Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
First published: October 23rd, 2012
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 527
Goodreads Summary:
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?
Previous review(s): The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

My Rating: 5.0 / 5

First thoughts:
When I read the last word of The Evolution of Mara Dyer I couldn't really think about much but "What the f***ing hell?!" I'm always a tiny bit scared of sequels to books I really loved and if you feel similar, don't be scared of this book - it's just as amazing as the first installment and will leave you speechless and wanting more... immediately.

More detailed:
After falling love with the first installment of this trilogy I have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Evolution of Mara Dyer and of course ditched my reading schedule to read it as soon as possible. But now I almost regret not waiting, because I'm seriously wondering how I'm supposed to survive the wait for the third book of this über-awesome series.

One of my favorite parts is still Noah Shaw, of course. In the beginning I was scared that The Evolution of Mara Dyer might suffer from a typical second-book-problem by not including the love interest as much as I'd like it to, but luckily I soon realized that Noah isn't that easy to get rid of. And while he's quite a broken character, I just love witnessing scenes with him.

Mara is still the unreliable narrator we got to fall in love with in the first book and it's still fascinating to see the world from her perspective. During certain scenes in The Evolution of Mara Dyer - especially toward the ending - I just wanted to hug the poor girl and tell her that she'll eventually get her happy ending. My only problem? I'm not really sure she will and if Michelle Hodkin decides to break our hearts, this is one of the few series I'd actually still love nonetheless.

Just like it's predecessor, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is incredibly hard to put down. Apart from the beautiful style of writing, the über-exciting plotline and the intriguing characters, it's Michelle Hodkin's way of always ending her chapters with little cliffhangers that made me continue reading even when I should have been sleeping or learning.

All in all, I fell in love with this amazing series all over again. I'm already craving the third book more than it's healthy for me and I can't wait to delve back into Mara Dyer's creepy world full of mysteries and secrets that I'm dying to get answers to. If you haven't read this series yet, I strongly recommend you to change that as soon as possible - this is a must-read!

Do you love this series as much as I do? Or, if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. These books are EPIC!!!! I really loved the first book as it totally hit my with how much I adored this book! And this second book? Just as awesome!!

  2. YAY! Awesome review. <3 Sigh. Yes. I adored this book :) So glad you did too! But, lol, yes, the ending was cruel. But also so amazing. And I'm dying for the next one! Needs it now. <3

  3. Wow, this is an awesome review! :) I rather enjoyed The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I wasn't sure if I would want to read it sequel because it seems like this series will end badly. I'm one of those people who love Happily-Ever-Afters and get attached to books really easily. So sad endings also make me feel depressed. But now that I've read your review of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I'll probably give it a try and hope that Mara and Noah will get their happy ending :D

  4. I LOVED this book! I feel like this book was even better then the first and I definitely agree about it being more creepy. Great review :)

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  6. I have to say, while I did really like The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I definitely didn't like it as much as I liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. That said, I also saw it coming. I read the first book completely thinking Mara was possessed. It fits all of the horror.

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