Deliciously Dark: A Review of THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) 
Michelle Hodkin
544 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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?

   There’s rarely a book that can leave me speechless and sleepless. THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER  did both.

   The sequel to THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is incredible. It was one revelation after the other. One minute I was utterly certain Michelle Hodkin was set out to make me insane and the next? The next I was ready to weep. My mind was ready to explode.

   Because that ending left me in shambles. It picked up the entire set up of the book and threw it in my face with a crazed laugh. It puts everything in a new light.

   THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER is one of those books I love to call deliciously dark and undoubtedly intoxicating. Because it was good. Real good. It made me feel all the feels.

   What I love about both THE UNBECOMING and EVOLUTION was Mara’s relationship with her older brother Daniel. I loved the care they had for each other, the easiness in which they could joke. You don’t always see brother-sister relationships in YA novels these days, and the one Mara has with her brother is enviably awesome.

   Mara Dyer the protagonist was pretty much the same in EVOLUTION. She constantly needed Noah by her side, and while that didn’t bother me (who can complain about more Noah?), I was a little irritated by how much she needed him and how easily he listened to her. I won’t tell you much about what goes on in the hefty 544 pages (you won’t regret even a single page), but know this: there’s a creepy blood-stained doll, a journey to the other side of the world, a mental institute, and of course, more Noah Shaw.

   THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER is a must read for all fans of dark, delicious, and of course, THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER. My regrets? Reading it nearly one year before the third installment.

   Oh, Michelle Hodkin, you are one cruel, cruel creature.

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    December 13, 2012

    “It made me feel all the feels.”

    Oh yes Hafsah, I had many feels with this book as well. I FELT ALL THE THINGS!!!!! So good. Yes, Mara is a tad dependent on Noah, but I have trouble faulting her given her situation and the fact that he's currently the only one who actually believes she isn't crazy. I would likely cling to that sort of life line too:) I can't wait for Retribution!

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    December 13, 2012

    YAY!!! I just got this book and CANNOT wait to start it. NOAH….*swoon*

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    December 16, 2012

    Can't wati to read this one!!!! Sounds like it's really good.

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 22, 2013

    I have picked this book up several times, and I've gotten confused like, FIVE TIMES. I am going to take your word for it, since you loved this book, and I will finish it. I LOVED The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but somehow, I can't seem to get past the first three chapters of this one. I hope I like it!!!! Great review!!!!