The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

December 8th, 2017 Kimberly Review 30 Comments

8th Dec
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
The Becoming of Noah Shaw
by Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #1
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Joe Jameson
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 3
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Audiobook paranormal twisted Young Adult

I thoroughly enjoyed the twisted Mara Dyer trilogy written by Michelle Hodkin and narrated by Christy Romano and couldn’t wait for The Becoming of Noah Shaw. The story that unfolded upends the listener as the story picks up after the ending of the Mara Dyer series. While it was well-written with twists and a killer ending, the change of narrators threw me. 

If you loved the way, the Mara Dyer trilogy ended and are in a happy place this series may upset that peace. I’ve come to learn that when it comes to Mara Dyer, nothing is ever at it seems. For me, there were a few threads, and questions like that ominous prophecy regarding Mara and Noah left unanswered so, I had to dive in.

I listened to the first series on audio, narrated by Christy Romano, so I didn’t even hesitate to go that root this time. The Dyer trilogy was told from Mara’s perspective and brief perspectives of Noah. The Becoming of Noah Shaw is narrated by new to me narrator, Joe Jameson. While I appreciated his accent for Noah, I loathed his voice for Mara, and it was jarring to hear these characters with a different voice after becoming used to Romano’s interpretation. I was like, who are these people? I understand why the publishers went with a male narrator, but for the listener’s sake, I wish they had kept Romano.  

The Becoming of Noah Shaw addresses many questions, delves into Noah’s Dad, gives us Noah’s perspective and shares some rather enlightening and freakish details about Mara. Creepy characters, threats, and danger for them all kept me listening. Threads left unexplored in the first trilogy are addressed, but new questions arise, and we see flashbacks of events from the first trilogy. We knew Mara was an unreliable narrator but wowzers. I did not see that coming. I will leave you to discover them.

Noah is a complex character with not only baggage but a gift that often feels more like a curse. He’s depressed and unsure, and Mara is his anchor. We all know Mara is the anti-hero and Noah will be tested. The story offers a mystery as something is happening to the gifted ones. As always Hodkin hooked me, and despite not being thrilled with the narration, I need to know more. Noah has his father’s files now, and I just want to sit down and read them all…

For fans of the series, I think you will either love The Becoming of Noah Shaw or hate it. Hodkin can weave a tale, and I am curious to see where she takes us. I just hope I survive.

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About Michelle Hodkin

At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer are available now, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves in 2014. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.

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30 Responses to “The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin”

  1. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    Makes me wonder if you’re sorry you “read” this one 🙂 I still have the first Mara sitting on my shelf, hardcover even! Oh, the books I still need to read!! You having read and loved this YA series kind of threw ME! tee, hee!!! Happy Weekend!!!

  2. Sarah @ A Weebish Book Blog

    This is why I hate when a series changes narrators within the same series. Now, I know this is a spin off the original series, but I have had a series change narrators with each book. It had me so irritated because I got used to one voice as a specific character and then next thing I know they’re sounding completely different! It’s very jarring.

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  3. Tash

    Weirdly I haven’t read anything from Hoskin though I was around in the community when the first series came out. I definitely want to check this one as it catching my attention more then the original series and I’m more into paranormal these days

  4. Ailyn

    I remember him! Mara was a bit too dark for me, so I think i’ll wait for this to finish, knowing the author I’d be okay

  5. Wattle

    I have the first two books of the Mara Dyer series on my shelves, I really should get around to it one day. It’s a pity the new narrator was so jarring (I guess they wanted a male narrator for a male MC?)

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  6. Nereyda Gonzalez

    I heard the audiobooks as well and loved the narrator so im bummed to hear this narrator wasnt as good. I hate when guys cant do a good female voice. Sadly I dont remember much about this series.

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