The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1) by Michelle Hodkin – 5 Stars!
**May contain some slight spoilers from the Mara Dyer Trilogy
*I can’t really say much on the plot without majorly spoiling the previous books, so a few things I’d like to point out:
1) You absolutely should not read this if you haven’t read the Mara Dyer trilogy first. (To read about my undying love for this trilogy, click here. I cannot recommend this series enough.) It will make zero sense. You should also not read this if you have read the Mara Dyer trilogy but haven’t at least brushed up and refreshed your memory on what occurred in those books. Though this is technically a different series, it starts where The Retribution of Mara Dyer leaves off. I was scrolling through reviews on Goodreads and noticed some people took off stars because they couldn’t remember what happened in the first 3 books. Umm…What? Personally, the second I heard we’d be blessed with more Noah Shaw in our lives I carved out time to re-read the Mara Dyer books. Because a.) more Noah (duh), and b.) because SO much happens in those books I knew there was no way I could dive back into this world and remember everything that occurred. And honestly, bless Michelle for not reiterating every fact that was laid out in the first 3 books. If I wanted to read all that again, I would have re-read them. Which I did. 😉 I am glad she didn’t include too many info dumps.
2) This is a completely and totally different tone from Mara Dyer’s POV. It’s still creepy and sarcastic, but it’s also haunting and morose and a little sad. Just like our boy Noah. And Noah’s voice is SO distinct. What an undeniable talent Michelle has. This story remains completely original. It’s taken turns I did not expect AT ALL.
3) Mara has always been a little bit crazy. I don’t think anyone can deny that. But home girl has kind of gone full on psycho in this and you know what? I am here for it. (Which brings me back to point 1. If this bothers you, maybe you need to recall the prophecy that was discussed in book 3. It pretty much SAYS THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.) And back to point 2. I LOVE how their relationship isn’t all sunshine and roses. It could never be. It would never be. All the circumstances surrounding them, the past, the secrets, all the unknowns, and that god damn prophecy- all of this has combined and is working against Noah and Mara. And I for one CAN NOT WAIT to see what will happen.
4) SO many things happen in this book. (If you need me to point them out, I will.) The last 10% had my heart in my throat. Was everything answered? No. Does that mean nothing happened? Also no. There were so many subtle things that were occurring that Michelle just slyly slipped in without drawing too much attention to them. Why is she so amazing? We got new characters, the reappearance of old characters (!!!!holyshit!!!!), deaths, mystery, and that FREAKING ENDING. WTF WAS THAT ENDING.
5.) “I want her to split me open, to dig her fingers in and pry open my ribs, lick my heart and my blood and my bones. Pick open my bones and suck out the marrow. I want to be devoured by her. And she wants to devour me just as badly. It’s in every look, every movement, every smile.”
“If I believed in God I would pray, beg, anything to stop time, to live in this moment with her forever. Tonight is a perfect thing in a broken world, and she is the queen of it. Her pleasure, searing white, arrows through mine, and I would let the Earth ice over to keep the sun from rising, but after hours of her, it rises anyway, sunlight staining our sheets, our skin.”
^THIS reads like fan fic? HA..HAH…AHHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Please, someone show me a fanfic that’s written with the same amount of intellect, snark, and distinction that’s in Michelle’s writing.
Michelle’s writing is just ridiculously good and her story telling ability is just insane. Bravo for delivering something that was so different and totally not what I was expecting. I thought we got most answers in The Retribution of Mara Dyer, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. I honestly do not know how I’ll be able to wait for the second installment.
T H I S W A S J U S T S O G O O D!!!!!!!!!! The Mara Dyer Trilogy remains a top of mine, and these characters will ALWAYS be my favorite. If you want something out of the box, READ THESE BOOKS!
The Becoming of Noah Shaw | http://amzn.to/2AGuFKq
*Should be read first*:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | http://amzn.to/2ic5uHP
The Evolution of Mara Dyer | http://amzn.to/2yA7gZm
The Retribution of Mara Dyer | http://amzn.to/2AF78JT