The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Illustrated by: N/A
Published: Simon & Schuster, 2013
Length: 527 pages
Part of a Series?: Mara Dyer #2
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
Where Did I Get It? Borrowed from Liberty
Summary (from Goodreads):
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?
You will love him to ruins.
My Review: I still have precisely no idea what is going on in this series but I love it.
As with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I found myself saying to people, ‘I really love this book’ and then desperately hoping that they wouldn’t follow it up with, ‘What’s it about?’ or ‘What genre is it?’
Because mostly I haven’t a clue!
Far from being a bad thing, though, that alone is enough to make the book brilliant. You have no idea what is happening but you NEED to know more. It’s pure writing genius.
I still love the fact that you aren’t sure whether or not to trust your narrator because she doesn’t know whether or not to trust herself. Not that you have much choice in the matter because it is written in first person, however this uncertainty and second-guessing adds to the mystery of a story which already has enough mysteries to bury Agatha Christie ten foot underground.
Mara’s relationship with the too-pretty-to-be-true Noah develops through this book in a way that I didn’t expect. It is not a simple romance and there are still things about Noah that make me uneasy – something I really love about this series. Yes the main love interest is stunningly hot and charming and has that bad-boy thing going on but there is far more to him than meets the eye and just when you think you’ve got him figured out, everything changes.
The Mara Dyer books make me nervous – they give me the creeps and take me to places I don’t much like as Mara tries to figure out if she’s going mad or if all the weird stuff really is happening – but they are compulsive and gripping and impossible to put down.
I am very pleased to say that the second book lived up to the promise of the first and I am now impatiently waiting on book #3 to find out what happens next!
My Rating: 5/5*