As my reading time has definitely started speeding up, I’m going to try a new thing for the blog — my posts on Friday will be made up entirely of reviews! That way, I have more time during the week to put together killer how-to writing guides for you every Tuesday (and maybe in the future posting a third day of the week!) Is that okay with all of you guys? I hope so!
Now, for today’s review. I’m going to say here that there will be spoilers in this review, but only for the first book. Nothing will be spoiled for this one, so if you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer* (or my review post on it) and you don’t want to be spoiled for it, skip past this post!
Everyone else, let’s get started!
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THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER
“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.”
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Themes: Mental illness, mental powers, romance, death
Publisher: Simon & Shuester Books for Young Readers
Days I took to Read: 3
ABOUT THE BOOK
With her father wounded from the gunshot that she caused at the courthouse, Mara is in ruins. Noah is the only one who knows about her, and at first, she thought she could keep it that way. But as things continue to get worse, so does she, and so she is forced to do out-patient therapy at Horizon’s care facility, despite the fact that Jude still seems to be tormenting her from the outside world. Meanwhile, she seems to be getting memories back — but she finds that they aren’t her own. Mara is forced to dig into her own mind, however dark it may be, to figure out how to keep both herself and her loved ones safe.
Once again, this is a book I flew through in under three days, and I was still left groaning in frustration when I flipped to the last page. These books always have a way of leaving you with more questions than answers, and I’m starting to wonder if everything will be able to be wrapped up nicely by the next book, unless the author decides to leave the entire series with a cliffhanger, forcing the audience to decide what happened. Those are fun… but so incredibly frustrating.
This was also the book where I started worrying more about Mara’s relationship with Noah… I understand that they’re in love and connected over this thing they both have happening to them, but it seems like they’re falling for each other so fast. Noah’s already future planning for them, which doesn’t really vibe with his old womanizer tricks from before he met Mara.
That being said, I’m a sucker for the whole reformed-bad-boy thing (#guiltypleasure), especially when they’re British (#alsoguiltypleasure) so I did really like how they were written. As I mentioned in my previous review, having those sweet moments of love between Mara and Noah were a much needed break from the horror of the rest of the plot, and I think without them, the story might have felt too rushed.
I’m also having a really hard time coping with the fact that Jude suddenly became irrevocably nuts over the death of his sister. And not even like Mara’s brand of “nuts” but like, stalker/murderer/serial-killer-style letters nuts. Besides, at some point before the collapsed asylum accident, Mara had to like Jude enough to decide to go out with him and be his girlfriend. I just feel like Mara’s not the kind of person that would blindly trust someone like that, only to have them go off the deep end and try to sexually assault her, then torture and try and murder her family. I’m really hoping by the next book we’ll be able to see what was really up with him, because I think that because we’re getting it all from Mara’s perspective, there’s a lot that we’re missing out on.
This book also started to include more flashback chapters, which somehow made the book even more confusing, because I didn’t even notice chapter headers were being used until I was about two hundred pages in. I am, however, interested to see how the two storylines cross and how Mara’s ancestry is involved in this whole mess.
IMPORTANT: There are graphic self-injury triggers in this book, so if those bother you at all, be ready for them. There are two specific moments in the book, with the first one being much more mild than the second. If you want to read about them, you can click on the blurred text here to see the spoilers of when it happens so that you can be aware of it and it won’t spring up on you.
— The second moment happens when Jude has Mara hostage in the cabin, and he doesn’t try to kill her. Instead, he forces her to take the knife and cut her own wrists, so that when people find her, they’ll assume she tried to kill herself and she’ll be admitted. She takes notice that he makes her cut horizontally instead of vertically; it’s not a fatal wound. That being said, this moment was pretty graphic for me, so be aware of it. As long as you know what’s happening, you can kind of gloss over the details.
As I finish this book, I’m holding onto it for rereading in the future, and I am definitely going to the bookstore tomorrow morning to pick up the conclusion. If you’ve made it this far in the series and are wondering just what the heck is going on and you’re thinking of giving up, just keep going, I promise it’ll be worth it in the end.