Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin- Review

Spoiler Alert!  If you have not read the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer yet, then continue at your own risk.

From 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.

I was so insanely ready for this book that things might have gone poorly if the manager at the Chapters I frequent, had not eventually been made to dig it out of a box for me at 8pm on release day. I mean JUDE!!!!! My jaw dropped to the floor in the last pages of Unbecoming and it hung there for over a year while I waited for book two.  It was getting mighty sore.

Hodkin dives right into the tail spin that is Mara's life by starting the first pages in the psych ward.  It's frustrating, exciting and everything great in the Mara Dyer books, and then,

I couldn't stop my smile. "What is it with you and girls' bathrooms?" I asked, watching his eyes.The corner of his mouth lifted. "That is a fair question. In my defence, they're much cleaner than boys' bathrooms, and they do seem to be everywhere."...
"What did you do?" I said over the noise as he backed up toward the bathroom door.
"The girl who gave you the note?"
"I caught her staring at my lighter."
I blinked. "You gave a child, in a psych ward, a lighter."
His eyes crinkled at the corners. "She seemed trustworthy."
"You're sick," I said, but smiled.
"Nobody's perfect." Noah smiled back.
My smile must have been a mile wide.  Seriously, is there anything better than Mara and Noah together?  It's like I didn't even realize there was something missing until he walked back into the book.  OK, that's a bit of a lie, because Noah is pretty great, but I love them equally is what I'm saying, and together they're really the best.

Hodkin has cornered the market in the unpredictable, creepy paranormal YA genre.  Once again she's created a twisting story arc, where the reader is never quite sure what's really going on, and ended with a shocking reveal, the suspense of which might drive readers to distraction.  This time around the reader is treated to mysterious snippets from Mara's grandmothers past and small reveals from Mara's mother about what happened to her.  Such evil genius, as once again you think you're finally finding out what might be going on, only to realise it complicates the mystery far more than it unravels it.

What I particularly love about Hodkin's writing is how she mixes a great deal of humor into the story without ever losing the tension. 
Jamie and I made eye contact.
"Weirdo," Jamie said
"Understatement," I replied.
Jamie leaned in and whispered, "How's your ass?"
"I'll survive."
"Saw that coming a mile away."
"Me too.  But the roommate thing? Worst. Ever."
He raised an eyebrow.
"I'm the creepy girl.  In a mental hospital."
He grinned.  "Nobody's perfect." 
To be honest I've never read any other books that have Hodkins mix of tension, humor and constant creepy mystery and I eat it up like candy.  I have only good things to say about The Evolution of Mara Dyer, it's every bit as strong as the first part, equally as engaging, mysterious and full of romantic twists, and if you liked the first you absolutely won't go wrong with the second.  Of course if you haven't read The Unbecoming yet, then my advice to you is to head out to a book store pronto and rectify that oversight.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin
Published by Simon and Schuster, October 23rd, 2012
Buy The Evolution of Mara Dyer on Amazon
My review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


  1. I am so glad that you liked it so well. I loved it myself and have to pick up my copy of The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

  2. That book cover is certainly enticing! Mmm.. looks like an interesting read, fo' sure! ;)

    Thanks for the post!

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