Book Reviews: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

img_5071Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: October, 2012
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback
Series: Mara Dyer, #2
Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Rating: 4/5

 

Summary:

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: 4 / 5 Stars [Spoilers ahead]

What just happened?

I’ve been barely breathing throughout the book.

After finishing The Unbecoming, I just needed some answers to my burning questions. I just had to. This is how compelling this book was.

Mara Dyer is one of the best unreliable narrator I’ve had. Her persuasion was off the charts that a few scenes, I just had stop and remember her to be a PTSD patient, and remind myself that Mara isn’t as coherent as I’d like to believe in. The realities and hallucinations couldn’t be more unsettling and unclear than it already is. But one thing is for sure — Jude’s alive and he’s a threat.

And oh my glob, please tell me that I’m just as insane as Mara is that the ending had to be like that. I actually screamed when I read Noah’s file, when Mara woke up with Dr. Kells. That one word past tense? I was barely on my seat. The story has been incredibly addictive that I was so surprised to finish it nonstop in 3 hours. I got hooked with the turns and tides of the event. Questions upon questions had been piling up.

The flashbacks set in India was a blur to me. I was contemplating if those were memories or a vision at the very first. Was it Mara’s or her grandmother’s? Surprisingly, Hodkin didn’t prolong my agony as everything fits into (my) puzzle. BUT, not all my questions were answered. I got one answer and more questions.

Yin and Yang. The contrast between Mara and Noah have interwoven the plots. They’re like ice and fire. Mara’s darkness and Noah’s light. Fear and skepticism. Death and life. It’s probably cliché just like many other YA fiction to have a kind of heaven and earth romantic plot, and for some reasons, you’ll ended up liking them (much to my chagrin). For the reason that it is not forced. Despite the fact that they are together, the slow burn romantic plot was established. It was balanced — cheesy and not annoying since sass begins to cover them.

Two characters surprised me — Dr. Kells and Jude Lowe. I fist pumped in the air knowing how shadier Dr. Deborah Kells is. But knowing Jude Lowe has special abilities, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. But it only meant that somehow, there’s a possibility that some deaths were on Jude’s hands and not Mara’s. And for that, I needed the next book. Also, Lukumi seems off to me. He knows as much as it is so his connection would be profound for the quest of unlocking the truths behind all of this. I’m actually scared for Daniel for some reasons.

“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.”

“They rattled my cage to see if I’d bite. When they released me, they’d see that the answer was yes.”

“I would rather die with the taste of you on my tongue than live and never touch you again. I’m in love with you, Mara. I love you. No matter what you do.”

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