Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Book One in the Shaw Confessions Series (Spin off from the Mara Dyer Series)
Published By: Simon and Schuster (November 7, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.


They’re right.








Full disclosure here, I was nervous picking this up. I loved how the Mara Dyer series ended and I was hesitant to read something that may ruin the satisfied feeling I had when I closed the last book and said goodbye to these unforgettable characters. But, Noah. Need I say more?

I had to get inside this strange wonderful, and unsettling boy that more often than not stole the show throughout the series. I just hoped and prayed it would stay true to the rest of the series and not screw anything up for lack of a better phrase. 

And it does ruin it. And yet...it doesn't. 

It's been days since I finished this and I'm still very much torn up about it. I loved it. I hated it. And, I didn't want it to end. I needed to know, after that somewhat explosive ending, what the heck happens next. I can't believe the twists that were thrown, the turns that were taken and I both loathe them and craved them. 

All I can say about it is...read it. Experience it and decide for yourself if you too love and hate it. Loathe and crave it or  just wish that you never would have read it. Even though I too am still undecided about it all, one thing was certain, it was so well done, so well written, and deliciously evil. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

28 comments:

  1. Maybe I should try the original series

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  2. Now I really want to read the first series.

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    1. You should, it was so much fun and darker for YA which I really liked. ;)

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  3. I haven't finished the Mara Dyer series. Still have that last book to read. I do so love the series--so I'm especially happy the companion book is good!

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    1. It was so good, I think you'll like it.

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  4. I'm so happy to hear you loved it, Ali! I've been nervous about it too but it looks like I have nothing to worry about. :)

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    1. It's really good, crazy but good and even though I didn't like all of it (mostly the ending) I know the next will make up for it, at least it better LOL! I think you'll like it too though Nick.

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  5. I'm glad you loved it! Happy reading, Ali!

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  6. Ahhh...I am planning on listening and admit I am nervous too, I am relieved to see your review and rating!

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    1. I'm not going to say you'll love how it ends but you will love the rest. ;)

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  7. wow Kindlemom it sounds like this one drew strong emotions from you.

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  8. I've heard great things about the first series but I still haven't read it. Maybe I should start there, but the problem is that my reading pile is already too high. Lol

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  9. aww thats awesome that you enjoyed it so much despite being nervous to read it!

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  10. I just don’t think I can do this one. I read all the Mara Dyer, but I wasn’t over the moon over the way it all ended. I think I will leave this one.

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    1. Yeah it might not be for you although, I think this extends that ending so, who knows? Maybe you would like it.

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  11. I have yet to read this author. I may have to try this one. I have a feeling that I will love to hate that ending. :)

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    1. Yes! It is definitely one of those reads. :)

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  12. There's a spin-off? Jeez, I still haven't read the original series.

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    1. I bet you would like it, it's darker than most YA and Mara is a bit kick butt. ;)

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  13. It's great hen a book can make you feel so much even days later.

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  14. I haven't read anything by this author, but I think I remember reading some of your reviews. I actually think I put the first one on my wish list. Glad that you loved it even though you were unsure about it. Being torn up days later is a testament to how good?it was..maybe anyway!

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    1. It was really good and yes emotional but in all the right ways even if the ending was not what I was expecting or really even wanted. I know there will be other books so I have hope it will all work out in the end.

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