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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  64,772 Ratings  ·  7,238 Reviews
The truth about Mara Dyer's dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Oct 20, 2012 Vy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf, 2012
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
Mar 08, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
“Tell me what you see.Because I don't know what's real and what isn't or what's new or different and I can't trust myself,but I trust you.”

I am confused.And scared terrified.I am angry.I am freaked out.I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with this series.And it hurts.

“You will love him to ruins.”

When a book starts with this line,you know that things are going to get ugly.In The Evolution of Mara Dyer Mara's family is seriously concerned about her mental state and decides that se
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
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

Aj the Ravenous Reader

I just finished the book and I’m totally freaking out and silently screaming obscene phrases at the air because man, that twist, that ending (or the lack of it), as picked up from the book, is batshit crazy. I’m not sure if I should applaud it or curse it. I’m not sure whether to be impressed or upset by the revelations and I guess that’s when you can say a book is really good- when it totally messes up with your head. Up to now, my heartbeat hasn’t returned to normal. It hasn’t since I started
Aug 28, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Apr 02, 2016 Sofii♡ rated it it was amazing
Just one word: AMAZING

I can not stop thinking about what just happened......


This book as the first has left me wondering many things and my head is a mess! unexpected information ... WOW !!

I am pleasantly surprised honestly had my doubts about whether this book could overcome the first and really did with honors!

Michelle God! , I wish to have only a quarter of the talent that this woman possesses. It has become one of my favorite writers with only two books I have read, I would read anything t
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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I think my brain melted. Like, actually, that is my brain, on the floor, in a puddle of what even. JUST IN CASE YOU WERE CURIOUS AS TO MY REACTION TO THIS BOOK. Okay...deeeep breaths. I did love it, but I had several "WHAT EVEN THE HECK" moments that confused me too much.

Also this book is too huge. Way too huge. It dribbles on so much in the middle it was actually irritating??? Which is a shame because book 1 was perfection. I have yet to meet a YA book that's over 500 words which I feel needed
Lauren Koerner
Jan 20, 2016 Lauren Koerner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm at page. 255 and I want to list out a few things I wish Michelle Hodkin would write 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 and kill
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie

“I’m afraid– I’m afraid I’m losing control.” I’m afraid I’m losing myself. The idea was a splinter in my mind. Always there, always stinging, even when I wasn’t conscious of it. Even when I wasn’t thinking about it.

What did I just read? My emotions are all over the place. Just when I thought I was getting answers, Michelle Hodkin slams me over the head with some grade A mindf*ckery. But who the hell am I fooling? I loved every second of it.

*All spoilers tagged *
Mara Dyer once believed
Oct 20, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
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
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
4.5 stars
I found this one to be a bit slow at times but it did definitely deliver as far as the creepy twisted plot. I love trying to figure out what's going on. Also really love all the characters but sometimes I just got so frustrated wanting people to believe Mara!!!
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
Lala BooksandLala
I really wasn't expecting this to be better than the first book!!
The action was perfect, the romance great, the side characters amazing, the plot twists perfectly done.
I think the first book was just a little too slow for me, not enough of the paranormal aspect...but now I feel it was appropriate because we needed the intro and back story...but everything about book 2 was just amazing and captivating.
Daiane (Away for a while :/)
“I’ll walk forever with stories inside me that the people I love the most can never hear.”

I mean


I can't even start putting into words my feelings at the moment I finished this book.
This woman was able to mess with my mind. It made me surprised, confused, angry, sad, amused... I DON'T KNOW!!!

Basically this girl cannot have a single day in peace. Even when she tries to tell the true that is taking her sleep away, nobody believes her. Not even I believed her. I have to
Final rating: 3.5/5 stars

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.

Now t
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

So I had this book burning a hole on my shelf wanting me to read it. I couldn’t even remember what happened in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so I had to amuse myself by reading spoiler reviews. (This is what happens when you’ve read it a year ago.) It’s unbelievably hard to find reviews with spoilers and I wished there was such a site that only did spoiler reviews lol. Now that would be an interesting blog! I read enough reviews
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Feb 19, 2015 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
OH MY FREAKING- WHY DO YOU LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT, WHY!? I just *sigh*.... Can it be October already, please?
Feb 24, 2016 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
3.75 stars

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second installment in Mara Dyer series. This book will show you that madness is real. I quite enjoyed the book more than The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Likewise, the sequel is full of thrills and the author's done a good job with her vague narrative. If this situation is in the other books, I will loath it and never hesitate to give it just one star. But when obscurity appears in this book, it fits perfectly with its creepy vibe and the story that I dare
Jan 19, 2013 Shreya rated it it was amazing
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
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.) (October: edited to include the Daniel Myer theory)

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, biotechn
Trina (Between Chapters)
--Edited Jan 28, 2016 upon finishing the series--
I stand by my original review (below) of being frustrated with this book. But in hindsight, now that I've finished the series, this book was really laying the foundation for what would be revealed. Something I neglected to mention in my original review was how much I enjoyed the meta-narrative in this book. I loved how the character Daniel creates a fictional story about Mara that he comments on, which is really this book making a commentary on it
Nov 12, 2012 Esmeralda rated it it was ok
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

Even better than the first book but also an even bigger cliffhanger...

Moving on to book 3 ASAP!
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 Ma
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*

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

But know this. I loved it :D
"I didn't think you had to make the choice you said you made then. But if I did have to choose between someone I love and a stranger, I would choose the one I love."


I have mixed feelings about is book.

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On one hand, I liked all the scary bits, where Mara gets taunted by all these weird happenings, dreams, and creepy bloody messages. But on another hand, I feel totally torn, that I sort of guessed how this book was going to end. Or at least this specific book, no
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Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. ...more
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Mara Dyer (3 books)
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

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