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The Evolution of Mara Dyer

(Mara Dyer #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  91,913 ratings  ·  9,213 reviews
Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is ...more
Paperback, 527 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Kylie It's told from Mara's point of view. You get her actions and her thoughts. The thing with this book is not everything is truthful. Mara can be very unreliable.

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Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2014 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
Could it be any better!? This was amazing. I'm still in a shock! Well, you cannot know what is the truth because Mara doesn't. This is my favourite element of this series, Mara tells the story, however, she is not a really reliable source.
I fell in love with Noah even more, not sure how's that even possible!
And, the end of the book? What the hell! and now I'm supposed to wait for the next one so long? Poor me.
I have been years since I've read this book, but I can still remember the chills it ga
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

First of all, how I am complete trash for this series at this point in my life is beyond me.

I have no explanation. I can't explain it, but I am currently obsessed with this.

I feel like this second installment gave me more questions than answers, but who the f* cares! I have one more book in this trilogy and I plan to devour it. Soon.

Sure, if you contemplate the storyline for too long, it's hella problematic, but for some reason, in this case, I couldn't
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 is g
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
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it

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
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, novellas
This book was BANANAS!!
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
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
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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!!!
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2), Michelle Hodkin

Her second novel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and the second book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy came out in 2012, while her third novel, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, and the final book in the trilogy was published in 2014.

Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his.

Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and d
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.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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 o
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
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

A little tally to begin:

Number of times I screamed “W.T.F!!???” out loud - 96

Number of times I was actually scared to leave my room because of all the creepy things happening – 8

Number of times I had to put my kindle down and just stare at the wall to fully digest WTF had just happened – 11

Number of times I wished I was 17 because I was SWOONING HARD OVER NOAH FREAKING SHAW- 3,857,892,357

How a book can make me afraid to leave the safety of my bed and needing to turn the lights on to do so in on
“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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you guys. what even was this book!?!?!?!??

lets just forget about mara and her issues for a hot minute. i feel like its me who needs to check into a facility because i have no idea what is fact and what is fiction anymore after reading this. i honestly dont know what to do with myself at this point.

4 stars
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
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 anyw
3.65 out of 5 stars.

I stayed up till 3:00 am to finish this book, and it was worth it.

I never thought I would say this, but I really enjoy this installement. It was darker, more intense, makes you question every single thinks and most importantly less cliché than the previous book. One of the main issues with me in the first book was that the characters were so typical and some of them kind of annoying, especially the mc, the plot was the only thing that kept me interested in the series. One of
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, biotec
Caz (littlebookowl)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
OH MY FREAKING- WHY DO YOU LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT, WHY!? I just *sigh*.... Can it be October already, please?
shre ♡
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anja H.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

If I don’t manage to get my hands on the last book soon, it’s gonna be my ass in a mental hospital and not Mara’s!

I really easily tend to forget what happened in books I’ve read a long time ago.
It’s been a year and a half since I’ve read the first book in this series, and this story sucked me back in as if n
Dec 31, 2015 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
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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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