Friday, August 24, 2012

"The Evolution of Mara Dyer" Review

Date to-be Published: October 23, 2012

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Number of Pages: 530

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

First Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, the last book left me yearning for more of Mara and Noah and man did we get more of them! I really enjoyed this book as much as the first book but in an entirely new way; this book was more dark and serious while the first book was more light and semi-serious. But I really enjoyed diving into Mara’s world again and learning more about who she is and what her world has to offer. This book definitely didn’t let me down; I enjoyed just about everything about it! I loved seeing the old characters and meeting some of the new ones…it was an overall exciting and excellent read.


This plot seemed to be more complicated and twisted than in the previous book. You have so many issues being addressed but it wasn’t confusing surprisingly. This book had a lot to do with trying to figure out whether what was happening was real or all in Mara’s head…very psyche-thrilling! If you thought the last book was filled with surprises and twists you haven’t seen anything yet! This book definitely surprised me at times when I least expected it. This book was filled with plenty of action and intimate scenes, where it allowed you to get to know the story better and have fun at the same time. I actually thought this book had a lot of moments where I kept thinking ‘WTH?’ I mean seriously some of the things that happened in this book were intense and insane but I loved every one of them. As for the pace of this book it was extremely fast, I had to force myself to read slower; to savor every last word. And the ending?! I wouldn’t consider it a cliffhanger but it still leaves you yearning for more; to know what happens next. I loved the ending though, I really thought the author did a great job on ending this book in a way that concludes this part of the story but also opening it up for the next book. So overall I thought the plot was well thought out and created the perfect read that could keep the reader interested and happy. But this book was more sinister so beware of what’s to come!


I loved the romance in this book, it was just as fun and exciting to read in this book than it was in the first one. We got to know both Mara and Noah a little better and there was plenty of conflicts to stab at their relationship and boy there was definitely one major event that will leave you breathless, definitely saw that coming but was still a little shocked to actually see it happen, kind of like your mind knows the truth but the heart doesn’t…anyways I’ll leave it at that. But either way I liked that this book really tested their relationship and made it more realistic and interesting to read about. So overall I enjoyed the romance in this book and still enjoy my Noah time!


So I still loved getting to know Mara, she was the same in a way that we know her…but the things that happen to her in this book start to change her and well it was interesting to read but she was still easy to connect with and want to get to know. As for Noah he’s still my number one Hottie in the book! And some of the new characters introduced in this book were very interesting and fun to get to know…and all of the characters were necessary for the plot and fit well within the story. So overall I thought this was a great aspect to the story.

Transformation of the Character:

Like I mentioned earlier Mara starts to really change in this book and it was easy to see why. The transformation is hard to describe without giving anything away but let’s just say the events are really starting to make her change whether she wanted to or not…I liked some of the changes too, some helped create a better Mara…but overall the transformations that went on in this book are not over; they will definitely continue to take place in the book to come. So overall this was an interesting aspect to the story.


Loved the description in this book, I was really able to get inside the minds of some of the characters especially Mara. I enjoyed reading each scene; they had a life of their own, some were more descriptive while others vague. Some of my favorite scenes were she used emotions in simple words to describe the scenes, I don’t always see that in books and I think this is one of the things that makes me really enjoy this author’s writing. And the deep emotion that was in this book was beautifully described; I really enjoyed everything about it. And I thought there was a lot of dialogue in this book but it seemed to fit this story just right, I didn’t think that there’s was too much of it, it was more of just stating a fact. So overall I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.


This was written in one POV and in first person which allowed us to keep focused on the more important issues in the book and at the same time feel really connected to Mara. As for the author’s writing, I loved it just as much as I did in the first book if not even more. I loved how she played around with words and manipulated the scenes, she really is a master when it comes to writing. So overall I really enjoyed the style of this book and though this book was a little bit darker it was necessary for the story to be told right.

Quote of the Book:

“I heard my name whispered in a loved, familiar voice, but it was far away and I didn’t care. I would not stop until this thing beneath my grip was dead- I would not allow it to escape or heal. I wanted to watch it die, to turn it to meat.”

Goodreads Summary:

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?

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to fans of the unbecoming of Mara Dyer and to anyone who loves a great romance/action packed book. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to continue reading Mara and Noah’s story because there is still so much left to be figured out! But overall I loved this author’s writing and found this to be a quick, fun filled and exciting read.

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  1. Excellent review Lacey! I haven't read the first one yet but it's been on my To-Read list for a while. I really like the way you set out your reviews!

  2. Great review! I'm anxiously awaiting this book. I can't wait to get my hands on it!