My review of the mind blowing The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published: Oct 23rd, 2012 by Simon &  Schuster
Source: Purchased
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?

There’s not many books out there that are perfection.  That are so spot on perfect in every single way.  Even most 5 star books have minor imperfections to me.  But Mara Dyer… Mara Dyer is perfection.  Book one and book two.  But I told you about the perfection of book one last year, so this year I’m telling you about the perfection that is #2.  The thing is, I’m not so sure there are words to adequately describe the perfection within the pages of this book.

Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw are characters I love so much I don’t think I could point out a single flaw.  Yeah, they aren’t actually perfect people, but they are perfect characters.  Their flaws (minor though they may be) are what makes me like them even more.  Mara has a strong voice and although she’s an unreliable narrator in that she doesn’t even know what the heck is going on, she knows she’s unreliable, she knows what she perceives may not be accurate.  Except for when she does know.  When she’s absolutely certain about something and there’s no one who can tell her otherwise.  And I loved that about her.  Yes, she knows things are completely messed up and she doesn’t know what’s going on and may feel a bit insane at times, but yet she knows something is going on, that it’s not her and she’s not actually insane.  She has such a strong voice and she’s so strong herself.  If I was her I think I would have curled up in a ball and just given up.  Because she’s not given any breaks.  At all.  She has things thrown at her right and left and she just takes the hits and struggles onward.

Noah is… well, how do you describe Noah?  He’s such a great person.  He stands by Mara and always believes her.  He does everything to be this perfect boyfriend and he is, he listens and helps her in every way he possibly can.  He has his own crap going on and this helps with him believing Mara is telling the truth, but it adds in his own struggles.  But since it’s Mara’s story we see very little of Noah’s own troubles, except what Mara sees.  And I think Mara sees a lot, she realizes he’s going through stuff, but mostly everything that Mara is going through he takes on his own shoulders.   I can’t possibly adequately describe Noah and his awesomeness, so let’s move on…

The relationship between Mara and Noah is a relationship I would love to see more in YA.  They have some troubles, but for the most part these two communicate (yes, communication!  Who knew?) and work through things together.  While sometimes they may keep a small secret from the other it always seems to come out quite quickly and they discuss it before it becomes some full blown issue that drives a wedge between them.  Even when I thought that maybe things weren’t okay between Noah and Mara, there was an explanation.  And it was quick.  We didn’t have pages and pages of wondering whether Noah was angry or hurt, or what.  And we could always count on Noah to be there for Mara.  No. matter. what.  He always believed her and stood by her and what she believed.  I love their relationship.  Love.

I love that this is not at all a predictable kind of story.  No one knows what is going on.  All these crazy things are happening.  There are twists and turns and all these different threads tie together, then fall apart.  There’s no way to possibly figure the mystery out.  And I loved that.  And I thought it was brilliant how this book went.  Sometimes second books in a series are just a lot of nothing, but not this one.  We get a lot more mysteries thrown out, but we get a lot of threads that come together.  There’s a huge discovery at the end, but we’re no where near a conclusion to it all.  So there’s a cliffhanger, but it was kind of a perfect one.  Even though it kills you, it’s not one that makes you angry.  Well, at least that’s how I feel about it.

I love, love, LOVE this series!  And all I can say is, read it!

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  1. YES YES YES!!!! I’m so so happy you loved it! I agree with everything you said. Mara & Noah’s relationship is so great. Who knew a YA couple could actually communicate? It is perfection!

  2. Would you believe that I haven’t read either of these books yet?

    I was waiting for the second book to come out before starting the first and then, well, then I just haven’t had the time.

    I am so glad you loved this though! It sounds like Noah and Mara and my kind of characters. I hate to admit this but I am really starting to hat all the relationship drama in YA books that could be avoided with proper communication. It gets tiring.

    It will be nice to start something where that isn’t an issue.

  3. *Squeals*!!!! OMG YES this series is sooo good and this book is so freaking awesome! I loved every page and I soo agree it’s so not predictable – Can’t freaking wait for the next book!

  4. Lori, I know! It made me realize even more what’s missing in most YA books in the romance department.

    Angela, 4 stars?! What’s wrong with you?! LOL, j/k! I’ll have to check out your review to see what you didn’t love. I remember I didn’t read it since I was about to read the book.

    Hafsah, I can’t wait for you to read it!

    Ali, this series is going to blow your mind! Read it!

    Danny, Yes, can’t WAIT for the next one!

  5. YEAH!!!! I love this series so much too, I just think it’s amazing. You love the same thing about Mara and Noah’s relationship that I love – there are no games. They communicate well, they don’t try to deliberately hurt one another in retaliation for a perceived slight, and they’re there for one another unconditionally. SO GOOD! I need Retribution asap, that wait is going to be excruciating.

  6. I skimmed your review..because i own and still need to read book one *hangs head in shame* I will read it before the holidays, because i asked for book two for xmas. So happy you loved it!

  7. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this series. I want Unbecoming so bad and got it and then got bogged down and still haven’t read it, I really need to read this!

  8. I love when there’s communication in a relationship. It takes practice and we definitely need more of this in YA books. Fabulous book! I’ve lent my ARC out multiple times already…woot!

  9. I can’t wait to read this one! I loved Noah, although I did get annoyed that he was a stereotypical rich bad boy who’d never found real love until he met Mara. But while I was reading it, I was totally carried away.

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