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? πŸ™‚

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 you’ve read and loved OR name a book that’s coming out soonΒ that you’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 thoughts on “THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER: A Giveaway

  1. Lynn Rush says:

    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. Alison Miller says:

    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. Rebecca B says:

    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. ZoeRainDasherBenji (@ZoeRainDasher) says:

    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!/ZoeRainDasher/status/101672005438410753


  5. Jillian says:

    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. Tracey Neithercott says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  7. Carolina Valdez Miller says:

    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!

  8. KT Simpson says:

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

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

  9. Kai A. says:

    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!

  10. Valia says:

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

  11. Elissa J. Hoole says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  12. yawriter96 says:

    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.. 😦 (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! πŸ™‚

  13. Lola Sharp says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  14. Justine says:

    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.

  15. Vivien says:

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

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  16. sooper says:

    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.

  17. Munnaza says:

    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

  18. Evie Seo (@SeoEvie) says:

    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 ❀ 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! πŸ˜€

    Luuuuv!!! ❀

  19. Kathleen Brown says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  20. lindsaywrites says:

    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!

  21. aleeza rauf says:

    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

  22. katharine owens says:

    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)

  23. Lauren (@LaurenEMorrill) says:

    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!

  24. Jessica S. says:

    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

  25. abby says:

    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!

  26. Boyu H says:

    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

  27. Missy says:

    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

  28. Mirella Haro says:

    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! =)

  29. Readinista (@Readinista) says:

    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

  30. Leslie says:

    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


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