The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #2)

by Michelle Hodkin

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ISBN-13: 9781442421790
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 527
Sales rank: 372,470
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.61(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer
1

LILLIAN AND ALFRED RICE

PSYCHIATRIC UNIT

Miami, Florida

I WOKE UP ON THE MORNING OF SOME DAY IN SOME hospital to find a stranger sitting in my room.

I sat up gingerly—my shoulder was sore—and studied the stranger. She had dark brown hair that bled into gray at the roots, and hazel eyes with webs of crow’s feet at the corners. She smiled at me, and her whole face moved.

“Good morning, Mara,” she said.

“Good morning,” I said back. My voice was low and hoarse. It didn’t sound like my own.

“Do you know where you are?”

She obviously didn’t realize that the floor directory was positioned directly outside the window behind her, and that from the bed, I had a clear view. “I’m at the Lillian and Alfred Rice Psychiatric Unit.” Apparently.

“Do you know who I am?”

I had no idea, but I tried not to show it; she wouldn’t have asked me if we’d never met, and if we had met, I should remember her. “Yes,” I lied.

“What’s my name?”

Damn. My chest rose and fell quickly with my breath.

“I’m Dr. West,” she said evenly. Her voice was warm and friendly but not at all familiar. “We met yesterday, when you were brought in by your parents and a detective by the name of Vincent Gadsen.”

Yesterday.

“Do you remember?”

I remembered seeing my father lying pale and wounded in a hospital bed after he was shot by the mother of a murdered girl.

I remembered that I was the one who made her do it.

I remembered going to the police station to confess to stealing my teacher’s EpiPen and releasing fire ants in her desk, which is why she died of anaphylactic shock.

I remembered that it wasn’t true—just a lie I would feed the police so they would keep me from hurting anyone I loved again. Because they wouldn’t believe I wished my teacher dead and that not long after, she died. Choked to death on a swollen tongue, exactly the way I imagined she would.

I remembered that before I could tell anyone any of this, I saw Jude at the Thirteenth Precinct of the Metro Dade Police Department. Looking very much alive.

But I did not remember coming here to the hospital. I didn’t remember being brought. After Jude appeared, I remembered nothing else.

“You were admitted yesterday afternoon,” the stranger—Dr. West—said. “The detective called your parents when they couldn’t get you to stop screaming.”

I closed my eyes and saw Jude’s face as he walked by me. Brushed past me. Smiled. The memory stained the backs of my eyelids, and I opened them quickly, just to see something else.

“You told them that your boyfriend, Jude Lowe, who you thought died in a building collapse in December, is alive.”

“Ex,” I said quietly, fighting to stay calm.

“Excuse me?”

“Ex-boyfriend.”

Dr. West tilted her head slightly and employed her carefully neutral psychologist expression, one I recognized well since I’d seen it often on my psychologist mother. Particularly in the past few months.

“You said that you caused the abandoned asylum in Rhode Island to collapse, crushing your best friend, Rachel, and Jude’s sister, Claire, inside. You said Jude sexually assaulted you, which is why you tried to kill him. And you said he survived. You said he’s here.”

She was perfectly calm as she spoke, which magnified my panic. Those words in her mouth sounded crazy, even though they were true. And if Dr. West knew, then so did—

“Your mother brought you here for an evaluation.”

My mother. My family. They would have heard the truth too, even though I hadn’t planned to tell it. Even though I didn’t remember telling it.

And this was where it got me.

“We didn’t begin yesterday because you were sedated.”

My fingers wandered up my arm, beneath the short sleeve of my white T-shirt. There was a Band-Aid on my skin, covering what must have been the injection site.

“Where is she?” I asked, picking at the Band-Aid.

“Where is who?”

“My mother.” My eyes scanned the hallway through the glass, but I didn’t see her. The hall looked empty. If I could just talk to her, maybe I could explain.

“She’s not here.”

That didn’t sound like my mother. She didn’t leave my side once when I was admitted to the hospital after the asylum collapsed. I told Dr. West as much.

“Would you like to see her?”

“Yes.”

“Okay, we can see if we can work that out later.”

Her tone made it sound like that would be a treat for good behavior, and I didn’t like it. I swung my legs over the bed and stood up. I was wearing drawstring pants, not the jeans I last remembered myself in. My mother must have brought them from home. Someone must have changed me. I swallowed hard. “I think I want to see her now.”

Dr. West stood up as well. “Mara, she isn’t here.”

“Then I’ll go find her,” I said, and started looking for my Chucks. I crouched to look under the bed, but they weren’t there.

“Where are my shoes?” I asked, still crouched.

“We had to take them.”

I rose then, and faced her. “Why?”

“They had laces.”

My eyes narrowed. “So?”

“You were brought here because your mother thought you may be a danger to yourself and others.”

“I really need to talk to her,” I said then, struggling to keep my voice even. I bit down hard on my bottom lip.

“You’ll be able to.”

“When?”

“Well, I’d like you to speak with someone first, and have a doctor come in, just to make sure you’re—”

“And if I don’t want to?”

Dr. West just looked at me. Her expression was sad.

My throat wanted to close. “You can’t keep me here unless I consent,” I managed to say. I knew that much, at least. I was a lawyer’s daughter and I was seventeen years old. They couldn’t keep me here unless I wanted to be kept. Unless—

“You were screaming and hysterical and you slipped. When one of our nurses tried to help you up, you punched her.”

No.

“It became an emergency situation, so under the Baker Act, your parents were able to consent for you.”

I whispered so I wouldn’t scream. “What are you saying?”

“I’m sorry, but you’ve been involuntarily committed.”

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mara Amitra Dyer (MAD) and Noah Elliot Simon Shaw (NESS) - MADNESS
MyHeartHeartsBooks More than 1 year ago
The Evolution of Mara Dyer continues immediately after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It opens up with a recap of the last scene in the Unbecoming, the scene in the Police Department. Warning: The Evolution jumps into the the deep end, and it's very dark. While the Unbecoming of Mara, dabbled, stayed in the shallow end, concerning the darkness, the Evolution of Mara Dyer is unmistakably dark. In the continuation of "Mara Dyer's" story, she begins to grow and evolve, hence the title. Mara Dyer doesn't want to be a victim, she want's to find out, why are all these things happening to her, and she wants to solve the major problems in her life. Mainly Jude, the uncertainty of her relationship with Noah, trying to find out about her past, and most importantly learn more about her powers. Except almost no one believes her, and they think she's crazy -- certifiable. After the first read, I almost felt like I had been had by Michelle Hodkin. It wasn't until the second read that I realized, that she is a genius. The Evolution of Mara Dyer takes you on a crazy, thrilling journey. It's one of those books that you can't get enough. I'm already desperately, and impatiently waiting for the final installment, which is about a year away. My favorite moment is all the Noah & Mara scenes. Hodkin just got it unbelievably right. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's romantic and sweet, sometimes it's heartbreakingly sad. The Noah and Mara dynamic is the driving force of the novel, their relationship is one of my favorite fictional relationships of all time. The Evolution makes you feel it all. I felt such sadness, disbelief, and anger, but I also laughed and felt such joy and happiness, and envy. This is one series that would do you such a disserve to skip. You need The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the Evolution of Mara Dyer in your life. Promise.
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Word. The unfortunate byproduct of being a high school senior is that I don't have much time to read. Not as much as I used to, anyway. Before, I was able to finish a book in less than a week, and now, quite frankly, I'm lucky if I make it through half of the book in that time. This book took me three days to finish. Three days. THREE DAYS. Insanity. I don't even remember the last time I finished a book so quickly. This book was an addiction. It's fast-paced and full of creepiness, revelations, and sexy times with Noah, and if you think you can just stop after one chapter, you are lying to yourself. The stakes, suspense, and mystery are all elevated in Evolution. More than ever, you see Mara's sanity being put in question, to the point where she doesn't even know whether or not she's experiencing reality or a delusion. Reading this story was akin to playing a mind game  Half the time I was trying to figure out who to believe, what the truth really was, and the other half, I was questioning everything I thought. Unlike many YA books, Evolution really included Mara's family into what was going on. Her parents aren't absentees or idle spectators. They see their daughter in trouble and they act. And don't even get me started on the sibling relationship in the Dyer family because I won't be able to stop gushing! Mara's relationship with her brothers, Daniel especially, was just incredibly realistic and SO sweet. It definitely made me wish I had an older brother like Daniel. My favorite part of this book, though, was seeing more of Mara and Noah's relationship. At the beginning of the series, it seemed like the only thing really tying the two of them together was their inexplicable abilities.  In this book, however, it becomes so much more apparent that these two are perfect for each other!  I think it's safe to say that they are both quite screwed up as a result of their respective powers, but when they're together, they make each other better (which sounds cheesy, I know, but there's really no way to describe it!) They keep each other grounded when everything around them is questionable. I especially enjoyed seeing more of Noah's character. He wasn't exactly a flat character in Unbecoming, but I definitely didn't get to know him as much as I wanted to. Evolution did a great job of showing me more of Noah Elliot Simon Shaw and I loved it. Eep. Help. I'm swooning. .... In Unbecoming, I was full of questions, wondering just what the heck Mara was and how it was possible that she could do the things she did. In Evolution, it feels like Michelle Hodkin is finally letting you in on the big secret.... but it's all a big. Fat. Lie!!! It's like she's dangling this delicious-looking carrot of truth in front of you, making you read page after page after page, but in the end, all you are left with is a blown mind and more questions. Oh, and frustration. Heaps of that. Well played Ms. Hodkin, well played. 
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how it could be possible, but The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more intese and twisted than The Unbecoming. Before reading: Huh, my book is signed with, "Who will you believe?" Interesting. Well I guess I'll go with Michelle Hodkin.  After reading: NO ONE. I BELIEVE NO ONE. EXCEPT NOAH SHAW. I WILL BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE SAYS. The Evolution goes into Mara's family history as well as Noah's. I would think that I would be able to make some theories from that, but nope. Fret not people, even though new information was tossed in, there were a lot of questions answered from The Unbecoming. I never looked at anything the same through out this book. One moment I would feel like I was finally putting the story together, but then I would turn the page and all of my theories would get burned. There were so many when I was wondering what just happened. At first I would try to make some sense out of it, but after a while I just rolled with it. Kind of. I started categorizing my reactions to those moments into the "my life after finishing" list. My Life After Finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Day 1: Maybe I'll just leave my lamp on tonight. Day 2: I'll just turn ALL the lights on in my house. Day 3: Maybe I should just not clear the fog from my mirror after taking a shower. Day 4: SUPER PARANOID. NOBODY TOUCH ME.  Day 5: Has brother stand next to me while I brush my teeth. One of the many things I loved about this book was Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw. They just work. It is how it is. They will forever be one of my favorite couples. I loved every moment of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Even though Mara Dyer is the reason I can't look into the mirror after I take a shower, I will read anything by Michelle Hodkin.
bookaholic99 More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. God. Wow. I am officially obsessed with this series! I had gotten The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer and finished it in 5 days because of exams. Btw I usually finish a book in like two weeks more. So I obviously had to go and get the second book the same day I finished the first which was three days ago. I finished The Evolution Of Mara Dyer. Yesterday. Haha like I said completely obsessed or Possessed...... Anyway, Ii really CANNOT wait for October 22, 2013 :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am currently obsessed about this book. It has unexpecting twists and it will enchant you with everything that happens. Theres Mara's issues with her and Noah, a supposedly dead ex-boyfriend, new people who you dont kno you can trust, and theres a connection between Mara's grandmother and her, but whats the connection? This book will leave you thinking about lives and hoping none of the lives will be taken. The pages will suck you in and wont let go until you are done reading, but even then you'll be going back to some parts. I just got this book yesterday and I'm already done. You better enjoy the book while it lasts cause trust me, you'll speed through it trying to see what will happen. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is 12 or older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it worth the money?
Salsa_n_Salsa More than 1 year ago
Aaaaahhh cant wait to read the third Mara Dyer has my hear on the verge of an attack! this book goes a little deeper, winds a bit more crazy. this trilogy is a definately must read for all YA readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going into the first book, I didn't know what to expect but these series takes you on a ride. I love how the books have gotten me engaged in the sense that I was constantly asking is the main character crazy, is there something weird going on and I started to form my own theories about what was happening. The ONLY reason that's stopping me from giving these books 5 stars is that its a very slow developing series. Even 100 pages into the second book, the main characters are still questioning what's happening and the pace is kind of frustrating. Other than that, these books are entertaining with a lot of plot twists. Can't wait for the third book!
sarah-is-awesome More than 1 year ago
Oh My Goodness THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Creepiest book I've ever read, yes, but amazing. Michelle Hodkin is one of the most talented authors I've ever read. Her ability to capture my attention so quickly was amazing I literally could not put this book down. Its perfect because it has relationships but not enough to overbear the original story which I hate (cough Mortal Instruments cough) I recommend this to anyone who likes books. Period. If you don't read this book you're missing out on something amazing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was PERFECTION. This novel will make you feel so many emotions. The plot is twisted and theres still so much more tofind out. I CAN NOT wait for the third book! Just perfect, no other wordd. Im in love with the Mara Dyer trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is original and detailed. It is like nothing I have read before. I it my favorite book and I tell my friends about it. They say that they think it sounds great. If you think it sounds great then let me tell you, Michelle Hodkin can write a story. A story that is mysterious and dark. A story that is bizarre and funny. Where characters aren't just characters. They are your friends. They are really there. Maybe not physiclly, but that is how great of a writer Hodkin is.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
The Evolution of Mara Dyer was one of the best books I've read all year. The ARC has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile, waiting to be read, but between midterms, the GRE, and graduate school applications, I haven't had time to read it. I was missing out, but this book was definitely worth the wait. As most of you know, I wasn't a huge fan of the firs Mara Dyer book, but this novel was much better than the first. This is one story you do not want to miss. I'd recommend The Evolution of Mara Dyer to both fans of the first book and to people like me, who weren't completely sold on the first installment.  Mara has always been a fascinating character, but she really came into her own in this novel. I felt like I got to know her much better, and she grew a lot as a character. I now respect her and feel that she does the best she can with what she has to work with. She's not a narrator that's easily trusted, but that makes the novel that much more interesting. I really enjoyed seeing things from her point of view this time around. Noah completely won me over in this book. I absolutely adore him! He's tortured, but not angsty. He's strong and intelligent, and he went to great lengths for Mara. He's just a terrific hero.  We also got to know the supporting characters a little bit better this time around, but I still would have liked to learn more about Jamie. He's incredibly interesting. Also, I enjoyed getting to know Daniel better. I would have liked to have seen more of Joseph, but maybe we'll get that in the next novel. The characters seemed, for the most part, well-developed and realistic.  The plot was a bit confusing and had a million twists and turns that kept me guessing. Instead of feeling frustrated and lost, like I did with the first Mara Dyer book, I felt intrigued. I couldn't put this book down! I'm not sure if Hodkin changed how she wrote things or if I have just changed as a reader. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed the non-stop mystery/action/suspense. It ended on another cliffhanger, which I hate, but that's okay. I don't feel like I read this entire book without a purpose. The story moved forward, and I can't wait to see what happens next.  Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has read the first Mara Dyer book. If you haven't read the first one, then you'll be lost when you pick this one up. So I suggest everyone go out and buy the first and/or second installment(s) and enter this disturbing world. You won't be sorry. 
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Hodkin has, once again, written an epic novel chronicling the strange life of Mara Dyer, and I loved every minute of it. Picking up where the first novel in the series left off with its wicked cliffhanger, Hodkin continues Mara’s journey toward the truth in this middle book, which, in my opinion, is always the hardest book in a series to write. Yet, Hodkin keeps the action, suspense, and intrigue continuously going as this novel evolves and we learn more about Mara’s strange abilities. I have to admit, part of me wondered if Mara was truly psychotic, as her parents and doctors seemed to think. And, even though the synopsis states that she isn’t, necessarily, I was thinking that, at any minute, Hodkin might pull the rug out from under her readers and show just how much of an unreliable narrator Mara really is; but that’s not so, which the reader quickly learns when certain life threatening events begin to enfold. What I really enjoyed about this novel is the uncertainly of it all. You want to hate Mara’s parents for putting her through psychological evaluations and refusing to listen, but at the same time, they have a point… I wouldn’t listen either. You want to smack Noah around for being distant when Mara needs him so much, but if I were uncovering strange and potentially dangerous information that could set her on edge, I’d probably be distant, too. And, is Jude really back? According to Mara he is, and Noah says he believes her, but it’s not until the death-defying end of this epic read that we learn the truth. Can we say conspiracy theory? I’ll just leave it at that. And, so… Noah? He’s my boy. I almost wish I was in Mara’s shoes so I could have him all to myself, but then again, I value my freedom, so Noah will just be my imaginary, swoon worthy, heroic book boyfriend. He is a truly good character, well rounded, caring, compassionate, and able to care for Mara in ways others are not. And I love him. I do. While I honestly loved this novel to pieces, and didn’t want to put it down for an instant, I found that I needed to, after the first few chapters, because I needed a refresher on all the people and circumstances surrounding Mara. It’s been over a year since I first read (and fell in love with) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so I cracked it back open and re-read the last few chapters again, as a refresher. I really needed this because Hodkin doesn’t actually give the readers the “information dumping” from the first novel that we’ve become so accustomed to in most sequels. I actually really liked that there wasn’t a lot of “information dumping,” as it were, because I generally remember and know exactly what happened in previous novels without it, but this time, I really needed it. So, if you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in quite a while, I suggest refreshing your memory with a re-read, or skim, in order to properly set yourself up for The Evolution of Mara Dyer, because, trust me, once you start it, you won’t want to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eyes are still wet after reading this book. Granted the plotline was predictable(to me at least) , but the way Michelle Hodkin's creates a scence is amazing. I felt at a lot of parts that I was in the skin of Mara Dyer. The way her feelings translated from the page to the reader is breathtaking, and if you read the first book in the series you would know I mean that quite literally. This book will have you laughing, crying, blushing, and terrified. P.S. Regardless of my previous comment on predictablity it did keep my guess at some parts.
Holland_Dean More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) and I'm saying this for The Evolution as well. I loved it! If you're one to lean towards twisted plots that are full of suspense and drama--not to mention a truely gorgeous male-lead love intrest--then this is the book for you. Since I'm not going to reveal any spoilers about the book, let me just say that i need to go. Time to start re-reading The unbecoming and then The Evolution. :) *hunker*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with that person further down. It wasnt as good as the first but it was still amazing. It much more sexy than the first to the point where I was wondering whether it was a YA or an Erotica lol~ Either way, it was very good and quite shocking. At the end I teared up a bit even though there's a huge possibility it's not true. I cant wait for the next installment!! 4.6 stars.
Kasandra-Marie 6 months ago
THIS SERIES IS BEYOND THE WORD "EXCEPTIONAL" Absolutely blown away by it. The most thrilling thing I've ever experienced. I love every detail to the story. Right down to the romance, the events, the magic, the gruesome details, and just how everything transpires and unfolds! I'll never want to read another book after this series again. Nothing will measure up. I could follow Mara and her family and friends lives for the rest of mine. I wish the books didn't have to end! Hollywood, make this a movie! We all want it.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I can’t believe how good these books are! I flew through the first book in the series last month, and I couldn’t put this one down either. This book has so many twists, that as soon as you think you know what is going on, you learn that you were completely wrong. This story was less shocking than the first one, but it was still good. I found myself wondering if Mara really was crazy, because it seemed like she could be doing some of the things that she claimed Jude did. I wanted to believe her, but sometimes it was too hard. I had a lot of questions at the end of the book. There was a connection with Mara’s Indian grandmother that I wish was explained more. I also wonder how Jude found her and what his motives really are. I hope these questions are answered in the next book.
spunkycaribou23 More than 1 year ago
Assuming you've read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, you're probably in shock. With an ending like that, how could you not be? Perhaps you are hesitant to read this next book because… actually I can't think of a single reason why you wouldn't want to continue this journey. But on the VERY SLIGHT chance that you are questioning whether or not to persist, I have two words of advice for you: Do it. Maybe you're a slow reader and this seems like a large commitment. Maybe you're super busy and aren't sure you have the time to take on a new book. Maybe the first one was an emotional roller coaster and you don't think you can handle the whiplash of feelings that this sequel may or may not entail. To that, I again say: Do it. Things will get crazy. You will feel rage on behalf of Mara, sadness on behalf of Noah, and literally every other emotion there is. I promise, you'll survive. There is more of the inherent sarcasm, more of Mara and Noah's relationship, and more madness. This book will keep you up all night. If you were experiencing any of the aforementioned worries, let me ease them: being a slow reader is not a bad thing, and this is an awesome way to improve your skills; you will MAKE time to read this book because it is so darn good; and every emotion you feel whilst reading this is 100% worth it. If you're reading this review, I really-truly-genuinely hope that you read this book and enjoy it. More than that, I hope it helps you become more empathetic towards everyone in your life. In this book especially, there is a lot to be learned about our friends with mental illnesses, and a lot to be learned about ourselves. Five stars isn't enough to show my love for The Evolution.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
11/5/14: I never forget how amazing this book is, but there are small scenes and lines that I adore and somehow they just get lumped into the awesome memory of awesome. And that beach scene? JFC. So much UNF. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9/30/12: I have never believed the second book of a trilogy to be as good as the first one. Not until Evolution. It absolutely exceeded all of my expectations. Noah was beyond amazing and I have no words for Mara and her journey. I can't even wait to read the finished copy. And don't get me started on wanting Retribution...
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Book Two of the Mara Dyer series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 23, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: Purchased copy Summary (from Goodreads): 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 hospitalised 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! What I Liked: I've been on a mission to finish the Mara Dyer trilogy and start reading the Shaw Confessions books, now that we're officially waiting on book two to publish in November. Back in the day, I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the beginning of Evolution, and none of Retribution. I've reread Unbecoming, and now I've finished Evolution! I loved the first book and I really enjoyed this second one, and I can't wait to read book three. This book starts with Mara waking up to find herself in a hospital room, where she will be staying because her parents want her to get help... permanently. No one believes her when she tells them that she saw Jude, her ex-boyfriend, alive and whole and in town. Despite what everyone believes, Jude is alive - Mara just need to prove it. The only person that believes her is Noah, but even he has secrets that he isn't telling Mara. Mara and Noah must figure out what is going in terms of Jude, before it's too late and Mara is never seen again. Most of this book deals with Mara's psychological state - is she hallucinating, or is what she is seeing real? She is what is considered an unreliable narrator, especially since the story is written in first-person. We have no idea what is real and what isn't, because everything is coming from her POV. Is Jude real, or a figment of her imagination? Does Mara have PTSD and something else, or just PTSD? Is Jude behind everything? With this being a psychological thriller, the tone of the story is very chilling at times, very sinister. There were times when my skin broke out in goosebumps and I couldn't unglue my eyes from the pages. The creepy feeling was there, and while I don't enjoy feeling creeped out, I will say that the author did a really good job in building suspense and the chill factor. I should note: there are mentions and implications of possible sexual assault, and attempted suicide. Neither event actually happens but both are mentioned. I really felt for Mara in this book. I liked her in book one, and I liked her in this book. It's not her fault she can't trust her own mind. It's not her fault that any of this is happening to her. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
These books are so addicting. I am so in love with these characters and the twists and turns in their story. I love Mara and Noah and how they love each other. I also love the relationship she has with her brothers. Especially Daniel. My brother is one of my very best friends and I love seeing that type of sibling friendship represented. That ending had me in major tears though. I am so grateful I already have the next book ready to read. I am seriously still trying to figure out why I don't see way more posts about this series. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this installment. "'Sometimes, Noah, I feel an overwhelming urge to punch you in the face." "I was consumed by the slow lift of his mouth and the need to taste his smile." "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." "You have me," he said, his eyes meeting mine. "You inhabit me." His face was some the words issued from his lips in a plea. "You want to know what I want? I want you to be the one wanting me first. Pushing me first. Kissing me first. Don't be careful with me," he said. "Because I won't be careful with you."
Seoling More than 1 year ago
Onto book two of the Mara Dyer trilogy! If you happen to be tuning in on this review, then know that October to November is pretty much Mara-Dyer ‘splosion on this blog because THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW is coming out November 7th, which means that it’s only weeks away until it’s out and my heart literally falls out of my chest because Noah Shaw is back and it’s going to be in his POV and it will destroy me inside. Without further ado, here is my review of my recent re-reread of THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER. Man, oh man - this series is way darker than I remember. I’m sure that I had read it in haste and needed to get all the steamy parts (because I was all about that steam when I was younger). But now I am so much more invested in the creepy details and the eeriness that Michelle Hodkin is so good at doing. I was genuinely blown away and my eyes were glued to my book as the book delved into all the scary events surrounding Mara and Noah. I really liked that there’s a hesitancy about Jude and his status as being alive or not. It just makes it more suspenseful and enjoyable to read. I cannot believe the sadism and absolute ruthlessness at which he behaved and then that whole scene at the Horizons retreat towards the end is freakin’ mind-blowing. I seriously have not read anything as equally shocking and leaving me SHOOKETH! in a long time. Knowing Mara’s situation, especially with her family, made me so sad. It’s clear that she’s not hallucinating or imagining things. Sure, lots of stuff goes down and she’s questioning so many things, but at the same time - the fact that she has to go through such pain and torment only to be thought of as an unstable young girl who can’t be let alone. And it sucks. There’s this particular scene between her and Jude that made me sick. Hodkin is not afraid to push the edges of comfort and into the uncomfortable. I was disgusted by some of the things that occurred to Mara at the hands of Jude and I just want to scream at her family, especially her mother about what’s going on. I believe that without preamble, that Noah is as flawless and wonderful as ever - much to all the ladies’ dismay that he is so unconditionally taken by Mara. I know that there are some readers to which their relationship rubs the wrong way, but it’s pretty hard to hate Noah Shaw when he’s having someone take you away to a magical night adventure and showing up in a custom two-weeks made tuxedo because that’s the type of outfit one would wear for his girl. Beyond that, I love that he is so protective of Mara whilst remaining level-headed about the craziness that is unwinding around him. He knows that if he isn’t the one keeping it together that everything would fall apart for Mara and I appreciate that his character anchors hers, romantic or not. He’s the only one that knows about her, everything about her and to be susceptible to that sort of vulnerability is a hard thing to master. This book definitely elevates the first in such big strides. Usually, the middle book sucks. This did not suck at all. But EVOLUTION just raised the stakes for the Mara Dyer trilogy. It just left me wanting more by the time it was over. AND THAT ENDING. OH THAT ENDING WAS VICIOUS AND WRONG AND MADE ME ANGRY - especially because I did not have the next book on me and that made me salty as heck. The one thing I’m doing when I’m getting home is cracking open RETRIBUTION and keeping my eyes glued to the pages for days.