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.
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 23rd, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
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.
A little brief regarding Mara, but we do see a lot more of Noah’s personality.
Slow in the beginning, and finally picks up in the middle. Those romance scenes definitely makes up for it.
Beautiful and eerie, yet haunting as well. The typography is gorgeous.
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!