Publish Date: October 2012 by S&S
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
I remembered that I thought The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was awesome (five GoodReads stars awesome), but I couldn’t remember exactly what it was about. I remembered that it was a complex plot about a girl named Mara Dyer, and everyone thought she was psycho. But she wasn’t and then there was this hot guy, and somewhere along the way they rescue a dog. Oh yeah, and they drink chicken blood at some point too. (NOT MAKING THIS UP FOLKS!)
So when I picked up The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2), I was a little foggy on the details. (Books really need a little “Previously on…” segment like all the TV Shows have. Seriously.) But no worries… if you’re still foggy like me, you can plunge right back in. It all becomes clear eventually.
Everyone (except for hunka hunka Noah) still thinks Mara is psycho, and she’s still trying to uncover the mystery of what happened that night the asylum crashed down. I don’t want to say anything more about the plot line because it would include some major spoilers.
What I loved most about this book was that it turned the creep factor WAY up. Creepy mental patients that scratch your eyes out of pictures? Check. Creepy dolls that magically move while you sleep? Check. Walking around the house Paranormal Activity style while you’re asleep? Check. Super creepy people watching you while you sleep? Check. If I was Mara, I don’t think I would sleep. Ever. The Evolution of Mara Dyer kept the goosebump factor on full blast the entire read.
That’s not to say that there wasn’t any romance. One thing I love about Michelle Hodkin’s writing is that she can take the most G rated of kisses and turn it into steamy love scene. There were several YOWZA moments, where all they do is brush lips. These kissing scenes were some of the sexiest passages I’ve ever read yet Noah and Mara stay firmly planted on first base. Hodkin didn’t have to go all 50 Shades of anything to get this housewife blushing. To me, that’s talent.
My only issues with the book: It does have a semi-slow start, where the reader feels like they’re just drifting through the plot. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was intentional. (I’m on to your tricks Hodkin!) Mara is on so many antipsychotics I bet she feels like she’s drifting through her life as well. It was really amazing how well the author was able to portray this without being obvious. I was disappointed in the relationships with some of Mara’s family members. Daniel, Mara’s brother and one of my favorite characters from Unbecoming, had only a slight role in this book. Joseph, Mara’s other brother and also an awesome part of Unbecoming, was relegated to the background with Daniel. This book was mostly “Mara and Noah play psychological detectives” and I missed Mara’s brothers. But it let the author really develop the delicious character of Noah Shaw. So for that, I’ll give Hodkin a pass. This time.
If you haven’t read the first book in the Mara Dyer series, go and check it out from your Library. NOW. If you were a fan of Mara Dyer #1, then go check out The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ASAP. It will rock your world.