Monday, October 10, 2011

Kick A** Debut Author Spotlight

Today I’m joining a group of fellow bloggers in showing our support for debut authors with the Kick A** Debut Author Spotlight- organized by the wonderful Christina Lee.

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can 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 mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Between the beautiful and mysterious cover art and the cryptic story blurb, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer went immediately into my must-read pile.

After a tragic accident that left her closest friends dead, Mara’s family decides to move to Florida in order to help her cope. But the past comes back to haunt her-the memories of what happened that night slowly seeping back into her subconscious until she must face a terrifying truth.

Let me tell you right now, there are some downright creepy moments in this book. And I know creepy. The emotional investment in Mara is immediate- she’s funny, pragmatic and strong. And the seeping doubt in her own sanity makes the fine line between paranormal and psychotic episodes even more unsettling. The tension stayed with me like a cemetery mist every time I put the book down and wouldn’t go away until I picked it up again.

Michelle Hodkin’s eloquent descriptions, vibrant characters and pitch perfect dialogue had me turning the pages until the very end.  Definitely a worthy read for fans of paranormal romance. Congratulations Michelle- Here’s wishing you a long and prosperous career!

Be sure to check out the other blogs and authors participating in today’s Kick A** Debut Author Spotlight:


Rachele raves about IMAGINARY GIRLS
Susan is featuring RIP TIDE
Robyn spotlights ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE
Matt loves SOLSTICE
Nicole wants to tell you about POSSESSION
Janet tells why she loves LIAR SOCIETY
Kate talks about MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Sheri admires IRON WITCH
Jen would like to tell you about WITHER
Shannon celebrates DARK PARTIES
Jon loves MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Michelle tells you about SHIFTING
Susan admires WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE
Natalie gives a shout out to AUDITION, THE FAERIE RING, and MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Katie loves THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER
Stina gives you a taste of BAD TASTE IN BOYS
Jessie spotlights SPELLBOUND and BIRTHRIGHT
Willow admires DESTINED
Christine raves about POSSESS
Kristin really really likes CLARITY
Anne features READY PLAYER ONE
Meredith wants to shout about DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Amy Rose loves THE NEAR WITCH
Theresa talks about DIVERGENT
Kelly focuses in on EARTHLING HERO and A SCARY GOOD BOOK
Christine gears you up for THE LIPSTICK LAWS
Laura is wild about GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
Patti tells you about HEREAFTER
Portia admires THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL
Ali has plenty to say about POSSESSION

38 comments:

vanyelmoon said...

I will have to check it out. The premise sounds so original and intriguing.

Vicki Rocho said...

I have been out of the loop -- I had no idea there was a blogfest this morning. At least I HAVE heard of this book and put it on the TBR list.

Laura Pauling said...

I just started Mara Dyer so I didn't read what you had to say!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I want to read this book. I've just got to get throught a few more books on my shelf first before I can get it.

Christine Rains said...

Sounds intriguing! I love the cover too.

C D Meetens said...

I've seen a lot of good things about this book, and it certainly intrigues me. Might have to add it to my reading list.

Christine Fonseca said...

I'm reading this soon!!

Theresa Milstein said...

I've head this book on my radar for a while. I should pick it up.

AmieSalmon said...

I am really very excited about this book! Such a buzz about it at the moment.

Christine Danek said...

You hooked me with creepy. I want this one. I will add it to my list. Thanks.

Old Kitty said...

Perfect halloween reading! Yay! thanks for the heads up!! Take care
x

Connie Keller said...

I love spooky/creepy. Sounds perfect.

Nicole Zoltack said...

This is one book I can't wait to get my hands on!

Christina Lee said...

I'm right in the middle of this book--loving it! YAY, Michelle. THX for participating with me today!

Anne N Kenny said...

I loved this concept from the first time I heard about it. The amazing cover doesn't hurt either.

Thanks for spotlighting it!

Nisa said...

These author spotlights are awesome! Thank you for a great review!

Lindsay said...

I can't wait to read this. I'm just waiting for my copy to be delivered. *taps foot and stares at letterbox* :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I really, really want to read this one!! Great spotlight, Katie! :-)

Angela Brown said...

I've seen this book pop up in so many places. It's getting rave reviews. I admit, I was shallowly first struck by the cover. It's so beautiful.

Great highlight!

Patti said...

This cover had me right away. I so want to read this book. My TBR pile is growing very tall.

Robyn Campbell said...

Awesome cover!!!!!!! I've been wondering about this book for a while. You have made me a believer. Going to have to get it now. Excellent spotlight!

LTM said...

wow. I keep hearing about this book. now I've totally got to get it. Creepy is now. :D <3

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Sounds like an extraorinary book. If you enjoyed that (no, I am not going to hype my book - I have standards - low but still standards! LOL)

The movie THE AWAKENING, set in 1920 England, still numb from the loss of loved ones in WWI, spotlights an intelligent woman, skeptical of the supernatural, sent to a boy's school that is death to enter. Check out the trailer at the end of my post of today. Brrrrrr. Spooky.

Kelly Polark said...

That sounds like a gripping, mysterious story!!! Thanks for the recommendation!

WordLuster said...

Dude!!!! I saw your comment on Jen's post at Unedited and instantly fell in love with your name.. Creepy Query Girl.. which is absolutely made of AWESOME!

This is a great post! I have this book and really REALLY need to make a point to read it asap. :-)

Alleged Author said...

This one is definitely in my TBR pile.

Kristin Rae said...

Another one on the list.... I'm drowning in my TBR pile!! lol

Meredith said...

I've got this book waiting for me on my shelf--can't wait to read it! Awesome review.

Sarah Pearson said...

I hope there isn't a limit of how many books you can put on a to-read list on goodreads :-)

Carolyn V said...

Wow. It sounds so great! It's on my list. ;)

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Sounds a brill read. And the cover looks great too!

CherylAnne Ham said...

I've been wanting this book. It sounds amazing and the cover rocks!

Janet Johnson said...

I haven't read this one, but isn't that blurb amazing? Definitely in my TBR pile.

Amie Kaufman said...

This is such a fantastic initiative, and you've picked such a great book to review. That cover's just something else, isn't it? Grabs your eye, and I think it matches the book very well!

Samantha Vérant said...

Sounds like a very cool (and creepy) read. I hadn't heard of this one! Thanks!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Everywhere I turn I keep hearing about this book. I'm going to have to read it!

Susan Oloier said...

This is sitting on my nightstand as I read your post. Maybe I should push it up on my TBR list.

Stephsco said...

It was definitely an interesting book that turned out differently than I expected. I read it in a few sittings, so there's a gotta-find-out-what's-next factor. I think ppl are pretty divisive on whether they loved this book or thought it was just OK. A great concept.

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