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January 29, 2012

Two Book Reviews: The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
YA , 14 & up
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date September 27, 2011
Pages: 452
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there.  She finds out, she was in an accident with three other of her friends. She was the only one to survive and somehow she was not injured.  While Mara is trying to cope with what happened, she finds herself thinking it was not an accident.  Through events that she remembers and weird things happening around her, she learns more about herself and she hopes that she is not losing her mind.  Along the way she falls in love. She thought she would never fall in love.

From the very beginning, I was instantly taken into Mara's world. I did not want to put this book down.        It has mystery, suspense and romance. There were a lot of surprises along they way.  Michelle Hodkin did a wonderful job creating her characters and the world that Mara Dyer lives in. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. The second book comes out in the fall 2012.


by Alexandra Ardonetto
YA, 14 & up
Publisher: Square Fish
Pub. Date: August 31, 2010
Pages: 484
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

  Bethany, Gabriel, and Ivy are three angels sent on a mission to help out the people who live in Venus Cove.Signs of darkness has made a strong presence in this small town.  Ivy is the healer, Gabriel is the warrior, and Bethany is the youngest who is able to feel the complex human emotions.  Being in love, with a boy named Xavier, is the most difficult emotion she tries to understand.

It's a really good book and a nice change of pace.  In this story the angels are mostly full of hope and not doom.  It's Good v.s. Evil, Angels v.s. Demons.  I like how Alexandra Ardonetto has her readers see the story play out through Bethany's point of view.  I liked being able to experience the confusion and the excitement Bethany feels being human. She learns more about how humans interact with each other. She then has a new experience, being in love.

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