Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Monday, October 22, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Source: Won from the author
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)
Mara thought that her problems couldn't get much worse than all that's happened in the past year. But now, everyone is convinced she's insane... except for Noah. Still, even their relationship isn't without its complications. As her life spirals out of control and fear constricts her like a vice, Mara not only struggles with the fact that she can kill, but with how she can survive.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is absolutely, utterly, perfectly incredible.

I couldn't tear my eyes away, I gave up sleep, I read while walking to and from places... anything I could do to just keep reading. I had to know what happened next because the mystery and the suspense is, well, killer. (haha) It takes a good deal for a book to absolutely terrify me to the point where I have to close it and take a breath, but that's what I had to do with The Evolution. I was scared enough that it took my breath away...

As did Noah Shaw, but in a different way. Mara and Noah's relationship is much more complex in this book than it was in The Unbecoming, and their love is both beautiful and painful at the same time. The reader definitely gets more insight into who Noah is... I don't want to say too much, since you should really experience it for yourself! As far as the sexual tension goes, you should probably have a fan on you while you read. You'll need it.

Mara is still one of my all time favorite protagonists. Even at her weakest, most desperate moments, she possesses an inner strength that makes me root for her. Her loyalty to her friends and family is more than admirable. (I loved the bits with Daniel. They were especially heartwarming.) She has to deal with A LOT in this book, and the emotional upheaval and pain is written perfectly.

The mystery most definitely evolves (no pun intended) and a few answers are given, although more questions are asked. There's one new plot line in particular that is really intriguing, although I can't say much since it would be a major spoiler. The developments will leave you anxiously awaiting The Retribution of Mara Dyer (I know I am!).

Basically, be prepared to swoon, to feel confused, to want to bury under the covers in fear, to laugh at Mara's, Noah's, and Jamie's (yes, Jamie!) quips, and to absolutely love this book.
*5 stars*
A Quote from the Book: "Then you will love him to ruins."
Have you ever read a sequel that was even better than the first book in a series?

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