Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer post

In continuation of my reading + reviewing spree, I will now talk about The Evolution of Mara Dyer, book 2 in the Mara Dyer series by the lovely Michelle Hodkin.

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalized isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast!

Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

Well, the first book had a cliffhanger that left me confused. There were a lot of unresolved issues. Is Jude alive or is it all in her head? Did she really cause the collapse of the asylum? How did she get powers? Why is Noah Shaw so annoyingly lovable? Hehehe.

Normally, I drop books that I don’t enjoy reading but I could not just let this one slide. The first book was so and so, and I was so curious as to what the hell is really going on. Plus, I wanted to read more about Noah, the perfect boyfriend. In the end, curiosity, the need to finish a series, and Noah Shaw’s hawtness trump my somewhat disappointment of this story.

See, I have no idea what makes this cover attractive. It just is. There’s something poetic in the way the couple is reaching for each other like that. I’m not exactly good with words but I hope you get what I mean. I may get this book for vanity. Maybe someday I would feel differently about it when if I re-read it.

Mara Dyer is selfish. But I guess we all are when we’re in love. The more she tries to be normal, the crazier she seems to be. With all the things that happened to her, everything she’s seen and heard, the more she got paranoid. She has also become very clingy, clingy as a cling wrap.

Overprotective boyfriend Noah Shaw stays by her side most of the time and even spends a lot of time with her family and has sleepovers and such. He’s still perfect, and still too much everything. With all his family’s riches, he can do whatever he wants, and what he does is do everything for Mara. For her sanity. Lots of lovey dovey, cheesy lines, and conspiracy ensue as they try to figure out the truth.

After confirming her suspicions, Mara does something crazy (to keep her family out of harm’s way) that sends her to a mental facility. Noah does something crazy to get sent there as well. They investigate, find out some things, gets into trouble, and things go downhill from there. Like really bad.

Other characters worth noting, Daniel Dyer is still the sweetest brother ever. ’nuff said.

“I wish she knew that I think she’s the most hilarious person on Earth. And that whenever she’s not home, I feel like I’m missing my partner in crime.”

Jamie Roth is the comic relief. Just when things are too serious, he’s there to make a funny/sarcastic remark. I’d like to think he keeps mara sane inside the mental institution.

There are other unimportant characters I’d rather not talk about.

After reading the book, I cannot believe that that happened! It was so sudden I feel like I had no time to respond properly. The bad guy/s talked too much though, and there are still unresolved issues (hello book 3).

I liked all the interaction between Mara and Noah, and her and Daniel. Not too much Joseph this time.

What’s the deal with the dream thing? She was dreaming about the life of her grandma like she experienced it.

There are also new characters introduced, crazy ones, and someone other than Jude who is making Mara’s life worse. Dun dun duuuun…

As mentioned in my review of the Unbecoming, Michelle’s a good writer. Her words are edible and I never had to read twice or go over the lines again to get a full grasp of what she wrote. She has a way with words that keeps me going.

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