I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
on October 23, 2012
Also by this author: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Also in this series: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in this gripping sequel to the thrilling “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.” One week after Mara walked into a police station in Miami at the close of “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer,” she has been committed to psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe was a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, deeply disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But when no one believes the truth, Mara is totally helpless. The only person on her side is Noah Shaw, as sexy and handsome as he is loyal and cunning. Noah is the only person who can help Mara–as long as he doesn’t get himself killed in the process.
Contains no spoilers, my friends.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was my favorite book of last year. The Evolution of Mara Dyer was my most anticipated book of this year. Obviously, I had high expectations, but there was never a doubt in my mind that Michelle Hodkin would deliver a sequel worthy of that unbelievable first book. She did.
Do you perhaps remember my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? It went a little something like this: “I truly have no idea where to even start. I’m sure if I just said ‘Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow’ over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate. I’m going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.” The same sentiment can certainly be applied to this book…because WOW guys. Just Wow.
I’m not going to say a lot about the plot for two reasons; one, I might spoil something and I really don’t want to do that, and two, I think there’s going to be a few changes between the ARC I read and the finished version. Know this: everything that you loved in The Unbecoming is still very much present in The Evolution of Mara Dyer. The eeriness, the mind-f*ckery, the just plain crazy pants stuff, and most importantly, NOAH SHAW.
I’m going to go ahead and get my Noah gushing out of the way. With this book he just moved into my number 1 favorite YA boy ever spot. Yes, EVER. I can’t put my love (obsession) into words. The chemistry between Mara and Noah was just as intense and sexy as it was in the first book, maybe even more. I honestly blushed and giggled like a teenager. It was awesome. Plus, I don’t know the last time I read something this sexy. Whoa. Michelle Hodkin has mastered the perfect balance between an honest, sweet love story and fiery mind-blowing passion.
I had no idea what direction the story was going to take in the sequel. How could you after that first book? I must say that I loved every single second of it. I was surprised at every turn and left with my jaw on the floor more than once. I loved, loved, loved where the story ended up. It felt so right, even if it did leave me dying for the next book.
Nothing I can possibly say will articulate my actual feelings about The Evolution of Mara Dyer. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. These books really set a new standard for what I love in YA. If you read only one of my recommendations this year, let it be these books.
Incredible doesn’t even cover it.