Monday, January 28, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Review Time! The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the eagerly anticipated sequel to YA author, Michelle Hodkin's 2011 debut The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I was so excited to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I absolutely loved The Evolution of Mara Dyer ( you can read my review HERE). You can purchase your own copy of The Evolution of Mara Dyer from Fishpond | The Nile | Booktopia | Bookworld. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the review copy!

(Goodreads) Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead!

The Short Story? - Just as I thought the series couldn't get any better Hodkin pulls a wildcard and WRITES THIS! Fast-paced and overloaded with twist and turns to leave you shocked and at the edge of your seats, The Evolution of Mara Dyer is 500 pages of action and mystery filled goodness all wrapped up in a pretty cover. Brilliant plot, phenomenal and heart stopping ending, fantastic characters and beautifully written, Hodkin I salute you for the epicness that is The Evolution of Mara Dyer!

The Long Story? - The first thing I thought upon finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer was - what did I just read? And my second thought was - DID THAT JUST HAPPEN? I can't even find the words to describe how shocking the ending of the novel was, Hodkin dropped not one but TWO bombshells and I don't know how to survive the wait to book 3. Exciting and completely unpredictable, The Evolution of Mara Dyer completely exceeded my (high) expectations for it. While I loved every moment of reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer, just like in Book 1, I was incredibly confused in parts of the book. I find that this is usually the case with books that aren't quite paranormal but there are supernatural elements to it. I felt that the book was so complex that the plot just left me behind. It's really one of those books that you have to be in the right set of mind to read and it took me a while to figure that out but once I did, I JUST COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. Absolutely amazing, Hodkin truly outdid herself with this spectacular plot line, I can't wait to see what she has planned for us for Book 3!

Characterisation. Two words - Noah Shaw. Can we please just have a minute of silence and recognise how perfect Noah Shaw is? Physically and otherwise. This boy is the reason why girls have high expectations of guys and then realise that BOYS LIKE NOAH SHAW DON'T EXIST and grow really depressed. He's so charming and witty yet at the same time, he's such a considerate and caring person. He loves Mara and every small gesture of love made me swoon a little. The ending broke my heart and I refuse to believe that it happened (deliberately being vague. YOU MAD?) because if it did what's the point of the story carrying on? Mara. I have so much sympathy for this girl. She's truly a great protagonist and I felt a really strong emotional connection to her. I could feel her frustration and helplessness as the people around her refuse to believe her and think she's crazy and I'm just glad that she has Noah there to support her. It's a beautiful romance that they have.

I'm sure all you cool people out there have already read this series and if you haven't - you're not cool. This is seriously one of the most intelligent and unpredictable series' I've ever read in the YA genre, Hodkin is a brilliant writer and I have no doubt that whatever she puts on paper will turn into a bestseller. I can't wait to continue with Noah and Mara's adventures (hopefully!) in the next book. The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a MUST READ!

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Badass Bookie xx


  1. I can't wait to read Evolution! I loved the first book so much and I've heard nothing but amazing things about this sequel, so I'm definitely going to grab a copy of it soon. Great review!

  2. I haven't read the first one, but I think it's about time I do so I can get to this one! :)

  3. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Everyone has said how amazing this book is, and you've fully just backed that up. I have some ARC's to read first, but I am dying to get around to this read! Thanks for sharing Lisa - I love your reviews! x

  4. LISALISALISAWATERYOUDOINGTOME. I'm so excited to read Evolution. Unbecoming was deliciously good and your teases of bombshells and heartbreak and more sexy Noah and AKLFLKJDGNBNAKGHJSAKDH. Cannot.

  5. I'MCOOLI'MCOOLI'MCOOL- it's official, I am apparently cool. Thank you, Lisa, this will forever appear on my resume.

    I'm so glad that you liked The Evolution so much- I loved it, too, though I didn't like Mara and Noah's relationship 100% as much as in The Unbecoming, because it felt quite secretive and on unsure grounds, though I do love that they talk to each other about what's going on ect. most of the time. I think I loved it 2 percent less than I did when I started the series, so if you add two percent for tax and that ending, it's even.

    This is a fantastic review! I can't wait to see what happens in book 3 and just hope there happens to be a magical developement which results in early copies for all, for your sake and mine.

  6. Yet another series I want to get into. I have read great things about it. I am glad you loved it!