Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
“Tell me what you see. Because I don't know what's real and what isn't or what's new or different and I can't trust myself, but I trust you.”
I am confused. And scared terrified. I am angry. I am freaked out. I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with this series. And it hurts.
“You will love him to ruins.”
When a book starts with this line, you know that things are going to get ugly. In The Evolution of Mara Dyer Mara's family is seriously concerned about her mental state and decides that severe treatment is the only way to get their daughter back. The thing is, Mara is not crazy but pretends to acknowledge that she is crazy in order to stay out of mental institutions, but she's afraid that she will lose her sanity if she doesn't get answers. Answers about her powers, the ghost from her past that seems to h(a)unt, her grandmother, some identical pendants and a creepy doll. The only person who really knows what's happening to her is Noah, but Noah has problems of his own and secrets he can't share. And their love alone is not enough.
“I was falling apart, and all my pieces were scattering to the wind.”
Helplessness, despair, anger, frustration, you are trapped in a whirlwind of emotions that make you grasp for breath, something that never comes. You want to claw your brain to erase the throbbing, to press your nails in your hands until they bleed, to untie that knot in your stomach. That's what The Evolution of Mara Dyer did to me. It was creepy, so creepy that I couldn't sleep without the lights on, that the concept of the monsters that lurk in the dark seemed somehow real. Michelle Hodkin found her way into my brain and into my heart, and I am scared of what she'll do with that power. And that ending left me in the verge of hysteria.
“This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster. Just like me.”
Noah Elliot Simon Shaw, you are one of the loves of my life. This arrogant, dedicated and broken boy was the only source of light in Mara's life, his love the only stable thing in a world that was falling apart. He and Mara had their issues, but together they were strong, they made me strong, strong enough to withstand the forceful attack against my sanity this book launched.
“I can't slay the dragon because I can't find him, so for now I stay close.
It's not enough.”
A beautifully disturbing book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer led to shocking events and revelations that made me want to read the final book even more desperately than before. I pray Michelle will be merciful.