Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Source: Borrowed from fellow blogger
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository
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?

If you want someone to mess with your mind, then pick up the Mara Dyer books. That will lead to more mind messing than you could have ever possibly wished for. But that's not to say that Michelle Hodkin's The Evolution of Mara Dyer wasn't a fantastic read. Because despite the fact I never knew what was happening, I loved reading the book.

No one believes Mara when she says that Jude is still alive. Everyone just thinks she is crazy, and now even she is starting to think that she might be. But Noah still believes in her and that's all that Mara needs to know. Determined to prove that someone is after her, Mara pretends to be normal, accepting to do whatever her parents want her to do to get better. Though she may be imagining some things, there is definitely something going on and Mara is determined to prove she is not going crazy. But that might be easier to say than do.

Michelle Hodkin is a professional who it comes to messing with people's minds...or at least when it comes to messing with my mind. Because while reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer I never knew whether what I was seeing was real or not. But that's what makes this book so great. It makes you keep reading just to see if all those crazy theories you come up with are going to turn out to be true or not. But beyond the fact that you start thinking you're also going crazy while reading, this story also keeps you on the edge of your seat. There's never a moment where there isn't something happening, and usually whatever is happening is only thickening the mystery. And then I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, because really there's no way of knowing whether or not what we saw is actually what happened.

So Mara is the textbook definition of an unreliable narrator, and for that reason at times I feel like I'm going crazy right along side with her. And it can get kind of frustrating at times because for all I know Mara might just be in a padded room somewhere just imagining the whole thing (and if that actually happens I will be pissed). But besides the whole crazy part, Mara is a very interesting person. And I'm always impressed that despite everything that's going on, she always keeps going as best as she can. And Noah might have something to do with that. Because Noah, despite being his cocky self, is always ready to help Mara even if it's to his own detriment. And I love him for it. And other reasons and if you've read the book you'll know what I mean.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even better than the first book in this series. Michelle Hodkin has mastered the art of messing with minds. So these books should come with a warning: be careful because you might think you are going crazy while reading. But it's totally worth it.


  1. I agree it is definitely totally worth the mind games! And after the cover-reveal of the final book the other day, now I REALLY can't wait for it to get published so I can find out what happens after that doozy of an ending in this one!

  2. This book definitely messed with my head! You couldn't believe anything Mara was saying. She couldn't even believe it herself. Such a crazy read! I can't wait to find out how this series ends

  3. This book does mess with your mind, but you are right, it is so worth the time. I just read this book a couple of weeks ago and it was sooo good and mind boggling and creepy and awesome. The end? I mean, wow! :) I can't wait for the next one. Enjoyed your review.

  4. I LOVED this book. I agree it was even better than The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. EoMD definitely messed with my head too but in the best way possible. I just love getting dragged into the story and not knowing where an author is going to take me. I am so excited for book #3! :D


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