Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer: Review


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?


Uh... I have no idea how to start this review. Not because the book is super good (I mean, it's good, but not that good) but because I really have no idea. How about this: It has a good plot and good characters that I can relate myself to but there are also major flaws that I don't approve of. 

Good things first. The plot is really good. It's delicate and the whole set-up is well-planned. First with Jude terrorizing Mara's mind and no one trusts her other than Noah. And then there's an encounter of a new character which I think is really important esp. in The Retribution of Mara Dyer (you have to find it out yourself!). And then there's Mara doing really weird things herself without her knowing it. All those lead to the epic ending of this book and I believe there're also some threads leading to The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I have to say this is one of the best-planned plots I have ever seen and I really appreciate that.

Another good thing about this book is that this time, I can finally relate myself to the characters. I can finally feel with them. In The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I like those characters and I understand what they're feeling but I don't feel attached. This time, I truly feel like I'm experiencing all those crazy stuff with the characters and that's a really huge thumbs up because... normally I don't get too emotional about stuff but when I do, it gets really deep/messed-up.

But there are some flaws in this book. One of the biggest is probably the plot itself. Yeah, I mentioned that I like the plot. And truly I do. But while planning all the threads, I feel like the book is going too slow and sometimes I even feel detached from the story (alert: not the characters). I know that it takes some time to set up the whole thing but for some reason I just can't wait and I get really impatient.

There's also a flaw. Even though I have to admit the threats are really creepy (so I admire it :D), I have to say I can totally see a circle in this book: Jude threatening Mara and her family, her family doesn't trust what she's saying one bit, Noah and Mara trying to figure out what happened, Mara dealing with her issues, blah blah blah. It's slightly different each time but it's basically the same thing going on over and over again... well except maybe the last few chapters, I guess? That seems contradictory to what I said about the plot being well-planned. If you combine all the threads and stuff together and see the whole thing, it's really a good plot. But during the period, it's just circles coming full over and over again and sorry, I'm not a big fan of circular plots. (Or you can just say my mind is a big fat contradiction :D if you want)

Now to the ending. Oh the ending is killing me! No, I didn't cry in case you are wondering. But I can feel myself breathing really hard and I have an urge to kill a certain group of people. I can't concentrate to anything even hours after reading the whole thing and that kinda messes me up real bad (you can say this is a messed-up in a good way). Well, let's just say I can't wait for The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Maybe not on my top-anticipated list, but definitely in one of my must-read new releases category.

Rating: 7.5/10

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