The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

The Becoming of Noah Shaw

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.H...

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    uh...so, yeah...

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Loved

    and can't wait to see yet another of Michelle's takes on "strange and twisted."

  • Abby ♡

    I AM BEYOND EXCITED I WILL READ ANYTHING THAT MICHELLE WRITES BC SHE CREATED MY BABY NOAH ELLIOT SIMON SHAW

  • Jasmine

    My heart aches. Even after finishing reading this book for weeks, I still feel a pang in my heart when recalling the story.

    To begin with,

    was told completely from Noah’s POV and we got to view the whole story from his perspective, which was quite refreshing for me. Since this was a spin-off series for

    , the story pic

    My heart aches. Even after finishing reading this book for weeks, I still feel a pang in my heart when recalling the story.

    To begin with,

    was told completely from Noah’s POV and we got to view the whole story from his perspective, which was quite refreshing for me. Since this was a spin-off series for

    , the story picked up shortly after the end of

    and continued Noah and Mara’s journey to further explore their supernatural gifts (Noah’s healing and Mara’s killing abilities). Surprisingly, it turned out that they weren’t the only ones who had those superhuman powers; during the exploration—and by “exploration,” it was more accurate to say Noah’s peripheral vision/telepathy/connection with someone who was dying—they met new Carriers (a.k.a. the Gifted) and discovered some shocking news.

    What tantalized me most was the fact that EVERY ONE of the character kept a dark, unspeakable secret; some of them got to spill it when the time comes while some of them didn’t have the chance to reveal it before they died unexpectedly. Speaking of secrets,

    I wasn’t saying that they should be equals in a relationship; I just thought

    was indispensable for a couple.

    Well, my heart broke

    —the key word here is A LITTLE—when I read this part since I’d always had a feeling that their relationship wouldn’t work the way they used to be. At least not in a healthy way. Hence that was why I sort of hoped that we’d get to see more of their romance from Noah’s viewpoint. But again, the harsh truth in the story wasn’t something I’d like to align myself with.

    Apparently,

    wasn’t exactly the same story as Noah’s version of

    ; beside our beloved old characters from MDT, the author introduced new characters such as Noah’s Westminster Plaything,

    , and other Gifted.

    I loved how easily I could picture hanging around with Noah, Mara, Jamie, Daniel, Sophie and Goose; they were such cool people I normally wouldn’t approach in reality. Or how little effort I needed to make to realize these guys weren’t as innocent as they appeared to be.

    The first thought came to mind when I

    reached the last page of the book was that

    . I couldn’t remember flipping the pages or absorbing anything from this story at all. All I could recall was the fact that

    There was an overwhelming emptiness in my heart that was totally beyond my comprehension. I kid you not, this book

    left me utterly speechless and emotionless in the end. You see,

    is undoubtedly an extraordinarily talented writer; her

    and

    were proofs of her unfathomable depth of originality (and the level of creepiness in the stories). Seriously, there’s no way I’d ever get bored of her books.

    Lastly, I’d like to talk about a slight problem some readers faced when reading this book and it was that they found it hard to remember what actually happened in the

    . Honestly, (as much as I hated to admit this) I felt the same way sometimes while reading it.

    Perhaps it was because I hadn’t reread the trilogy since I last finished reading it years ago and now I had trouble recalling everything from it. *SHAME ON ME!*

    Thankfully, my poor memory of the

    was the only shame I felt when reading

    . Aside from that, everything was quite amazing as I expected. Well, not 100% satisfying, though, since there was obviously a cliffhanger (along with a scary and shocking ending) so I couldn’t wait for the sequels now! I mean, I cared about Noah and Mara’s love life, or LIFE in general (considering how many deaths there were in this book…) but all I knew for certain now was that nothing will be certain anymore.

    Besides,

    gave me a Halloween-like spooky feeling because of all the resurrected people (I didn’t know why, but I’d assumed those characters were deceased long time ago since they made little to none appearance in the

    ). Anyway,

    did indeed answer some questions from the previous trilogy but it also left us with even more unsolved problems. On top of that, what I wanted, no, NEEDED to find out was:

    Or

    Okay, I’d better wrap this lengthy review up ASAP just in case I started rambling nonsense. Last but not least, I, of course,

    to everyone who loved the

    because how could you not!!?? For those who haven’t read the

    , I strongly suggest you read it soon! It’s going to be a perfect fit for the upcoming Halloween. Also, since

    is a spin-off series of MDT, I think it’s better if you read the trilogy first before diving into this one! All in all,

    is an incredibly fascinating read for me, just like the MDT!

    *whispering* Pssst, one of my favorite chapters is quite familiar to me because I think I’ve read it somewhere on the author’s

    . Just saying! *shhh*

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    I don't even know how I've reached the end of this book already?!! I mean, the story is like a blur for me after I'm finished. What's worse, it leaves me breathless and speechless and emotionless.

    ***A more coherent review to come.***

    Ahhhhh!!! I can't imagine having to wait for another 90 days......

    I've been searching frantically for more information about this book recently and here are what I've found so far:

    Do you know there's an

    held by the author for a chance to win 1 of 4 early copies? I desperately want to enter but it's quite challenging for me since I'm terrible at creating art. So GOOD LUCK to those who'd like to join!

    Last but definitely not least, here's a new teaser/snippet from the author's website:

    Anyway, I'm dying.

  • Stacee

    Holy shit, I don't have words for this.

    Being in Noah's head is exactly what I expected. He's smart and rude and shamelessly loves Mara and I was maniacally gleeful as I read every word on every page.

    It was one hell of a roller coaster I should have been prepared for, but was still stunned speechless when I got to the end.

    Yes, this review is vague af, but I wouldn't dream of ruining one single page.

    **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charg

    Holy shit, I don't have words for this.

    Being in Noah's head is exactly what I expected. He's smart and rude and shamelessly loves Mara and I was maniacally gleeful as I read every word on every page.

    It was one hell of a roller coaster I should have been prepared for, but was still stunned speechless when I got to the end.

    Yes, this review is vague af, but I wouldn't dream of ruining one single page.

    **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge.**

  • Whitney Atkinson

    major TW: suicide, depression, self-harm (seriously, do NOT read this book if suicide attempts & discussion thereof makes you uncomfortable)

    2.5 stars

    honestly just love yourself and pretend that mara dyer was a duology. i majorly hyped myself up for this because it was revisiting characters i havent seen since i was 16 and redelving into their world and conflicts. And there

    things I liked about it like the setting in New York City. From subway rides to top floor apartments to just the bu

    major TW: suicide, depression, self-harm (seriously, do NOT read this book if suicide attempts & discussion thereof makes you uncomfortable)

    2.5 stars

    honestly just love yourself and pretend that mara dyer was a duology. i majorly hyped myself up for this because it was revisiting characters i havent seen since i was 16 and redelving into their world and conflicts. And there

    things I liked about it like the setting in New York City. From subway rides to top floor apartments to just the busy atmosphere, it was everything I wanted it to be. But there was more that I didn’t enjoy.

    I just can’t get over my feeling that I don’t think this continuation is necessary. And if it is, it definitely wasn’t meant for Noah. Mara is such an interesting, morally ambiguous character. Jamie completes me, I love him so much. Noah’s perspective could be so bland and so inundated with pessimism that it was a hassle after a while. I craved some vulnerability from him. A lighthearted break from his constant clouded thoughts. Where was book 2 Noah Shaw with the sass and declarations of love and a will to live? It’s just so strange to see him suddenly suffering because it's SUCH a random downgrade from where he was in earlier books?

    Noah’s inner turmoil is so shocking to read about, though. From Mara’s perspective and from Retribution we learned a lot about him, but his thought processes and pessimism and mental illness in this book were so apparent that it was almost painful to read at times. Definite major trigger warning for suicidal thoughts and nihilism. Noah just ignored his suicidal thoughts though and was like “what am i supposed to do if I don’t want to live?” and i just want to be like …… there’s medicine. therapists. other stuff. It just seemed so tacky and fake edgy for none of those solutions to be mentioned, and almost damaging to not imply why he wouldn’t want to get help for himself.

    I was careful to keep an eye out for mental health rep, since this series deals a lot with suicide attempts, self-harm, depression, and other dark topics. Mental health rep in paranormal/urban fantasy books is so rare so I'm grateful for Hodkin attempting this..... but it probably will do more damage than help anything. There were a couple of lines that made me wary. Particularly, one time Noah tells Mara, “You’re my favorite method of self-harm,” and I know Mara & Noah’s powers may provide some context to this that doesn’t mean actual self-harm, but it was still a really disturbing line.

    This book’s plot is so strange because it focuses so much on the abstract. We meet new characters and old characters come back, but I don’t remember anything from book 3 and that’s what all of this is built on. In addition to that, all of the conflict is happening around them or to other people and they’re just in the middle of it like “huh, i wonder what’s wrong.” It was really slow and irritating because they weren’t actually being affected by anything, but they also weren’t doing anything to solve it, either.

    I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, but my least favorite trope in books is using miscommunication as a plot point. And Noah is CONSTANTLY lying and keeping secrets from Mara, and vise versa. I hated it. We just went through an entire trilogy of their bonding and relationship, just for them to end up here. I was exasperated so much by this and quite frankly, this book felt like a slap in the face. I should have known the direction it would turn based off the POV alone. But i’m so disappointed that after 3 books of character building, everything was just slam dunked in a trash can.

    When this book was good, it was great. Hilarious. Intriguing. But when it was bad, it was bad. Confusing. Problematic. A forced edginess. I’ve had difficulty recommending this series after The Retribution of Mara Dyer wasn’t that great, and this just stirred up my feelings even more. I’ll probably finish out this trilogy to see where it goes, but I think Hodkin bit off more than she can chew because these books just keep spiraling into more and more confusion with an increasing number of plot holes...

  • Jiana

    THE COVER! I'm in love.

    I can't wait for the book omfg!!!

  • Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》

    I DO NOT CARE WHEN THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE

    I AM NOT READING IT!!

    (yes, i used google translate)

    Why are all authors doing this?! I am so fucking over this.

    The first book had potential, that was till Noah showed up.

    After that:

    You say what? Mara has a problem?

    Worry not. Noah i

    I DO NOT CARE WHEN THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE

    I AM NOT READING IT!!

    (yes, i used google translate)

    Why are all authors doing this?! I am so fucking over this.

    The first book had potential, that was till Noah showed up.

    After that:

    You say what? Mara has a problem?

    Worry not. Noah is there with his daddy's money to save the day!

    That was pretty much it.

    Now we get to see all of that from his POV!

    Aren't we lucky?! How am i going to wait this long?

  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

    If you wanna know the exact meaning of "unnecessary," read this book. ;)

    (Perhaps writing a complete review would be similarly unnecessary.)

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    Actual rating: 2.25* (yes I'm getting very specific here)

    Trigger warning: self harm, suicide

    Writing: 3 stars

    Characters: 2.5 stars

    Plot: 1 star

    Originality: 2 stars

    (All out of 5 stars)

    Writing: the writing of this was on par with the Mara Dyer trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books of that trilogy but then, the third was a disappointment. As such, going into this I was apprehensive. Reading from Noah Shaw's perspective was just as I'd expected it to be. Snarky and sarcastic a

    Actual rating: 2.25* (yes I'm getting very specific here)

    Trigger warning: self harm, suicide

    Writing: 3 stars

    Characters: 2.5 stars

    Plot: 1 star

    Originality: 2 stars

    (All out of 5 stars)

    Writing: the writing of this was on par with the Mara Dyer trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books of that trilogy but then, the third was a disappointment. As such, going into this I was apprehensive. Reading from Noah Shaw's perspective was just as I'd expected it to be. Snarky and sarcastic as he is, it came through in this story. However there were a lot of instances where showing vs. telling was an issue for me. Before speaking it would say like exactly what he was doing in the most simplistic terms. I felt like there was a better way to show that rather than saying it in plain terms. Maybe that's just me, but I found it off putting. (Also keep in mind I read an ARC so that could be rectified in the final version). I do find that her books have a way of keeping me reading though. They definitely go by quickly.

    I hated how there were some cheap lame jokes in here that just made me uncomfortable. I will not specify what just because I read an ARC and it may be edited out, so once I compare the two I will share.

    Characters: the characters were just as they were in Mara Dyer. However I felt we didn't get to see a lot of any characters apart from Noah. He was definitely developed, but everyone else just kind of faded into the background.

    Plot: the plot is where my biggest issues with this story lie. N o t h i n g h a p p e n e d. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to start and to figure out what it was about but it felt like it never really started. Not until the last 20ish pages. The plot twist at the end surprised me to a certain extent but I felt like it was an odd twist as there were so many hints scattered throughout.

    I watched someone else's review where they had read this book (I believe it was BooksandLala but I don't remember entirely) and they mentioned it read like fan fiction and once that was in my head I couldn't stop seeing it (which is why I generally try and avoid reviews before reading a book). I felt like it was trying so hard to be a sexy, dark mystery story but the plot has moved more into the realm of scifi dystopia, so that kind of failed.

    Overall: this was an okay start to the series. I probably will continue just out of curiousity but I wasn't thrilled with this. There was just a lot of inaction where I expected action, so that was a bit of a disappointment.

    Note: you should read the Mara Dyer books before this series, as eves from the previous trilogy are constantly referred to in this book.

    *I received an ARC from Chapters Indigo, the bookstore I am an employee of. Thank you to them!*


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