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review 2016-02-26 00:00
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin As much as The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer had me by the seat of my pants, The Evolution of Mara Dyer had me flailing and bailing. Where's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was tolerably saturated with Mara's and Noah's mutual obsession, romance dominated and subdued The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Mara made The Unbecoming  but undoes in all Evolution.

I don't care if that was the point. With 100 pages left, I was seriously frustrated and kicking myself for not quitting already. I would've bailed had the action not finally ramped up into climaxing. Then I was stuck with another cliffhanger.

I was resolved to only start the final book, The Retribution, because I came this far. If it didn't pay off, I was abandoning ship early. From 4.5 stars to almost DNF, how pathetic.

It started off great but then turned into this revolving door gag. We learn some basic shit in the very beginning, then instead of following the first book's path of horrific, spine tingling tension, it floundered. It stuck to issues we knew the answer to: the stalker and Mara's mentality, then ran those into the ground and kept digging.

And came up on the other side: emo romance drama over whether the happy couple can kiss without paranormal consequences. Of all the questions to linger on... Not only did I not enjoy dawdling over high school insta-love but the answer was fucking obvious! Common sense. Okay, I know it's "ewww" to think about adults being romantic with each other when you're that age, especially those related to you, but god-fucking-damn. It's not like she wasn't digging into the past already or anything...

Noah does get better in this book, and Mara gets worse. Again, if that was the point, it succeed but the execution was torture. I wanted to shake her and scream over several things. Like the previously mentioned Mr. Fake Name they were trying to hunt down, only this wasn't a blind-spot but a sinkhole.

Mara's treatment of Phoebe and dismissal of her boyfriend is my main sticking point. She became a dumbass hypocrite. Didn't even bother to find anything out about Phoebe before piling on the stereotypical "she's nutso" shit, following the other teens lead, including Jamie's.

I was so psyched about how The Unbecoming handled mental health issues from a teen's POV and it turned nasty. I don't expect her to be a saint or buddy-buddy but some fucking introspection and thought would be nice. If she'd noticed that sooner, we'd get somewhere before the climax thus cutting most of the sagging padding and making the whole damn thing a lot more enjoyable.

It's possible for all that to be worthwhile and forgiven, if there was resolution and character progression. But it's a cliffhanger and Mara moves sideways instead of connecting the dots. Disappointing, to say the least. I expected better from her. Of course, this all sets up for The Retribution of Mara Dyer but it has its work cut out. The Evolution was so long and so bad I was resolved to throw in the towel early if it didn't pan out quick.

What did it do well? Well...Yay for Jamie.


2.5 stars: For the beginning, the plot twist and for somehow keeping me reading. If only it wasn't so pointlessly drawn out and shat on everything that came before it.
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review 2015-09-04 20:38
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer 2)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Now this is getting interesting. I must admit, I wasn’t really hooked in the first book but this sequel was better. I’m glad I did not give up on this series, and I’m happy because the third/last book was already available (the perks of reading an already finished series: NO MORE WAITING) so I could finish this series anytime I wanted.

Once again the book cover was still breathtaking***me applauding***and the book trailer was more on point this time (I think) though it still appeared sensual.

The fact that this book was based on Ms. Hodkin’s experience made this even creepier. If I haven’t read her story behind the concept of Mara Dyer, (You can read it in www.maradyer.com) there would be a lot of questions hanging around me that was making me confused as hell about this book. There she explained a lot of things such as how she came up with the title of the first book where she used the word “Unbecoming” and how she got the idea for Mara’s story pacified me in some way that made me appreciate this series even more.

Most of the questions I had back in the first book were answered in this sequel. The reasons how Mara and Noah could do the things that made them extraordinary; who the villains really were? (because it’s not just Jude); the mysteries behind their abilities and Noah’s secret were finally revealed.

Since the title of this sequel is “The Evolution of Mara Dyer”, what I was really expecting was Mara’s ability would evolve. Like maybe she would be able to control her ability to kill. Or maybe she would discover she possessed another power/ability aside from killing by just thinking about it. Also, I was expecting more action since in “Unbecoming” Mara had a few victims (accidentally and intentionally) but here there was nothing much.

If there were things that really evolved in this book, these were the following:

First, Mara’s (mental) condition got worse. She didn’t only experience hallucinations; she also sleepwalked and did things that she didn’t remember doing and that made her appeared crazier than before.

Second, Mara’s fear of Jude was too much that it hindered her capability to kill, and that could have helped her in her situation. She seemed helpless too. I didn’t see much of the “DESTROYER” until the near ending.

Last, the development of romance between Mara and Noah was sizzling. But don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining at all. My mood surged to the highest level whenever they had scenes together. I proudly declare Mara and Noah as one of my top OTP’s.

Then Mara had dreams/visions/flashbacks about her past life? I didn’t really know what to make of it but I’ve been having this feeling that Mara’s ability had something to do with her genes and I couldn’t really discuss this without giving spoilers away, so I’d just let the readers to find them out.

And her NAME! Finally, now the M.A.D.N.E.S.S. is complete.
M= Mara
A= Amitra
D= Dyer
N= Noah
E= Elliot
S= Simon
S= Shaw

So after reading this book I supposed Mara Dyer was her real name (Right? Guh!). I’m still entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe the book trailer was telling the truth about “Mara Dyer” being not her real name.

Now the ending, it was the part where my questions were answered so I’d read those last few pages a couple of times because there were too much important information I couldn’t afford to miss.

Overall, even though I still have a few issues and questions, the way this book was written was amazing and I could definitely say that I enjoyed and liked this sequel more than the first, so I decided to give this book 4.5 star.

I’d read mixed reviews about this series and I could say that this was not for everyone. If you are patient enough and just give this series a chance you will appreciate Mara’s story.  

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review 2015-07-23 01:05
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Writing- 4.5
Storyline/Plot- 4
Characters- 4


Overall- 4.1


What the hell did I just read? This was beyond bizarre, weird, and I quite enjoyed it. Holy fuckin shit though, it was a lot creepier than the first book.

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review 2015-05-17 05:09
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #2)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Hey guys! I hope you all are having a great day and this is my review to The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin! This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy. :D


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 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?


Even though I gave this book five out of five stars, would I say that it’s better than The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? I have no idea. There were some places where I was completely creeped out and shivering, but other moments were like, “Wait . . . Mara?! What the hell?!”


I thought that this book had a lot more of Mara trying to figure things out for herself. The only problem I had was that there was some things lacking in the actual investigating. There were so many clues that were revealed and then they weren’t shown ever again. And then I’m sitting here creating as many crackpot theories as possible over something Mara and Noah didn’t even think about.


Tv Sherlock animated GIF


At some points, I was so convinced that every single thing was a hallucination and that Mara Dyer is completely insane. But, I guess Hodkin wanted us to go crazy ourselves figuring this out! But Mara is an unreliable narrator, and this makes the story so interesting! :D Her voice is so good! I can believe that she is insane at points!


I thought that this book had less action and stuff, but I also thought that there was more tension in this book compared to the last. It was so hard to tell whether or not Mara was reading into things too much or too little.


I didn’t think this book needed to be as thick as it was. It’s thicker than the first and last book. I don’t think it needed to be so big, there was a point before the ending part where I thought that it was dragging on a lot and that nothing else was going to happen! But, I was creeped out the entire time so that’s what pushed me to keep on reading! :D


I did make it to the end very fast, and I think that this is a good sequel; just some parts where I thought that it was completely irrelevant to the story.


I thought that Mara’s family is nice and stuff, but honestly, her family believed nothing of what she said, and at times, it frustrated me! Her family just . . . ugh! I love them but at the same time they’re completely annoying! And . . . ugh. *throws hands in the air to look for answers in the sky*


The romance! *gushes*


I think Mara and Noah have the most decent relationship from any of the books I’ve ever read. I could tell that even though there were points that they didn’t agree with one another, they were still ready to support one another through any situation! They were ready to sacrifice for one another and were completely honest, including their mistakes! LOVED IT!




Overall, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a stunning sequel ( . . . overall) and had some small flaws, but the creepiness was definitely turned up a notch.


I would recommend this series to anyone that wants to read something with an interesting dynamic! I love unreliable characters, so if you’re into that, try this out!


Thanks for reading my review guys, and until the next one! :D

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review 2015-04-08 11:07
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

What did I think of The Evolution of Mara Dyer? This should tell you: as soon as I've finished writing this review I'm going to download book three straight away! It was hard pausing long enough to write this before doing it.
The book was good, suspenseful, driven. I hate Jude with a passion. Now I have someone else to hate as well. Michelle Hodkin's writing has made me love her protagonist and I want her to succeed, in spite of everything that is out to make her fail.
There were a couple of points in this book where I felt the pace drop a little bit, most notably in the scene involving the tux and the island, but I loved that scene for what it was so I didn't care. However, there might have been a couple of scenes too many of Mara doubting herself and Noah telling her he would always be there for my tastes.
Other than that, like I said, writing this is just stopping me starting the next book, which better be worth all this angst!

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