Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teen Review: Mara Dyer

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Number of Pages: 527
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Yes, this is the second book of the Mara Dyer Trilogy
Reading level: High School
Reviewed by: Giselle F., grade 9


S U M M A R Y :
Mara never thought it could get worse, but she is proved wrong and things go from bad to worse. After finding out that Jude, her ex-boyfriend, is alive, she is committed to a mental institute. Mara soon realizes that the things that she thought were just in her head are not, she learns more about her past, and most importantly she learns more about her strange, powerful, and very dangerous abilities with the help of her boyfriend, Noah Shaw.

R E V I E W:

After reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I was in shock and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next, in the second book in the trilogy. I wanted to know what would happen to Mara now that her ex-boyfriend is back from the dead, as well as what would happen between Mara and the handsome, mysterious Noah Shaw. As I held the book in my hands, I began to prepare myself for the craziness Mara and Noah might uncover.

I was hooked on the first page. I loved how creepy and enigmatic the book was. Right away you find yourself on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what’s going on with Mara. Is she really crazy? Is she possessed? Or is something more going on? The weird mental patients and the crazy things that Jude did left me both creeped out and worried for Mara and Noah. The author did a fantastic job writing the book without giving anything away. I was left guessing and grasping for answers, but found none.

I loved how the author took the time to develop other characters. Jamie, with his funny sarcasm and witty comments, definitely lightened the mood throughout the whole book, and it was great to have him back as Mara’s close friend--he definitely added some sass to this book. Daniel, Mara’s older brother, quickly became my favorite character second only to the ever-passionate Noah Shaw. I loved how Daniel was still able to be that annoying older brother, quipping with Mara, and also was able to be sweet and sensitive to Mara’s situation.

Although the creepy factor was high throughout the whole book, there was no shortage of Noah-and-Mara moments. I really liked how Noah was constantly there for Mara, and how he did everything he could for her. I found it a little annoying how dependent Mara was on Noah in the beginning of the novel, but later on, Mara became more independent. I didn’t think it was possible to love Noah more than I did in the last book, but I do!

The last chapters were wild! There was a crazy twist that I never saw coming. And by the end of the book I was in a big state of shock again, and I couldn’t believe what had happened. This book will leave you breathless and sad.

I give this book 5 stars!

If you want to see a blog post about the first book, go here. According to Michelle Hodkin's website, the third book--The Retribution of Mara Dyer--comes out in late October! There are lots of extras and videos and stuff on her website, so check it out!

1 comment:

  1. I agree! Loved the first book, loved the sequel, impatiently waiting for October. Noah gets my vote for best boyfriend ever.