Thursday 12 June 2014

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy #2) - Michele Hodkin

Read: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy #1) Review


Mara's learnt that she might not actually be insane. Except now everyone around her thinks she actually is. The only person who believes her is Noah, and while he promises to help and protect her, she can't seem to escape the frightening scenes that unfold before her.

Trying to juggle being normal amongst her family isn't easy when constant visions and creepy coincidences threaten to endanger Mara's life.


If you guys have read my review for the first book or watched any of my videos, you would know that I loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It was my favourite read last year, a solid 5/5. I can now report that The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a massive hit as well. I'm going to try and keep this as spoiler free as I can, just in case you guys haven't read the first book but want to know if the series is worth reading.

What I loved in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer transferred right into this sequel. Michele Hodkin used her writing to create a tense and creepy atmosphere, that did not let off until the very end. It's hard not to be emotionally attached to this book because of how much time and thought I invest while reading. I feel like I'm an actual character in the book that Mara is trying to mess with, because of how uncertain situations are. I learn to trust her before that trust cracks because something happens that make me think she actually is insane. I love that I can connect on such an intimate level with the plot - there seriously is no way of reading this book in a detached manner. You become so involved in deducing the mystery and what is going on with Mara.

Hodkin makes reading so much easier as well. The pacing is fast but not rushed. It's set at a perfect pace to keep readers on edge. The intensity builds slowly at first but changes momentum at the right moments, and all I can do is mentally scream "WHAT". I'm being serious about that. I literally flew right through the book and my heart was pounding so hard by the end because of how intense the entire final scene was. Her visual descriptions are yet again gory, but it enhances the creepiness of the story.

The plot was as solid as it could be. I wasn't confused with what was happening, and it wasn't predictable either. Hodkin does well in that she develops layers and layers of depth that adds to the mystery, but can somehow unpick it without losing the complete structure.Mara and Noah's relationship continues to develop although this time it's a lot more realistic. They work to understand each other both their characters begin to show more depth. I enjoyed the romance (and Noah) a lot because it didn't overshadow the main point of the story. A lot more characters are introduced this time, but they actually serve some type of purpose, however small or large. I found though, that I didn't like or care for majority of them.

The ending definitely made the book. The mystery began to unravel and I got some but not all the answers. The intensity mounts in these final scenes and I finished it before even realising I had reached the end. I am definitely, absolutely and positively will be reading the third and final book because of the insane cliff hanger. I didn't even think it could be possible to torture me like this, but she has and it's killing me. I feel like maybe I should've read this closer to The Retribution of Mara Dyer's release date because the anticipation is not okay. This is what this series will do to you. Mara is struggling to understand how her brain is functioning, and I'm going insane because of the wait.

If I had to recommend any series at all, this would be the one. I love how it messes with my brain and keeps me on edge, because in the end it is all worth it.

Rating: 5/5

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