Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Published: September 27, 2011 by: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
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Mara Dyer is different. She wakes up after a mysterious accident to find that all of her friends are dead, and her memory is wiped. Suddenly she starts to see things that aren't there (like her friends) and anyone that she wishes dead is suddenly, dead. Her only hope is a strange boy in her new private school who is compelled to help; no matter what it takes.
This book was creepy beyond belief. I don't read much paranormal, so this change of plot was all new to me. Mara was an interesting character, but overall I just couldn't connect with the book.
I liked the characters in this book. Mara obviously had a lot on her mind, but I liked how she was well-put together and didn't make impulsive decisions. Although, if I were her, I would probably tell my parents if I started seeing my dead friends in my room. I felt sorry for her, with all that she went through with her ex, and she obviously had a lot of pressure on her.
I loved the male protagonist, Noah. He was very patient with Mara, and he was also extremely loyal. He wasn't really a cookie-cutter male figure, and he was truly a gentlemen. I liked how his relationship with Mara slowly progressed instead of insta-love.
I just really didn't like the plot to this book. I found it to be really boring, and I took nothing out of it except for the flashback parts. I feel like some things could have used more description, especially the ending. I did not know what was going on, but then again, I didn't really care either because I just wanted the book to end.
I just couldn't connect to this book at all. It had no emotion, it was just really dark and scary to be honest. It wasn't anything that I was dying to read chapter after chapter, and I tried hard to not DNF it.
Overall, the characters were a hit, but the plot, a huge miss. If you like really dark and eerie books, then this would definitely be for you, but since I'm someone who prefers much lighter, happier books, I think I'll pass on the rest of the series.
Did you read Mara Dyer? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess