Series: Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin [Review]

Posted January 2, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin [Review]The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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The truth about Mara Dyer's dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling 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?

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure if anything could top the first book. Boy was I wrong. The second book in this trilogy was spectacular! It started pretty much from where the first one had ended and oh my goodness, what a mind fuck this book was! I can’t wait to see what Michelle has in store for us in the third part. I’ve been told that third one is even more mindfuckery. (Excuse the language, but there’s no other way to describe this series and I love it).
Anyways, I fall in love Mara and Noah even more in this second book. They’re relationship is so intense. They truly care for each other, yet at the same time they are both so fucked up that they’re relationship can sometimes be too much. But I’d rather have their relationship then a boring one. That’s for sure.
There are even more flashbacks of another life in this second one and with the flashbacks just come more questions. It’s like Michelle answers questions but then supplies more questions. But I love it! It keeps me reading and it keeps me intrigued. And I cannot tell you how much I have pushed this series to other people. I was at the bookstore the day after Christmas and I was looking at the third book even though I had already bought it and when I put it back on the shelf a girl came by and picked it up to start reading the jacket flap. I asked her she had read that series and she said no. I told her she had to because it was one of my favorites. So I pointed to the first book and told her she had to get it but to be aware that once you start reading it, you won’t be able to stop. She then smiled at me and thanked me and then went to the register and bought it. I couldn’t help myself. I just had to!
I don’t want to go into too much detail about this second book, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But just know that if you loved the first one, you’ll love this one just as much if not more! This series has definitely been my favorite thing to read and these books will definitely be reread! And I don’t reread a whole lot of books.
But beware when you get to the last 20-50 pages of the book because you’ll be yelling and calling people names. At least I did and I was at my friend’s house drinking, so that wasn’t embarrassing at all. But the girls were wondering what I was reading and they all put that series on their lists to read, so that made me feel better. 🙂

If I were to live a thousand year, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.

Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.

“I’m too selfish to leave you,” I said. Noah pulled back so I could see his smile. “I’m too selfish to let you.”

I’m not sure you can appreciate how much I want to lay you out before me and make you scream my name.

I knew one hundred little things about Noah Shaw but when he kissed me I couldn’t remember my own name.

But when everyone tells you you’re crazy and no one believes you when you swear you aren’t, a small part of you will always wonder if they’re right.

 

Let’s talk. Did you read The Evolution of Mara Dyer? What did you think of it?

five-stars
Stephanie
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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]

Posted December 17, 2014 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer [Review]The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on September 27th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 452
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.She’s wrong.

 

My Thoughts:
So, I was about halfway through this book and I knew that it was an instant favorite of mine. This could quite easily be my favorite read of the year. Michelle Hodkin’s writing is gorgeous. It’s deliberate. It’s mysterious. It’s lyrical. I absolutely love her writing style and I love how she wrote this book.

Mara Dyer is an unreliable narrator, meaning, she doesn’t know what’s really happening and what’s a dream. At least some times. But, she’s also unreliable for other reasons. Like, do we really know that she’s not making all of this up because she really truly is crazy? Or is she really suffering from PTSD? Things like this, the reader questions. But even after all of the questioning, I still love Mara as the main character. I still feel for her. I still believe her. And I’m not sure if that is going to bite me in the ass later, or what. But I at least WANT to believe her. And as of right now, I think I do. But we’ll see when I finish the series. But what I’m getting at is that I can relate to her. I’ve had my crazy moments. Hell, my boyfriend would tell you that I’m insane every day.

Noah F*cking Shaw. Oh my dear lord. He is by far at the top of my book boyfriends list. I really wish he was not fictional. I want him in my life. I love him. Not only for being the snarky, sexy, British, smart, oh and did I say sexy yet? But I love him in other non-superficial reasons, too. Like, how he doesn’t care about labels. He doesn’t care if people talk about him or don’t talk about him. And he’s protective over Mara. He cares for Mara. It takes her a while to overcome the battle of listening to her classmates. But he does.

Overall, if you haven’t read this book yet? What the hell are you waiting for?! You need to. I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops and tell everyone that they need to read this book. I’m serious. This is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS and I cannot believe that I waited THIS LONG before I read it. Like, I’m pissed I waited so long. I’ve already told all of my reading friends to read this book. I’ve already loaned out my copy. I literally want EVERYONE to read this book.

Wow, maybe I am crazy. 😛

Memorable Quotes:

Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.

“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.”

“I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
“I guess you nailed me then.”

“You’re supposed to say, ‘All I want is your happiness. I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'”
“Sory,” Noah said. “I’m just not that big of a person.”

“I was warned about you, you know.”
And with that half-smile that wrecked me, Noah said, “But you’re here anyway.”

Let’s talk about it. Did you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer yet? How did you feel about it? Am I the only crazy one wanting to push this book on everyone?

 
four-half-stars
Stephanie
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