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url 2014-11-14 15:51
Michelle Hodkin's Amazing Interview for Goodreads

I just wanted to share, for people who haven't seen it yet, this amazing interview Michelle Hodkin - author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy - gave Goodreads. It's funny, she talks about books she likes, and SHE SINGS! (so jealous of her incredible singing voice, by the way).


I'm very happy the final instalment of this trilogy - called The Retribution of Mara Dyer - is out! I've been wanting to read these books for a while, but if you know me, you know I try not to read the first book if the last isn't out yet (that's how I manage my own ansiety, lol). That means this trilogy has moved to the top of my reading list! Also, the covers are quite gorgeous, don't you think?

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review 2013-07-26 00:00
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! Unlike most of my friends, I felt rather tepid toward The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer. Was it entertaining? Yes it was, but it wasn't as amazing as most of my friends had suggested. I was a bit skeptical about reading The Evolution Of Mara Dyer because I had such mixed feelings regarding the 1st book. Despite my skepticism, I really enjoyed The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and I definitely believe that this is a sequel that surpasses it's predecessor. One of my major complaints with The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer was how scantily Hodkin spread the paranormal and horror aspects in her book. Immediately from the first few pages, Hodkin made good on her promise to deliver a compelling, paranormal novel. I can honestly say that I was utterly creeped out several times while reading this novel. All of the tense, ominous horror was absolutely perfect in this novel and was essential in keeping me turning the pages. When I read The Unbecoming, I was so focused on Noah's snarky attitude and behaviour. Strangely this time around, I wasn't as amused by Noah's antics and I didn't find his demeanor to be humorous. Noah comes from an extremely affluent, wealthy family and so Noah has more money than he could ever spend. Throughout the novel, Noah spends money like there's no tomorrow trying to solve Mara's dilemmas. Whenever Noah and Mara got into a bind, it seemed as if all Noah had to was spread some cash around and everything was alright. This just isn't realistic; money can't buy everything! Sure, money can be used to purchase so many necessities, but it isn't the solution to every single problem that comes your way in life. I felt the fact that Noah and Mara were so reliant on money to solve their problems acted as a bad message to readers. I know Noah's wealth is part of who he is, but I wish Hodkin had toned down Noah's use of $ to solve problems. There were several instances where the plot could have been benefited by further conflicts, but instead Hodkin took the easy way out by having Noah bribing someone. Mara has become such an interesting character to read about and she has truly evolved since book 1. I loved how Hodkin created such a conflicted, unreliable narrator that is shrouded in mystery. I really wanted to see what laid behind the peculiar aura that surrounded Mara. Reading about Mara's inner fight with reality and her perception of it was a strange, but extremely rewarding experience. Hodkin hit the nail on the head with writing an unreliable narrator and I went through periods of time, trying to decide whether Mara wasn't distorting the story. Even though I wasn't 100% on Mara's reliability, I empathized with her easily and almost immediately. This was such a change for me because I wasn't a huge fan of Mara in book #1. I quickly read The Evolution Of Mara Dyer, even though it spans over 500 pages. I was compelled to read further in the novel due to an unbearable urge to find out what happened next. I loved the balance of horror, paranormal, and romance elements in this book; I think Hodkin used a terrific formula when crafting this novel. I couldn't bear to stop reading this book and I had to read this book sneakily while I was at work because I was so addicted. I am so impressed with The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and how quickly my opinion of this series has changed because of this engrossing installment. I am definitely one of the many people who are eagerly awaiting The Retribution Of Mara Dyer. I am extremely glad that I decided to pick up The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and I would even highly recommend it to people who were indifferent to The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer.
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review 2013-07-12 00:00
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin There were so many things I loved about this book, and I have no idea how to put those things into words, but I will try.Firstly, the plot was amazing. It didn't slow down at all, and it kept me guessing with everything. The amount of plot twists Michelle Hodkin managed to get in there was ridiculous, but pretty much all of them surprised me. Also, even though the plot kept going with its creepy moments and its crazy moments, there were also plenty of perfect and adorable scenes between Noah and Mara. Their relationship grows so much in this book, and it doesn't happen in the space of five minutes either. We see trust forming between them, and also how much they care for each other. I'm keeping this spoiler free so no examples, but there are plenty. The dialogue was also great - every time Mara said something to Noah or vice versa, I'm pretty sure I was close to crying.My review would be longer, but I have no time to write it and half the stuff I want to mention is spoilery, so I'll finish by saying that this is a brilliant book and it's definitely worth a read.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-05-28 23:35
[Book Review]: The Evolution of Mara Dyer




The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

Michelle Hodkin








     The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. The book begins a few days after the first book ended. Mara is now in a psychiatric hospital, her family convinced that she needs serious help after the Jude fiasco. What they don't know is that Jude is alive -- and he wants Mara.

     It's a cat and mouse game as Mara and Noah try to unravel the mysteries surrounding the "accident", their powers, and their pasts. Aware of Jude's constant presence, there is one thing Mara knows for sure: her fear is not misplaced.


Review: Mara Dyer, Mara Dyer...
If I were to say that I loved this series, I'd be a liar. Yet if I were to say I hated this series, I'd be lying even worse.

The sequel was undeniably better than the first book, as we were given what we so craved for:answers. Though Hodkin certainly did not fail to deliver even more questions into our brains, she at least graced us with a few answers (and a cliffhanger that wasn't of the Devil's creation, thank the Lord).

After allowing my thoughts to culminate for a bit instead of rushing to the computer straight away to type up a review, I decided I liked this book. It kept that dark aura I came expect from the trilogy after the first book's "foreboding theme", which I like very much. If there was one thing I didn't like about this book, it was the heavy heavy reliance on Mara's "insane state of mind". I understand that her "insanity" was the reason the story had some of its drama, but come on, some of the parts were so obviously not caused by Mara that I was shaking my head at the stupidity of the common people in that book.

And Noah. What's the book without our favorite partner-in-crime? Some light was shed on his past, which I'm grateful for, but I still have some questions. I feel like the third book will just be one big A part of a Q&A session. I'm glad for that.

Now I just have to wait until October...



Final Verdict: Overall I gave this book, like it's predecessor, three and a half stars. I felt as though some questions were answered, but for every answer two more questions sprung up. I'm also not too fond of the fact that the first book relied so heavily upon the second book and, inevitably, the second book relies so heavily upon the third.



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review 2013-05-21 21:57
[Book Review]: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer




The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Michelle Hodkin








     The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the first book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. The books center around the main protagonist, Mara Dyer, and her life after "the accident". Just a few months prior to the start of this book, Mara, her friends Rachel and Claire, and her boyfriend Jude had taken a night trip to an abandoned mental hospital in order to stay the night. While in the mental hospital, it collapsed, killing Rachel, Claire, and Jude, but leaving Mara unharmed.

     Shortly after the traumatic experience, Mara and her family move from their old Rhode Island home to a house in Florida. There, Mara must continue to cope with the losses and learn how to adjust in a new town, all while trying to avoid the advances of Croydian's school player and deal with hallucinations (which may not all be just figments of her imagination).


Review: The one thing I know for certain is that this book had a lot of hype surrounding it. And while it didn't exactly live up to all the hype it was given, I still liked this book. Appropriately, it had this dark, mysterious aura surrounding it the whole time, I wanted to know all about Mara's powers, all about Mara's past. I wanted to know all about Noah's powers, all about Noah's past.

     I'll admit, at times I was scratching my head because I couldn't distinguish between Mara's nightmares, hallucinations, and what was supposed to be reality for her. I'm still unsure as to whether or not I found that aspect enjoyable or just plain annoying. Sure, it did mean I was able to understand Mara's confusion just like I was in her position. On the other hand, I believe the reader shouldn't be on the same level as a character in the book: I believe we should be a little more omniscient than that.



Final Verdict: Overall, I gave this book three and a half stars because of my confusion at Mara's reality, Hodkin's excessive diction at times, and the slight disappointment over the fact that the book wasn't all that it was hyped up to be.



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