Showing posts with label the unbecoming of mara dyer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the unbecoming of mara dyer. Show all posts

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey!

I can't believe the year is over! I can't believe I've been blogging for almost two years now. 

Here are my tops and flops of this year. Every second answer may or may not be READY PLAYER ONE.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Young Adult: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
Adult: I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell: I just love everything space and astrology. It's a shame that this wasn't for me.
  • THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin: Just no.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
STARTERS by Lissa Price. Hello favorite book.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Yeah, you - read this!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? 
Series: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Best Sequel: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS. Give me more!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction: ANATOMY LESSON by Matt Spadafora

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Am I going to answer every question with this book? I might.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James. I'll definitely reread this before I pick up the sequel!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
ZODIAC by Romina Russell

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Baz from CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. The only thing I liked about this book to be honest. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 
“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
from THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
A GAME OF THRONES - 835 pages
BITCH PLANET - 156 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare. What a disappointment. Just the mere fact that this and that dubious incest plotline exists - nope.

Honestly? I don't think I had one this year. I'd probably have to go with an old favorite (I did read some VA sequels this year, so it totally counts!!!!)

Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 
Cassie & Sammy from THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

22. Best 2015 debut you read?
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
THE CHASE by L.J. Smith

26. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
LOVING by Katrin Bongard

27. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. Incest. Enough said.

Feel free to leave your link in the comments if you did the survey!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

[Challenge] Horror Reading Challenge: Second Quarter Update

The Horror Reading Challenge is hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds. Goal is to read as many books of the horror genre as possible. The challenge started back in January 1st and ends on December 31st.
I'm actually quite proud of myself. I don't usually pick up many horror novels because it's really difficult to get me hooked with a good premise. I don't get scared easily and when I pick up a horror book that's only mediocre I tend to go back to other genre books for a while.

The challenge is a great way to motivate myself to read and try more horror or thriller novels, even those that I usually wouldn't have picked up. "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin has a huge following and I was actually quite intimidated by starting this novel. My expectations were fulfilled, namely that I didn't like it at all. I didn't think it was scary, it wasn't full of plot twists, but just written in a very messy way.

Good thing I decided to continue The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith then, because I absolutely loved the first novel and it scared the shit out of me. The series plays with human existential fears, but it's not so scary that you might pee yourself, but only gives up a really uncomfortable and eerie vibe, which is what I absolutely love.

 Books I've read so far: 

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin 
YA / Thriller
2. The Chase (The Forbidden Game #2) - L.J. Smith
YA  / Horror
3. The Kill (The Forbidden Game #3) - L.J. Smith
YA / Horror

 Challenge Levels
1-5 horror books: Running Scared
6-10 horror books: Brave Reader
11-15 horror books: Fearless
16+ horror books: Horror Hound
My Current Level: Running Scared

Challenge Update Schedule
March 26th - First Quarter Update
June 25th - Second Quarter Update & Giveaway
September 24th - Third Quarter Update
December 24th - Challenge Wrap-Up & Giveaway


Have you any recommendations for the challenge? 

Do you participate and what's your current level?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

[Review] The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) - Michelle Hodkin

In THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER, Mara loses all her friends in a traumatic accident that she has no memory of. When her father is assigned a new case in Florida, Mara is forced to go to a new private school, where she falls for the school womanizer.

This book feels like a YA version of Shutter Island. You know that something's wrong the entire time, but you can't quite put your finger on it. 

Sadly, unlike in said movie, you won't be hitting your head and saying Damn It, I knew it!- you'll most likely be still confused.

             A Slumberous Romance

Aside from the mystery around what happens to Mara, her relationship to Noah takes up a big chunk of the novel. I didn't want Mara and Noah to hook up, I didn't even care about those two, I just wanted more flashback scenes so I could make a sense of what happened to Mara.

Noah is just very unlikeable. He's a walking cliché. British bad boy who's not only filthy rich, but oh-so-interested in creepy Mara, who spends days doodling his face before she even really knows him. It's your typical school-heartthrob falling for the shy girl thing. No one likes that, unless you're maybe 11. Also boyfriends who beat up other guys for you aren't romantic. They're scary. 

Mara as a protagonist absolutely had me from the beginning. I love her way of narrating the story and she has a clear, strong character voice that's not very intrusive and pleasant. She's funny, she's a little bit sarcastic and she's not afraid to admit that there's something wrong with her. Still, she fits into the category of the paranormal romance shy girls that is so frowned upon. Mara doesn't have any self-esteem issues, but doesn't call herself pretty either- still, every guy in this novel seems to think she is the reincarnation of a goddess walking the earth. 

But I don't want to put it down?!

The story sucks you in from the first chapter and you have to continue. Hodkin cleverly decorates the story with flashbacks to before the accident in uneven intervals, so you never know when you're going to find the next puzzle piece. .

The scary thing about it isn't ghosts or monsters or anything, but the way you're feeling like you're going insane with Mara. For some people it's just bad writing to make everything so confusing and I fully understand that some people don't connect to this novel. 

Essentially it's a mystery novel that absolutely sucks you in. It doesn't have the best writing style, but I couldn't put it down. I had high hopes, but sadly, the resolution is not what I expected. False advertising- this novel is just your average YA paranormal romance, lacking in the paranormal and trying to confuse you with irritating and misleading passages that are written off as hallucinations. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

The resolution isn't shocking, but it's the road there that's interesting. The main thing that this novel builds on is confusing the reader. I didn't fall for it and easily lost interest.

I hesitate to recommend it to anyone, because I had such a hard time liking Noah, and especially Noah and Mara together. They don't make sense as a couple and it truly feels like CARRIE - he's only figuratively taking the awkward girl to prom so he can dump a bucket of pig blood over her head.

"Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

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