Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2) by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. 
Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability… before anyone else ends up dead!

This book was somewhat better than the first one. Mainly in the fact that I didn’t roll my eyes quite as much as I did for the first book. As Mara doesn’t spend any time in school, the tropes seem to be slightly less prominent. Which meant I cringed slightly less, and enjoyed it slightly more.

The creepiness level is still up there, and I loved it. In fact, if the third book is anything like this one, I’m slightly worried about reading it while home alone! Some of the scenes are really chilling, and the horror is written really well, I can’t deny it.

If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them.

I also loved the twists and turns in this book. It wasn’t all perfect, and I did predict one or two things that were going to happen. But most of the aspects of the plot twists I didn’t get and they left me reeling. I loved the ending, and the last 150 pages or so were full of twists that kept me gripped until the end. The writing is pretty good, but choppy at times.

The characters were…okay. They filled their roles and did their jobs. But no one really overly impressed me. I sympathised with Mara a lot, and she’s probably my favourite character in most ways. Noah melted my heart and also managed to really annoy me. Their relationship seemed all over the place but both refused to even attempt to sort it out or talk things through, which got on my nerves after a while.

If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.

This series continues to tug me in two directions. It’s still annoying me and has a lot of problems, but also grips me and the plot if so fun and so entertaining, I’m definitely going to read the last one and see what it has in store for me!

★★
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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