Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin: review

Goodread rating: 4.49
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Source: Bought

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?

I was one of those few people that thought that the first book was just alright, not this phenomenal piece of YA lit that everyone made it out to be. You wouldn't be able to tell by my review though because at the time I wanted to fit in with everyone in the blogging world, but now I'm just going to be completely honest. This series is love-hate thing for me. I actually really enjoy the story, and I enjoyed this sequel even more because the author delved deeper into the fact that both Mara and Noah have some sort of special powers. They still don't know where these powers come from, but at least it was acknowledged in this book, while in the first installment I felt like the author thought it was a given. And we find out that they're not the only ones near them with special powers. But that's not what makes me mad about this series. My biggest pet peeve is Mara's time lapses where she basically blacks out and forgets everything she does. I don't mind it once and a while, but when you do it every chapter in a book with over 500 pages, it gets a bit tedious and frankly annoying. I want to love this series, and I loved everything about this book except for that. I get that it's part of who Mara is, but I felt like it left out a lot of the story.

Well, the romance wasn't what I'd hoped it'd be. Noah feels like he needs to protect Mara, but it feels like he's just doing it because he thinks she'll hurt herself, not because he has feelings for her. The reality is that Mara thinks she's going to hurt Noah, so she doesn't want to get too close to him. Basically the romance in the book is them dancing around the fact that they're madly in love and totally right for each other, yet they're distant because they're so wrapped up in this search for Mara's not-dead ex who she thinks is stalking her and the fact that Mara actually can hurt Noah. Two of the only bad things about this sequel (besides the time lapses) is that the romance cooled down quite a lot and the parts of the book without Noah seemed to drag incessantly. And I couldn't tell if it was because Noah is just that important in Mara's life, or that the author felt that there needed to be scenes without Noah, but couldn't bring those scenes up to the same intensity as those with him in it. I hope that Mara and Noah will heat up in the third (and final??) book, because it was honestly disappointing.

But one of the best elements about this book is that everyone thinks that Mara's crazy because she believes her dead ex-boyfriend is in fact alive and is totally stalking her. And the whole time we have no idea whether Mara's crazy; whether she's messing with herself (which actually sometimes happens during her blackouts) or if someone else has it out for her. Also, when you meet the character Phoebe, you'll understand when I saw she was just beyond annoying. She does all these things to not only get under Mara's skin, but to also get her in trouble and make her seem like she is actually crazy to the adults the psychiatric ward that are evaluating her. Hodkin definitely does a great job of basically mind-fu**ing her readers throughout the whole book, and it isn't until the end that we get to the truth. But, of course, you'll have to find that out for yourself, and with that ending (which is somehow even worse than the first one, as it involves Noah) I will again be impatiently waiting for the next book!

1 comment:

  1. I just got this book plus Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and Days of Blood and Starlight! But I think I am just going to read Shatter Me, and then buy Through the Ever Night which comes out in a MONTH! For The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I am disappointed that you said there wasn't much romance, which is basically the "thing" for EVERY YA novel that is trending nowadays. Anyway, loved the review, I buy half of my books because of the reviews, so thanks!


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