Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Hi all!

Here is a review of a new YA book :)

Series: Mara Dyer #2
Release date: 23rd of October 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster, Inc
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 544 in Hardback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
I loved the first book and was anxiously waiting for the second. All the anticipation paid off but the story didn’t quite follow the path I was expecting. Everything great was still present: Noah, mystery, Noah, likeable and intriguing characters, suspense, Noah, original plot, and ...  did I mention Noah? But the direction in the overall atmosphere this installment took was much more dark, scary and sinister than I had imagined. This is an eerie book and not the “this is slightly unsettling I might not go to the toilet at night“ but instead “Please don’t leave me home alone, or anywhere alone!” yes, I’m that much of a wuss, but in my defense the spookiness was masterfully created.
The plot delved deeper, the characters developed further, the story progressed heaps during this second volume. And with all the heavy content this was an incredibly easy and quick read. All the situations, emotions were described vividly but I didn’t have to strain myself while reading and all the intended just leaped up the pages. I’m not often affected so deeply by a book but this had me feeling all sorts of emotions with a snap, most prominently – goose bumps, and this is one awesome thing on how this book is written.
My only complaint would be that the book didn’t provide enough answers and too many questions were raised. I was slightly overwhelmed and there were so many pieces of the puzzle that didn’t fit and more kept appearing. Nevertheless, several mysteries were solved so I wasn’t left too frustrated. I also liked how the line between what was real and what not was created, I was even more confused and clueless than Mara and she alone is already an extremely unreliable narrator.
If I had to describe Mara with one word, then it would be strong as steel. With all unexplainable, chilling, frustrating and psychotic going on around her with nobody believing her, and constantly even doubting herself, I was amazed how she could stay so sane and levelheaded. Yes, there were meltdown moments but she held her own in the presence of everyone who wouldn’t believe or help her. And that was basically all people except Noah. She was a skillful actress. I felt her confusion, helplessness, determination and fear with the connection to Noah being the only thing that kept her seemingly sane. Mara needs a break, a long one and I seriously hope she would be granted one soon.
Noah – is there anyone more dedicated to the person he loves than him? Willing to take on anything, however crazy, just to DO something for this one girl? Despite his devotion to Mara Noah still remained quite a mystery in this book. You could never really guess what he was thinking, what he knows or what he might be hiding. Thankfully, there was something that gave insight into what went on in his head but, nevertheless, Noah is a puzzle to me. He remained gorgeous, swoon worthy and crazy for Mara but I’m nowhere near in understanding, aside form his love for her, what makes him tick.
I adored Mara’s family, especially her brother Daniel. Talk about a supportive and loving family environment. Yes, they took some actions that weren’t in Mara’s favor but they truly wanted to help, but unfortunately, were powerless figuring out the right methods or what aid she even required.
I was glad that we got to meet Jamie again and the other children in the school Mara had to attend were mysterious, intriguing and I’m curious to know more about several of them.
A great second installment to the series which leaves you wanting more – more explanations and answers that is. I have to get my hands on the third book, if not only for the great plot, writing and characters, then to finally have all the loose ends tied and to KNOW what is actually going on!?

4 stars!



  1. Excellent review! See I thought the first book was good but not great so I'm really excited to read this book! Sinister? Creepy? Mara's family? All things I want!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  2. I was really surprised how much the creepy aspects pushed my buttons in this book. I'd say it was done wonderfully.
    Still, I liked the first slightly more, but this is a must read if you thought the first one was great! Enjoy :)

  3. I love this series! I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book as much as I did the first, but I'm glade I read it. I've had fun reading about Mara`s journey. I feel like I can understand and relate to some of it. I hope there is another book because they can't end it like that! I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about love triangles, mysterious hallucinations, and trying to fit in.

    Zaira Lynn (Cash Advance Company)

  4. If you read and loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, you'll definitely enjoy The Evolution of Mara Dyer. If you read and were iffy about the first book, this book will make you a fan. And if you haven't read the first book? Well, I'm not exactly sure what you're waiting for.

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