)The Missing: Book 1: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

An irresistible set-up for a new series: An unidentified airplane appears out of nowhere. When the aircraft is boarded, its only occupants are babies; once they are removed, the pilotless plane vanishes. Jonah and Chip, now teenagers, discover that they were among the "airborne orphans," who seem to be somehow linked with missing children from history. Rather than forgetting the past, the two boys decide to venture into it, risking their survival to right the wrongs of time. Crisp time-travel adventure.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve been dying for this one.
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.

AND, I preordered:
the fault in our stars The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

That’s it for me this week. What did you get in your mailbox?

Love, -M

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Release!

Oh my god. This literally came out today and I had to share with you the sheer beauty that is the cover that is John Green’s upcoming new novel, The Fault in Our Stars. I hope you like it as much as I do.

the fault in our stars

This title is set for release on January 10, 2011.  You can preorder it now at Amazon.