Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer 2) by Michelle Hodkin

Bought from B&N
Published October 23, 2012
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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

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?

I finally got around to reading this one and it definitely was way better than I was expecting! I really enjoyed the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but didn't totally love it so I wasn't too sure what to think going into the sequel. Briana, from Bree's Books, loves this series and loved the sequel so I just had to see what was up (and I love our book discussions!) I'm seriously really happy I ended up reading this one.

I found Mara more likable in The Evolution, but she still had her moments for me. I must admit though, that I really do like Mara. I love how she is this dark protagonist with all these insane issues, but still has normal teen girl problems too.

By far the best part character in this book is Noah. *swoon* There's even more of him in The Evolution and we're able to see some into his past. This book made me love Noah even more. Knowing what he's been through and how he takes care of Mara and her family is really inspiring. Okay and the fact that he's British, extremely attractive and charming helps too!

Occasionally while reading I'd find myself going, "Wait, what in the world is happening?" or "Uhh I'm totally lost." This probably sounds odd, but I think that's one of the most unique things about this series. You ask those questions in almost a good way! You're not even on the edge of your seat, you fell off your seat halfway through book one!

Michelle Hodkin even threw in some flashbacks! (I don't want to say anything more about it in fear of giving too much away!) I kind of liked them, I was a little confused, but I think the third book will answer my questions.

There was definitely some intense scenes in this book! Like spine-tingling, shudder-inducing, freaky scenes! It's not so much scary as they are, well like I said, freaky, but in a good way! There's a part halfway through the book and the setting towards the end that are really amazing. Hodkin's descriptions put you right there with Mara and Noah so it's super easy to feel what the characters are feeling in that moment.

A little over halfway through the book I thought it almost could have ended and been a new book. I thought there was a really could cut off, I mean I would have hated a cliffhanger, but this book did feel a little long.

Awesome Quote:
The idea was a splinter in my mind. Always there, always stinging, even when I wasn't conscious of it. Even what I wasn't thinking about it.

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

Just like The Unbecoming, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will send chills up your spine, but will also put a smile on your face with Mara's unique sense of humor. A must read for anyone who read the previous book and anyone who loves psychological thrillers and wants to try something new. (You definitely need to read book one first though! You'll be totally lost, haha!)


  1. I'm a little lost on the premise of the first book, but this sequel sounds really interesting, anyway. Your descriptions of the *intense* freaky scenes (since I haven't read the first book, I'm like 'wait, freaky how?') and Noah have me thinking I should def check it out. Great review and glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. I just skimmed your review but I got both books 1&2 for Christmas and hope to get to them in the next week!

  3. I gotta gotta gotta try this series.

  4. I'm with Juju at Tales of Whimsy, I gotta try this series. Thanks for the review.

  5. Noah sounds great! I need to make time for this series.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. Hey Kat! The premise of the first book is kind of describing what happened to Mara in the past and her realizing her ability (at least I think that's what it is, it's seriously crazy lol!) Ooo and freaky in every sense lol! Like scary-freaky, strange-freaky and Noah-freaky lol!

    Hi Karen! I hope you enjoy them! :)

    Hi Juju! I hope you do! They are all kinds of crazy!

    Hey Rowena! You definitely do, it's unlike anything else.

    Hi Brandi! Ooo Noah is the best!

  7. I would definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE. I literally can't wait for the third volume to come out, Michelle Hodkin has done a marvelous trilogy.