Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 23rd 2012
My rating: 4/ 5 stars
I was completely swept off my feet when I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. As soon as I finished it, I went straight to my bookshelf, grabbed this book and plopped down on my bed.
I was a quite apprehensive at first because from my personal experience, second books in trilogies tend to be not as great as the first one. However, with this series this one was even better! I find it incredible how engaging this story is. Also, how easily you can fly through it. There are just so many things going on and so many questions running through your mind that you just cant put it down.
Just like the first book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, brings you that eerie feel of not knowing anything for sure. One second you think you have it all figured out and before you know it... PLOT TWIST. There were so many twist and turns. Also, the suspense in this one was significantly greater than in the first installment. This series draws you in and gets you to become totally invested in it.. After all, Michelle Hodkin clearly has an undeniable talent for writing so I guess it's not that much of a surprise! Not only does her writing style stand out, but also her ability of creating such amazing and vivid characters. They are all so complex and unique. And I really like how much depth they have and how you can connect with them on some level. Mara is such an amazing lead female character. She is so strong willed and bad-ass. And Noah... omg NOAH. Noah Shaw is going to be the death of me. He is so swoon-worthy and just overall perfection. He shows such genuine care for Mara! *feels*
One of the things that really stands out to me is how fast paced and action packed this book (the whole series actually) was. Also, how the author isn't afraid to get gory. I found that it gave the story a lot more authenticity and character. Plus the supernatural elements in this story are on point.
The only thing that didnt really click with me were the "flash-backs". I don't think they were exactly that, but lets just go with the term for the sake of keeping this review non-spoiler. Anyway, I felt like those chapters were a bit unnecessary. I don't mean all of them because yes, they did add more backstory and contributed to the whole situation, but I just feel like they could have been reduced.
Overall, this series proves itself to be pretty astonishing so far and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Just as long as you have all three books when you start reading it. Otherwise you will just torture yourself with waiting!