The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: October 23, 2012 (hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 544
Source: ARC provided by publisher

Overall: 5 Stars

The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in this gripping 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 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 next? 

My Thoughts: 
After The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ended with a stunning revelation, I was absolutely desperate to read what would happen next in The Evolution of Mara Dyer! Michelle Hodkin adds so many dark twists and turns to The Evolution of Mara Dyer that it's no wonder Mara is losing her grip on what's real and what is not. Mara is not the most reliable of narrators; she's teetering on a precipice and one wrong step means stumbling off the edge to be captured by the darkness below.

Mara is plagued by strange, nightmarish dreams and tormented by the knowledge that someone from her past, someone everyone believes to be dead, is actually quite alive and knows the secret about what really happened that night a building collapse killed her best friends. Mara's parents and brothers are concerned and worried about her behaviour, but they don't believe her, thinking she's having some sort of mental breakdown. As threatening messages are left behind for Mara, she and Noah desperately search for answers...

Smoldering hot and positively swoon-worthy, Noah Shaw continued to be a loyal and supportive presence for Mara while her life crumbles apart; he would do anything in his power to protect her. Much like in the first book, the sparks between Noah and Mara practically leaped off the pages! Their pasts and mysterious abilities have left them broken in a sense, and they find comfort knowing they can at least find acceptance in each other without worrying about any pretenses. 

Michelle Hodkin's The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a dark psychological thriller which will leave you questioning your sanity. It will definitely tantalize readers from the very first page. I'm now anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing this review copy!

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  1. Great review! :) I want to read this so bad! I'm glad Noah is still swoon-worthy ;) hehe.

  2. I finished Unbecoming a few weeks ago and I LOVED it! I'm glad to hear that the second book is just as amazing. :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  3. I have absolutely no clue why I have not read this one yet. Haha, I enjoyed the first book so much, but now I feel sort of lost as to how to approach the second book. The first one ended in a tizzy. I could barely keep up with all the new things that were happening between Mara and Noah. This one is definitely getting bumped on my TBR pile. Thanks for the review Liz!

  4. I absolutely loved the first book and I'm sure I'll love the second too. Mara/Noah will NEVER get old and I'm looking forward to uncovering more of this mystery! After it's off pre-order at TBD, I'm there! Great review!

    Lisa | Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

  5. I really enjoyed this sequel as well. I love how you're constantly guessing what's real and what's not!

  6. Arghhh! I still have to read the first book in this series! There are too many books I want to read. I can't keep up. I need to invent a clone to read for me. Better yet, I will read and she can work. Really hoping to find time to read these two books soon.