REVIEW: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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“The scars you can't see are the ones that hurt the most.” 

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781481456432

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My rating:

            It seems like just yesterday that I fell in love with Noah Shaw while reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. He’s British, he’s mysterious, he’s beautiful, he’s intelligent. What else is there to love? Noah Shaw is always in the top 5 of my favorite book boyfriends. When I found out there was going to be a companion series in Noah’s POV, I was… aroused. And I was definitely not disappointed.

“For the lost boys, and the girls who find them.”

            The Becoming of Noah Shaw picks up pretty much right after the events that took place during The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Honestly, I should’ve read the entire Mara Dyer trilogy again before reading Noah Shaw, because some of it was fuzzy for me, but overall, it’s all pretty self-explanatory.

            This time around, Noah and the gang are trying to find out why Others, like them, are killing themselves. The kicker? Noah can hear their thoughts—and the people killing themselves don’t actually want to do it. Someone is making them do it.

“She’s a rock I want to break myself against,”

            Underneath the mystery, just like in the Mara Dyer trilogy, is a romance between Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw. It’s one of my absolute favorites because it’s raw and gritty and probably shouldn’t be a thing. It was predicted in the trilogy that Mara would love Noah to ruins and that’s exactly what’s happening. They’re not good for each other, but they’re capital I it for each other. Mara is such a badass and Noah, also a badass, is also so cuddly and I just want to hug him and take away all of his pain.

“When someone is hiding a secret in a house, something changes in the air. Unspoken words, half-finished smiles, eggshell steps—they distort reality, they muffle truth.”

            If you want a mindfuck of a book, just read The Becoming of Noah Shaw. Also, the Mara Dyer trilogy. I promise by the end of it, you will not know which way is up. And by the end of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, you will be livid. But only because you will want the next book immediately. Because how do you know if what’s going on is actually the truth? YOU DON’T. And that’s the beauty of this series and these unreliable narrators. It’s a mystery, thriller, and romance all wrapped up in one fucked-up bow. And I can’t fucking get enough.

            Definitely put The Becoming of Noah Shaw on your Christmas list (if you celebrate, of course). Put it on ALL the lists!

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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