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Review: ‘The Evolution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Evolution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle HodkinThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 23rd, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
five-stars
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?

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review

May contain spoilers if you have not read volume one The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

So I had this book burning a hole on my shelf wanting me to read it. I couldn’t even remember what happened in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so I had to amuse myself by reading spoiler reviews. (This is what happens when you’ve read it a year ago.) It’s unbelievably hard to find reviews with spoilers and I wished there was such a site that only did spoiler reviews lol. Now that would be an interesting blog! I read enough reviews to remember what happened so digging ino volume two wasn’t a problem as I thought it would be.

We’re back with Mara Dyer and this time she’s sent off to a school for trouble teens called Horizons where they talk about their feelings, do group exercises all under the watchful eye of Doctor Kells and their psychiatrists. It’s an outpatient program so it acts like a school. Her family worries for her but doesn’t believe her, and the one person who does is the one person she shouldn’t trust, her boyfriend Noah.

If a book had enough fire and chemistry between two characters, it’d be Mara and Noah. Their passion ignites the senses and got my heart to pounding in my own chest. That beach scene sounded quite romantic and if there weren’t teenagers I’m sure some bow chicka wow wow would be happening.

Secondary characters are sometimes overlooked but honestly I loved Daniel. He is supportive and kind and a great older brother. Mara’s family is completely believable and I love their family dynamics. They really cared for her like a real family would. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that her brother didn’t believe her. If he’s known her all his life, why would she be lying about her hallucinations?

Noah is more relevant in this book. You can understand him better. His thoughts are clearly put on paper and you can’t help but wish Michelle Hodkin wrote with alternating viewpoints. I’d definitely gobble up anything that had to do with Noah’s thoughts. He’s not just a pretty face with a hero complex but someone who is also vulnerable especially when it comes to family values. His family is distant and cold, where Mara’s family is warm and friendly. The two vast differences is clearly evident and you can’t help but want to feel sorry for Noah.

Overall, the story runs slow in the beginning but picks up in the end. The ending wasn’t as shocking since there was a lot of foreshadowing in the middle but that ending still killed me. More questions are being answered and I can’t wait until the last installment.

Creepy, satisfying, I can’t get enough of Mara’s story or Noah’s. One for your shelves everyone. Don’t borrow this, buy it, because you’ll want to re-read it to find out more clues..I know I want to.

Character Development
A little brief regarding Mara, but we do see a lot more of Noah’s personality.

Pacing
Slow in the beginning, and finally picks up in the middle. Those romance scenes definitely makes up for it.

Cover &Design
Beautiful and eerie, yet haunting as well. The typography is gorgeous.

Plot
So darn interesting, the mystery kept me turning the pages, as well as the chemistry between our two main characters.

A beautiful and creeptastic read that will blow you away. That ending..AHH! Go read it now!


quotes

If you expect the worst from people, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
We don’t have to do anything, Mara. This is truly enough.
I’m not sure you can appreciate how much I want to lay you out before me and make you scream my name.
I want nothing more than to devour her.
If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.
This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster. Just like me.
But when everyone tells you you’re crazy and no one believes you when you swear you aren’t, a small part of you will always wonder if they’re right.

rating

5/5

five-stars

13 Comments

  1. Diana Grace

    May 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I’m so glad you liked the book! Heard great reviews about it. Thanks for the post 🙂

    – Diana @amalia_chartres
    chaoticreader.blogspot.com

  2. Amber Hsu

    December 16, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Awesome review! Personally, I didnt really like the book. I felt something unsettling with Noah and he just seems… i dunno, unreal? Mara’s gift/ curse was just plain weird…

  3. Amber Hsu

    December 16, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Awesome review! Personally, I read the book and didn’t really like it. Maybe its just me, but i dont like the character Noah… He seems… i dunno, awkward and somehow too unrealistic. Mara’s “gift”/”curse” wasnt that creative in my opinion.

  4. Lauren

    December 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Awesome review! I totally agree, I want to re-read this even though I have a pile of books giving me the evil eye. And it’s so long too! But I just don’t care, I’m addicted to Mara and Noah. 🙂

  5. William

    December 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I keep reading so much about the Mara Dyer books, but am not sure if they’re for me or not. One of these days I’m just going to have to check them out. Thanks for this great review.

  6. Sarah O

    November 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Not gonna lie, haven’t read the first book yet. I know, everyone’s gushing over it so I WILL read it. Hopefully I’ll be getting it for Christmas. Glad the second book looks to be as good as what I’ve heard of the first one!

  7. Karina A.

    November 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I haven’t read the first book yet but I’ve read positive reviews of the series. Can’t wait to start reading it! I like your new way of rating books!

  8. Haraiah

    November 30, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    This is soo much better than the first book! I really loved it and wow, it was oh-so-amazing. I read Unbecoming this January and a lot of other books in between so I kind of forgot about it, too. When I read Evolution I was all, “I really have to read Unbecoming again!”.

  9. Jaime Lester

    November 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Yay! I can’t wait for this book. I might have to reread the first book in the series, because it has been a while. But I am so happy to do so. I am so glad that you loved this one. Thanks for the review!

  10. Brent

    November 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    great review

  11. Bree

    November 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I picked this up the other day in Chapters (there were TWO left in the whole store, I was so lucky my friend found it because the salesperson helping me couldn’t, lol)…I absolutely cannot wait to read it!!

  12. Brandy

    November 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I didn’t read the entire review (didn’t want to spoil the first one completely), but I skimmed some and read your last line and your ratings/quotes. 🙂 I will be moving the first one up on my TBR list now. lol

  13. Erin W

    November 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Fab review!

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