Publication Date: October 23, 2012Review: I remember really liking The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I couldn't remember much of the plot or the characters. This proved to be a problem for me when diving into the sequel. Characters would be mentioned and I wouldn't remember who they were. It took me awhile to even realize that Daniel is Mara's older brother, not her younger brother.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 544
Synopsis: Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
But once I got refreshed, it was easier to read. Because the book was really thick, I think there were lots of parts where things were drawn out unnecessarily. I found myself getting frustrated really easily throughout this novel. There were scenes where I was rolling my eyes, wanting the plot to just move. I think one of my main problems with this book, besides the dragging plot line, was that I didn't connect with Mara. I liked her in the first book, but in this book, I was just annoyed. I wanted her to be more active and--I don't know--on her feet (?) to find things out, instead of being too scared and needing Noah so much.
The creep factor in this book was definitely high. The scariness of Mara's situations were undoubtedly intense. I got chills and goosebumps, and I couldn't help but pity Mara for being in such a crappy situation. Hopefully, things will get better for her in the third book, because she gets put through so much in this installment.
The second book once again ends in an awful cliffhanger. But this time, I'm not sure if I'll be too keen on reading the third book. The Evolution of Mara Dyer contains lots of "hold your breath" moments, but it was also a disappointment for me after loving the first book as much as I did. Of course, that's just how I felt, and after looking on Goodreads, it seems like I'm one of the very few that didn't love it!