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1. Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2) by Michelle Hodkin

It's the cover we've all been waiting for since last year's stunning The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

If you need a reminder:

A thing of beauty


After many minutes of rabid refreshing, Simon and Schuster finally unveiled book 2, The Evolution of Mara Dyer (hitting shelves October 23 aka TOO FAR AWAY):




First of all, YAY they kept the same theme and photographer! The underwater theme is dark and haunting, just like the first book. I also love how they seem to be images in a sequence. It has evolved (cough) from them holding each other, to them being ripped apart but straining to hang on.

I also kind of love how you never get to see their faces. It keeps the air of mystery, and is also fitting since "Mara Dyer"is writing her story under a pseudonym (to protect the guilty?)

I also love the shift in color. Book one was green, and book two is blue... which seems darker and sadder to me.

Also, in case you missed it in all the cover excitement, there's a synopsis on Goodreads!

Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.

Yes yes yes! Gimme gimme gimme! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was my most anticipated read last year, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer holds that title this year. This series is AH-MAZ-ING, and if you haven't read book one yet, what on earth are you waiting for?!

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2. Mara Dyer 2 Title Revealed!


Today, the always awesome Michelle Hodkin revealed the title of her highly anticipated sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer over on her blog.



Drumroll please....

THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER


I LOVE this title. It raises so many questions, and suggests that Mara is going to become an even more complex, strong and driven heroine. There are so many aspects of Mara that could be evolving, but I suspect the title will come to have a new and unexpected meaning once we finally get our hands on the book! I can't wait to see the cover they come up with for this one!

According to Michelle, the release date hasn't been confirmed and there's no official synopsis out there yet -- so if you see one, it's probably inaccurate. Keep an eye on Michelle's blog for more details as they're available!

If you haven't read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer yet, now is a good time to start so you'll be ready when book 2 hits shelves!

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3. TONIGHT: Mara Dyer Spoiler Chat with Michelle Hodkin


WHO: Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
WHAT: A live chat where you can ask SPOILERY questions about book 1!
WHEN: TONIGHT -- Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 8 pm EST
WHY: To chat with Michelle (who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet) and get answers about this mysterious, mind-bending novel
HOW: Come back to The Bookish Type or Pure Imagination at 8 pm EST TONIGHT to join the chat! Both sites will feature the exact same chat room.


This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY event, and because spoilers will be fair game there will be NO TRANSCRIPT of the event -- so don't miss your chance to see Michelle's answers!


<p><p><p><a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=6793fd2fcc" >Michelle Hodkin Chat</a></p></p></p>

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4. Tournament of Heroines: Team Mara Dyer


You've probably heard the buzz about the YA Sisterhood's Tournament of Heroines -- a month-long competition starting December 1st in which all of our favorite, fiercest heroines will be battling it out for the crown. Here's how the YA Sisterhood defines a heroine:

A heroine is a female character who is admired for her noble qualities. We think it's someone who meets the world head on. This doesn't mean she has to be a hardcore girl who can beat up anyone who crosses her path (though those girls certainly qualify). Your favorite can be anyone you admire, for any reason. The important thing is that she is extraordinary in some way or another-- be that the way she handles other people, her inexhaustible humor, or her skill with a crossbow. We encourage you to think outside the box! Search your bookshelves for the female characters who inspire you, who make you want to be better, who prove that our world doesn't have to be a man's world.

I don't know about you, but when I hear "extraordinary" and "outside the box," I think of Mara Dyer. She's fiercely loyal and always willing to take a stand. She has a strong sense of justice and more than a few vigilante tendencies. She's a survivor, not to mention smart, sassy and a little bit scary. So that's why I've taken on the role of being Mara's advocate in the tournament!



Our first challenger is Karou from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, advocated by Enna of SqueakyBooks. Karou is great and all, but she's got nothing on our girl Mara! So be sure to come out and support Team Mara on December 15th! Word on the street (AKA on Michelle Hodkin's twitter feed) is that if Mara makes it into round 2, there will be more of THIS Noah-licious outtake PLUS an extra treat (an extra scene? the uncut too-hot-to-handle trailer? Bradley the trailer actor reading Noah passages from the book?)

Here are the tournament brackets:

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You can follow all the action on Twitter:

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5. Mara Monday: Mara Dyer Character Profile


For the release of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin a few months back, Lori at Pure Imagination and I started hosting Mara Mondays featuring all things Mara Dyer. We've decided to reinstate the feature for the YA Sisterhood Tournament of Heroines!

As you may have noticed, I am Mara's advocate for the tournament! We'll be posting non-spoilery excerpts of Mara being awesome, and Top Ten Reasons to be Team Mara, and perhaps even a special feature or two? Keep at eye out!

Today, I'm posting a character profile of Mara, so even if you haven't read The Unbecoming (what are you waiting for?!) you'll learn a little bit about our favorite heroine!

Screencap from the trailer

Name: "My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something."

Age: 17

Birthday: March 15

Appearance: Brown hair, "patrician nose and jaw", eye color never mentioned (She's supposed to be anonymous, after all)

Personality: Mara is smart and funny. She can hold her own in a verbal sparring match with even the snarkiest of British heartthrobs. She's independent and strong, and would never let someone walk all over her. She's a survivor. She's an artist. She's a nerd. She's curious and determined to find answers. She has a deep sense of justice toward all living things, including abused and neglected animals. She's always willing to take a stand, and has more than a few vigilante tendencies. She's loyal to her friends, no matter what the rest of the world thinks. She would do anything to protect those she loves -- even from herself. She's damaged, but she's fighting. She's not perfect, but no one is.

Some (Non-Spoilery) Quotes (which are rather hard to find, actually):

“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. But he started it.
Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean ‘assclown’?” He looked amused.
“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
“I guess you nailed me, then.”
Not

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6. Mara Monday: Signed Bookmarks Giveaway


For the release of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin a few months back, Lori at Pure Imagination and I started hosting Mara Mondays featuring all things Mara Dyer. We've decided to reinstate the feature for the YA Sisterhood Tournament of Heroines!

As you may have noticed, I am Mara's advocate for the tournament! We'll be posting non-spoilery excerpts of Mara being awesome, Top Ten Reasons to be Team Mara, giveaways and perhaps even a special feature or two? Keep at eye out!


Today I'm giving away some shiny signed Mara Dyer bookmarks from the NYC event on Wednesday!


To Enter:
  • Spread the word about Team Mara and her first match in the Heroine Tournament this Thursday (12/15)! Tweet (please use the hashtags #TeamMara and #HeroineTourney), Facebook, Tumblr, do a blog post, or grab a button or background and add it to your blog, as long as you're telling people about the best team around ;)
  • Leave a comment with a link to where you shared
  • Open Internationally
  • Three (3) winners will receive a signed bookmark (I have to save a few for round 2!)
  • Ends 12/16/11 at 12:01 am EST (when Mara's first match in the tournament ends)
  • Please read my giveaway policy
  • Though voting for Mara is not required (because that would be bribery), if you love Mara and Michelle p

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7. Teaser Tuesday: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  15 Comments on Teaser Tuesday: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, last added: 5/31/2011
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8. Hourglass and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: Who Will You Choose?

I was looking for a Team Kaleb button to show my Hourglass love yesterday and couldn't find one -- so I decided to make my own! While I was at it, I figured we would all want to show our Noah Shaw love before long, so I made one for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer as well. Feel free to grab one, and please let me know in the comments which Team you choose!


Hourglass by Myra McEntire:








The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:




I'm holding my Mara Dyer review until closer to the September 27 release, but here's a quick overview to whet your appetites for this mind-blowing debut: Dark. Sexy. Mysterious. Hilarious. Heart-pounding. This book is, in short, amazing. You won't see any of the twists coming -- and there are MANY. Also, I will fight you in the street for Noah Shaw.

'Nuff said.

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9. Mara Monday Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Mara's life changes forever the day she awakes from a coma to discover her best friends are dead and her memories of the accident that killed them are gone. Something strange happened that fateful night, but no one has any answers -- except, perhaps, a beautiful boy who is just as broken as Mara herself. As Mara struggles to piece together the events that led to her friends' deaths, she's drawn into a terrifying world of nightmares and confusion, kidnappings and hallucinations. And as the bodies start piling up, Mara begins to doubt everyone and everything -- including herself.

Dark. Sexy. Hilarious. Mysterious. Heart-pounding. Hair-raising. In short, this novel is incredible. In her unforgettable debut, Michelle Hodkin crafts a spine-tingling tale of death and desire that will leave readers clamoring for more. Mara Dyer is the best kind of heroine -- cynical and witty, biting and deeply flawed. Her struggles with insanity are enthralling, and her search for truth gripping. In her upside down world, it's impossible to tell what's real and what's just a terrible nightmare.

Mara is sharp and sassy, refusing to let anyone walk over her -- whether it be her controlling mother, the school's requisite Queen Bee, or even snarky boys with British accents and smoldering looks. Noah Shaw had me at "British accent." He is simultaneously sexy and infuriating, a bewitching combination that will leave readers (and Mara) befuddled. Though he possesses the casual arrogance of the drop-dead gorgeous, he has more than a few secrets of his own, revealing a sweet vulnerability that makes him utterly irresistible. Noah's hauteur is a mask -- one that crumbles in the face of Mara's unflinching directness. They have both met their match, and their delicious dynamic will leave readers ravenous for more.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer features some of the best flirtatious banter I've ever read. Noah and Mara are intellectual equals who can keep pace with one another's rapid-fire minds (and mouths). Their smart and snappy repartee will have readers writhing with laughter even in the midst of this psychological nightmare. The back-and-forth is constant, an unexpected contrast to the hidden horrors lurking just beneath the surface. Thankfully, Hodkin steers clear of the unbelievable love-at-first sight, instead letting their love/hate chemistry burn its way into an undeniable attraction. Noah and Mara are like fire and gasoline, and Hodkin ratchets up the sexual tension until readers are ready to explode.

It's impossible to know what's coming next in this twisting, turning thriller of a romance. Hodkin keeps the answers both Mara and readers so desperat

20 Comments on Mara Monday Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, last added: 9/7/2011
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10. Trailer Tuesday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Mara Dyer, and Dark Eden

I found some great trailers to share with you this week. All three are ridiculously well done.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Have you read it? Write your review here!





The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Have you read it? Write your review here!





Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Have you read it? Share your thoughts here!



I'm especially intrigued by Dark Eden. The iPhone App integration looks like pure Epic Win. Have any of you downloaded the App? Let us know what you think in the doobly-doo below.

2 Comments on Trailer Tuesday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Mara Dyer, and Dark Eden, last added: 10/25/2011
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11. Spoiler Chat with Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!

Next Tuesday, Lori at Pure Imagination and I will be moderating a live chat with Michelle Hodkin, debut author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (one of my favorite books!), to answer your most burning questions about the novel -- including SPOILERS! Finally, get some answers to all the questions you haven't been able to ask for fear of ruining the book for someone else!

This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY event, and because spoilers will be fair game there will be no transcript of the event -- so don't miss your chance to read Michelle's answers!


WHO: Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
WHAT: A live chat where you can ask spoilery questions about book 1!
WHEN: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 8 pm EST
WHERE: The Bookish Type and Pure Imagination
WHY: To chat with Michelle (who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet) and get answers about this mysterious, mind-bending novel
HOW: Come back to The Bookish Type or Pure Imagination at 8 pm EST next Tuesday to join the chat!

You won't want to miss it :)

Thanks to Michelle for inviting me and Lori to host! This is going to be epic!

4 Comments on Spoiler Chat with Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!, last added: 10/28/2011
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