5 Reasons Why You Should Read Mara Dyer (aka Love Noah Shaw) by Michelle Hodkin

So, I read this series a while ago, but since it's Halloween time (aka spoopy time), I think this series is worth mentioning. Even though I forget, like, 99.2% of it, I feel like these books are just so underrated. PLUS, there is a new book coming out next month so this is just perfect timing! But do not, and I repeat do not, look it up because there's a hefty amount of spoilers there and I don't want anyone getting hurt. Capeesh? (Or is it Capiche? Kahpeesh? Idk, you get what I mean.)

Allow me to give you a little synopsis before we get into the post. The one from Goodreads was a little vague so here is one I conjured up:

The first book starts off with Mara Dyer just having had gone through a terrible accident that she does not have memory of. She is suffering from PTSD and has "illusions", but she can also kill people with her mind. While she is trying to figure out what is going on with herself, she is also trying to recollect what happened the night of the incident. She also meets a mysterious British boy who is... *fans self*.

The books in this series include:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer

I don't want to say too much because there are so many "WHAT" "HUH" "OMG NO" moments in these books. I would definitely consider them psychological thrillers with a big dash of paranormal romance. But let's just get to the good stuff, shall we?

Reason #1: It's creepy as heck

Which is the main reason why I'm doing this post in the middle of October, duh! These books are dark, mysterious, suspenseful but at the same time, they almost feel like the setting of a contemporary book. Just with a lot more blood and creepy illusions.

"An angel sat on one shoulder, a devil on the other. Both of them wore my face."

Reason #2: The aesthetics are so. cool. 

I think this was the main reason why I read the books. HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVERS OF THEM? JUST LOOK AT THOSE COVERS. LOOK AT DEM. ADMIRE THAT COVER ART, YO. And the edits people make are... stunning. Just take a quick look at the author's website and you'll know what I'm talking about. 

Reason #3: Noah Shaw

Perfect. Funny. British. Beautiful. Perfect. You get the gist.

"The two of us snuggled like quotation marks in his room full of words."

Reason #4: The main character and supporting characters are dah bomb

The books are told in Mara's point of view, which makes everything just THAT much creepier. It's like everything that is happening to her is happening to you. And Mara is HILARIOUS. I love how she doesn't hide the fact that she is clearly attracted to Noah. She's actually a character you could relate to. 

Her friend Jamie is THE BEST. They almost argue like an older couple. It's great.

Reason #5: IT. IS. FUNNY.

The characters' sarcastic banter literally make the books. One moment, you'll be on the edge of your seat and then the next you'll be falling off of it due to your abundance of laughter.

"'You're distracting,' I said truthfully. 

'I won't be. I promise,' Noah said. 'I'll get some crayons and draw quietly. Alone. In a corner.'"

Reason #6: Noah. Shaw. 

Hahahahahahahahaha- need I say more?

If that wasn't convincing enough allow me to give you a bonus reason...

Noah and Mara's relationship is #goals. AND THE FACT THEIR NAMES SPELL OUT  MADNESS.


So, yeah. This post was mainly written because I NEED MORE PEOPLE TO READ THESE BOOKS AND FANGIRL WITH ME. My sister and I both agree that these books need more recognition and now is the perfect time to pick 'em up and get your creepy on. Hehe.

xx Kenzie

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What are some books YOU think are underrated? ARE THERE ANY BOOKS COMING OUT THAT YOU ARE EXCITED FOR? I want to hear you fangirl. 

** Disclaimer

I would say that these books are more appropriate for people ages 16-18. There is a large amount of swearing and mentions of rape. Some scenes may be a little too graphic for certain readers, and there's a lot of romantic tension between the two main characters. I just thought I'd let you know. :}

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  1. These sound appealing to me. My only question is if there are any sex scenes? I'd rather not read books with those. I think these sound like the perfect October read.


    1. Hi, Ivie!

      So, like I said, there is a lot of romantic tension between Noah and Mara. There are a few "steamy" scenes throughout the books that make you think "did they...?" That could have just been me though and how I interpret things. ALAS, I DO HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU.

      (please do not read if you don't want any #SPOILERS)

      In the last book, there isn't a sex *scene*, but they do... you know. It is not written with great detail (not that I remember) but it is confirmed and talked about at the end of the book.

      It's kind of a yes and no answer that I gave you but to simplify everything, I'm just going to say yes. Let me know if you have any further questions and I hope I answered that alright. :}

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

  2. THE FIRST TWO HAVE BEEN ON MY SHELF FOR AGESSSSS. And I agree, they are so so pretty, I'll have to read them next :D

    ~ noor

    1. YESSSSS. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! <3

      Thank you for reading!

      xx Kenzie

  3. WOW the aesthetic in these...I am truly intrigued.

    1. I. KNOW. RIGHT? It's so purdy. <3-<3 Thank you for reading!

      xx Kenzie


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