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{December 31, 2012}   {Review} The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin {Mara Dyer #2)

12950372From Goodreads: 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?

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Hodkin has, once again, written an epic novel chronicling the strange life of Mara Dyer, and I loved every minute of it.  Picking up where the first novel in the series left off with its wicked cliffhanger, Hodkin continues Mara’s journey toward the truth in this middle book, which, in my opinion, is always the hardest book in a series to write.  Yet, Hodkin keeps the action, suspense, and intrigue continuously going as this novel evolves and we learn more about Mara’s strange abilities.  I have to admit, part of me wondered if Mara was truly psychotic, as her parents and doctors seemed to think.  And, even though the synopsis states that she isn’t, necessarily, I was thinking that, at any minute, Hodkin might pull the rug out from under her readers and show just how much of an unreliable narrator Mara really is; but that’s not so, which the reader quickly learns when certain life threatening events begin to enfold.

What I really enjoyed about this novel is the uncertainly of it all.  You want to hate Mara’s parents for putting her through psychological evaluations and refusing to listen, but at the same time, they have a point… I wouldn’t listen either.  You want to smack Noah around for being distant when Mara needs him so much, but if I were uncovering strange and potentially dangerous information that could set her on edge, I’d probably be distant, too.  And, is Jude really back?  According to Mara he is, and Noah says he believes her, but it’s not until the death-defying end of this epic read that we learn the truth.  Can we say conspiracy theory?  I’ll just leave it at that.

And, so… Noah?  He’s my boy.  I almost wish I was in Mara’s shoes so I could have him all to myself, but then again, I value my freedom, so Noah will just be my imaginary, swoon worthy, heroic book boyfriend.  He is a truly good character, well rounded, caring, compassionate, and able to care for Mara in ways others are not.  And I love him.  I do.

While I honestly loved this novel to pieces, and didn’t want to put it down for an instant, I found that I needed to, after the first few chapters, because I needed a refresher on all the people and circumstances surrounding Mara.  It’s been over a year since I first read (and fell in love with) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so I cracked it back open and re-read the last few chapters again, as a refresher.  I really needed this because Hodkin doesn’t actually give the readers the “information dumping” from the first novel that we’ve become so accustomed to in most sequels.  I actually really liked that there wasn’t a lot of “information dumping,” as it were, because I generally remember and know exactly what happened in previous novels without it, but this time, I really needed it.  So, if you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in quite a while, I suggest refreshing your memory with a re-read, or skim, in order to properly set yourself up for The Evolution of Mara Dyer, because, trust me, once you start it, you won’t want to stop.  Five stars.  

5 stars

I recieved this novel from the publisher at NCTE 2012.

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