Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Posted 22 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Maya Dyer #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 23, 2012
Source: Library
Pages: 544
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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?

Here Are My Thoughts
Check out my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘Now you’re just being cruel.’ ‘I like pushing your buttons.’ ‘You’d enjoy it more if you undid them first.'”

Favorite Character: Noah Shaw. Please, tell me that this isn’t absolutely adorable:

“‘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.'”

First Line:

“You will love him to ruins.”

My Musings: Like the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer has managed to sweep me off of my feet. Mara Dyer’s tale continues in the Evolution, with Mara waking up after her freak out at the police station in the Unbecoming. Mara, unfortunately, is again said to be insane, and winds up in an outpatient rehabilitation program called Horizons. But alas, everything is not lost: Jamie, her friend from Croyden is also at Horizons, and Mara isn’t in lock down.

I really enjoy Hodkin’s writing. It’s descriptive, and it weaves a deliciously creepy and mysterious story as we follow Mara and Noah in figuring out who and what they are. The story kept me up all night—I managed to read this one in one sitting. It was probably a bad idea reading this at night, however. If you are faint of heart, don’t read this when the sun sets. The creepy factor, however, kept me thoroughly engaged within the story. I found myself looking around my semi-darkened room for Jude waiting in the dark. It takes a specially writer to actually implant my mind within a story. I was pleased that Hodkin had that ability.

I like the way that the Mara Dyer series is written. Mara’s commentary as events unfold is hysterical, and it kept me cracking up the whole duration of the book. The written work shows her own personal commentary, as well as what she actually says to others. And I must say, it is a hilarious contrast.

I love the characters in the series; three in particular. One of them is Daniel, Mara’s older brother. Although he plays more of a secondary role in the series, he just stands out to me. He really believes in Mara, and really loves her, even with all of her faults. He would do anything to make her better, and anything to protect her. He’s super sweet, as shown:

“’My brother cleared his throat. ‘I wish she knew that I think she is the most hilarious person on Earth. And that whenever she’s not home, I feel like I’m missing my partner in crime.’
My throat tightened. Do not cry. Do not cry.
‘I wish she knew that she’s really Mom’s favorite—‘
I shook my head here.
‘–the princess she always wanted. That Mom used to dress her up like a little doll and parade her around like Mara was her greatest achievement. I wish Mara knew that I never minded, because she’s my favorite too.’”

I also love Mara. As I said, she’s absolutely hilarious, and she wants to do what’s right. I love her courage to deal with everything that she has going on, and I admire her love for her family. She’s really a sweet girl, hidden underneath the sarcastic commentary, and I really believe that she has what it takes to come out on top in the Retribution.

And last, but definitely not least, is Noah. Noah Shaw. British. Unkempt. Sarcastic. Yet adorable and sweet. He’s truly the perfect guy in my eyes. Noah is troubled, yes, but so is Mara, and they literally bring out the best in each other. Noah really cares for her and her family, and it’s obvious that he’d do anything for her. If I could have these three characters for Christmas, I’d take them all with a smile. They are justly well developed, and I thank Hodkin for sharing them with us.

The Unbecoming was great, but the Evolution was superb; it combined mystery, eeriness, and adventure for a story that you won’t forget.

5 Stars
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2 Responses to “Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin”

  1. I stayed up all night when I read this too and it does make it more creepy. I agree with you about her writing style. It’s fabulous and really does the story justice putting the reader right there with it.

  2. I’m so glad that I’m not the only person who was looking in the shadows for Jude– or that FREAKING DOLL. That doll just about killed me– I hate dolls. I really do. And you’re right, that quote kind of made me swoon for Daniel…he’s absolutely the sweetest! I’m not sure about Noah, though. Sometimes I’m all for him and he’s awesome, but sometimes I thought that he was creepy. Anywho, fab review, Gabbie! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

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