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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  31,956 ratings  ·  4,416 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Can we all just slow clap for this?


My thoughts have yet to make sense. So for now, all you have to know is that Evolution is a fantastic book that will most likely be the source of my nightmares and paranoia for the next few days.

GO PRE-ORDER NOW! I just ordered mine :)

***********updated FULL review***********

I wasn't sure how it could be possible, but The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more intese and twisted than The Unbeco...more
I should probably write a real review for this. Maybe I will, when my head isn't reeling.

The Evolution is everything that The Unbecoming was and more. Romantic, perfectly paced, repeatedly punching you in the gut... I actually had to take a bunch of breaks and purge to someone during the last 100 pages because everything was becoming so intense and scary and twisted. It's 10 times worse than The Unbecoming, and it's awesome.

It also raised my standards for gore and fear. If I had to pick two word...more
Ideally, this book will include:
Noah with Mara (I <3 Noah Shaw. Love him.)
More creepy hallucinations
Noah breaking Jude's face
A full collection of perverse childrens books, penned by Noah

*after reading book*
So remember in Mara's psyche file it says:
Sarin, orig. carrier; contraindication suspected, unknown; midazolam administered

So, it's creepy that Sarin, her mother's maiden name is mentioned. But the creepier part: I googled Midazolam, and it said this:
Midazolam i...more
Originally posted here:


The Evolution of Mara Dyer has just infiltrated and plundered my brain and I can't sleep until I tell you about it.

You know that feeling that you hope and wish for every time you read a book but, more often than not, are underwhelmed? That notion where, "hey, what good is life anyway if I'm not reading this very book in this very moment?" That moment when you build up this elaborate hypothesis in your brain a...more
The unfortunate byproduct of being a high school senior is that I don't have much time to read. Not as much as I used to, anyway. Before, I was able to finish a book in less than a week, and now, quite frankly, I'm lucky if I make it through half of the book in that time.

This book took me three days to finish.

Three days.


Insanity. I don't even remember the last time I finished a book so quickly.

So here's how it all went down....

Me before reading:


Beyond excited. In fact, I may (or...more
Have you ever seen the movie The Strangers? If so, do you remember that one scene where the woman was in the foreground of her house, panicking, and in the background you see one of the white-masked strangers inside her house, watching her? Such a simple and subtle scene, that was. There was no music, no big bang to draw your attention to the stranger - nothing. Just complete and utter silence, aside from the sound of the woman taking short, panicked breaths. The subtlety of that one particular...more
Well wasn't this a pleasant surprise! After being hugely disappointed with the way the first book turned from fabulously creepy to annoyingly romancy, I did not hold very high hopes for its sequel--even though I was (obviously) curious enough by the ending to still be looking forward to it. As you can tell, I had a very up and down relationship with that book. Fortunately, this sequel rocked it way harder than I could have hoped for!

From terrifying hand-made dolls (Dolls. Are. Terrifying!), to d...more
FINAL RATING: ★★★☆/★★★★★

This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster.
Just like me.

The last 20% were so worthy of 3.5 STARS.

I don't know if it is a standard for Michelle Hodkin or if i always get bored until i reach 70% of the book? Because it is the deal with me and Mara Dyer series. But, this time, i got some answers. But! I got confused as hell! And i loved that! Can you imagine? I actually loved this book. More than the first one anyway.

Shreya (CCReviews)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer was an absolutely thrilling sequel to the brain-wracking first novel in the series. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was enchanting and exciting, but this one was ADDICTING. There are more twists and turns and exciting parts in this book then there are on a roller-coaster ride. One thing is for sure, once readers put this one down, they'll definitely need some time before picking up any other book.

Mara in this book, was let's just say, funny and in a way messed up as she wa...more
Before reading:
Waiting for this book to come out.

After reading:

The writing beautiful and haunting. The author has talent. However, Noah was just too much. Before All the Noah fangirls come with with torches and pitchforks. I will explain. Mara at some point believes she is crazy. We as...more
Komal Mikaelson
Initial reaction After Completion

More like 2.5*. I am rounding it off to 3* because of the absolutely gorgeous covers.
That wasn't stupid at all

Throughout the book, there were two emotions warring: creepiness and annoyance. I was equally torn between the two and couldn't make up my mind as to what I really felt. Upto 60% of the book, that is. After that as you can perceive from my rating, annoyance won, hands down.

Random trivia (Jessie, for ya)
I did NOT like the first book, The Unbecoming of Mar...more

I'm at page. 255 and I want to list out a few things I wish Michelle Hodkin would have written in the remaining part of The Evolution of Mara Dyer:

(1) Mara is in fact crazy.

(2) Jude, Mara's ex-boyfriend and would-be-rapist, is in fact dead.

(3)Whenever Mara thinks she's seeing Jude, it's only her seeing her imaginary stalker.

(4) Every single spooky event that has taken place in the book is either Mara's own handiwork or they taken place only in her head.

(5) Mara goes all psycho-bitch a
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
OH MY FREAKING- WHY DO YOU LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT, WHY!? I just *sigh*.... Can it be October already, please?
I will most likely do a video review of this :D
“I’ll walk forever with stories inside me that the people I love the most can never hear.”


This book, uhm... What can I say about this book? Besides the fact that is brilliant, well written and awesomely brilliant? The book is THAT perfect.

The were parts of the book that i really considered Mara was really mad, in other parts it just felt that all what she was thinking totally made sense. Maybe I'm the one who's mad.
The book really catches you. In the middle was a little s...more
Oh, hey, Noah Shaw fanatics? Get ready to have your world rocked.
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*

I've finally realised that this is one of those books, that I just cannot review.

But know this. I loved it :D
I had to read this between my fingers it was so freaking intense. It's like reading about your worst nightmare. I felt so terrible for Mara from page one till the end.
H.D. Tolson
seriously not ok right now.

full review to come if I can collect myself.
I loved The Unbecoming, and I love The Evolution just as much - if not more! This is one of those books that you can't put down. You know the kind - one of those that you say to yourself at 12:30AM "Just one more chapter, and then I'm going to bed." And then at 1:30, you're still telling yourself that you're just going to read one more chapter. And at 2:30? You just give up and stay up so you can finish your book.

And at 3:00AM? You're completely unable to sleep, because the cliffhanger at the e...more
LittleMissFangirl {Zoe}

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. I finished it and cant name the amount of emotions that filled my mind. I NEED THE 3RD BOOK. NOW. RIGHT NOW.

To start off, I absolutely loved the first book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy. I read it within two days and I couldn't believe how amazing it was, so I immediately ordered the second one on amazon and waited anxiously for it to arrive. When it finally did I ripped open the box and got straight to reading.

I ABSOLUTELY love the way Michelle write...more
THE SCIENTIFIC THEORY: aka I’ve scoured the net, and yet none have mentioned the following theory pertaining to The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(edited to include A Clockwork Orange--found at the bottom.)

This all links back to Biotechnology. Otherwise known as David Shaw, Noah Shaw’s father.

Noah’s father owns a megacorporation that all stems from research in biotechnology. According to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Act 2, biotechnology is:

“any technological application that uses bi
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Contains no spoilers, my friends.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was my favorite book of last year. The Evolution of Mara Dyer was my most anticipated book of this year. Obviously, I had high expectations, but there was never a doubt in my mind that Michelle Hodkin would deliver a sequel worthy of that unbelievable first book. She did.

Do you perhaps remember my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? It went a little something like this: “I truly have no idea where to even start. I’m sure if I just s...more
♥ Becky  22
4.5 stars! Liked it even more than the first one! :)
This series is like a nightmare that totally creeps me out but at the same time it's also really mesmerizing and awesome.

(SPOILERS for FIRST Mara Dyer book)

Maybe this is just me over-interpreting things…

…but notice how their names kind of hint at their powers?

“Mara” phonetically reminds me of “mors”, or “mort”, the Latin and French words for dead and death.
And “Dyer” sounds like die.

“Noah” was the only (male) human to survive the Flood and h...more
Why do I do this to myself? I feel like throwing a tanturm, like a 2 year old, because I need the next book. Now. Waiting is torture.

This book is a giant, steaming pot of mind-fuckery. I head is spinning. Seriously, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!?! I...need to contemplate for a while, 2:30am is not an ideal time for proper brain functioning.

I will say this, maybe I am in denial, but I refuse to believe it. If you have read it, you know what I am talking about. That person better be lying...

"If I...more
Oh no!!! This ending!!
This book was as good as the first one!!! It keeps you on edge and in the dark all the time. You cannot turn the pages fast enough!!!
Michelle has unique talent to create a story that won't let you go!!
no full-review coming because I'm LITERALLY lost of words.
OMG why do I have to do things like work?? It really interrupts my reading time!

Totally sucked in to this already!
Casey (The Bookish Type)
Oh my GOD. Review to come.

Recept na to, ako spravne napisat psycho seriu

budeme potrebovat:
- nervovo labilnu hrdinku
- nervovo labilneho hrdinu
- kopu nedovery
- vela nechapania
- zo milion najdivnejsich momentov, ake nas napadny

zacnite pisat dej. hodte donho vsetko co vas napadne. nebojte sa, ze sa to nehodi do pribehu, ono to sediet bude. nikomu nic nevysvetlujte. kazdu kapitolu mente dej. a kladte doraz na to, aby ste kazdy jeden diel ukoncili najcliffhangerovanejsim cliffhangerom.
why do i feel like crying with that ending.....:(
oh noah,noah,noah.....

Merged review:

i'm hoping that the cover for this is gonna beat the first one.soooooooooooooooo in love with it!!!!!!!!!!!can't wait to read it :)JUST PRE-ORDERED THIS!!!! JUST GOT THIS IN THE POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer...more
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