Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Book
Publication Date: 27th September 2011 & 28th February 2013
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Source: Bought (Bookalicious)
Pages: 466 pages & 544 pages
Summary: Unbecoming of Mara Dyer = Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. [Goodreads]
Evolution of Mara Dyer = Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead![Goodreads]
I have heard a lot of good things about this series in the booktube community and also among book bloggers. After watching plenty of book hauls that included this series, I thought to myself "I NEED TO HAVE THAT BOOK!". There is also a blurb by Cassandra Clare writer of the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments which both series that I love. So, I trust Clare's judgement and went on buying both books at the local bookstore. I read both books in 2 days!!
It is sooooooooo engaging, mysterious and I can't put both books down. It was a crazy reading experience for me. Mara is not crazy but the people around her think that she is fragile and disturbed mentally after an accident happened to her. In the first book, she tries hard not to act like a crazy person when she sees something weird or that she cannot explain. She tries to convince the people around her that she is okay so that they won't stop looking at her like she'll passed out in any second. In the second book, Mara begins to doubt herself because a 'ghost' from her past is haunting her and her family still treat her like she is going to burst because of an episode in the first book. I like her character though she is a bit whiny but I can understand that she is trying hard to prove to everyone that she is not crazy.
Then there's Noah who I love and WANT for myself. He is very understanding and goes along with Mara. We can see that he loves her and will do anything for her. He is a rich kid but does not have his father's love. So he concentrate his time to help Mara solve the mysteries in her life. But something happened to Noah at the end of book 2 that makes me want 'Retribution of Mara Dyer' book three of the series, in my hand like right this second! The story line hooked me and the mystery of it really made me felt intrigued while reading and I just want to continue reading the book without stopping. It makes me go crazy with Mara.