In the esteemed bank of supernatural thrillers, this book has the boring job of a clerk on probation.
I don’t even know why I picked this one considering how much I loathed the unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I guess ’cause maybe I was just a tad bit interested in learning about her powers and shit. But be warned this book presents more questions than answering them. And most of the questions from the previous volume are still unanswered. Or maybe they were, but I was just too thick-headed or dumb to realize that.
But, in some aspects I just felt that the unbecoming of Mara Dyer was better way executed than The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I just felt so f-ing frustrated reading this book and from her POV, it was torture. That’s not to say it was all bad. Just that I felt the writing was a bit disjointed and all over the place. And I didn’t much appreciate how Mara continuously whined that she hated feeling helpless but when it came to do something she panicked. Also I didn’t enjoy the countless almost-make-out sessions. But that’s something I expected, so it was alright. And then Michele Hodkin tried to incorporate several creepy factors to, I guess, scare us but it all just fell kinda flat. I went through this book with a sort of detachment. I couldn’t exactly get myself to feel terrified. And then there’s another cliffhanger, even worse than the first one- but, you know what? I was more excited by the first one. And I just don’t care anymore. The first book I hated but I was sort of interested in knowing what happened after the cliffhanger. But even though this volume is way better than the first I just can’t be bothered about it. Towards the end I was aggravated enough that I started wishing Jude would just come out and finish her off.
So why did I give this book 3 stars when quite obviously I didn’t care for it much? Well, it might have to do something with the fact that I finally got Days of blood and starlight, so I am feeling particularly generous. But the thing is, this novel was more plot-focused and overall it was carried out all right, even though she could have made it shorter and more riveting. And also, I adored that cover and that shit at the retreat with the Midozoalm and contraindications was fine, even though I didn’t get some of it (obviously). So seems like I’m gonna do be doing a bit of research on those two subjects which doesn’t earn Michelle Hodkin any cookie pints.