The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times best-selling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
©2012 Michelle Hodkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"twisted, mind-bending tale"
I was excited to continue my journey in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin and once again went with the audio version for The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I love an unreliable narrator, and Hodkin is brilliant at keeping the reader second-guessing. I liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I loved the twisted, mind-bending tale delivered in the Evolution of Mara Dyer.
The tale centers on Mara who may or may not be suffering from delusions. She may have killed, or is she in fact sane and in serious trouble. Think conspiracy theory, and it is intense as Mara herself narrates the story, leaving the reader to ascertain the truth. Thankfully, she has Noah…yummy, sweet, strange, Noah. I was unsure of his motives in book one, but here he has Mara’s back.
Hodkin’s writing is brilliant, and she does an excellent job of making me doubt my conclusions. The tale moved slowly at first, but then began to escalate, and all I could do was hold my breath and hold on. Mara still gets on my nerves a tad, but the more knowledge I gain, the more I understand and she deserves my respect. The imagery was amazing from the doll, to near death accidents and oh gads the dead animals. I was riveted and the narrator added an element of suspense I found engaging. I love the voice she has given Noah and the doctor.
I am so glad I delayed reading this series, and switched to audio. The Evolution of Mara Dyer surpassed book one and left me drooling in anticipation of The Retribution of Mara Dyer, which, will release November 4, 2014. I hope the audio releases the same day. *fingers-crossed*
"Keep em coming!"
Twists and turns like you wouldn't believe! I absolutely love how the story is developing. The pacing is fantastic, the narration is spot on and the characters are impossible not to love. Just when you think you know what's going on, just when you come up with a theory of your own, Michelle Hodkin throws you a curve ball. Exciting, unexpected, supernatural, action packed, funny, romantic and creepy. All of my favorite things. :)
"Well done creepy paranormal mystery"
This was a fantastic continuation of the Mara Dyer series. These books have been such creepy, mysterious, and addictive reads. I really have been enjoying them and can't wait to see how things wrap up in the third book. There are spoilers for the first book in this review, so just FYI.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator sounds exactly like I imagine Mara Dyer would sound and does a great job with character voices and emotions. If you like audiobooks I would definitely recommend listening to this series on audiobook.
Mara wakes up to find out she has been forcibly committed by her parents after the incidents in the first book. She is working to get “better” so that she can get herself moved to outpatient care and hopefully be at home to protect her parents from Jude. However Jude’s attacks are getting more and more creepy and manipulative and Mara is finding herself increasingly haunted and frustrated. Noah fully supports her and Noah and Mara struggle to figure out the truth of their strange powers while trying to protect Mara’s family from Jude. What they find is bigger and scarier than anything they could have imagined at the beginning of all of this.
This is one of those books where you wish the poor heroine could get some sort of break. Horrible thing after horrible thing happens to Mara and her parents never believe her about what is going on (granted if Mara actually calmed down and calmly talked to them about everything I think they would be a bit more understanding). I am really hoping that Mara finds some happiness in the third book because this second book was a pretty big struggle for her.
I continue to really enjoy Noah as a character; he is almost supernaturally supportive of Mara...although we see a darker side to him as well in this book. Many of the other side characters that Mara meets at the outpatient care facility are also very intriguing and Jaimie is in the book quite a bit as well.
Some of the mystery behind Noah and Mara’s strange powers is revealed but many things are as yet unexplained. The book is well written, incredibly hard to put down, and very intense. It does, however, end on a huge cliffhanger again...which is something I hate.
Overall this was an incredibly engaging paranormal mystery. The characters are intriguing and easy to relate to and the book is just about impossible to put down. I am incredibly curious to see how things wrap up with the last book in the series. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy creepy paranormal mysteries.
"First one better"
As usual the sequel is a let-down. Still gonna read the third to find ish it. Try to make the characters not so stupid and more working to improve their magic with some imagination would be great. Not all teenagers are so clueless.
"A bit too many things left unresolved"
WELL, EVOLUTION certain amped up the mind games quite a bit! Of course you always want to believe the protagonist (Mara) but it’s a case of, is this really an unreliable narrator or is she actually experiencing the truth and no one believes her? It was so much fun to really play around with those ideas and never quite know what was going on! Things started to get absolutely bananas towards the end and I was literally shivering and shouting and afraid of things that go bump in the night because I was getting so freaked out (in a good way).
I really felt like things picked up throughout EVOLUTION and carried on with a steady pace. The reader finds out a lot more of what is happening to Mara and a little bit more as to why. This was definitely my favorite book of the series but things got super twisty and I was totally riveted from about the middle of the book until the end!
I was actually a little bit disappointed by the ending, though. I’m not sure if I had hoped for more mystery? There are some answers to whether we trust Mara or throw her into the loony bin and I wasn’t a huge fan of how the answers played out. I think it felt a bit strange, maybe a bit too hard to believe? Which is saying a lot considering what we’ve learned about what Mara can do and I’ve fully accepted that!
I also was a bit disappointed that more questions got added and there were STILL things I had no answers for. I always hope that book two answers some to most of the questions set up in book one and I was left wondering what the hell is going on with some of these things.
I like where the story is going but still there is something missing in the story .. I want to enjoy it more but some of the characters are dull to me .. I would like to see more of Daniel and Joseph
the narration is nice .. but needs some improvements
"Wow! I didn't want to stop listening!"
I love these books so much. The narrator is fantastic! She really brings this series to life for me. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
loved it too was such an amazing story couldn't stop listening funny, sad, and scary so amazing
"Takes Everything Great About Book One Up to Eleven"
I made the mistake of waiting seven months between reading Unbecoming and reading this. Because in those seven months, I completely forgot how engrossing these books really are. I loved Unbecoming and plowed through it very quickly--only a couple of days. I was through with this in only two as well. Both would have taken half as long if I'd been reading physical copies instead of listening to the Audible editions. But although I wish I could have gone through these more quickly, because I was constantly on edge waiting for what would happen next, I am absolutely certain that the audiobooks were the way to go with these. Christy Romano embodies Mara's voice so fully and so completely that I feel like I'm really listening to Mara tell me her story, instead of just having someone read it to me. Her delivery is spot-on, emotions conveyed so fittingly, that I am even more enthralled than if I were just hearing this book in my head.
This book confused me so much more than the first one, and I loved every minute of it. The subtly creepy atmosphere of The Unbecoming was turned up to eleven in this one and it was absolutely thrilling. Each little thing that happened hightened the tension and the fear, and all along the way I became absolutely convinced that Mara really was going insane, rather than just experiencing real supernatural events. In the first book, I believed everything Mara said. But now, after having finished the second book, I can't decide which side I'm on. Nothing makes sense, but in a way it feels like it should because there is a thread of logic connecting all the bizarre events together coherently. It's a rare moment when I enjoy being confused by what I'm reading, but I'm hoping that The Retribution kicks everything into high gear and confuses the shit out of me. I am really looking forward to the last book. This trilogy is quickly taking a spot in my favorite series list (which currently only houses four others--Harry Potter, Anna Dressed in Blood, The Lunar Chronicles, and The Reckoners). I have faith that the last installment will keep it in that list of favorites.
Onto my complaints (I have a couple, despite the five-star rating): Why couldn't Jamie have felt this important to the plot in the first book? I was actually really surprised to see him at Horizons, because all I could remember about him from The Unbecoming was that he was a token minority of multiple types, and he was completely extraneous to the plot. But now he's suddenly important? I love that he is--he's a really enjoyable character to have around, and it's why I had such mixed feelings about him in the first place--but I can't help but feel cheated. Even if he needed to leave the scene for plot reasons, he didn't make enough of an impact before that happened for him to feel necessary at all. Nothing about him suggested that he'd become important. Which is why, although I love him returning and having more of a purpose, I feel like something about his character arc is lacking. He should have been built up more in the first book, so that his removal from the narrative had more impact, as well as his return, and the discoveries we make near the end of this book would be more satisfying.
"Great book, just okay reading voice."
No. The person who is reading only has two voices and does not use inflection in her tone.
I would compare this book to "Stung" as the person questions everything that is going on, and has trouble remembering.
Bland, blase, and monotone
What is the truth? If Mara cannot not find it, will self-doubt and accusations make her believe she is crazy?
I loved the series, but I wish the reader put more feeling into what was read.
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