Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Young Adult
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Mara Dyer doesnÔÇÖt think life can 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 canÔÇÖt remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesnÔÇÖt believe that after everything sheÔÇÖs been through, she can fall in love.
I’m a sucker for a good YA book. Even more so for a good paranormal YA story.
I’ve wanted to read the “Mara Dyer” series for a long time and finally having a few days off I did.
Boy, was I missing out.
This story, the characters, the creativity are out of this world. I couldn’t put the book down.
It was captivating and riveting. And it messed with my head something fierce.
The plot is complex and well thought out, yet easy to follow. The character have so many layers and depth, yet feel real.
It really and truly took my breath away.
It’s difficult to tell anything about the story without giving away too much. And that’s one thing I don’t want to do because it would spoil your experience of the story.
Let’s just say that Mara Dyer, a young girl in high school, wakes up in the hospital after a building collapsed. She doesn’t remember anything, but quickly realizes things have changed. She has changed. And nothing is as it seems.
Whatever she thought she knew is turned upside down and she realizes she is fairly clueless. But she has to find out the truth.
And the only person she can do this with, the only person she can confide it is Noah Shaw. An unlikely ally in her quest for truth.
He’s a friend who quickly becomes on of the people who matter the most. He’s the one her heart belongs to.
Mara is an awesome chick. She has some typical teenager traits going on, but she’s not annoying or bitchy. I really adore her character. She’s sassy, feisty and has a good heart, thinking about others first no matter the situation.
She handles her situation with so much strength and composure that I’m in awe of her. It shows her resilience in the face of really confusing and scary circumstances.
At least there are good things in her life as well. Someone who is worth fighting for. Someone who makes it important to solve the secrets that govern her life and make it out in one piece and with a sane mind.
Noah Shaw. Sweet baby Jesus. He makes me want to be a teenager again. With his looks, rebellious devil-may-care attitude, his broken soul and his older-than-his-age wisdom. No wonder Mara has her panties in a knot over him.
But he’s more than the dream of every high school girl. He’s attentive, caring, protective and believes in Mara when she needs it the most. He’s so damn dreamy.
The way Noah and Mara are drawn to each other, the way they give each other strength and support is more mature than any teenager should be. But then not many teenagers experienced what tehy did.
The way Ms. Hodkin crafted the secrets and the mystery made me tear my hair out. I guessed, then learned I was wrong. I guessed again and failed once more.
This is the best kind of read – full of surprises and zero predictability.
5+ this-is-one-of-my-all-time-favorites stars.
~Review by Paula