I have a bad habit. I fall in love too often. Have too many men, and none of them are real. Yep. I hate to say it, but I fall for the hero time and time again in the books I read. Sigh. The thing is, I want to love the main man. Whether the book is mediocre or great, if the author has done a half decent job on Mr. Right, I’m falling. I’m crossing out the female leads name and writing mine in. 😉 Alright… maybe I don’t go that far. But a girl can dream. Once I’ve closed the book and put it away, if the hero lingers, the longer he lingers, the more I respect the writer and the power they poured into that character for me – for all the readers like me.
So why am I writing this particular post now? Because, as those who are cuckoo for Coco puff, I’m nutty for Noah. Are you familiar with the book The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? I devoured it! If you haven’t yet, now’s your chance to possibly win a copy. Leave a comment within the next week and one lucky person will be chosen to receive a brand new, never read hard copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
I found Mara’s world intriguing, to say the least. Weren’t we talking about mutant powers only a week or so ago? Hmm, I believe we were. Mara fits into this category. When hunky hero Noah Shaw shows up on the scene, however, all chances for me to turn back were lost. I had the book in my hand everywhere I went. I HAD TO KNOW!
And then it ended. But the story wasn’t complete. Don’t you just hate that? Does it make you feel like a four-year-old? Do you want to roll around on the living room floor screaming and kicking? Yes? I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I’m not alone, am I? There’s a whole world full of crazy readers like me.
And then the most amazing thing happened. As if God showed mercy upon me for my school girl crush. I would have had to wait until the end of October to learn what happened next when the second book in the series releases, but NO! My fairies finally worked their magic. Something good happened. I got the answer in my hot little hands – and let me tell you I didn’t let it go until I finished reading it from cover to cover – BOOK #2 !!!! Yes. You read that right. I have read The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
And am I happy? No. My smile is pointing towards the ground. Why? Because I now have to wait even LONGER for the next one. Jumps up and down and pouts. Has anyone seen my little monkey girl throw one of her fits? Now I know where she gets it from. I am suffering serious withdrawal. Book #2 hasn’t even hit the stands yet. How long must I wait for Book #3 to learn the fate of my hero? I will die a thousand deaths in the waiting. Melodramatic? Hell yes. I am three!
The ending, I’m not even going there. For one, I don’t want to ruin it for any potential readers. Two, it hurts to talk about. Sniff, sniff. 😉 Alright, if you’d like to read a serious review you may do so at The Reader Bee. 😀
But seriously, setting the fun antics and book boy crushes aside for a minute, this book made me think. There is fabulous conflict in the end, always a good thing if the story is to continue. But the conflict, in this case, left me unsettled. Of course, it will ensure I’ll be in line to buy the next book (and early – like day one!) but still bothered me because it planted a seed of doubt. I started thinking about how it was similar, in some ways, to plans I have tossed around for my storyline – eventually. Do you want that conflicted ending at the potential expense of your reader’s content? As a writer, I would have done the same thing Michelle Hodkin did. But as a reader, I wanted to read it differently. Maybe take the story a little further so that I was left not knowing for another year or more. What if there is no middle of the road worth considering?
What do you look for in your read and how is it different from what you might write (if you’re a writer), or is it?
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Participates in the giveaway were numbered in the order their comment was received. Do not count duplicates or comments from the host. Our winner is #3!
Congratulations, Diana Beebe!Please contact me with your snail mail so that your new hard copy of the first book in Mara Dyer’s story can get on its merry way!
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