Review~ The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Review~ The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Evolution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date : October 23rd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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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?

 

Review

(Review may be vague and short due to possible spoilers of both The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer)

I loved the first book in this series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it, so I had an internal debate of whether or not to re read it before starting this. I didn’t. And I should have. I didn’t remember a lot of details. I did however, remember the gist. I remember the confusion on wondering if everything was actually happening or if Mara was just bat shit crazy. And of course, I remember lovin it! One of the things I love most about this is its originality. We’re surrounded by Werewolves, Vampires and Fairies (oh my!) And it’s refreshing to dive into something completely different and all-encompassing.

There is a lot going on here in this installment. It drew me in and held me until the very last page. The main plot surrounds Jude and his sadist actions of torturing Mara, but we are also discovering more about Noah and Mara herself. We now know more about these unique (and frankly, scary) “powers”. Not enough to know the complete ins and outs and whys and hows, but more than we did initially. There are a lot of surprises, twists and turns and not ONCE was I right about the direction of this book. The only thing that threw me off; there were these “before” flash backs or dreams, and I have NO idea where Hodkin is going with that. The ending left us with a cliff hanger, so prepare yourself. 

Mara is such a strong character. She often questions her sanity (with good reason) and is dealing with unimaginable things, yet she is still able to go on with her chin held high. She’s funny, loving and loyal. The relationship between Mara and Noah is so sweet. Noah is such a complex character and I love how Mara is breaking down those walls that he carefully crafted. They are just GOOD together. I wish I could have seen more between the two but I was overall OK with their relationship taking a back seat.

Overall I loved it. I’m anxiously anticipating the next book! If you haven’t started this Trilogy, GO ON! Get started, you wont be disappointed.

I don’t usually post “favorite quotes” but I had to post this;

“It’s for the voodoo doll,” she answered, her smile spreading like a stain. “It looks just like you.”



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8 responses to “Review~ The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  1. Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

    I read the first book in this series and didn’t care for it. I couldn’t connect to the protagonist and Noah frustrated me to no end. Seeing everyone’s excitement for this series has made me regret not continuing, so I might do that eventually. I have to admit, this review IS making me want to try again. Jude sounds really interesting! Great review, thanks for stopping by my discussion post!

    • tonyalee

      It was hard for me to connect with her at first too. Half the time I thought she was crazy. But that’s what drew me into it. I wasn’t fond of Noah’s character in the first- it was too cliche’. If you do continue, I would re read first book.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 You made me smile!

      • Alise

        So Noah changes? Because the cliche thing was exactly the problem I had with the story.

  2. tonyalee

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that. There’s a lot more to him than we initially thought. We learn more about him in this one.

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  4. Emily @ Falling for YA

    This has been on my shelf for so long! I really need to finally get to it, although I’m a little weary of all the jumping around and confusion. I like a certain bit of mystery but I hate being kept in the dark to the point of just straight up confusion.
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    • tonyaleeh

      I think the jumping around it what makes this book better. You really don’t know which was is what and it keeps you on your toes! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! Be sure to let me know 🙂

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