The Evolution of Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was just as gripping and mesmerizing as the first book in the trilogy.  Mara now knows that Jude is alive and seems to be after her.  This has caused her serious anxiety issues. To make things even harder, Mara is trying to convince her family that she is not crazy and should be allowed to live at home.  The only good thing that has come from this whole ordeal is Noah coming back into her life.  He seems to be the only thing that is keeping her grounded.  As she continues to come to terms with her “gift” and hang on to what is real, Mara discovers that there could be much more to her and Noah’s talents.

I loved this book!  The characters are fantastic and they just keep getting better.  I loved how this book feels incredibly contemporary and then a few pages later it is filled with supernatural elements.  All and all creating a very realistic feeling story.  Hodkin has done such an amazing job of keeping her readers guessing.  Just when you think you have everything figured out, she throws in one more twist.  Of course this also means we are left with a cliffhanger ending that leaves us anxiously awaiting the final volume.  I am completely intrigued with the possible family back-story that was hinted at in this book as well as learning what Mara and Noah’s gifts mean.  This has been one of my all time favorite young adult series.  It has everything you desire in a book; a love story that is well written and witty, suspense and mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat,  and of course  fun paranormal elements.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (the latest installment in the Hush, Hush saga)

Beautiful Redemption  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (the latest installment in the Beautiful Creatures series)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (the latest installment in the Mara Dyer trilogy)

“Who Could It Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket (the first book in a new series)