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

Crushed on by Kelly BookCrushin, on November 8, 2012, in Reviews / 2 Comments

  • Author: Michelle Hodkin (website, twitter)
  • Published: October 23, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
  • Pages 544
  • Synopses Goodreads
  • Purchase here
  • [book rating=3.5/5]

 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…

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is exactly what the title infers, an
evolving sequel that invites us deeper into the lore of ‘Mara’ that is
shrouded in such mystery.  Most readers felt ‘left on the ledge’
after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, as  it ended on an epic and creepy
cliffhanger. Well, Michelle Hodkin, delivers and
does an excellent job of giving the reader just enough before she
pulls back and laughs evilly while she plots the big
reveal for the final book of this trilogy The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(not to be released until Fall of 2013).

I loved the first book; it felt new, inventive, and really intense.
Not to be forgotten is the scorching hot Noah Shaw. Well Evolution
wasn’t short in the Noah department, but it was a lot less romance driven
and more plot driven. We do learn that Mara isn’t the only one
learning more about herself and her abilities, Noah is also evolving.
He is becoming more of a balance for Mara and I have no doubt she
would not have made it this far without his devotion and love for her,
and he does love her!

Of course this sequel’s cliffhanger I think is ultimately worse than
Unbecoming.  I blame the book’s slow incline, confusing flashbacks, coupled with the all new background information, left me ultimately wanting more. So in conclusion, there will be head scratching and I recommend note taking and/or highlighting for anyone who reads this series as there is just too much information to remember. Sometimes a little too much, to the detriment of this sophomore book.  I personally found myself just hoping something would ‘happen’ so I could get some answers. But alas even though I wanted more I will have to wait another year to finally figure out the mystery that shrouds this heroine and her simpatico other half Noah.

 This book is full of suspense, love, and thrills and gave me possibly my own case of PTSD!

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

  1. Robin N

    Hmmm…I may need to add this series to my to read list, but I’m thinking I won’t start it until after the third book comes out- I hate waiting! Lol.

    • kelly

      Yes! I really like this story. It just has this way to get in your head and you just think about it for days after reading it…very suspenseful & fun!