Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Source: Won a free Advance Reader's Copy from a publisher contest
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I cannot tell you how excited I was when I learned that I had won an ARC of this book from the publisher. I dove right into The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer which I had put off because I had heard it ends in one hell of a cliff-hanger and waiting for the publication of follow-up books is not exactly my strong suit. Let's just say I'm not the most patient person when it comes to these things. Which royally sucks, because this book also ends in a crazy cliff-hanger!
Simply put, if you liked the first novel, you most certainly will love this one as well. Mara's story continues to twist and turn, and just like with the first book, I was blindsided by some of the plot developments. I give an author a great deal of credit when she can surprise me, and surprise me Michelle Hodkin most certainly did. The first book left us with a lot of questions and you'll be happy to know that many of those get answered here, but there are plenty of new ones that are raised as well. For better or worse, some of those likely won't get answered until the final book.
I love Noah even more in this book than the first. There's just something so sweet and romantic about him being the only one who believes Mara is telling the truth. Even as a reader, when you start to question whether or not Mara really is just nuts, Noah stands by her. The lengths he goes to trying to protect her just about kill me and you really feel like they are a team -- the two of them against the world. I was also so thrilled to see that Jamie reappears since I really love his character and his friendship with Mara.
I'm only squeaking in this review two days before it's launch date so you don't have long to wait! Order it now or march yourself to the bookstore on Tuesday because this is one fabulous read. With all that is revealed in the final scenes of this book, the only negative I can think of is the excruciating wait for the final book in this trilogy!