The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)by Published 07 Nov 2017
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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.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
"The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)" Reviews
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!*
I AM BEYOND EXCITED I WILL READ ANYTHING THAT MICHELLE WRITES BC SHE CREATED MY BABY NOAH ELLIOT SIMON SHAW
FANGIRL SCREECHING: IT HAS A COVER!!!!!
Y'all know I will be reading this the moment it comes out. Loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and can't wait to see yet another of Michelle's takes on "strange and twisted."
I DO NOT CARE WHEN THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE
I AM NOT READING IT!!
NO! HELL NO! NAW! NON! NU! NEE! NOPE!
NAHI! NAH-UH! NIE! NET! TIDAK! NEIN!
F. . . . U . . . . C . . . . K . . . . N . . . . O
(yes, i used google translate)
Why are all authors doing this?! I am so fucking over this.
Here is another unpopular opinion.
I never liked Noah Shaw,
nor do i give a shit about Mara Dyer.
The first book had potential, that was till Noah showed up.
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?