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

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon Teen

Release date: October 23, 2012

Rating: 5 stars – LOVED IT TO PIECES!

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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?


There are so many things that I could say about the second installment to Michelle Hodkin’s, Mara Dyer series. It was AMAZING. BREATHTAKING. CAPTIVATING. From the very first page, Hodkin’s left me utterly breathless. I wanted more. And in wanting more I was never for a second disappointed. I devoured the book in four sittings – mainly because of school and work. If it weren’t for those two things then I most likely would have finished in a day. It was that ENTICING – not letting you go for a moment. Every chapter adds on to the mystery of who is Mara Dyer, which is the impending question that arises in BOTH books.

We last left Mara with a startling revelation in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Her ex-boyfriend, Jude, is alive, which we all – including Mara – thought died in the collapse of the asylum. Oh, boy. Is he more alive than EVER. He terrorizes Mara, haunting her life in every way possible. Every one around her believes she’s becoming unhinged, which is true, but it’s not because she’s psychotic – like she’s diagnosed. This is where Hodkin’s brings in elements of PTSD – very much like TUoMD – mixing it with an air of supernatural suspense.

From terrifying hand-made dolls, strange dreams, hidden secrets, and mental hospitals, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is nothing short of startling and riveting, completely gnawing at your brain, trying to make sense of it all. It has a definite CREEP factor, but balancing the dark air of the story is light humor and the blossoming romance between Mara and Noah. Even Hodkin’s secondary characters (Jamie, Daniel, Joseph, Stella, ect.) frame the story. No character goes to waste and it’s definitely something that I thoroughly enjoy and love about Hodkin’s writing.

As the story progresses, so does your heart rate. There were more times than not that I was completely caught off guard and freaking out because of what was happening. The ending left me unraveled. There’s no other word for how my thoughts and feelings; they were all over the place. Kid you not. My thoughts were all jumbled and muddled and well, I was off the rails. Even as I write this, I’m still blown away by the level of intrigue and impending danger Hodkin’s weaved into the last few chapters. All I could think of was – WHAT?! IT CANNOT END LIKE THAT! NOOOOO.

Yeah. It made me absolutely crazy.

I have very high hopes for the final installment titled, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hitting shelves Fall 2013. For fans of the first novel, you will completely fall in love once again with Hodkin’s enticing story; for non-fans, you will more than likely love it too!

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