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Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is everything The Unbecoming was and more. Just when I was so sure it couldn’t get any better, Michelle Hodkin pulls out this intense, scary, sexy and twisted sequel.

In The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Mara finds herself in a more dangerous and delicate position. In spite of evidence otherwise, Mara is certain that Jude is still alive—and terrorizing her.

In The Unbecoming, Mara was diagnosed with PTSD, but her parents and doctors now fear that she is suffering hallucinations and might possibly have an illness that is much more severe. Mara is seeing and experiencing things that make everyone around her question her sanity. To keep from being confined to a mental facility, she must take part in a day treatment program.

During the course of her treatment, we get to meet some interesting-and twisted- new characters as well as getting to catch up with some familiar faces from the previous book. As ever, the only person who believes that Mara is not completely crazy—because he literally is able to see what she sees—is the gorgeous, fictional love of my life, Noah Shaw.


I enjoyed watching the growth of Noah and Mara’s relationship in this story and the way it focused more on their struggle to grow and adapt despite each other’s shortcomings. There is a good deal more suspense and freaky events occurring in this book than the last, but that just kept me hooked. There was no lack of paranormal powers and thrilling twists.

The Evolution‘s cliffhanger is even worse than The Unbecoming. I’m heartbroken that I won’t get The Retribution until the New Year as the way this book ended punched me in the gut and ripped my heart out. I need reassurance that Noah Shaw is fine and dandy.

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes intensity. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted. The plot just keeps getting deeper and tying together in new ways, and the romance keeps evolving. Just when you think you understand what’s going on, something that happens which makes you second guess everything. It’s total mind fuck!

Slow clap for Michelle Hodkin for rendering me speechless and emotionally destroying me.

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