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Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  • TitleThe Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
  • AuthorMichelle Hodkin
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages544
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
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?

Words cannot express how thrilling it was to read the sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin strikes again with The Evolution of Mara Dyer; this time with an even more mysterious and complex plot, complete with steamy romance, well-developed protagonists, and writing that will keep you turning the page for more.

Since Unbecoming ended with a cliffhanger, I delved right into Evolution, waiting to see what would happen. What I didn’t expect, though, was to eagerly finish the whole 544 pages in one day. Let me tell you, I can’t handle psycho-thriller books especially since I’m the type of person to jump out of her seat and hide in the covers when there’s a suspicious sound in the dead of night, but both Unbecoming and Evolution balanced the scary, creepy stuff, romance, and thrill so perfectly that though I had to keep looking over my shoulder to make sure there wasn’t someone (*cough* Jude *cough*) holding a huge, bloody axe poised right above my head, I literally couldn’t stop reading.

Mara seriously evolved (pun intended) during the course of the book, her paranoia growing stronger and stronger as her hallucinations became more realistic. At first, Mara pretended and lied (a lot) to keep her from being kept full-time in Horizons, a mental facility. Problem was, Mara couldn’t hide them anymore-they were too serious-and her family thought she was going mad, especially after a deliberate attack. Placed in a mental facility with an uber-annoying girl, Phoebe, Mara has to survive there without her super sweet and understanding boyfriend, Noah and Daniel, practically the only family member who still thinks she’s (slightly) sane. (Did I mention that Daniel is an awesome, caring, older brother? One scene with him and Mara was so sweet it almost made me tear up. Best big brother in a story ever.) But of course, Jamie, the trusty friend, shows up, and more surprises come along the way. (And more heart attacks and thrills too)

What lies in the ending will surely shock you, make you crawl under your bed and rock yourself into a state of madness that no one else can understand unless they read the book, but let me tell you this one thing. The realization you will get at the last part of the book ties most of the loose ends together and gives you one hard smack in the face as you find out why all those events in both books happened. I need The Retribution of Mara Dyer now!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a book you need to pick up NOW. It doesn’t have an overused plot, it has a complex protagonist, romance that makes you giggle, scenes that give you goosebumps, and a whole chunk of awesomeness contained in one book. Definitely a five out of five.

 

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  • TitleThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
  • AuthorMichelle Hodkin
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages452
  • Rating4.5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the kind of book that creeps up slowly and suddenly punches you in the face when you least expect it.

Suspense was the key in this novel, and that element was achieved through the flashbacks that Mara experienced. Little parts of her life were exposed in those dreams of her, thus revealing who Mara really is as well. At the start of the novel, I already suspected Mara was responsible for all the events that she thought were merely ‘coincidences.’ That wasn’t exactly a questionable fact, even if you know absolutely nothing about the novel. The question was, what was she?

I stopped trying to figure this out, though, when Noah, in all his cocky glory, made an appearance. Disheveled, rebellious, and the ultimate bad boy on the outside, Noah is gentle on the inside, and a complete sweetheart. However, I found a few flaws with his character development, especially because he switched personalities and attitudes so much without so much as a good reason. I think the author inserted his nationality being British too so that he would seem more appealing–hey, it sort of worked–but he wasn’t exactly developed in the way that I would like. (Take Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss for example–British through and through) In the end, though, his secret is revealed so I guess I could give him some leeway for being so bipolar.

Mara, however, definitely didn’t have that problem. She was witty, sarcastic, and a lovable character all merged into one. Not only that, but she was badass and just a little bit crazy with her hallucinations and visions that sometimes I, myself couldn’t distinguish reality from fantasy. Her quips with Noah made me laugh and swoon at the same time–she always knew exactly what to say to make me turn the pages at lightning speed.

At the very last page of the book, I still had so many questions left unanswered, especially because of the killer cliffhanger that made me want to tear my hair out. Plus, I never really found out what exactly Mara and Noah were. What are their limits? What exactly can they do? Are there others like them? Plus, will Jamie, the awesome friend Mara had, make another appearance? (He is SO awesome. Though he didn’t exactly play a vital part in the story, I would smile whenever I saw his name on another page)

Fortunately, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is out already (and has been for weeks) so I will get answers. All in all, though, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a must-read, for it is unique, refreshing, and totally has that kickass protagonist who can and will stand up for herself. Though too little information was revealed, the plot was wonderful and kept me guessing the whole time.