So, yesterday I finished this book…

…and I’m still sort of reeling from, um, everything about it.

In the interest of not giving any details away, I’m going to keep my opinion of MARA DYER to myself (at least for now). There’s just no good way to discuss this book without spoiling major plot points. I will share the GoodReads blurb though:

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.

And I will say this: I enjoyed the strange creepiness of this book. I liked that I never really knew what was going on as far as Mara’s brand of crazy was concerned. I loved the sometimes hilarious banter between Mara and hot-boy Noah (I also love the name Noah). I thought Miami was a very cool, very unique setting. And I was blown away by the ending, but I won’t tell you why, because what fun would that be? ๐Ÿ™‚

Want to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer before its September 27th release? You can win an ARC right here!

Here are the details:

1. For one entry, leave a comment telling me about a recent new release youโ€™ve read and loved OR name a book that’s coming out soonย that youโ€™re dying to read.

2. This giveaway is open internationally.

3. The giveaway closes one week from today, August 18th, at midnight, PST. (I will post the winner’s name on Friday, August19th!)

4. Want to earn additional entries?
+1 if you subscribe to this blog today (right column, top —->)
+2 if you are already a subscriber
+1 for following me on Twitter (new or current)
+2 for tweeting about this contest (@katyupperman, please!)

*Please tally up your entries and include the total in your original comment!



54 responses to “THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER: A Giveaway

  1. Wow. I really like this book cover. This book sounds like an interesting read for sure!!

    Okay, I am super excited for Claimed to come out (Rebecca Zanetti) Her first, Fated, was really good. Woot.

    So, I already subscribe and already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this so, I’m thinking I get
    2 for the already subscribing, 1 for the already following twitter, 2 for the tweeting and 1 for the comment. If I can add, I’d say that’s 6 entries.

    Happy FRIDAY EVE!

  2. Already a subscriber and just tweeted.
    I am looking forward to SHUT OUT by Kody Keplinger and Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. They come out right around my birthday – can you guess what’s on my bday wish list?!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I want to read this so badly!
    I recently read LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR–which I had been dying to read.
    I am a subscriber (+2)
    I follow you on Twitter (+1)
    And I’m about to tweet about this contest (+2)
    So that’s: 6 points
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I want to answer both of your questions. Just for fun.

    1.Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma is an amazing book. It’s heartwrenching and thought provoking. You’ll google consensual incest and start rethinking your views on love. Why can’t two people who truly love each other be together?
    I really loved Forbidden and the characters were so real to me.

    2.So many books I want to read and own and have on my shelf right now. I’m just dying to read these books.
    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. (Release date: September 29, 2011)
    Vanish by Sophie Jordan. (Release date: September 6, 2011)
    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck. (Release date: November 1, 2011)
    Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. (Release date: September 5, 2011)

    3.Subscribed today. New follower on Twitter. Tweeted. Total entries: 5


  5. I just devoured the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, the last book of which was a recent release; I’m actually glad I discovered the series late so that I didn’t have to wait for it!

    I think I have 3 points since I already subscribed (using Blogger rather than your email link — hope that counts and shows up somewhere on your end).Thanks for doing this giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this book (and its stunning cover) for a few weeks.

  6. What a great giveaway! I’m dying to read THIS book. And, of course, Lola and the Boy Next Door.

    I already subscribe to your RSS: +2
    I follow you on Twitter: +1
    That’s 3. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh yes, this is awesome- thank you!

    I’m following you on twitter: @EverAfterEsther

    This isn’t released quite yet, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Bloodlines! It was really good.

  8. Cool beans! Mara cracked me up. Wish I could’ve been as witty in high school.

    Way to go with the giveaway. I’ll go tweet it. Don’t count me in the giveaway since I’m giving one as well. Ha!

  9. I’m reading The Near Witch right now! Fantastic! And I’m dying to read that lovely book you’re giving away ๐Ÿ˜‰

    +1 for new subscriber!
    +1 for following on twitter
    and +2 for tweeting about it!

  10. Awesome giveaway! And thanks for making it international!
    I’m really looking forward to the release of 2 books, The Probability of Miracles and The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight (whew, long title!) I haven’t had the chance to read them just yet, but plot-wise, they’re the most attractive summaries this year. And both are contemporaries too, which I really love.

    +1 e-mail subscriber
    +1 twitter follower (@amaterasureads)
    +2 I tweeted:!/amaterasureads/status/101847207594033152

    That makes it 5 entries. Crossing my fingers and hope I win. Mara’s been on my wishlist for so long, I really want to read it!

  11. Name of the Star and Lola and the Boy Next Door are two books that I’m simply dying to read!

    I just subscribed, follow you on Twitter and tweeted about it too (!/mermaidvisions/status/101848483031564288), so 5 points for me!


  12. I’m looking forward to The Girl of Fire and Thorns

  13. I’m dying to read Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and of course this book – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. As for the recent release that I read and love it would be Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz.

    I’m a blog subscriber; following you on twitter: @blackplumetwits; and tweeted:!/blackplumetwits/status/101852991870599168
    Thanks so much

  14. I actually cant wait for this book!!!! Its been getting so much hype I cant wait!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!
    Im a blog subscriber ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. The last two really great new releases I read were A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young and And Then Things Fall Apart, by Arlaina Tibensky. Two very different books, and I enjoyed them both immensely.

    But I have been lusting after Mara Dyer forfreakingever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. There haven’t been any good new releases that I’ve read so I’ll answer the 2nd question. What I’m dying to read is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins! It will be released on September so I’ll have to wait a little longer.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (But hopefully I win an ARC of it!)
    I’m also dying to read Mara! I’ve heard so much about it and I hope I win a copy!
    +1 I subscribed in your blog today!
    +1 I followed you on twitter : @kimson_dino
    +2 I tweeted about this! :!/YA_Writer96/status/101954865248477184

    4 entries! I have 4 entries on your contest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I’m looking forward to this book (tUoMD), actually. And Lola and the Boy Next Door. +1

    I am an ‘old’ follower here on your blog (thru my RSS reader), and on Twitter. +2 & +1

    Tweeted +2 (@LolaSharp)

    = 6 entries

    Thanks for the giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I’m incredibly, incredibly excited for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Also for Mara Dyer, of course, although it seemingly comes out so soon!

  19. I am relentless in YAvangelizing Chime by Franny Billingsley because I love it that much. I will never stop swooning over its unique voice and distinctive language.

    I’m also part of the chorus clamoring to read Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

  20. I recently read Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan and really loved it!! I also cannot wait for Bloodlines by Richelle Mead ๐Ÿ™‚
    +1 new subscriber

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  21. I just read and adored Michelle Zink’s Circle of Fire

  22. Hey there!
    +1= subscribed to your blog today
    +1= following you on twitter (@NomeChodes)
    +1= commeting here: I’m currently reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AD BONE by Laini Taylor and it is so so so so good!

    That’s 3 entries! Thanks so much for the contest!

    innocentslayer at hotmail dot com.

  23. I’m very much looking forward to reading Lola and the boy next door ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so muchf or this giveaway, please count me in!

    ps. I know follow u on twitter too via @lovelygetaway

  24. brookea_2006

    I’m dying to read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I can’t wait to read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It has one of my favorite new book covers that totally gives me chills.

    Thanks for the contest! I am a follower on Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I’m dying to read this book. Another book I am anxiously waiting for is Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Pandemonium. An awesome book I recently read was Delirium.

    Anyway, I follow you by email ( (I’m a new follower), and I follow you on twitter (@yoursinfallibly) and I tweeted about this contest:!/yoursinfallibly/status/102195726582431744

  27. Thanks for holding the giveaway!

    +1 I’ve been waiting to read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.
    +1 Followed your blog: hexwraith at gmail dot com
    +1 Followed you on twitter: lincalc
    +2 Tweeted!/lincalc/status/102219324915335169

    Total = 5 entries ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Thank you so much! Just knowing I have a chance at winning it makes me super happy. :]

    +1The funny thing is that the book I’m most looking forward to IS The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
    +1 subscriber- mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com
    +1 twitter follower- @ohaiitschey
    +2 tweet-!/ohaiitschey/status/102457268397805568

    5 entries total

  29. OMG, I’m sooo excited for this book!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    +1 Another book I can’t wait to read is Envy by Gregg Olsen
    +1 for following on Twitter @areadersjourney
    +2 Tweeted!/AReadersJourney/status/102457673370447872

  30. I’m writing this comment a third time already xD The page keeps on reloading hahah aaaah, please do not reload anymore dear website, I do need to enter this giveaway!! LOL

    So! This is the most anticipated release of the year for me and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. This being said, thank you for making it International ;> I absolutely โค you for that!

    +1 I'm a new subscriber
    +1 I'm your Twitter follower @ SeoEvie
    +1 here are my recommendations:
    – Ashfall by Mike Mullin (must read)
    – Half-Blood – awesomenes
    – Fury by Elizabeth Miles Greek mythology + R.L. Stine's Fear Street = insanely wonderful
    – Witchlanders – beautiful fantasy YA
    – Envy by Gregg Olsen = phenomenal YA debut, eerie, scary.. just wow!

    Would love to get some recommendations from you, too, so don't be a stranger and please stop by Bookish ( I have some nice giveaways going on, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Luuuuv!!! โค

  31. Ana Lucรญa

    I’m waiting impatiently for Lola and the boy nextdoor by Stephanie Perkins.

    +1 I’m a new subscriber
    +1 I’m your Twitter follower @ luarroyave
    +2 tweeted:!/luarroyave/status/102464217365483520

    Thank you for making it international.

  32. Okay, so the book I’m dying to read is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ๐Ÿ˜€
    new twitter follower +1 @tamsbookramble ๐Ÿ™‚
    tweeted:!/tamsbookramble/status/102465894747348992 +2
    Crossing fingers now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I’d love to win a copy of this!!

  34. Kathleen Brown

    I just finished Imaginary Girls and thought it was stunning. I’m also psyched for The Fault in Our Stars (which I’ve already pre-ordered on account of John Green is totally gonna sign it!)

    And I just subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. the near witch by victoria schwab. it is FANTASTIC, and i’m only on page 75 lol. gorgeous writing! thanks for this contest! i would LOVE to win this book, have yet to get my hands on a copy!

  36. 1. A recent new release I absolutely loved was Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick!
    Thanks for making this international! missbookiverse(at)gmail(dot)com
    + 1

  37. Linda: By the Book

    Omg! I’m so jealous! Mara Dyer is my most anticipated fall release and I can’t wait to get that gorgeous cover in my hands.
    +1 I’m also looking forward for The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
    +1 New Subscriber.
    +1 Twitter Follower: @lcdbythebook
    +2 Tweeted:

    Thank you so much!
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

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  39. an amazing book i read recently? hands down, WANDERLOVE by kirsten hubbard. lovedlovedloved IT!

    and i’m dying to read LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR something fierce! as well as HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by sara zarr.

    i’m subscribed to your blog, so that’s +2
    and i tweeted about it! so +2 for that
    and i follow you on twitter, a’course, so +1

    so that’s six entries, i think. thanks for the giveaway!<3

  40. Okay- totally missed this when you first posted!

    old follower +2
    old twitter follower +1
    tweeted it +2

    Book I’m looking forward to? Hmmm…. my TBR pile is full of oldies, because I still feel I’m catching up. The best book new release I’ve read this summer is definitely Divergent. :0)

  41. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is my most anticipated book of 2011, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is my most anticipated of 2012! I’ve already pre-ordered both, and I have an ARC of Lola on its way. Can’t wait!

    +2 for tweeting
    +1 for following

    Which makes 4 entries total!

  42. I am DYING to read this! and Lola and the Boy Next Door. I *just* managed to get my hands on an ARC of Shatter Me, and everyone should be dying to read that too because w-o-w, that tahereh.

    new follower +1
    new twitter follower +1
    +1 for this comment
    so… that makes 3!
    jessicaborash at the gmails

  43. On vacation last week I read Shut Out and it was awesome. It was one of the best reads this summer.

    Old follower +2
    Twitter follower +2
    Tweeted +1
    Total: 5

  44. i have to admit, i’m a little terrified of this book, but apparently i have a masochistic side that’s luring me closer and closer.

    a new release that i read and loved? MAKING WAVES by tawna fenske. a romantic comedy that’s not only hilarious but a great case study in how to write strong characters, plots, humor, sauciness. so so awesome.

    +1 for this comment
    +1 new twitter follower
    +2 for tweeting about it
    for a total of 4. look at those math skills!

  45. I’m still waiting on The Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare. Just a few more days! (Well 14 to be exact… wow I’m obsessed…)

    +1 commented
    +1 new blog follow
    +1 already following in Twitter
    +2 tweeted!
    total: 5

  46. Oh I’m excited by your contest! I see this book anywhere on the blogs and the coverage is beautiful, I even created a bookmarks for this book.^^

    I want read Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. I’m in love with the coverage and the resum intrigued me extremly! But there are so many book when I’m dying to read…
    Thank you.

    Entry: 1

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  48. I must confess that i’m not a recurring reader, but I’ve looking for a nice book to star. And this book sounds like the one.

    I already subscribe (+1)
    I follow you on Twitter (+1)
    I’m about to tweet about your contest (+2)
    So that is a total of +5 entires

    I love your blog btw! =)

  49. I’m really looking forward to Shout Out by Kody Keplinger, as well as Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.
    Tweeted –!/robbiebear03/status/104188457122922497
    And I’m a new twitter follower as well – @robbiebear03
    Total entries – 3

  50. Awesome giveaway! I’m really excited for this book.

    I’m a new subscriber but I’ve been a twitter follower for a little while (+2). My upcoming book recommendation would be Eona by Alison Goodman. I loved it. I’m also dying to read The Scorpio Races. (+1) I also tweeted the giveaway (+1)
    Total Entries = 4
    Thanks again for the giveaway

  51. Every time I see that book cover, I fall in love with that photograph all over again. It’s gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m really looking forward to the sequel to Matched by Ally Condie that comes out in November. I read Matched six months ago and I still have it stuck in my head.

    New Twitter follower – @workformandroid
    New email subscriber – workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

    Total entries: 3


  52. The book I’m dying to read is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead since I loved the Vampire Academy series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Twitter follower: @A_Canadian_Girl

    Total: 2 entries

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